K is for Killer by Sue Grafton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
As we kick off letter K, Kinsey finds herself investigating a ten month old potential murder at the request of the victim's mother. Lorna Kepler's badly decomposing body was found in her cabin, leaving the police unable to determine cause of death. Accident? Natural causes? Asthma attack? Or was it murder? Janice Kepler wants answers about her daughter's death, and hires Kinsey to see what she can find out.
Along the way, Kinsey takes a fascinating trip into seedy underbelly of the porn industry, and meets some amusing characters from Lorna's past. We are also introduced to Cheney Phillips, who investigated Lorna's case and is now with vice, and it looks like he might become a regular in the books. Thrown off with timeline assumptions and false clues, we are led along a bit in the dark like Kinsey, but once you get the final piece of the puzzle everything drops into place with a satisfying "clunk".
Kinsey's emotions get the best of her by the end, and she makes a rash decision that has lasting impact. Should she feel guilty? I would not if I were her. You reap what you sow, as they say. I thought it was a satisfying ending to a twisted mystery.
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