“K is for Killer” by Sue Grafton
Kinsey Millhone, private investigator, takes on a case that has more twists and turns than you can imagine; a whiplash effect. But Grafton articulately and decisively brings the reader through each turn, while leaving just a bit of room for guesswork.
Ten months pass since the murder of Lorna Kepler and her mother Janice cannot leave it alone. Lorna was killed and Janice wants the murderer to pay, so she hires Kinsey to look into it after the police come up empty-handed.
Kinsey is resourceful and calls upon her skills as an investigator and her desire to see the bad men of the world be brought to justice—one way or the other. She’s tough when she needs to be, especially calling out people on lies they tend to tell in order to cover their own butts.
After hunting down every clue she can unearth and talking to as many people as she can find, Kinsey is on her way to solving the murder of Lorna. But while she’s doing that, she’s digging up information about the victim that not even the police were aware of. Is it enough to get Kinsey killed? Will she find the murderer without falling victim herself?
Grafton does an incredible job taking the reader through Kinsey’s investigation, and with thrown-in bits of wit, it makes for a very entertaining read.