Overview: Kinsey is handling a slow time at Millhone Investigations. But, she’s in luck. A woman needs her help in locating a child she gave up for adoption long ago. And Pete’s widow is having some trouble with the IRS. Maybe Kinsey has found her cure for boredom. Hopefully it all works out for her in the end.
Story Telling: This is a mystery novel, yet it falls under the private detective sub-genre. Kinsey’s story is almost over.
Dislikes: Pete obviously got a raw deal in the last novel. It was quite the jarring reversal of his personality.
Ned was the worst kind of dangerous. Everything he did was based on whether or not he felt rejected.
Also, Kinsey was an idiot. Even though she questioned the IRS story, neither she nor Ruthie even thought to look at the house. With Kinsey thinking that Pete was not a good man, you would have thought that Kinsey would be concerned about Pete’s enemies would come around.
Likes: Pete had honor. He was actively trying to save these women.
And Kinsey did try to help her client. Not sure that I would have, but she did.
Favorite Character: That would be Phyllis, Ned’s second wife. She managed to thrive after her divorce, to her credit.
Favorite Scene: Kinsey’s conversations with the chief investigator at the time of Lenore Lowe’s death was quite informative.
Conclusion: This was an interesting novel. Kinsey could have used her brain and wit a bit more for my tastes, but it’s still a good story.