I just love hanging out with Kinsey Millhone, and she is at the top of her game for this case. Kinsey is still living in Henry’s garage but there’s a new addition to the family, a cat named Ed. Personally, I love cats in mystery stories, so I was very excited when Ed appeared. There’s also a brief visit from a former love interest of Kinsey’s. So what’s going on with this time?
Kinsey is called to the morgue one day to identify a body. She’s never seen him before, so why did they call her? Her business card was found in the victim’s pocket. Terrence Dace, the victim, was a homeless man. Kinsey does some routine checking and finds out his identity, then she is present when his safe deposit box is opened. Inside is his will and much to Kinsey’s surprise, she is named not only as executor of Dace’s estate but also beneficiary of the half million dollars in that estate. Dace has explicitly disinherited his three children. Kinsey is going to have to break the news to them.
In parallel to Kinsey’s story is the story of Pete Wolinsky, a run-down, shady private eye who Kinsey was acquainted with but hadn’t, thankfully, had contact with for years. Pete is out for a buck, and while good intentioned, gets involved in something bigger than himself and ends up dead. There is no obvious connection between Pete’s death and Kinsey’s investigation of Terrence Dace’s death. But just keep reading.
As is usual in one of Sue Grafton’s books there are lots of twists and turns, and just when you think you have it figured out … you don’t. This book is another homerun for Grafton, perhaps the best yet. If you are a mystery lover and have not yet discovered this series, well, what are you waiting for?