“Kinsey seems back in stronger stride in this book, which has her being hired by the widow of a police officer who died of an apparent heart attack while driving one evening. While at first glance, it would seem that their were no signs of anything other than a natural death tied to an unhealthy lifestyle, but as is so often the case with Kinsey, she finds out there is a lot more to the story.
Selma Newquist brings Kinsey Milhone to Nota Lake County in California. She accepts that he probably died as was explained, but she is also suspicious of the fact that her husband Tom was so stressed out in his final months that he was losing weight, having trouble sleeping, and seemed to struggle with focusing on anything because of the stress.
As Kinsey investigates, the reader is left wondering why it wasn't Selma who turned up dead, rather than Tom. Selma was, at best, tolerated and, at worst, hated, by everyone around her. On the other hand, Tom seemed to be universally liked as a generally nice guy.
As with a lot of small towns, Kinsey finds that she is also not particularly welcome. As an outsider, few are pleased with the idea that an outsider is questioning the positive reputation of one of their own. Before she knows it, rumors are flying around about her past involvement with the deaths of two men and the possibility that she might be a drug addict.
That doesn't prevent her from digging in and finding clues. Before she knows it, she uncovers the fact, that Tom's death was tied to another one and that both cases also leave trails to her home town of St. Teresa. As she works her way back to Nota Lake County, Kinsey has to start worrying about whether she is going to figure out who the killer is before she becomes his/her next victim.
This was definitely a lot more fun than the previous book in the series. I am already looking forward to O.”