“I definitely think this was a much stronger novel than the previous one in the series. Kinsey has been hired by Daisy a woman to look into her mother's disappearance 34 years earlier. Violet, the mother, had quite the risque reputation had recently come into some money thanks to an insurance settlement, and many thought she used that to run away from her abusive husband and the then, 7-year-old Daisy.
The book has an interesting format, with the chapters alternating between the current (1989) investigation by Kinsey, and the presentation of events prior to Violet's disappearance through the perspective of a number of people living in Santa Maria, where all of this took place. The result is an interesting cozy of characters set in small-town California. Everyone has their secrets, and no one is the perfect person they put forth.
That would be why Violet seemed to fit so well into the community. She had a reputation of being with the boys, and not all of them were single or unmarried at the time. This alone expands the number of suspects greatly, but it also creates a situation in which no one is really sure if Violet has been murdered or just run off because of shame or to escape her husband for the reasons mentioned about.
All-in-all, I enjoyed this one, though I am not so sure about the ending. I thought it was interesting, quick-paced. it had lots of action, but it seemed like one of the least likely conclusions to the question of what might have happened to poor Violet.
I do have to admit that I enjoyed the fact that Kinsey seemed to shift away from her new boyfriend from previous novels, though I missed her usual supporting cast, who could not be present as she is away from Santa Teresa for the whole case. I thought she created an interesting friendship with Daisy.
I guess it is on to T!”