By Sue Grafton
A tough-talking former cop, deepest investigator Kinsey Millhone has manage a modest detective company in a quiet nook of Santa Teresa, California. A twice-divorced loner with few own possessions and less own attachments, she’s obtained a tender spot for underdogs and misplaced reasons. Eight years in the past, Nikki Fife used to be convicted of killing her philandering husband. Now she’s out on parole and desires Kinsey’s support to discover the true killer. If there is something that makes Kinsey suppose alive, it truly is taking part in at the aspect. When her research turns up a moment corpse, extra suspects, and a brand new cause to kill, Kinsey discovers that the sting is closer—and sharper—than she imagined.
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Extra info for A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries, No. 1)
He was taking medication for numerous allergies and before he went to bed, he downed his usual capsule. Within two hours, he was awake – nauseated, vomiting, doubled over with violent stomach cramps. By morning, he was dead. An autopsy and lab tests showed that he'd died as a result of ingesting oleander, ground to a fine powder and substituted for the medication in the capsule he took: not a masterly plot, but one employed to good effect. Oleander is a common California shrub. There was one in the Fife's backyard as a matter of fact.
It had not been a very satisfying day but then most of my days are the same: checking and cross-checking, filling in blanks, detail work that was absolutely essential to the job but scarcely dramatic stuff. The basic characteristics of any good investigator are a plodding nature and infinite patience. Society has inadvertently been grooming women to this end for years. I sat down at my desk and consigned Charlie Scorsoni to several index cards. It had been an unsettling interview and I had a feeling that I wasn't done with him.
He said, but his tone didn't indicate any particular desire to help. " He arched an eyebrow at me ever so slightly. "It's against department policy. " "I didn't ask to take them out. I just want to look. " "I've given you information more times than that and you know it," I said. " "Then you shouldn't have any objections. " His smile then was slow and humorless and he tapped a pencil idly, loving, I imagined, the power to turn me down cold. "She killed him, Kinsey. " "You told her to get in touch with me.
A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries, No. 1) by Sue Grafton