DUST, by Martha Grimes
A wealthy bachelor is murdered in a boutique hotel after leaving Dust, a nightclub. Jury's roped in to find out why. Along the way, he ropes in his buddy Melrose Plant to assist. Grimes' sly sense of humor populates the novels with asides, vignettes and serious-but-hilarious (Grimes is a master at this) situations that are priceless. At the same time, she is merciless in her depiction of murder and its impact on the living. This is an 4+ for me, not enough Melrose Plant and his awful, voracious auntie, I suppose. Most of Grimes' tales are a 4.5 or 5.
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