KILL MY DARLING, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Her mother is bereft but curiously detached; her stepfather is enraged, thinking the murder will reflect on his teaching position; the victim's stepsister (thirteen going on forty) knows all the answers; her friends are grief-stricken but clueless. As is her boyfriend, a not-up-to-scratch estate agent. As Slider and his crew dig into everyone's back story, the victim's unhappy past comes to the fore, but not even super-copper Slider can figure it out...until the last minute. It's a 5, full of sometimes-hilarious dialogue, solid police slogging, and an ingenious plot I should've figured out quicker (or at all).
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