A PI with commitment issues.
8 years ago Nikki Fife was put away for the murder of her husband. A divorce lawyer who died after someone dosed his allergy meds. A known ladies man it seemed at the time pretty obvious that this wife must have done it. But once released from jail Nikki wants to know who really killed her husband and she wants Kinsey Millhone to find out who really did it.
Kinsey likes to be constricted - she lives in a converted garage, doesn't cook, doesn't do relationships (she has 2 divorces to prove it). She remembers working for Laurence Fife (work is all she did for him though). His death is remarkable similar to another death - of his accountant just a few days later - from meds that had also been dosed. Was the same killer at work?
There are several possible suspects, ranging from his ex-wife, to his partner at work, to the accountants ex-boyfriend. I wasn't all that surprised at who the ultimate killer was though.
This book did come over as rather dated (it was afterall first published in 1982 - so there is a lot of talk about using answering services - having problems getting hold of people.
I'm not really sure what to make of Kinsey - as she makes some schoolboy errors in the course of her investigation. But I'll give the next one a try just to see if things pick up.