Review of K Street Killing
It’s the height of campaign season, and instead of relishing newlywed bliss with her husband Doug Hollingsworth, Capitol Hill staffer Kit Marshall is busy with a tough reelection fight for her boss, member of Congress Maeve Dixon. Before Maeve and her staff–Kit included–leave Washington, D.C. to campaign full time in North Carolina, they have one last fundraising engagement.
On the iconic rooftop of a restaurant overlooking the Capitol and the Washington monument, Kit and her best pal Meg do their best to woo wealthy lobbyists for sizable campaign donations. Everyone’s enjoying the evening soiree until a powerful K Street tycoon mysteriously tumbles off the rooftop. Even with claims the fall must be suicide, Detective Maggie Glass and Kit aren’t so easily convinced foul play isn’t at work. While balancing Doug’s mid-life career crisis, Kit must spring into action to discover who killed the notorious Van Parker before Dixon’s candidacy sputters, even if it means investigating Meg’s handsome new beau, the victim’s conniving widow, and a bicycle advocate hell-bent on settling a long-standing grudge. When threatening note is left on Kit’s car, warning her to back off the investigation, she knows she’s closing in on the true story of what happened.
Book 4 of the Washington Whodunit series, which began with Stabbing in the Senate.
Here’s an inside view of Washington politics and murder all rolled up into one. The protagonist, Kit Marshall, comes across as likable, friendly, and caring, especially for her boss’s welfare. Dialogue was well done, and the plot contained twists to keep the reader guessing until near the end.
The multiple issues facing Kit helped to generate tension and keep the story moving forward at a good pace. What drew me to this book was the insider view of the political system. I felt there was sufficient information presented to help me gain insight into a few aspects of our political system without being overwhelmed or bogged down in minutia. This is by no means a political textbook, but is a solid cozy mystery taking place within the wacky world we call Washington.