The Last Clinic
A pro-life minister is murdered early in the morning while setting up a cross protesting the services of a clinic that performed abortions. Usually, it is the other way around, right? Well, we'll get to that, too.
Detective Darla Cavannah is called back to work for this case; she has been off for six months after the death of her husband. Her husband was a football hero, and everyone in the state of Mississippi knew him or of him. Her partner on the case is an Elvis impersonator.
The "beloved" Reverend Jimmy Aldridge, however, has some serious secrets that will be revealed.
Detective Darla falls in love and lust and bed (despite her tremendous grieving of six months) within a couple of days of meeting Dr. Nicoletti ; Detective Reylander (the Elvis impersonator) is ridiculous, not amusing; and the two secrets of the minister are unbelievable and offensive. There is one pro-life murder, and I don't remember how many pro-choice murders. You can peg the murderer on the first meeting.
The Hemmings Mansion thing was just too yuck. Maybe the author was trying to achieve an affectionate, tongue-in-cheek parody of life in Jackson, Mississippi, but it didn't come across that way.
Mystery/Crime. 2012. Print version: 354 pages.