|A is for Alibi||Sue Grafton||Henry Holt||1982|
From Wikipedia:“A” Is for Alibi is crime writer Sue Grafton’s debut mystery novel in the Kinsey Millhone “Alphabet mystery” series, first published in 1982.
The novel is set in the fictional southern California city of Santa Teresa, based on Santa Barbara. The choice of murder by substituting the contents of an antihistamine tablet with crushed oleander meant that an alibi held no value because the contents of the tablet could have been switched a considerable time earlier than the victim actually swallowed the tablet. Grafton says that she conceived aspects of the plot on her own “fantasies” of murdering her then-husband while going through a divorce.
Except for cases that clearly involve a homicidal maniac, the police like to believe murders are committed by those we know and love, and most of the time they’re right – a chilling thought when you sit down to dinner with a family of five. All those potential killers passing their plates.Sue Grafton, A is for Alibi.