Another in the Detectives Seagate and Miner mystery series. Detective Seagate is a recovering alcoholic, and pretty much doing OK. Dectectice Miner, her partner, is a charming young man, a Mormon with strong convictions, recovering from a horrific shooting in the previous book, and now is walking around with a cane.
When grad student Austin Sulenka is found strangled, nude on his bed, the first question for Detectives Seagate and Miner is whether it was an auto-asphyxiation episode gone wrong. Evidence strewn around his small apartment suggests that he spent his last night with a number of different women. One was Tiffany, a former student who still resented the injustice of getting a C in the course when he promised her a B if she slept with him. Another was Austin’s beautiful girlfriend, May, who had never before encountered a man she could not totally beguile. Then there was his thesis adviser, Suzannah Montgomery, who might have inadvertently revealed to Austin some information about her past that could ruin her own career. These three women and their other partners had plenty of reasons to kill the philandering graduate student. Detective Karen Seagate and her partner try to unravel the complicated couplings.
Another fine offering in this series.