She'd just been trying to shield him a little. Wasn't that her job, too? she thought in disgust as she rose. Part of the marriage deal? So why were they fighting when she'd done her job? And now she had to do the damn dishes, which she'd fully intended to dump on him. She gathered them up as she scowled at the door he'd closed between their offices, and the red light above it that indicated he'd gone private. (p. 107)This is the second in the series that I've read and enormously pleased that I savored it as much as the first. A well devised homicide mystery that delights with the details, and is exquisite in the protagonists' relationship development. Their is a rawness to the emotions that are painfully delicious. But the real win is the vehicle that presents it: the mystery.