Full 4 Stars
I enjoyed this one a lot more than the first book in the series. These are the types of threats I love for characters, not vague promises of violence or the possibility of arrest, but actual moments where you just for a few moments really wonder how far the author is willing to go.
But again with that sudden stop whiplash of an ending that I complained about in the first book. I am in the camp that those should mostly be reserved for chapter endings or standalones with ambitious endings that want you to think; they have a place and it just doesn't feel like that place is here. Falling action does a lot for the reader and gives the book a sense of completion.
Regardless of my feelings toward the conclusion, "All She Wrote" was a fun mystery. I loved that we get to see Kit's and J.X.'s relationship develop in real-time. J.X. is such a great guy and it's really heartwarming to read about a character who makes a conscious effort to accept their partner's reservations and hurts. A lot of authors try for this dynamic, but often it becomes a "let me fix you" scenario which usually is not something that works in real life.
Favorite line because of how real it felt: "Part of that beauty, though, was the longing in his eyes. No one had ever looked at me like that. As though I mattered more than anything else. It was salve to my wounded ego, but it was a weight on my heart too. How did anyone live up to that?"