All Nikki Peters wants is what her former therapist called a fully-realized life and she thinks she’s finally found the elusive key to enlightenment: you have to break a few eggs and solve a few homicides. When it seems that she’s the only reporter at the local newspaper who realizes that there’s something methodically sinister and deliberate about a string of “accidental” deaths that has plagued the city for the last six months, she is secretly thrilled. The story is her big break—her journalistic destiny. Unfortunately, given her inexperience, she is the last person the newspaper would consider for the story, so she takes matters into her own hands and investigates anyway. Kevin Grey, the killer, has less than no respect for destiny or enlightenment and has few qualms about playing cat-and-mouse with “the fat, black chick with frizzy hair who thinks she’s Oprah or something” and even fewer qualms about using force to shut her down permanently, if necessary. And he’s the least of her worries. Her clandestine investigation causes her to clash with an arrogant police detective, a duplicitous fellow reporter, a scheming local politician, a wannabe scriptwriter with a grudge, and her decidedly miffed boyfriend. And as if that wasn’t enough, her family demands that she entertain her perpetually irritating cousins and imperious great aunt, who are visiting from Miami. In the end, Nikki realizes that effecting A CHANGE OF LIFESTYLE is easier said than done, but the road to enlightenment can be satisfying indeed.
You've probably got a good story here but you're so busy telling us about the charactes you've forgotten the plot and what's at stake.