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I don’t need to finish reading P is for Peril before I review it (I’m 30% in at this point) because I already know what I’m going to think; I’ll enjoy it.
I like the series, and presumably you do to if you’ve made it up to “P”. I doubt you’re starting the series here, but perhaps you are – I am reading them all out of sequence too – I’ve read: K, S, A, T, C, Q, U, L, N, V, M, R, J, I and now P. I just read a bunch of bad books in a row and I didn’t want to take a chance on another lousy read, so I reached for something I knew I’d like - another adventure in the life of Kinsey Millhone.
Quoting myself from a previous review: “Picking up a story is like tuning into a TV show. You know the people, the setting, the premise, the relationships… and when you start a new book: it’s a new adventure. The stories can be read on their own, you don’t have to read them in order. Sure there are parts of Kinsey’s story that run through from one book to the next, but there is just enough exposition to catch you up if you missed part of her evolution, yet not so much that you’d be bored if you already know just where she is in her life”.
This is the first time however I notice just how much filler is in the books. “Then I went here and I did that and I thought this. Then I saw that and went over there and decided this. Then when I was done with that, I decided to go over there do more of the other thing”. It’s not annoying because I like the writing and series and I’m reading the book with the express purpose of delving back into Kinsey’s life for a few days – but it occurs to me that this might turn a lot of people off.
I felt this way when reading Drums of Autumn (Outlander 4). I said that a better title for that book should have been “The Claire and Jamie Show” and that “only bona fide C&J fans could truly love and appreciate it”
I think it’s true for the Kinsey Millhone series too… good thing I am a bona fide fan!
Also, have you seen the new cop-show “Motive”? The main character Angie Flynn reminds me of Kinsey Millhone, what do you think?
Kinsey is such and endearing character...she simply can't do wrong! Throughout the series, she's become a part of you as a reader and you'd follow her anywhere.
Edge of my seat? Maybe sometimes but while I was never scared out of my wits I was always entertained!
Kinsey strikes again.
I'd like to add that Judy Kaye is HANDS DOWN the best representative of the character and personality of Kinsey Millhone. If there was EVER a living breathing Kinsey, Judy channels her perfectly!
I'm a big fan of Sue Grafton's alphabet mysteries -- especially the later ones narrated by Judy Kaye. Sometimes they're just fun to listen to even if the story doesn't hang together in a credible way. This one works on all levels: a good suspenseful story, a nice assortment of red herrings, and a conclusion that makes the whole thing worth listening to.
The story is interesting, I didn't solve it immediately.
Too much description. Felt like it was written to make it easy to cast for a movie. Character description is great, but the weather report, hair style and color, clothes, room descriptions etc. were a bit over done.
As above, a movie or TV show seem to be the author's aim.
No real memorable moments. Classic Sue Grafton.
I am glad to see the quality of this recording was a great improvement over O is for outlaw. I only noticed one major slicing issue, but hey I get that from my Jim Dale recordings every now and then too.
I would like to point out to those that continue to state that it is abhorable that Kinsey has no cell phone or computer. Remember, this the early to mid 1980s. Mobile phones (no such thing as a cell) are huge and bulky and few people have them. In addition, they are expensive. Something our frugal Ms. Milhone would never consider. Ditto for computers. I don't see her spending $2000 - $5000 for a personal computer, when her Smith Corona does just fine.
I've listened to all of Grafton's stories. I really like listening to them. It is like visiting old friends. As you follow the mystery you can see how everyone is getting along.
I enjoyed the story, but half way through was wishing I had bought the abridged edition (something I never do). There were a few too many details about room decor, food, scenery, clothing, etc. I kept wishing I could skip ahead to get to the point of the paragraph. That said, the story kept my attention and kept me guessing till the end.