Eight years later and out on parole, Nikki hires Kinsey Millhone, a gutsy P.I., to find the real killer. The trail is cold, but Kinsey finds a lead that brings her face-to-face with the murderer!
This is the first in the popular series featuring California investigator Kinsey Millhone. She's 32, twice divorced, no kids, an ex-cop who likes her work...and who works strictly alone!
Don't miss the other titles in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mystery Series.
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"Grafton has created a woman we feel we know, a tough cookie with a soft center, a gregarious loner....Smart, well-paced and very funny." (Newsweek)
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What I Loved: Kinsey is one tough cookie! She is very much someone I would want on my side in an investigation. I like that she is PI and not a cop that gives her a little bit more room to work things out in the Kinsey way. She is whip smart, tough, and yet flawed in the "independent, opinionated, little bit defensive" kind of way. I really liked all her personality quirks. The case itself was pretty good too. I had part of it figured out early but there were a couple of twists that I did not see coming. The pacing was perfect and worked well with the tempo of the book.
What I Liked: I really liked all the women that she met in the book. They were each multi-dimensional, savvy, not predictable, and fun to read.
Audiobook Review: Narrated by Mary Peiffer, she does a fantastic job of portraying Kinsey. I thought she did a good job on the male voices too though they were not quite as good as the females. Her reading pace was very good and she was easy to understand.
Why I gave it a 4: The story, audio, and characters were all very well done. I could see myself re-reading this story in the future.
Who I would recommend this too: Fans of Mystery/Thrillers (though I am fairly certain I am behind the curve on falling in love with this series).
Perfect to while away the cleaning and travel hours with, never lost my interest, can see how she turned it into a long running series.
It took a while for the book to hold my attention. It bored me and I looked forward to the ending more to be done with it than to find out what happened. The characters were skin deep at best and not really believable. Aside from the story line, part of the problem was the narrator. She is awful!!!!
This is my first Sue Grafton/alphabet novels. I had to really work to get used to her writing style. She seemed to put an emphasis on explaining details that didn't seem to pertain to the storyline. I will try another to see if it is my kind of book.
This wasn't the most stimulating thriller I have ever read, but it was entertaining. I would put it in the category of "beach fare." I will purchase others in the series and hope they get a little more stimulating. If not, then I know not to expect great literature.
I think the title sums it up. Many hard boiled detective stories give the details...But the details usually help you connect to the main character, or provide you with some perspective into the case. This book gives LOTS of details that are of minimal interest to the reader.
I liked Knitting Yarns much better
This is fast moving, and fun to read but will not "change" you as really great literature can. Still, sometimes we all need a little fluff.
Needs better distinction in the reading between characters, sometimes I had no idea who was talking!
Very disappointing, I thought it would have been better after reading the reviews. Predictable and not very well read.
Sometimes the details dragged on and I got lost in why they were needed. Seriously, I do not care what street the charactor drove on to get to Reno!
The story was interesting, but the performance was mediocre. Several times I had no idea which character was speaking.
I used to read Sue Grafton's A-Z books several years ago and always enjoyed them. I have really been enjoying audible books, so I thought I would try the first one, since it had been so long since I read it the first time. All I can say from here is that the narration ruined the book. I'll go back to reading if this narrator does any more.
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