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!
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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)
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.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
I had never read a Grafton novel and so was keen to do so based on the excellent reports, particularly of this series. Then, there it was, in one of the Audible sales of the first in series titles. I grabbed it and then waited a month for it to get to the top of the queue. I regret to say that I feel a bit let down.
I know it is early days in this series (I understand that "U" has been released), but I'm compelled to say that there is not much depth to Kinsey (to the point that you want to call her that as if she has no surname). I though the plot a bit predictable. I'm hoping it improves with "B". You will detect from this that I'm not so deterred that I won't venture a second date. Really it was a two and an half for me, across the board.
Turning to Ms Peiffer, I reluctantly have to agree with other reviewers that her pronunciation lets her down and there are inexplicable pauses (including lack of pauses, as in the case of the end of a chapter or a change of scene). For all that, she has an engaging voice, particularly for the female characters. I see she is reading "B", so I might need to take a deep breath, but I'm hoping that she, like Kinsey, grows on me. In the meantime, I might just pick up the abridged version of this title and compare Judy Kaye.
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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).
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.
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