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A is for Alibi: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery | [Sue Grafton]

A is for Alibi: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

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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Publisher's Summary

When Laurence Fife was murdered, few mourned his passing. Plenty of people had reason to want him dead. But the police thought his wife Nikki , with motive, access and opportunity, was the #1 suspect. The jury thought so too.

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.

©1982 Sue Grafton; (P)1993 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"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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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger 03-16-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Kinsey is one tough cookie!"

    Bought on Audible

    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.

    Complaints: None

    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).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Croxton East, Australia 02-22-11
    Tracey Croxton East, Australia 02-22-11 Member Since 2009
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    "An entertaining read"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Margate, FL, United States 07-18-10
    Michelle Margate, FL, United States 07-18-10 Member Since 2010
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    "snore"

    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!!!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Bossier City, LA, United States 01-23-10
    Edward Bossier City, LA, United States 01-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Took some getting used to"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 12-30-06
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 12-30-06 Member Since 2012
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    "Not Totally Awful"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Keri Southfield, MI, United States 12-21-10
    Keri Southfield, MI, United States 12-21-10
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    "Booooooooooo-rrrriiiinnnnngggg"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce Tisaj 05-13-15
    Joyce Tisaj 05-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Narration horrible"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I read most of this series years ago and thought I go through them again. I couldn't finish. The narrator was not good. There is no inflection or passion to her reading. It was read like a news report.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sue Grafton again?

    Yes but not by this narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If the narrator paused or put some excitment into her reading, it would help.


    What character would you cut from A is for Alibi?

    It was hard to follow.


    Any additional comments?

    I will pick up the later Sue Grafton books with a different narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela T. Becker 03-27-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Don't like story or narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    narrator didn't know how to pronounce California cities or any word with a "ll".....story was not riveting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-08-15
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    "slow and drawn out"

    struggled to get through it. I stubbornly finished it hoping it would pick up the pace. best part of the book was the last chapter.

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    M. Blackstock Forest Hills,NN 06-10-14
    M. Blackstock Forest Hills,NN 06-10-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Good entertainment but not great literature"
    If you’ve listened to books by Sue Grafton before, how does this one compare?

    I liked Knitting Yarns much better


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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