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)
It's as fresh and sassy as it was back in the 20th century. Plus it's fun to see things when she's telling you things for the first time: the car, the lifestyle, the back story. And a tricky ending brought off well. We owe Sue Grafton a great debt for taking up this challenge and scoring with all 26 books. .
This story is ok but a little dull. I hope the series gets better. Also I am not a huge fan of the narrator.
This was my first Sue Grafton and I enjoyed the main character, Kinsey Millhone. I thought the story was interesting and picked up pace a lot towards the end.
But, I don't think the narrator is suited for this character. Even as someone who is relatively unfamiliar with the series I felt like something was missing. I think I'll read the rest of the titles if this same narrator has done the rest of the series.
I can't imagine who might enjoy this book.
None I could identify. Mindless nonsense.
Sue Grafton creates the character Kinsey Milhone with not much parallel to her own life, and I do enjoy Kinsey's point of view on a lot of subjects. Her sarcasm and wit offers humor on some subjects that may need it to break things up. I started in the middle of the alphabet series with "R is for Ricochet", and have committed myself to read the entire series.
Judy Kaye is the better narrator of the alphabet series because she has the ability to deliver Kinsey's personality to the reader. Mary Peiffer on the other hand gets the job done while lacking the delivery of Kinsey Milhone. For myself I haven't ran across a narrarator that I could not adjust to--Frank Muller being the most difficult.
As it has been said the most important part of a book is the story, it is always about the story. Sue Grafton writes these private eye stories beginning with "A is for Alphbet" that are easy to follow, which is what is fiction is all about. A book that takes us a away and to a place that we can relax and enjoy, not a place that is complexed and hard to figure out. No matter what case Kinsey has taken on it is sure to be an enjoyable story.
If it was't written. Or Maybe because it was the first book.....I may try a newer book to compare this book.
I had heard "D is for Deadbeat" and really enjoyed it. So, I thought I would go to the beginning of the series and read the rest of the series in order. I'm not sure that was really necessary, but I'm sticking to it.
I enjoyed this book. The plot was a bit predictable to me, but I liked it anyway. I was able to visualize easily and it kept me interested through all but the very end of the book.
The narrator is absolutely great. I look forward to hearing more stories read by her.
In my opinion, not as good as others, but it's enjoyable.
If you like police procedurals then you will like this. I usually read cozy mysteries. I thought I would try something new since I was caught up on all of my other authors. It's not my kind of book so I don't have much to say. The narrator did a good job reading what was a good story. It just wasn't my cup of tea.
Kinsey Millhone as she is a strong female character but full of flaws like a real person.
good reader. Nice voice. No extraneous noises and portrays different characters well.
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