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

P is for Peril: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

Join Kinsey Millhone on her latest venture into the darker side of the human soul, searching for a missing doctor who is loved by all...or is he?
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Publisher's Summary

Dr. Dowan Purcell had been missing for nine weeks when Kinsey got a call asking her to take on the case. A specialist in geriatric medicine, Purcell was a prominent member of the Santa Theresa medical community, and the police had done a thorough job. Purcell had no known enemies and seemed content with his life. At the time of his disappearance, he was running a nursing care facility where both the staff and the patients loved him. He adored his second wife, Crystal, and doted on their two-year-old son.




It wasn't Crystal who called Kinsey. It was Purcell's ex-wife, Fiona. Everything about their meeting made Kinsey uneasy. Fiona's manner was high-handed and her expectations unrealistic. Kinsey's instincts told her to refuse the job, yet she ended up saying, "I'll do what I can, but I make no promises." It was a decision she'd live to regret.




Pursuing the mysterious disappearance of Purcell, Kinsey crashes into a wall of speculation. It seems everyone has a theory. The cops think he went on a bender and is too ashamed to come home. Fiona is sure he ran off to get away from Crystal, and Crystal is just as sure he's dead. The staff at the nursing home is convinced he's been kidnapped, and one of his daughters, having consulted a psychic, is certain that he's trapped in a dark place, though she doesn't know where. Kinsey is awash in explanations and sorely lacking in facts. Then pure chance leads her in another direction, and she soon finds herself in a dangerous shadow land, where duplicity and double-dealing are the reality and, with the truth glinting elusively out of reach, she must stake her life on a thin thread of intuition.


Don't miss the other titles in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mystery Series.

©2001 by Sue Grafton; (P)2001 Random House, Inc.; Random House AudioBooks, a Division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Unlike many detective series, Grafton's seems only to get better each time out." (Entertainment Weekly)

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    Inga Duncan Seattle , WA, USA 06-26-03
    Inga Duncan Seattle , WA, USA 06-26-03
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    "Unabridged all the way!"

    In a Sue Grafton, nothing is irrelevant! I love what Judy Kaye does with the character's voice and tone. This was a great read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Kailua Kona, HI, United States 09-10-12
    Bill Kailua Kona, HI, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2009

    The Path Between the Seas to The Great Bridge ~ Kagan's Peloponnesian War to Gaddis' Cold One ~ Mornings on Horseback to a River of Doubt ~ Tom to Huck ~ Lennie to Charley ~ Cadfael to Cross ~ Rhyme to Reacher ~ Blomkvist and Salander to Wallander and Wallander ~ Moving Cheese or Eating Frogs ~ On the Road and Into Thin Air ~ The End of History to A Short History of Everything to ... well ... everything else.

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    "Grafton Continues to Shine ~ A Creditworthy Peril"

    The second half of the alphabet seems to be Sue Grafton's friend. The series faithful have watched her skills and her characters develop and Peril continues this creditworthy trend.

    Gone is the formulaic "Respectfully Submitted By" conclusion. Gone are many of the unnecessarily snarky Kinsey-isms. And gone are the predictable plots and stagnant characters. The faithful endured all that in the early books. Now is the pay off.

    Kinsey is MUCH more rounded. Her emotions and actions more understandable. Her skepticism and irony much more realistic and appropriate, no longer overdone or superfluous. And even her more off-putting revelations (did we really need to know her panties were warm and damp at one point) are believably Kinsey-ish.

    Secondary characters are better drawn, more fully developed, less predictable and much more realistic. They "could" be real people ~ they have character flaws and idiosyncrasies and often behave just a little unexpectedly. Once revealed, their motives make more sense and are not simple devices to get us to the end of the story, as has sometimes been the case in this series.

    This is an easy, diverting listen, well narrated. We aren't talking Dickens or Twain here, but you don't expect that from Sue and Kinsey. You expect an interesting escape and with Peril, you have a fine one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Colorado Springs, CO, USA 03-09-03
    Tony Colorado Springs, CO, USA 03-09-03 Member Since 2000
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    "Have to love unabridged"

    Personally, I much prefer unabridged audio versions. While the previous reviewer felt there was 'too much dialogue', in my opinion, the dialogue or commentary is what provides a feel of or connection with Ms. Milhone. If you're just wanting an overview of the alphabet series, there are a number of abridged versions that might be better suited for you. But once you really get involved with the series, you're going to want the unabridged.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    jean NORTH HAMPTON, NH, United States 08-19-12
    jean NORTH HAMPTON, NH, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "not bad"

    I had not read a sue grafton novel in a while. This was fairly entertaining. At times the story was slow and counts too much on coincidence

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah DALE CITY, VA, United States 04-28-10
    Deborah DALE CITY, VA, United States 04-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Read"

    I liked the storyliness and Kinsey's sense of humor. My only complaint would be that it ended abruptly. Not sure if it was the way it downloaded or the actual story. Usually her novels have an epilogue which finishes things up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Murphysboro, IL, USA 10-25-05
    William Murphysboro, IL, USA 10-25-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointing"

    Perhaps I missed something after reading the other reviews. I did not like this book. I thought the story was flat and did not flow smoothly. Other than some moments with the brothers, there were not any moments of excitement or eager anticipation.

    I easily could have put this book down and forgotten about it. The final straw was the ending. I do not want to spoil anything for those that want to listen to the book so I will simply say that I thought they forgot to record a chapter at the end of the book.

    I not only thought the book to be disappointing but I felt cheated by purchasing a book by a well-known accomplished author only to be provided with a transcript seemingly written by an aspiring literary student. The leading character is a professional private detective is it credible that she does not have a cellular telephone? Or, being the object of criminal intent, is it believable that the perpetrator would simply leave? I think NOT!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anne perth, Australia 07-04-04
    Anne perth, Australia 07-04-04

    perth to broome ..long distance roadtrain driver

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    "p is for peril"

    I really enjoyed sue's book ..she has a sense of humor, and her characters are so real. Hope audible get more of her books. made the driving time go quick. Waiting for more of sue grafton .

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    Barbara Baker Oregon 07-17-03
    Barbara Baker Oregon 07-17-03 Member Since 2001

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    "Good listening"

    I listen to books while traveling and this one made the miles fly by. Waiting patiently for "R" to come up as have already heard "Q". I get them as soon as Audible has them....

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    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 07-02-13
    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 07-02-13 Member Since 2006

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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    "You Either Love It or Hate It"

    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?

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    Cherri Kansas City, MO, United States 03-05-13
    Cherri Kansas City, MO, United States 03-05-13
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    "Love Love LOVE everything Sue Grafton."
    Where does P is for Peril rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Edge of my seat? Maybe sometimes but while I was never scared out of my wits I was always entertained!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Kinsey strikes again.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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