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Publisher's Summary

A wealthy woman needs to find her sister to settle a will. It looks routine...boring. Still, business is slow and even a private investigator has bills to pay, so Kinsey Millhone takes the case.

But this is not routine and the deeper Kinsey digs the trickier things get. The client tries to call Kinsey off, an accusing husband surfaces, and a double murder turns the case sinister. Kinsey feels adrift in a fog of distortion, where nothing, except danger, is quite what it seems.

Don't miss the other titles in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mystery Series.
©1985 Sue Grafton (P)1993 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"Unconventional, unsentimental, Millhone's a fine addition to the ranks of fictional private eyes." (The Houston Chronicle)

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  • JOSEPH
  • Bonners Ferry, ID, United States
  • 07-09-12

Back again for B is for Burglar

I actually had not heard this since it was first out on Books on Tape a looooong time ago and wanted to hear it again! To me it was actually fun to hear the old Books on Tape stuff at the very start of the book.
Although still a good story the second time through, I can really see (hear) why so many reviewers were not very happy with the early books just because of the reader Ms. Peiffer.
Although she reads the story fine, as with several other readers of various books, she just doesn't seem to have the correct or expected 'tonal quality' for the character in this story, in my opinion!!!
If you're just discovering the "Alphabet" series, I'd still recommend giving it a listen, or, especially in the early stages of this series, get the abridged version and hear the reader that now has become the ONLY reader of the series for the most part, abridged or unabridged, Judy Kaye!
She IS Kinsey Millhone!

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  • Patti
  • Chittenango, NY, United States
  • 01-17-11

I Did Finish It

I did finish this book, even after reading "A is for Alibi." But I won't get any of the others by this author. After reading David Baldacci's books, this is just too simple. The Andy Carpenter series by David Rosenfelt are lighter than Baldacci and much preferred over this author. But this is just my unsolicited opinion...

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  • Allison
  • Cary, IL, United States
  • 09-11-07

Never a waste!

Anything by Sue Grafton is worth the credits or cash! Kinsey Milhone has got to be one of my all time favorite recurring characters in fiction. Thanks Sue!

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Sue Grafton never disappoints.

If you have never read a Sue Grafton / Kinsey Millhone book, do yourself a favor and start with A and read them all. Every last one is worth the time. But be aware, the alphabet ends with Y now.

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pretty good

very good naration.
loved listening
story pretty good
i enjoy her mataphores very poetic and moving

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Second time around

This is second time around for this series. Read first time ,now listsning. Just always enjoy her stories

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Great

Loved it, could not put it down. Great descriptions, I felt like I was walking along with the hero

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another great book

enjoyed it a great deal as usual she kept me on the edge of my chair

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I enjoy Sue Grafton's Books!

Great! I enjoy Sue Grafton's Books! I love a mystery that keeps you guessing!

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Not worth it

This plot and book drew out painfully. Ugh. I had to speed it up to get through it. It was painful. I don't recommend it at all.

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  • Janette Lands
  • 09-11-16

narrator

I don't know how I managed to listen to the whole book this narrator is monotone and annoying.

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  • Alice
  • 04-25-18

Great follow up.

This is the 2nd book in the series that I have listened to; I have also listened to A is for Alibi. I really like the character of Kinsey Millhone, I think she's no nonsense and extremely likeable. I bought this and binge listened to it over a couple of days. It wasn't my intention to binge listen, but the descriptions are so vivid, that it is very easy listen and the story is so propulsive, that I couldn't help myself.
I know people dislike the narrator Mary Peiffer, but I think her voice reflects the slightly cynical world view of Kinsey. I really like it when they keep the same narrator for a whole series, because that then becomes part of the character's identity for me. I'd like to know why the whole series isn't available on audio?

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  • Florence Gaye
  • 10-12-17

Enjoyable despite disappointing narration.

I am an avid fan of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone novels and have been reading them for many years. B is for Burglar is typical fayre, encompassing an intriguing story well told, and richly portraid characters, with Grafton's usual attention to detail enabling the listener to really identify with the characters by her succinct descriptions of their physical selves, the myriad quirks and personality traits and mannerisms that define a human being. (In later novels this skill is applied with great effect to dogs and cats also, usually eliciting a tear or two of sentiment from me.)
Unfortunately, I found Mary Peiffer's narration did little to bring this story to life. Ms Peiffer gives wonderful performances of the female protagonists and puts alot of feeling and expression into the ladies' voices but when narrating dialogue from men she (generally) drops her voice very low and speaks really slowly, to the point where each man who speaks seems on the verge of a coma with no apparent distinction between any of the men in this novel. This lack of passion and animation is also evident in all the dramatic passages of the book - it literally sounds as though Ms Peiffer is describing a basic and routine domestic chore rather than an important moment of enlightenment or an exciting, near-fatal physical tussle. There is simply no evident tension at all and as such- for me at least- deflected greatly from the overall credibility of the novel and my enjoyment of it. By direct contrast, Judy Kaye's superb narration of Y is for Yesterday imbues that wonderful novel with depth and feeling and I would advise any listener who considers themself practically a friend of Kinsey's who has not already done so, to download Sue Grafton's latest book without delay; in my humble opinion, it is simply her best so far and Judy Kaye brought that book to full-on technicolour life with such rich character performances that I felt I had watched a movie instead of listening to a book.
However, despite my criticisms, I still think the other Grafton novels narrated by Mary Peiffer are enjoyable and definitely worth a listen, for established Grafton fans and newcomers alike.

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  • Roberta Downey
  • 02-01-18

great listening

really well written and extremely well read. cannot wait to read the next Kiney Mi,lhone mystery