Book Review: B is for Burglar

I finally got around to reading the second Sue Grafton book, B is for Burglar.

Basic Summary (Courtesy of Amazon):

Although business has been slow lately for P.I. Kinsey Millhone, she’s reluctant to take on the case of locating Beverly Danziger’s sister Elaine Boldt. It’s a small matter that Beverly should be able to handle herself. So why is she enlisting Kinsey’s services? Beverly claims she needs Elaine’s signature on some documents so that she can collect a small inheritance. But the whole affair doesn’t sit well with Kinsey. And if there’s something she’s learned in her line of work, it’s to always follow your instincts…

Kinsey’s hunch proves true when she begins her inquiries into Elaine’s whereabouts and discovers that the attractive widow was last seen in a flashy lynx coat boarding a plane for Boca Raton. But the more Kinsey searches for Elaine the more questions she encounters. Is Elaine’s disappearance tied in to the brutal murder several months ago of one of her bridge partners? And what happened to Elaine’s Persian cat who seems to have also vanished?

Things take a turn for the worse when a stranger vandalizes the home of one of Elaine’s neighbors and another neighbor turns up murdered. With her reputation and career on the line, Kinsey risks all to find a missing woman and a killer who’s waiting in the shadows to strike again…

My Thoughts:

Oh mi goodness. Seriously. I wrapped up my review of A is for Alibi by saying I couldn’t wait to see what happened when Sue Grafton hit her stride with Kinsey. Bam, she done it by book two.

I copied great lines on my kindle. Not really something I do normally but some of them were so stinking good I had to take note.

“I figure guys are like Whitman’s Sampler. I like to take a little bite out of each and then move on before the whole box gets stale.”

“Abruptly, she moved back and let me into the house with the attitude of someone using the f word under her breath.”

I will be reading C thru Z now. I won’t review them all for you. Just the ones that make me highlight on my kindle.


Book Review: A is for Alibi

I had never read Sue Grafton. I’d been tempted, with so many books to her name it seemed a possible vista of reading. When she died recently, James over at This is My Truth Now, penned a lovely tribute which made me run out (virtually anyway) and order a book.

I started at the beginning. A is for Alibi.

Book Description (Courtesy of Amazon):

A tough-talking former cop, private investigator Kinsey Millhone has set up a modest detective agency in a quiet corner of Santa Teresa, California. A twice-divorced loner with few personal possessions and fewer personal attachments, she’s got a soft spot for underdogs and lost causes.

That’s why she draws desperate clients like Nikki Fife. Eight years ago, she was convicted of killing her philandering husband. Now she’s out on parole and needs Kinsey’s help to find the real killer. But after all this time, clearing Nikki’s bad name won’t be easy.

If there’s one thing that makes Kinsey Millhone feel alive, it’s playing on the edge. When her investigation turns up a second corpse, more suspects, and a new reason to kill, Kinsey discovers that the edge is closer―and sharper―than she imagined.

My thoughts:

I hated the opening of this book. Had it not been on my kindle I might have thrown it. Utter balderdash. But then on page 3, one of the characters says something – being a mistress is all about an ego trip. And I thought well, damn, at least she isn’t afraid to talk honestly about humans and the why they do the things they do. I’ll read on.

I can’t say it was a great mystery. I knew who dun it a third of the way thru. shrug. But it was an interesting read. Interesting enough for me order B is for Burglar. I kind of want to see where this is going. What it will look like when Sue and Kinsey hit their stride.