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Sue Grafton

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Kinsey Millhone is a private investigator in Santa Barbara--excuse me, that should be Santa Teresa-- California. Kinsey is also the heroine of a series of alphabetically titled mysteries, beginning with A is for Alibi and B is for Burglar. Grafton's books probably don't rate very highly as puzzle mysteries; the one thing you can be sure of is that the murderer is the last person you'd expect, they will confess everything in the last few pages, they probably end up dead rather than in jail, and Kinsey typically finds out for sure who they are because they try to kill her. That's perhaps too broad a generalization, but seems more or less true to me. Santa Teresa comes to life on the page, and Kinsey is supported by broad and amusing group of continuing characters.

Because of the background story involving Kinsey and her acquaintances, the books are best read in order.


A is for Alibi
Reviews: 1 March 2000
B is for Burglar
Reviews: 1 March 2000
C is for Corpse
Reviews: 1 March 2000
D is for Deadbeat
Reviews: 1 March 2000
E is for Evidence
Reviews: 1 April 2000
F is for Fugitive
Reviews: 1 April 2000
M is for Malice
Reviews: 1 February 1997
N is for Novice
Reviews: 1 June 1999

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