Author(s): Sue GraftonDownload
A IS FOR AVENGERA 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.A IS FOR ACCUSEDThat’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.
A IS FOR ALIBI
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.”A” Is for Alibi”B” Is for Burglar”C” Is for Corpse”D” Is for Deadbeat”E” Is for Evidence”F” Is for Fugitive”G” Is for Gumshoe”H” Is for Homicide”I” Is for Innocent”J” Is for Judgment”K” Is for Killer”L” is for Lawless”M” Is for Malice”N” Is for Noose”O” Is for Outlaw”P” Is for Peril “Q” Is for Quarry”R” Is for Ricochet “S” Is for Silence “T” Is for Trespass”U” Is for Undertow “V” Is for Vengeance “W” Is for Wasted “X” “Y” Is for YesterdayThe letter Z was unfinished at the time of her death 12/28/2017
Some Reviews: 4396 in Goodreads.com
It’s interesting that Kinsey Millhone and Vic Warshawski both appeared for the first time in the same year. I wonder why the market suddenly felt the need for two female P.I.s. It was a very good thing anyway!!!
Vic has been a favourite of mine for some time now but this is the first time I have tried this series by Sue Grafton and I did enjoy it. Kinsey’s approach to detecting was reasonably realistic, I liked the old style feel to everything(was the 1980’s really that long ago!) and the writing was good. The story built up quite slowly but picked up the pace at the end and it was easy to read the whole thing in a fairly short time.
I will certainly move on to the next book and it is very likely that I will make my way through the whole series:)
I’ve read D,F,H and O before and F was my favorite. But now it’s A. I’mean it was filled with twists till the end, and has some thrill in the final chapter.
The story revolves around the murder of a divorce attorney named Laurence Fife. His wife Nikki was found guilty for the murder even though she claimed to be innocent till the end.
After she went out of jail eight years later, Nikki hires Kinsey Millhone, a private Investigator to find out who killed her husband and framed her. However, as Kinsey search for clues, people related to the case are being killed, and she realize that the case has more than it meets the eye.
The first book in the Kinsey Millhone series. Though I love the series, the first book did have some issues. I think at times the book’s flow got a bit rough. And the characters are not very developed yet. Grafton gives a short description of Kinsey. It takes a lot of books to find out about her last, how she came to live with her aunt, and her past marriages. Getting the build up to all of that is wonderful though.
Kinsey at the time of his book is 32 and twice divorced. A private investigator who is able to pay the bills. She is hired by a woman who was convicted of murdering her husband. The woman claimed she is innocent and wants to find out who really killed her husband. Kindly ends up investigating this and another case of a young woman who also died by the same means.
We get broad strokes to other characters we will get to know later on the series like Henry Pitts, Rosie, and Lieutenant Dolan. I do wish we had a chance to spend more time with them in this first book, but Grafton focuses on the case that Kinsey is working as well as a romance that comes out of nowhere.
The writing was really good. Though as I said the flow was a bit off towards the end. I recall reading this the first time and being shocked by how the two cases were wrapped up. It’s been years since I read this, so even this time I found myself pleasantly surprised again.
I enjoy the setting of Santa Teresa and it sounds ideal at times. The series takes place here and though the years may change, Santa Teresa is the main setting.
Kinsey goes through a life changing event in this one, that scars her a bit going into B is for Burglar.
I won’t bother to review the whole A through S (so far) series, and I doubt I could remember my reaction to each individual book in any case. As a whole, though, I love this series. Sure, it’s total pulp fiction, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless. First, the series is based in Santa Teresa, CA, a very thinly disguised Santa Barbara, which makes it great fun for anyone who’s lived in SB. (My *favorite* alteration is that Mission Street become Missile Street!) Second, Kinsey Millhone is your prototypical (stereotypical?) hard-boiled female PI. I respect authors that give us detectives who are actually detectives and who don’t just accidentally stumble into murder plots everywhere they go, even if Kinsey does have to mention in every book that PIs don’t usually have this much excitement. Kinsey is great fun, and fairly *real*. It’s not a perfect series, and I do wish that Grafton would either write more quickly or allow Kinsey to live life in between books so that we wouldn’t be stuck in the ’80s with these books, but it’s a good read.
I went through an interesting series of feelings about this book. My overall impression which did not change even as I finished is the mirror reflection of a typical PI murder mystery, with gender reversed. I don’t know if her style evolved as her writing continued, as this is the first I’ve read.
At the beginning of the book, I was delighted that the story seemed dialogue driven, with everything the reader needed to know being said by the characters, but soon parts of excessive wordiness crept in, particularly descriptions of people and houses.
The novel, the first starring female PI, Kinsey Millhone, is set in the fictional southern California city of Santa Teresa, based on Santa Barbara. (I believe that this is the fictional creation of another detective fiction writer, Ross Macdonald) The choice of murder by substituting the contents of an antihistamine tablet with crushed oleander meant that an alibi held no value because the contents of the tablet could have been switched a considerable time earlier than the victim actually swallowed the tablet. In an interview cited in Wikipedia, Grafton says that she conceived aspects of the plot on her own “fantasies” of murdering her then-husband while going through a divorce. Another unique take is relating the modus operandi and the killer, which, because I don’t want to spoil it, I won’t go into.
This was a good introduction to the Kitty Millhone series, also know as the Alphabet Series, since each title is based on a letter of the alphabet..
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