Author: Sue Grafton

October 20, 2016

Review | O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton

Review | O is for Outlaw by Sue GraftonO is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton
Series: Kinsey Millhone, #15
Publisher: Ballantine Books, January 2001
Pages: 354
Format: Hardcover
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Through fourteen books, fans have been fed short rations when it comes to Kinsey Millhone's past: a morsel here, a dollop there. We know of the aunt who raised her, the second husband who left her, the long-lost family up the California coast. But husband number one remained a blip on the screen until now.
The call comes on a Monday morning from a guy who scavenges defaulted storage units at auction. Last week he bought a stack. They had stuff in them—Kinsey stuff. For thirty bucks, he'll sell her the lot. Kinsey's never been one for personal possessions, but curiosity wins out and she hands over a twenty (she may be curious but she loves a bargain). What she finds amid childhood memorabilia is an old undelivered letter.
It will force her to reexamine her beliefs about the breakup of that first marriage, about the honor of that first husband, about an old unsolved murder. It will put her life in the gravest peril."O" Is for Outlaw: Kinsey's fifteenth adventure into the dark side of human nature.

Oh, Kinsey.

O is for Outlaw might have broken her heart. And mine.

As I put this book down, I remembered writing how I wished Kinsey showed more of herself in the novels, letting us as readers get to know her better. I got my wish.

Kinsey Millhone was married twice (and prefers to be single, thank you very much). We met her second husband in E is for Evidence, but her first is rarely mentioned…until we get to O. In Outlaw, Kinsey finally reveals their relationship when news arrives that Mickey Magruder, the pointedly-ignored first husband, has been shot and is in a coma in Los Angeles.

I’ve always wondered at Kinsey’s determined lack of information about her relationship with Mickey and her reaction to his condition solidified my theory: he was her first love. You know, that one we’re always slightly irrational about, even years later? Mickey Magruder, a paranoid vice cop a decade her senior, was the guy who broke Kinsey Millhone’s heart.

Being Kinsey, she can’t help but start investigating, despite the investigating cops’ warnings. She unravels the life of a serial playboy, a man destroyed, and an addict in recovery. In discovering so much about Mickey’s current life, she understands his past a little better and finally comes to terms with their relationship. But it’s the last scene that had me sniffling back tears.

The mystery in O for Outlaw was up to par, and Kinsey’s snooping nature brought light into an otherwise emotionally heavy story. The difference? Mickey’s shooting rocked her to her core, so her typical unbiased perspective was deeply slanted.

I wanted to know more about the characters, their situations, and their relationship to her, but there was only so much room in the book. Still, O is for Outlaw was a surprisingly intense story, one that I’m thrilled finally was told.

4 Stars

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September 28, 2016

Review | N is for Noose by Sue Grafton

Review | N is for Noose by Sue GraftonN Is For Noose by Sue Grafton
Series: Kinsey Millhone, #14
Publisher: Fawcett, January 1970
Pages: 322
Format: Paperback
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Tom Newquist had been a detective in the Nota Lake sheriffs office --- a tough, honest cop respected by everyone. When he died suddenly, the town folk were sad but not surprised. Just shy of sixty-five. Newquist worked too hard, drank too much, and exercised too little.
Newquist's widow, Selma, didn't doubt the coroner's report. But still, she couldn't help wondering what had so bothered Tom in the last six weeks of his life. What was it that had made him prowl restlessly at night and brood constantly? Determined to help Selma find the answer, Kinsey Millhone sets up shop in Nota Lake, where she finds that looking for a needle in a haystack can draw blood --- very likely, her own ...

Slipping back into Kinsey’s world is like returning home. It’s comforting, despite the murders and violence that undoubtedly appear in each installment, and familiar. When she undertakes a case on the road as a favor for her friend (is he her friend? Not sure) Robert Dietz, Kinsey finds herself in arguably the biggest mess she’s dealt with.

Tom Newquist was an all-around popular guy in Nota Lake, so when he’s found dead in his truck on the side of the road, the town reels. Even though he was one of two police investigators in the area, no one seems to hold a grudge against him, yet Selma, Newquist’s bizarre widow, can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to the story. Enter Kinsey.

N is for Noose isn’t a cut-and-dried murder mystery, at least, not in the beginning. Instead, Kinsey faces the wild dynamics of a small, tight-knit town, an employer whom she’s pretty sure doesn’t tell the whole truth (only when it suits her), and a nagging feeling in her stomach that just won’t go away. There’s something definitely wrong in Nota Lake…but what it is?

While Tom’s murder was the initial hook for the mystery, I was drawn into the town vs. Kinsey dynamic that permeated the pages. Kinsey was an outsider, asking questions that wasn’t any her never mind. Small towns generally don’t take too kindly to that. The friction and tension in the atmosphere created this draw, this intense need to read the next page, to know what happened.

N is for Noose had even more surprises lying in wait. After reading 13 of Grafton’s other books, I thought I had her pattern down pretty well. I even thought I knew who the killer was and why.

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Won’t make that mistake twice. She blew me away. The killer, the motive, the method…that final scene was just simply amazing.

4 Stars

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August 25, 2016

Review | M is for Malice by Sue Grafton

Review | M is for Malice by Sue GraftonM Is For Malice by Sue Grafton
Series: Kinsey Millhone, #13
Publisher: Fawcett, January 1970
Format: Hardcover
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Approaching middle age warily, PI Kinsey Millhone of the Southern California coast is mildly depressed, romantically vulnerable and in the process of reassessing her family ties. Yet, when it comes to her professional abilities, she's at the top of her form, as this deftly plotted and absorbing novel proves. Bader Malek, a local industrial tycoon, has died, and his four sons now stand to inherit a substantial fortune. But one of them, Guy, has been missing since 1968. A drug addict, ne'er-do-well and all-around miscreant, Guy had been disinherited by his exasperated father shortly before he vanished. But that particular will has disappeared, and Kinsey has been hired by the family to find out if Guy is still alive and thus in line to collect his original portion of the estate.

When Kinsey Millhone thinks of the letter “M,” the first thing that comes to mind is murder. Yet when her long-lost cousin, the probate lawyer, asks her to lend a hand to close a missing person’s case, Kinsey finds herself embroiled in a family fueled by murder and malice.

Although M is for Malice isn’t an unusual set-up for one of Kinsey’s case, I was drawn into the story. There was one outstanding difference between this thirteenth book and her other twelve: the victim.

When rebel-without-a-cause Guy Malek left the family home, he didn’t expect to return to it a changed man. Yet, when Kinsey knocks on the door of the reformed bad boy, born again Christian, Malek enters the story with an unexpected touch of innocence. It’s like he grew younger – instead of older and wiser, he became slightly more naive and searched constantly for the good in other people. It created a protective need in both Kinsey and I.

His family, in turn, may win the award for the biggest bunch of arrogant misfits yet. An older brother with a desperate need to control everything, his borderline alcoholic wife, and two younger brothers who have no idea who they truly are and no real desire to figure it out. Leaving Guy Malek with them was something like a sheep among wolves.

The innocence of Guy and the madness of his family created a fantastic story, one that Kinsey narrated, for the most part. She stayed in the background, watching this family drama play out. Normally, the decision to stick her to the sidelines would bother me, but with all the drama going on, it was the perfect choice.

I liked that Grafton pushed Kinsey a little personally. Bringing back Robert Dietz, her old flame, to act as a partner in M is for Malice forced Kinsey to confront some demons she didn’t know she was carrying.

All in all, I loved it. M is for Malice had a great hook – the impressionable, irresistable Guy Malek.

4 Stars

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August 4, 2016

Review | L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton

Review | L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton"L" is for Lawless by Sue Grafton
Series: Kinsey Millhone, #12
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks, November 2009
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
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When Kinsey Millhone's landlord asks her to help deceased World War II vet Johnnie Lee's family find out why the military has no record of his service, she thinks it'll be a cinch. But she is about to meet her match in world-class prevaricators who take her for the ride of her life.
When Lee's apartment in burgled and a man named Ray Rawson, who claims to be an old friend of Lee's, is beaten up, Kinsey soon finds herself on the trail of a pregnant woman with a duffel bag. Soon the intrepid P.I. is following leads halfway across the country and encountering another man from Lee's past—a vengeful psychopath.
Stalked by a new enemy and increasingly suspicious of Rawson—not to mention running out of time and money—now Kinsey must steer a collision course to solve a decades-old mystery that some would like better left unsolved.…

When Kinsey agrees to do a small favor for her landlord, Henry, she thinks it’ll be a small investigation. Well, not even an investigation – more of a research project. When a simple search for a deceased’s military ID turns into a story of cops and robbers, a missing stash of cash and jewels, and a lawless man’s hidden history, Kinsey may finally be in over her head.

Logically, I didn’t expect all of the Kinsey Millhone books to be murder mysteries, but I will admit missing the hunt and drama that accompanies Kinsey’s search for a killer. Instead, L is for Lawless tells the tale of how a seemingly simple quest to give a veteran a military burial turns out to be one of the oddest mysteries Kinsey’s ever unraveled.

To be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about this installment. I appreciated Grafton’s effort to shake it up, but Kinsey’s trek halfway across the country to unravel the truth about the veteran who wasn’t a veteran didn’t do it for me.

Kinsey herself felt disjointed, misplaced. From Dallas onward, it just didn’t feel like Kinsey. The odd situation and race against time didn’t showcase her character – instead, the landscape and weird family dynamics of the minor characters took over Lawless. Consequently, the rest of the story began to fall flat, and I found my mind wandering more often than not.

I would have loved more about Rosie and William’s wedding – the little glimpses Grafton shares were downright hilarious. As two well-loved recurring minor characters, I felt they deserved more of the story’s time.

Maybe L is for Lawless wasn’t a winner for me, but I’ll keep plugging away at the Kinsey’s stories. After loving the first 11 of them, maybe #12 was just a hiccup.

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July 1, 2016

Review | K is for Killer by Sue Grafton

Review | K is for Killer by Sue GraftonK is for Killer by Sue Grafton
Series: Kinsey Millhone, #11
Publisher: Ballantine Books, January 1970
Pages: 292
Format: Hardcover
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When Kinsey Millhone answers her office door late one night, she lets in more darkness than she realizes. Janice Kepler is a grieving mother who can't let the death of her beautiful daughter Lorna alone. The police agree that Lorna was murdered, but a suspect was never apprehended and the trail is now ten months cold. Kinsey pieces together Lorna's young life: a dull day job a the local water treatment plant spiced by sidelines in prostitution and pornography. She tangles with Lorna's friends: a local late-night DJ; a sweet, funny teenaged hooker; Lorna's sloppy landlord and his exotic wife. But to find out which one, if any, turned killer, Kinsey will have to inhabit a netherworld from which she may never return.
From the Paperback edition.

On the surface, Lorna Kelper was an ordinary girl, if a little private. In one of the more grisly cases at the Santa Teresa Police Department, she was found dead in her home, a case left unsolved for years. But when Lorna’s mother arrives on Kinsey’s office doorstep late one night, asking for help in finding her daughter’s killer, Kinsey can’t refuse.

Grafton’s 11th book takes a turn to the darker side. While I wouldn’t consider the Kinsey Millhone series light and fluffy, the dark nature of the victim and crime took the series down a darker path. Part was due to the life of the victim herself: a manipulative woman living on the edge, working as a prostitute and testing the patience of those who loved her. I didn’t identify with Lorna or her surviving family, but I felt for them. The arrogance, the denial, the hurt that haunts that household as potently as if Lorna’s ghost actually drifted in the halls.

Kinsey’s relationships didn’t feel quite as real in K is for Killer. I liked the minor characters, but they didn’t have the same vibrancy I’d come to expect from Grafton. They mist have been overshadowed by Lorna’s powerful character – it’s hard to overlook a whirlwind like her.

When Cheney, the new guy, arrives on the scene, I was thrilled. It’s about time Kinsey’s personal life got a little shakeup. At first, everything seemed fine, yet more than halfway through the book, he suddenly mentions a girlfriend. Kinsey doesn’t act surprised, but I found myself rocked and more than a little confused.

Despite a few plot holes, K is for Killer is fascinating. I had to find out what happened to Lorna, why it happened. When Kinsey tugs at a few strings in the family’s defenses, the whole ball unravels and opens the door to the most fascinating depictions of how different people handle grief and jealousy.

As a fan of Grafton’s series, I found K is for Killer fascinating, but without the previous context, it might fall flat for some readers. Yet I loved the darker turn and the focus on the grief, jealousy, and how it affects us.

4 Stars

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June 6, 2016

Review | J is for Judgment by Sue Grafton

Review | J is for Judgment by Sue GraftonJ is for Judgment by Sue Grafton
Series: Kinsey Millhone, #10
Publisher: Ballantine Books, December 1997
Pages: 360
Format: Hardcover
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Wendell Jaffe looks great for a dead man! He’s been six feet under for five years ago—until his former insurance agent spots him at a dusty resort bar in Mexico. Now California Fidelity wants its insurance money back. Can P.I. Kinsey Millhone get on the case?
Just two months earlier, Jaffe’s widow pocketed $500,000 in insurance benefits after Jaffe went overboard. Was his “pseudocide” a last-ditch effort to do right by his beloved wife? Perhaps. But how would that explain the new woman in Jaffe’s second life?
Kinsey is in for the long haul as she delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Jaffe’s life and death…and discovers that, in family matters as in crime, sometimes it's better to reserve judgment…

A missing (presumed dead) man spotted, an empty sailboat recovered, and a million dollar insurance policy paid out. When Kinsey Millhone hears the particulars of California Insurance’s case, her natural curiosity calls for her to dig in. But when Kinsey gets caught up in the midst of family drama, it’s hard not to cast blame in J is for Judgement.

loved the deep dive into Kinsey’s past. It’s always been Kinsey and her aunt Gin since her parents died in a horrific car accident. She’s grown up independent, and she’s just fine with that, thank you very much…right? But when the case reveals that her extended family isn’t as far away as she thinks, Kinsey suddenly has to struggle with whether or not she wants to be a part of their world. I loved how Grafton explores the difference between what we actually want and what we’re just used to.

The case behind J is for Judgement is a mix of sad and intriguing. The missing man, Wendell Jaffe, leaves behind a wife, two teenage sons, and a mountain of debut for his family to dig themselves out of. It’s a heartbreaking situation, but the family rebuilds their lives the best they can. But when a retired CI insurance agent spots the missing man living it up in Mexico, his wife and sons have to struggle against a recurrence of the pain.

J is for Judgement is less about Kinsey’s case and more of a look about what happens to the people left behind to pick up the pieces. Both Kinsey and Jaffe’s family has to learn how to live again after rebuilding their lives in the first place. It’s a much more human story than the traditional whodunit I had expected. Either way, it’s another crowning jewel in Grafton’s series.

4 Stars

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April 8, 2016

Review | I is for Innocent by Sue Grafton

Review | I is for Innocent by Sue GraftonI Is for Innocent by Sue Grafton
Series: Kinsey Millhone, #10
Publisher: Pan Publishing, August 2012
Pages: 404
Format: Paperback
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When Morley Shine, a fellow PI, dies from a heart attack, Kinsey Millhone takes over the seemingly simple task of gathering evidence for Lonnie Kingman, a local attorney immersed in a civil suit.
Stakes are high. David Birney, acquitted of his wealthy wife's murder five years ago, got his hands on her fortune. Now Kingman wants to divest Birney of the money in favor of the wife's child by an earlier marriage. But the statute of limitations has about run out, and there is little progress.
Kinsey's easy investigation turns into a nightmare. Shine's files are in disarray and the key informant lacks credibility. And she senses danger...a killer waiting to see what Kinsey uncovers. Somebody got away with murder once...will it be Kinsey's turn this time?
From the Compact Disc edition.

Kinsey’s life is a bit of an upheaval. After losing her job with California Fidelity in H is for Homicide, she’s looking for a lucky break. One comes after a fellow private investigator dies suddenly of a heart attack and she’s asked to take over his case. The case, gathering evidence to support a murder charge (already once overturned), suddenly becomes a full-fledged investigation, one that brings into question who is truly innocent.

 Grafton’s novels are great reads on many levels, but what keeps me coming back is the moral hidden in each of the stories. In I is for Innocent, Kinsey faces the challenge of untangling who is telling the truth and what really happened that fateful night (normal day for her), but also ends up as a judge of sorts, a role she didn’t expect. She finds herself discerning just how innocent everyone is, because short of herself View Spoiler », everyone is complicit in some way.


Grafton’s gentle (and occasionally not-so-gentle) reminder that everyone has skeletons in their closet of some kind created a different atmosphere for Innocent – Kinsey’s main focus turns to finding out just what on earth happened that night.

Aside from the morals, Grafton has once again penned a superior mystery. When David Barney is acquitted of the cold-blooded murder of his wife, Isabelle, Kenneth, Isabelle’s former husband, doesn’t buy it. The conflicting emotions, hidden motives and long-buried secrets are slowly revealed as Kinsey starts poking around in the old case files.

The biggest hook came in the conflicting responses and actions of Isabelle’s husbands, both widower and ex. Both gave me the vague creeps from their differing reactions to Isabelle’s death, but the unusual situation and the varying nature of their personalities kept me captivated.

4 Stars

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March 11, 2016

Review | G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton

Review | G is for Gumshoe by Sue GraftonG is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton
Series: Kinsey Millhone, #7
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks, November 2007
Pages: 320
Format: Ebook

For #1 New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton's PI Kinsey Millhone, danger comes with the job—but she never expects to find herself at the top of a hit man's list…
When Irene Gersh asks PI Kinsey Millhone to locate her elderly mother Agnes, whom she hasn't heard from in six months, it's not exactly the kind of case Kinsey jumps for. But a girl's gotta pay her bills, and this should be easy money—or so she thinks. Kinsey finds Agnes in a hospital. Aside from her occasional memory lapses, the octogenarian seems fine. And frightened.
Kinsey doesn't know what to make of Agnes's vague fears and bizarre ramblings, but she's got her own worries. It seems Tyrone Patty, a criminal she helped put behind bars, is looking to make a hit. First, Kinsey's car is run off the road, and then days later, she's almost gunned down, setting in motion a harrowing cat and mouse game…

So Kinsey decides to hire a bodyguard. With PI Robert Dietz watching her 24/7, Kinsey is feeling on edge…especially with their growing sexual tension. Then, Agnes dies of an apparent homicide, Kinsey realizes the old lady wasn't so senile after all—and maybe she was trying to tell her something? Now Kinsey's determined to learn the truth…even if it kills her.



With a price on her head, a strange case to work, and an even stranger reaction to her private bodyguard, Kinsey has her hands full in Grafton’s seventh installment, G is for Gumshoe. Kinsey’s case leads her to a trailer park, an old woman harboring a dark secret, and the truth beneath the surface.

Even though the title G is for Gumshoe gives the impression the novel is all about detectives, it is, as of yet, the most intimate portrait of Kinsey’s character yet. Kinsey’s a self-reliant sort of girl – she reminds us constantly she’s better off on her own, but the more she says it, the more I wonder if she isn’t comfortable with it – but she has to truly rely on other people in this novel to make it through alive.

Dietz, Kinsey’s bodyguard, isn’t exactly what she expected, but she can’t argue with his methods. With a price on her head, it’s better safe than sorry. Coming to terms with allowing herself to depend on another person (besides her landlord Henry) is a constant struggle for her throughout the story. I loved how Grafton dealt with Kinsey and Dietz – it left me wondering if it was a real romance or the result of two people spending so much time together in a tense environment.

I didn’t get hooked into Gumshoe‘s plot right away, but once the assassin looking to collect on the bounty on Kinsey appeared, the story took off. It was constant action, romance, drama, tension and the last scenes…oh, the last scenes.

I wish that the assassin plot and the case Kinsey worked to solved tied in together more. At times, it felt like I was reading two entirely different stories – it was hard to find the connections. Even the last scenes – while stunningly tense – didn’t quite tie the two together as I would have liked.

Regardless, Gumshoe ranks high on my list of favorites because of the internal look at the main character. Grafton doesn’t let Kinsey just sit on the sidelines – her character is constantly being forced to evolve and it keeps me coming back every time.

3 Stars

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December 27, 2015

Review | F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton

Review | F is for Fugitive by Sue GraftonF is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton
Series: Kinsey Millhone #6
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks, November 2005
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
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When Kinsey Millhone first arrives in Floral Beach, California, it’s hard for her to picture the idyllic coastal town as the setting of a brutal murder. Seventeen years ago, the body of Jean Timberlake—a troubled teen who had a reputation with the boys—was found on the beach. Her boyfriend Bailey Fowler was convicted of her murder and imprisoned, but he escaped.
After all this time, Bailey’s finally been captured. Believing in his son’s innocence, Bailey’s father wants Kinsey to find Jean’s real killer. But most of the residents in this tight-knit community are convinced Bailey strangled Jean. So why are they so reluctant to answer Kinsey’s questions? If there’s one thing Kinsey’s got plenty of it’s persistence. And that’s exactly what it’s going to take to crack the lid on this case.
As Kinsey gets closer to solving Jean’s murder, the more dirty little secrets she uncovers in a town where everyone has something to hide—and a killer will kill again to keep the past buried...

After all this time, Bailey’s finally been captured. Believing in his son’s innocence, Bailey’s father wants Kinsey to find Jean’s real killer. But most of the residents in this tight-knit community are convinced Bailey strangled Jean. So why are they so reluctant to answer Kinsey’s questions? If there’s one thing Kinsey’s got plenty of it’s persistence. And that’s exactly what it’s going to take to crack the lid on this case.

As Kinsey gets closer to solving Jean’s murder, the more dirty little secrets she uncovers in a town where everyone has something to hide—and a killer will kill again to keep the past buried.

Kinsey Milhone needs a change of scenery. F is for Fugitive picks up shortly after her apartment blows up in E is for Evidence, and she’s going a little stir-crazy. When Royce Fowler and his daughter Ann show up at Kinsey’s door, asking her to investigate his son’s case in Floral Beach, Kinsey takes him up on it, mostly just for a change of pace. The guy was convicted of voluntary manslaughter – what can she really turn up? 

Okay, maybe I’m adding a little of my own take in the summary, but you get the jist. Kinsey’s in a transition period, feeling the hurt of the loss of her home and, consequently, the loss of her family. Immersing herself in another case sounds like the perfect solution, expect she’s heading to a town full of people just like her. 

The fact it was an older case (Jean was killed seventeen years before the story begins), Kinsey is left to not investigate Jean, but the people she knew, loved, hated, lived with. And, as in many small towns, these people have more problems than they can count. 

Grafton usually brings in a few stellar characters for each story, but the cast of Floral Beach was beyond doubt my favorite. They were so vivid, so dramatic, so believable, that Kinsey’s adventure was tough to put aside. It wasn’t just about these people or poor Jean – it was the connection they shared with Kinsey and the healing they all needed. 

Without giving anything away, the revelation of the killer blew me away. Usually I can put a finger on the character or noodle it out, but this one…just wow.

Highly recommended for any and all mystery lovers.

4 Stars

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November 27, 2015

Review | E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton

Review | E is for Evidence by Sue GraftonE is for Evidence by Sue Grafton
Series: Kinsey Millhone, #5
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks, November 2005
Pages: 320
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Being a twice-divorced, happily independent loner has worked like a charm for P.I. Kinsey Millhone—until holiday weekends like this one roll around. What she needs is a little diversion to ward off the blues. She gets her much-needed distraction with a case that places her career on the line. And if that isn't enough to keep her busy, her ex-husband, who walked out on her eight years ago, pops back on the radar...
It all begins with a $5,000 deposit made into Kinsey's bank account. Problem is she's not the one who deposited the money. But when she's accused of being on the take in an industrial arson case, Kinsey realizes someone is framing her…
Now Kinsey's working for herself. But with new evidence—and corpses—surfacing around her, she's going to have to act quickly to clear her name before she loses her career, her reputation—and quite possibly her life…

Kinsey Millhone doesn’t like to talk about her past. That is, she only mentions it in passing and as briefly as possible. When odd things start happening and Kinsey is framed for fraud, people from her past step into the future and cause more trouble than she expected. 

E is for Evidence had a great plot: insurance fraud, family drama, and the holiday blues keep the story to Grafton’s standards. It’s the complications from Kinsey’s past that made this book hard to put down. The holidays can be hard, especially when everyone else has plans. When her ex-husband, the famous musician, comes back, Kinsey is yanked even deeper into her own thoughts. For such a private person (only in the previous book does she start sharing info about her past), this sudden and rather intense revelation is fascinating. 

From what I’ve read so far, Kinsey interacts with the same people. In E is for Evidence, she pushes outside of her comfort zone, reaching out to her old friends from high school. After finishing the book, I don’t know if her voyage outside of her safety box will help or harm her… 

The novel had the same rhythm, the same general apttern that I’ve come to know and love with the Kinsey Millhone novels, but the insurance fraud angle gave the entire plot a new twist. I loved the mystery, the suspense of Kinsey trying to redeem herself and prove who is behind the crimes. E is for Evidence is more personal, upping the tension in the novel and making this one a favorite of mine. 

4 Stars

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