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"B" Is for Burglar

"B" Is for Burglar

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Rating: 5 stars
Summary: B is for Brilliant
Review: For years my friends have been telling me I should read Sue Grafton's 'Kinsey Millhone' series of Alphabet mysteries. I am not a great fan of mysteries, and I have to admit that the 'alphabet' thing, with each book starting with a new letter of the alphabet just all seemed far too twee for me. And then finally I read B is for Burglar - and loved it - adored it is closer to the word really - and read every other book of hers I could get my hands on. The mystery was satisfyingly complex, and Kinsey Millhone is a gem. The series is now up to O, and I am waiting (eagerly, anxiously, expectantly) for the release of the new P mystery in 2001.

This book is set in June 1982 - and if you haven't read the first book in the series, you don't have to worry too much. The narration by Kinsey herself will quickly bring you up to date with the essentials of her life. Kinsey Millhone is a private detective, 32 years old, single. Gloriously, she doesn't smoke, or drink heavily, or do drugs. She isn't a goody-two-shoes either, she really is quite ordinary, with a few of the usual hang-ups we all have. I liked that, because the focus is more on her mysteries than Kinsey coming to angst-stricken grips with her own failings (as often seems to happen in mysteries).

Kinsey Millhone has been hired by Beverley Danziger to find her missing sister - Elaine Boldt. It seems like a pretty straightforward case. But as Kinsey delves deeper there seems to be something sinister below the surface. There have been sightings of her since she left her California apartment to head for Florida but nothing that seems to add up. - Elaine was last seen driving a car - but she had no licence - her beloved cat is missing without trace, and she has gone to stay with friends - un-named At the centre of the confusion is a woman, Pat Usher, living illegally in Elaine's Florida apartment.

As Kinsey digs deeper she discovers the discord between Beverley and her sister Elaine and then there is the brutal murder of her neighbour and friend, Marty Grice just before Elaine's own disappearance. Somehow Kinsey must sort through the facts, red-herrings and lies - and in the process discovers that beneath the disappearance of Elaine there lies a much darker crime.

I really enjoyed the book (it bustled along), enjoyed the mystery, loved the characters - both new and repeated, but most of all I love Kinsey. She is quite ordinary and she has a wonderful sense of humour - which I think develops more as the Alphabet series of books continue. You don't necessarily have to read this series in order, by the way - I didn't. Each book has enough background detail in it to be read on its own.

Rating: 5 stars
Summary: Sue Grafton is #1 in my book
Review: I have read and own almost all of the Kinsey Millhone series and every book is fabulous! But I must say "B" is for Burglar is one of my very favorites! It had me on the edge of my seat every second. I started reading the series last year in summer school when at the school library I found "M" is for Malice and since then I buy every book I see. I now have "A"-"F" then I'm missing a few then my collection goes from "J"-"P"! And not one of these books has ever had me bored!! I recomend "B" is for Burglar and every other Sue Grafton book to any reader!! I promise you won't regret reading her work!

Rating: 4 stars
Summary: funny, suspenseful - another great kinsey mystery
Review: "B is for Burglar" is Kinsey Millhone's report on her search for Elaine Boldt, a wealthy woman who, instead of going to her Florida condo, has disappeared. Par for the course for a Kinsey mystery, the plot is memorable and not too easily unraveled. An excellent light read.

Rating: 5 stars
Summary: A Genuine Mystery
Review: Last week I bought the latest Kinsey Millhone paperback, P IS FOR PERIL, and after reading it I decided to start at the beginning and read them all again. I found A IS FOR ALIBI somewhat disappointing. I didn't like Kinsey's insensitive right-wing "lawnorder" politics, and I was able to figure out who dunnit well before the book's conclusion.

However, commencing with B IS FOR BURGLAR (I'm now up to G) Sue Grafton has been characterizing Kinsey as tough and competent without making her into a tediously macho John Wayne with lipstick. Best of all, this one's a rare mystery that throws out all the clues honestly and still remains tantalizingly mysterious until the last few pages. What a joy! Small wonder this slim novel won all the major prizes for its publishing year.

I worry that Grafton is up to Q. What will she do when she gets to Z? Start over with numbers, I hope.

Rating: 4 stars
Summary: Almost Perfect!
Review: "B" is definitly one of the best Sue Grafton books and so far I've read 8. It actually deserves 4 in a half stars but 5 is too many. It starts off kindof slow but once it grabbed hold of me I couldn't put it down. The mystery was so complex that I didn't even take bets on the outcome because I had no clue at all. But it was truly a twist at the end that I didn't even think of. Kinsey is hysterical in this book and I especially loved her friend from Fl. Julia. Read this book! You won't regret it.

Rating: 4 stars
Summary: Entertaining and fun
Review: Grafton continues to develop and expand on Kinsey's character with the second book in her series. Its been less than 2 weeks since the events of "'A' is For Alibi", when Kinsey is approached by a new client, who needs her to locate her missing sister, so she can recieve her portion of a late relatives estate. When Kinsey cant find any evidence that points to where the sister has dissapeared to, she suggests going to the police, and her client promply fires her, but she continues to persue the case anyway. Grafton deftly takes us through many twists and turns on the way to solving the mystery, which once again culmunates in Kinsey nearly getting herself killed.
A very well told story, that keeps the reader interested, but is very similar to the first book in the series. Kinsey continues to grow and develop throughout this book, and I can't wait to see what happenes to her next

Rating: 4 stars
Summary: Better than A
Review: The second in Sue Grafton's alphabet series really helps the series pick up speed. This one takes Kinsey from California to Boca Raton Florida and back.

Rating: 4 stars
Summary: funny, suspenseful - another great kinsey mystery
Review: "B is for Burglar" is Kinsey Millhone's report on her search for Elaine Boldt, a wealthy woman who, instead of going to her Florida condo, has disappeared. Par for the course for a Kinsey mystery, the plot is memorable and not too easily unraveled. An excellent light read.

Rating: 4 stars
Summary: A female PI with spectacular wit and insight
Review: Kinsey is hired to track down a missing person. It seems like a straight-forward, "quickie" case at first, but it quickly turns into much more than that, as she begins to suspect that the person in question isn't just missing - but dead.

I love first-person, private detective stories, and Sue Grafton has to be one of the best writers of this type of mystery out there. Kinsey is so realistic, you can't help but root for her. I love that I only know as much as she does (thanks to that first-person viewpoint), and I discover the clues right along with her, which usually keeps me guessing until the last few pages. I thought a couple of loose ends could have been wrapped up a little better in this particular book, but it wasn't enough to detract from the storyline as it developed.

Just a quick example of Kinsey's wit and insight: "There is no place in a P.I.'s life for impatience, faintheartendess, or sloppiness. I understand the same qualifications apply for housewives." (page 33)

I'm reading the books in order, and although I enjoyed 'A' is for Alibi slightly more (I liked Kinsey romantically involved, even if her choice of partner left a little to be desired), I'm eagerly looking forward to reading 'C' is for Corpse.

Rating: 3 stars
Summary: It was ok
Review: The plot is very clear, but I feel that I missed a lot by listening to the abridged version. For example, I never really "got into" the characters. The book consists of 2 tapes and its over before you know it. If you can afford the investment in the complete set of tapes, it is probably worth it.

The read, Judy Kaye, is easy to understand and portrays the characters much more vivadly than I could in my head!


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