August 26, 2015

‘B’ Is For Burglar by Sue Grafton

Finding wealthy Elaine Boldt seems like a quickie case to Kinsey Millhone. The flashy widow was last seen wearing a $12,000 lynx coat, leaving her condo in Santa Teresa for her condo in Boca Raton. But somewhere in between, she vanished. Kinsey's case goes from puzzling to sinister when a house is torched, an apartment is burgled of worthless papers, the lynx coat comes back without Elaine, and her bridge partner is found dead. Soon Kinsey's clues begin to form a capital M—not for missing, but for murder: and plenty of it.
I don’t know if I am just getting worse at guessing twists at the end of novels, or if Sue Grafton is just really good at fooling me. I sort of had the first book figured out but was caught doubting myself. In this installment, I didn’t even guess the ended until it was revealed.

And that was only one part of what I enjoyed about it.

Kinsey Millhone is very quickly turning into one of my favorite protagonists. She is smart, she is funny, and it is just exciting to read books from her POV.

I enjoyed the story and the characters just as I did with the first one. It is nice meeting new characters with each book and having them explained so well. No character seems like a useless space-filler. It is refreshing. . . even those these books are a smidge on the older side.

‘B’ kept me entertained and kept me turning the page. It made me want to dive right into the next book, but unfortunately I was on vacation and did not have it with me.

5/5 stars.

Memorable quotes: “’Don’t ever do sit-ups. That’s my advice. I do a hundred a day and it always hurts.’ She was winded, her cheeks tinted pink from the effort. She was in her late forties, wearing a bright yellow sweat suit, her belly protruding in pregnancy. She looked like a ripe Florida grapefruit.”

“It’s a marvel God doesn’t reach right down and rip my tongue out by the roots for the lies I tell.”

“The thing Ive been worried about for years is how dinosaurs mated, especially those great big spiny ones. Someone told me once they did it in water, which helped support all that weight , but I find it hard to believe dinosaurs were that smart. It didn’t seem likely with those tiny pinched heads. I shook myself back to reality.”

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