Showing posts with label Kinsey Millhone Series. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kinsey Millhone Series. Show all posts

September 18, 2016

‘H’ is For Homicide by Sue Grafton

After a three-week-long investigation, Kinsey couldn't wait to get home. What she needed most was a few quiet days by herself--but two things happened to change all her plans.

First, she ran into a murder case. Then Kinsey met Bibianna Diaz, and before the night was over they were sharing a prison cell..
This book was. . . different. I didn’t feel like I was reading a Kinsey book because she was undercover for the majority of it. She wasn’t leading her usual bad-ass private investigator life. She was undercover in a life of crime.

It was strange to read, and I didn’t like it. But even though I didn’t like that aspect, I liked the book. The book hooked me and I kept turning the page. I couldn’t put the book down. Because she was around the people she was investigation so much, they became humanized. Usually you can just see them as the bad guy, but there was a human side to them in this book which added more depth.

I was hoping that Kinsey would be able to bust out more of her badass self, but aside from playing her undercover role well, we didn’t get to see it as much.

I am so conflicted on it, but I can say that I did enjoy it. The characters were very well developed and the story was different.

I am excited to read the next book, though. I am hoping it is more of a normal book for her.

4/5 stars

Memorable Quotes: “Life was good. I was female, single, with money in my pocket and enough gas to get home. I had nobody to answer to and no ties to speak of. I was healthy, physically fit, filled with energy.”

“I tried to look like an especially law-abiding citizen instead of the free-lance private investigator with a tendency to fib.”

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September 5, 2016

‘G’ is For Gumshoe by Sue Grafton


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.
I am glad that this book followed the last one. The last book didn’t feel like a Kinsey novel, but ‘G’ had Kinsey written all over it. It was refreshing to get back into a familiar setting and pace of story.
There is a lot of action in this book, and her life is in danger once again.

Dietz is a character that gets a new and bigger role in this novel, which I was happy about. I liked him as soon as he walked into this book, and I liked him more and more as the novel went along.
I hope that he makes an appearance in later novels.

The storyline of ‘G’ grabbed my attention and held it a lot better than ‘F’ did. It kept me guessing and made me not want to put the book down. It seemed like there was danger around every corner.

5/5 Stars

Memorable Quotes: "If I were asked to rate my looks on a scale of one to ten, I wouldn't. I have to say, however, that I seldom wear makeup, so whatever I look like first thing in the morning at least remains consistent as the day wears on."

"When you're presented with bad news, there's always this lag time, the brain simply unable to assimilate the facts."

"A threat on your life is a curious thing. It seems, at the same time, both abstract and absurd."

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July 23, 2016

‘F’ is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton

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...
This was such a weird Kinsey Millhone book. A lot of the ones so far have had a lot of action, some with her traveling around, and a lot more inner dialogue.

Here, we don’t really see her at home except in the beginning, and there isn’t much action until the end.

It was still very good – it was just different and it took some getting used to.

The one difficult thing about reading this book was that I had zero feelings for the family she was helping or even the people in the town she was in. I didn’t feel connected to them, and I didn’t really care about what happened to them. They were all just crazy.

It was great to read another Kinsey novel, but the supporting cast in this one didn’t do anything for me. In a very character-driven series, that fact made this one weaker for me.

I also guessed the twist before it was revealed

4/5 Stars

Memorable Quote: "Sometimes being fooled by love is worth the price. At least you know you’re alive and capable of feeling, even if all you end up with is chest pain."

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