F is for Fugitive – Sue Grafton

Another Kinsey Millhone whodunnit, hot on the heels of E is for Evidence (both picked up from the Barbican library), and the continuity holds up nicely. This time, Kinsey is out of town, staying in a seaside motel, working for its owners, a dysfunctional family whose son stands accused of a long ago murder, and who has been on the run ever since. Just the ticket for chilling out in chilly – nay wintry! – Avignon.

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E is for Evidence – Sue Grafton

Kinsey gets set up as the crim in this the fifth Kinsey Millhone mystery….. being set up with an unexpected deposit of $5000 into her usually threadbare account. And winds up having a couple of close shaves with homemade bombs and a psychotic killer.

Actually, this is more of a Thirties whodunnit than a Patricia Cornwell thriller-type mystery. I enjoy both, but Sue Grafton’s style is nice and easy, and quick, to read. Especially when waiting for the Eurostar to Avignon!

Next stop, F is for Fugitive….

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D is for Deadbeat – Sue Grafton

More satisfying than C for me, largely because of the action in Kinsey’s personal life, and the fact that for the first time she has a client who is a crim/ex-crim, who is subsequently murdered. The main gripe I had with this plot is that the Whodunnit factor rests on there being 5 suspects and the fact that all are slim blondes, and I failed to pick up on these significant features in the initial descriptions of most of them, with the end result that it was hard to follow the twists and turns in the later chapters.

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B is for Burglar – Sue Grafton

Another of my pre-Christmas haul of reading from Barbican Library, and still in the crime genre – not my usual fayre, but I like to dip into it every now and again.

I’ve read a few Kinsey Millhones before, and thought I’d best start from the beginning, and B was as close as I could get. I do have C and D on the bookshelves to speed on through though.

A Californian ex cop and feisty female private eye, Kinsey Millhone makes a good heroine, and Sue Grafton’s plots are convoluted enough to keep you turning the pages, while not having too many nightmare inducing moments.

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