H is for Homicide by Sue Grafton

H Is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone, #8)H Is for Homicide by Sue Grafton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What started out as simple insurance fraud ended up as much more than Kinsey could handle. Well, if you call simple a case of a colleague being murdered and Kinsey handed the case. Simple until it’s a ring of insurance fraud that’s caused multiple deaths. Simple when Kinsey is conscripted to go undercover. Simple when an ex-boyfriend turns up.

Not so simple anymore.

It was a bit boring to read in the middle, as going undercover wasn’t really all that interesting. Being locked in run-down dirty apartment isn’t very exciting. Not even driving around committing fraud is all that exciting.

I kept reading to see where things were going to lead, and well, in true Kinsey fashion, it was a bit of a mess. But, Kinsey lives to see another day, as usual. Its not the most exciting in the series, and deviates a bit from the usual fare, but it’s still not bad.

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G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton

G is for Gumshoe  (Kinsey Millhone Mystery)G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kinsey is enlisted to find someone who has gone missing, or basically do a check in with someone who hasn’t been in touch for awhile. Her client hasn’t heard from her elderly mother in a month and wants Kinsey to find out what’s happened.

Well, Kinsey finds the elderly mother, but that’s just the beginning of her troubles. A hit man has been hired to take her out, so she is forced to hire a bodyguard. Things get a bit muddled up, and of course Kinsey escapes her bodyguard out of a need for freedom. And then crap hits the fan.

Somebody dies, somebody finds a lover, and somebody lives. Not a bad ending really.

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F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton

F is for FugitiveF is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s been an actual while since I’ve sat down to read a series, and I’ve since been back to my local library and they have the entire series (it sadly ends at Y). So now I kind of have to read it in order. Which means lots of reviews on the same topic, so to speak. I’m fairly certain I’ll run out of things to say apart from “I really liked it”. I do hope that’s not the case.

I will say that I pegged the culprit in this one fairly early on, but still wanted to see how Kinsey would figure it out. This is also the first book I got mad at. Like I put the book down and had to back away for a minute mad. Which is interesting in and of itself. Books that do that to me are few and far between, and this is the sixth in a series…so again interested to see if that happens again.

I’m just interested to see where things go from here, will there be another book to make me mad? Will I be able to predict the culprit in another book? Where does this series go from here?

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E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton

E is for EvidenceE is for Evidence by Sue Grafton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked the plot on this one, it was very different. In this episode, Kinsey is her own client, someone is making her the scapegoat for a much bigger crime than simple insurance fraud.

It actually works out in quite an interesting manner. I read these books just because I like following Kinsey around while she snoops, finding out about everyone. This person met that person for a tryst, that person is a closet drunk, this person works a second job no one knows about. I guess that makes me a bit of a busy body, but I like living vicariously through Kinsey, and she does some good work on this one.

Anyway, I’m thoroughly enjoying the series, and this one is no different, thoroughly enjoyable.

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D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton

D Is For Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone, #4)D Is For Deadbeat by Sue Grafton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m beginning to see what my mom likes about this series. I’m sad that the author has passed and she never got to finish the series (I believe it stops with X).

Anyway, this is about “D” not “X”, lets not get ahead of ourselves. I’m not terribly happy with the ending of this one, but at least Kinsey didn’t have to shoot anyone this time. It was less violent than previous books, but still very dangerous.

I liked all the twists and turns this one had, all the interesting characters involved made for nice read. The characters definitely made the book this time.

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C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton

C is for Corpse  (Kinsey Millhone, #3)C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kinsey is back working out the kinks from what happened in the last book. I like this subtle continuation of the series, it links back to the previous book without need to explain or read the entire previous book.

I was also happy to see that no new love interests inserted themselves into Kinsey’s life, a nice break from the previous two books. But! Someone else who is a staple in this series has a brief interlude with love. We also meet more of the neighbors, which I liked.

This plot line kept me guessing until the very end. I kept trying to put two and two together and kept coming up with three. I like these kinds of books too, that way the ending is a surprise!

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Meet Me at the Library

c is for lycan

Back to the Library to continue more series! That reminds me. Would you lovely little book worms like a list of Christine Feehan books and where I’m at with them (since I’m reading them entirely out of order)? Let me know in the comments. Onto the books I borrowed!

Dark Lycan by Christine Feehan

Tatijana of the Dragonseekers spent centuries encased in ice with her sister, trapped in limbo between life and death, never speaking to a soul other than those who tormented her. Now, she has been freed from her frozen prison by an unknown descendent. Awakened in human form, Tatijana yearns to explore the modern world in which she now lives—a world with more mysteries than she is prepared for.

Fenris Dalka has returned to the Carpathian Mountains after a long absence to be with his brother. He is scarred by centuries of battle, and every hard-won victory. But the real reason for his return home could prove deadly if discovered by the wrong man—or woman. Upon his arrival, he is compelled by a beautiful and enigmatic stranger who carries the scent of fresh earth, of forest, of the night itself.

In time Tatijana and Fenris will discover all that unites them—their secrets and pasts, their predators, and the hot flush of passion that stirs their souls. Yet just as surely, seduced into the silvery darkness of a full-moon night, they’ll also discover everything ancient and evil that exists to destroy them.

C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton

C IS FOR CALCULATED

How do you go about solving an attempted murder when the victim has lost a good part of his memory? It’s one of Kinsey’s toughest cases yet, but she never backs down from a challenge. Twenty-three-year-old Bobby Callahan is lucky to be alive after a car forced his Porsche over a bridge and into a canyon. The crash left Bobby with a clouded memory. But he can’t shake the feeling it was no random accident and that he’s still in danger…

C IS FOR CRIME

The only clues Kinsey has to go on are a little red address book and the name “Blackman.” Bobby can’t remember who he gave the address book to for safekeeping. And any chances of Bobby regaining his memory are dashed when he’s killed in another automobile accident just three days after he hires Kinsey.

C IS FOR CORPSE

As Kinsey digs deeper into her investigation, she discovers Bobby had a secret worth killing for―and unearthing that secret could send Kinsey to her own early death…

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B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton

B is for Burglar  (Kinsey Millhone, #2)B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As I’m reading through this series I’m detecting a little pattern. Each case is connected to a cold case, and in each book Kinsey brushes up against a romantic entanglement. So far the romantic entanglements each have ended differently, which I like because if she ended up just dumping them at the end of the book it would get boring and predictable.

I do like the characters presented in this book, and early on I had a theory as to what was happening, but I dismissed it as Kinsey presented the facts, and then it turned out my theory was right! That’s the reason I like mystery novels, figuring out the plot before the main character does.

I like the character progression that continues from the first novel, and I like that the second novel gives you enough information to just jump right in without having to read the first one. I love that about book series.

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Meet Me at the Library

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More library fun! I continue reading through Sue Grafton’s Alphabet Mysteries and picked up a short story collection from my favorite author (Stephen King)!

B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton:

Although business has been slow lately for P.I. Kinsey Millhone, she’s reluctant to take on the case of locating Beverly Danziger’s sister Elaine Boldt. It’s a small matter that Beverly should be able to handle herself. So why is she enlisting Kinsey’s services? Beverly claims she needs Elaine’s signature on some documents so that she can collect a small inheritance. But the whole affair doesn’t sit well with Kinsey. And if there’s something she’s learned in her line of work, it’s to always follow your instincts…

Kinsey’s hunch proves true when she begins her inquiries into Elaine’s whereabouts and discovers that the attractive widow was last seen in a flashy lynx coat boarding a plane for Boca Raton. But the more Kinsey searches for Elaine the more questions she encounters. Is Elaine’s disappearance tied in to the brutal murder several months ago of one of her bridge partners? And what happened to Elaine’s Persian cat who seems to have also vanished?

Things take a turn for the worse when a stranger vandalizes the home of one of Elaine’s neighbors and another neighbor turns up murdered. With her reputation and career on the line, Kinsey risks all to find a missing woman and a killer who’s waiting in the shadows to strike again…

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King:

“I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger…” writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up “1922.” the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

In “Big Driver,” a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book-club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face-to-face with another stranger: the one inside herself.

“Fair Extension,” the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Dave Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment.

When her husband of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitely ends a good marriage.

Like Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight, which generated such enduring films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me, Full Dark, No Stars proves Stephen King a master of the long story form.

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A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1)A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve actually read these out of order already. I think I read U is for Undertow(?), because this is my mom’s favorite series. It’s dated in the 1980’s, which she relates to, and I quite like, so there’s none of this new technology, but it’s not so far removed from modern times either.

This is obviously the first book in the alphabet mysteries as they do proceed in order from A to Z, though there is no Z yet. Anyway, introduction over.

This was a good book, I did like reading it. I love crime and mystery novels, and this is a good one, or else there wouldn’t be as many in the series. It ties in a cold case from Kinsey’s past, an innocent person accused of the recent crime, and a nice little plot twist. Very nice. It wasn’t entirely predictable, but Kinsey’s intuitions are pretty spot on. It’ll be fun to see what B brings.

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