A is for Alibi Audio CD – Audiobook, Oct 1 2006
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"'Skilful and ingenious' Irish Times; 'I love Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone novels... you are never disappointed' Guardian; 'Will keep you awake until the last page has been turned' Daily Mail" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Laurence Fife was a slick divorce lawyer and slippery ladies' man. Until someone killed him. The jury believed that it was his pretty young wife Nikki, so they sent her to prison for eight years. Now, Nikki's out on parole and Kinsey Miihone's in for trouble. Nikki hires Kinsey to discover who really killed her husband. But the trail is eight years cold, and at the end is a chilling twist even Kinsey doesn't suspect -- a second eight-year-old murder and a brand new corpse. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This is a suspenseful, intriguing murder mystery. Grafton has an eye for detail and a gift for creating characters. Kinsey is an especially memorable detective. She's tough and no-nonsense, but still has her vulnerable points. She's smart, but not a superwoman; rather, a believable, down-to-earth heroine.
The matter-of-fact narration is very effective. We get insights into Kinsey's detection technique along the way. This is a story of murder, sex, greed, and deception, well told by Grafton.
It was a quick, enjoyable, easy read for me. The detective is likeable. Pretty light stuff, nothing really disturbing or heavy. I plan to read more of the series.
The narrator, Mary Peiffer, did a nice job.
MY RATING: 3.5 stars!
Nikki Fife was just paroled and looking to gain back her lost respect, she hires the only attorney who will take her case: Nikki claims she was framed for the murder of her husband, Laurence Fife. Kinsey isn't there to judge; Kinsey makes herself available to the facts. The story picks up quick, with Miss Millhone links Fife's death with the murder of another murder and heightens when another suspect is murdered. The characters engross quickly, but Kinsey seems almost immune to each of their guilt. Even when she wants to believe, she understands its not her job to believe, but merely prove.
Read "A Is for Alibi." It's only a quickie, and when you're acquainted to the people of Santa Teresa who occupy Kinsey's life, you'll find yourself helping yourself to more of the alphabet thirsting for more.
This book is about a woman named Kinsey Millhone who is a private investigator licensed in California. She has been divorced twice, has no kids, and no pets. Kinsey is hired to investigate an eight year old murder case of the murder of Laurence Fife. Everyone suspected that it was his wife Nikki who was sent to prison for eight years. Nikki is determined to find out who killed her husband. So Kinsey investigates and in the end she finds out a surprising ending.
Overall I really liked this book. It had a lot of descriptive detail, such as when they would talk about the characters. But when it came to the action of the book I felt as if it was leaving out some of the detail. The pacing was a little hard to follow by because it seemed like you were reading all these pages and it doesn't even seem like it would be at a different part of the story. But what I really liked about this book was the vocabulary. Usually I wouldn't understand a word and it would make me stop and think about it.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes old fashion mysteries. But you can only really enjoy this book if you can understand the conflicts.
I loved the first-person writing style of this novel. Grafton did an amazing job letting me get into Kinseyï¿½s head. I knew as much as she did throughout the entire book ï¿½ and no more. This was perfect for a murder mystery. It was also a very quick read, and completely engrossing. Some of the descriptions of the landscape at times got overly poetic. It didnï¿½t happen often, however, so it wasnï¿½t a big issue. I would have liked the book to be a little longer, though, but thatï¿½s only because I liked it so much!
I really took to Kinsey, of course. She was tough, arrogant at times, confident, lonely, and way too smart for her own good. I also really liked Charlie. I could have fallen in love with Charlie, and I could see why Kinsey liked him as much as she did.
Overall, this is a fun mystery, with a great heroine. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series!
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Been reading a few suspense type stories and this one was a good one, kept me guessing right to the end. Really enjoyed it.Published on Oct. 21 2013 by Kim Mitchell
It was like reading a weekly detective program. The book is an easy read and entertaining. Will definitely buy more books in the series.Published on Oct. 2 2013 by Nicole P
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