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Sue Grafton , Liza Ross
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Oct. 1 2006
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.
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Praise for "A" Is for Alibi
"Kinsey Millhone is smart, sexual, likeable and a very modern operator. A pleasure to read."
--Dorothy Salisbury Davis

"[This] is what grandpa used to call a class act."
--Stanley Ellin

Praise for the Sue Grafton series: and Kinsey Millhone

"Wit is the most versatile weapon in Sue Grafton's well-stocked arsenal, and she uses it with disarming precision. . . . Grafton excels in this milieu."

"A wonderful character, tough but not brutish, resourceful and sensitive, a fit knight to walk those mean streets with her male predecessors."
--Los Angeles Times

"Somebody I want to spend more time with."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Bright, brisk, and thoroughly engaging."
--The Washington Post

"A woman we feel we know, a tough cookie with a soft center, a gregarious loner."

"Tough, stubborn, irreverent and ironic, a lady detective with class and sass."
--Baltimore Sun
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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A suspenseful murder mystery July 29 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"'A' is for Alibi," by Sue Grafton, is narrated in the first-person by California private investigator Kinsey Millhone--a twice-divorced, childless 32-year old woman who lives in a one-room "bachelorette" apartment. Kinsey is hired by Nikki Fife, a woman who had been sent to prison after being convicted of murdering her husband. Nikki maintains her innocence and wants Kinsey to find the real killer--eight years after the murder. This assignment leads to deceit and danger for the sleuth.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A quick and easy read June 14 2011
By Darlene TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio Cassette
This is a new author for me, and it is also the first book in the "Alphabet" aka "Kinsey Millhone" series.

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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start Dec 22 2008
By Chris
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book sat in my closet for a year and I only decided to pick it up when all the others I'd bought had been read. It was a good idea I did, for it was a pleasant surprise. I would have preferred more action and fewer conversations, but the character of Kinsey is really interesting and the ending is riveting.
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After reading through "A Is for Alibi" I found myself infatuated with the Sue Grafton woman; Kinsey Millhone is working woman with human problems, an active mind, and an audacious ambition to find her perpetrator. When confronted with her job, anyone's in the game - including those that she doesn't want to suspect.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Indescribable Oct. 31 2003
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A Review by Jeanette
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick, yet completely engrossing Aug. 5 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Kinsey Millhone is a 32 year old, twice divorced, private eye. She lives alone, and she likes it that way. When a client shows up asking her to look into an 8 year old murder, Kinsey reluctantly agrees, and gets more than she bargained for as her search takes her from the quiet town of Santa Teresa to Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.
I loved the first-person writing style of this novel. Grafton did an amazing job letting me get into Kinsey´¿s head. I knew as much as she did throughout the entire book ´¿ 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 didn´¿t happen often, however, so it wasn´¿t a big issue. I would have liked the book to be a little longer, though, but that´¿s 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
This was an okay crime novel. It was nice to read about a competent private eye but I didn't prefer the end as it left many questions unanswered. For $1.99 on Amazon....not bad. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Laura-Lynne Conley
5.0 out of 5 stars Still amazing the second time around!
I really enjoy Sue Grafton's alphabet series. I started reading them years ago when they first came out and now I have read them all and starting back at the first to reread them. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Steve Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars Never expected the ending, so darn good.
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 10 months ago by Kim Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
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 10 months ago by Nicole Pare
4.0 out of 5 stars An okay start to the series;
The first book in the Kinsey Millhone series. Kinsey Millhone is hired by a woman to investigate the murder of her philandering husband who she was tried and convicted of killing. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by T. L. Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent first book
For a first book, I think she did a wonderful job. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is that I figured out who the murderer was early on in the book (maybe it was just a... Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2003 by "truthandjustice"
3.0 out of 5 stars A is for Albiet not so Grand
I picked up this book a few weeks ago andtrudged my way through the 200 pages feeling like I was getting dental work done. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2003 by L. Redman
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