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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Crimeline; Reissue edition (Sept. 1 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553280341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553280340
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,283,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The best new private eye."--The Detroit News

"Exceptionally entertaining…an offbeat sense of humor and a feisty sense of justice."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"Millhone is an engaging detective-for-hire…P.I. Kinsey Millhone and her creator…are arguably the best of [the] distaff invaders of the hitherto sacrosanct turf of gumshoes."
--The Buffalo News

"Once a fan reads one of Grafton's alphabetically titled detective novels, he or she will not rest until all the others are found."--Los Angeles Herald Examiner

"Millhone is a refreshingly strong and resourceful female private eye."--Library Journal

"Tough but compassionate…There is no one better than Kinsey Millhone."--Best Sellers

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

"Lord, how I like this Kinsey Millhone…The best detective fiction I have read in years."--The New York Times Book Review

"Smart, tough, and thorough…Kinsey Millhone is a pleasure."--The Bloomsbury Review

"Kinsey is one of the most persuasive of the new female operatives…She's refreshingly free of gender clichés. Grafton, who is a very witty writer, has also given her sleuth a nice sense of humor--and a set of Wonder Woman sheets to prove it."--Boston Herald

"What grandpa used to call a class act."--Stanley Ellin

"Smart, sexual, likable and a very modern operator."--Dorothy Salisbury Davis

"Kinsey's got brains and a sense of humor."--Kirkus Reviews
--This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Finding wealthy Elaine Boldt seems like a quickie case to Kinsey Millhone. The flashy widow was last seen wearing a $12,000 lynx coat, leaving her condo in Santa Teresa for her condo in Boca Raton. But somewhere in between, she vanished. Kinsey's case goes from puzzling to sinister when a house is torched, an apartment is burgled of worthless papers, the lynx coat comes back without Elaine, and her bridge partner is found dead. Soon Kinsey's clues begin to form a capital M -- not for missing, but for murder: And plenty of it.

Winner Of The 1985 Private Eye Writers Of America Shamus Award And The 1985 Anthony Award For Best Novel.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "tyressia" on Aug. 7 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Kinsey is hired to track down a missing person. It seems like a straight-forward, "quickie" case at first, but it quickly turns into much more than that, as she begins to suspect that the person in question isn't just missing - but dead.
I love first-person, private detective stories, and Sue Grafton has to be one of the best writers of this type of mystery out there. Kinsey is so realistic, you can't help but root for her. I love that I only know as much as she does (thanks to that first-person viewpoint), and I discover the clues right along with her, which usually keeps me guessing until the last few pages. I thought a couple of loose ends could have been wrapped up a little better in this particular book, but it wasn't enough to detract from the storyline as it developed.
Just a quick example of Kinsey's wit and insight: "There is no place in a P.I.'s life for impatience, faintheartendess, or sloppiness. I understand the same qualifications apply for housewives." (page 33)
I'm reading the books in order, and although I enjoyed 'A' is for Alibi slightly more (I liked Kinsey romantically involved, even if her choice of partner left a little to be desired), I'm eagerly looking forward to reading 'C' is for Corpse.
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The whole series of ABC mysteries are without a doubt suspensful, humorous and a great read. There are enough great reviews on this site to give anyone considering them a great idea of what to expect.
I would like to comment on the audio tapes brilliantly narrated by Judy Kaye. I had already read a few books in the series and had enjoyed them very much when idea of trying the audio cassettes occurred to me. Spending two hours per day in the car going to and from work, I found myself stressed out and tired of the news or music on the radio. Since listening to these audio tapes on my commute, I find myself more relaxed, less apt to speed, and surprisingly able to concentrate very well on my driving while listening. What a cure for road rage! Granted, it's not an idea for everyone. I am one of those people who never talks on cell phones while driving because that seems too distracting, but the audio books seem to be no problem for me. I also listen to the tapes in my walkman while at the gym (makes that time on the treadmills or exercise bike go fast!)
Now these aren't the first audio books I have tried, but they are the first that I have been really happy with the narration. Judy Kaye does such a great job, I have a hard time believing that she isn't really Kinsey Millhone - or worse yet - that Kinsey doesn't really exist. Judy's vocal quality and inflections are perfect for the character and while she also does very well on the voices of other characters, she doesn't try to overdo them either. When Kinsey is afraid, tired, ecstatic, - whatever the feelings - Judy's voice lets you know before the words even have a chance to sink in.
You only have to compare to some of the other books on tape out there to truly understand the difference.
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By Lizzie on Sept. 20 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Kinsey Milhone is back and she is paid to look for a woman's sister who has disapeared and no one has heard from her. Well Kinsey thinks this might be a simple lost person's case and doesn't expect to find herself in to what she is getting into.
When Elaine Boldt is missing everyone just assumes that she has taken off for Florida like she does every year, but when no one in Florida has heard from her things get odd. Kinsey starts out by talking to the people in Santa Terese who might have seen her before she disappeared, but they all say that they say her shortly before she heads off Florida.
While in Florida Kinsey meets an intersting woman who claims that she is a good friend of Elaine and she is just staying in Elaines place untill Elaine gets back. Kinsey isn't to sure of this woman's story and starts to look further.
The more Kinsey looks the deeper she gets into this case. This book had me wanting to know more about who did what and how things got to be this way. This was definitly a page turner for me.
I'm looking forward to more of Kinsey's adentures and fun.
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In Grafton's second alphabet outing, private investigator Kinsey Millhone tackles a missing persons case during an otherwise slow week at the office. A woman hires Kinsey to track down her sister, who stands to inherit money from a deceased relative, if the sister can be located. The money amounts to very little, so why would anyone want to abduct the missing sister? In fact, why would her sister even hire a private investigator whose fee would exhaust the inheritance money rather than go to the police? Hmmmmmm...
Grafton provides several quirky & goof-ball characters as well as some nifty twists and turns. 'B' is a much better story than 'A is for Alibi,' and develops Kinsey to a much better extent, showing that she is a character to keep an eye on. I like the mannerisms Grafton gives her characters...we get to know them through their actions as well as through Kinsey's eyes. Grafton's descriptions of the California and Florida settings are just enough to give you the feeling of being there, yet leaving enough for the reader to imagine. A good read.
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