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B Is for Burglar Mass Market Paperback – Sep 1 1986

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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: 10.4 x 1.3 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,876,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Kinsey Millhone (is) just about the gutsiest as well as the shrewdest of her kind.' Observer --This text refers to the Audio Cassette 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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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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Format: Kindle Edition
Note: This review, as well as many more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm (

My Review: I read this book over Christmas holidays. I wanted a fun, light read which, if I'm being honest, would be quick so I could meet my goal of reading 65 books in 2013. I'm not new to Sue Grafton but I'm no expert either. I read 'A is for Alibi' several years ago after hearing how much one of my good friends adores this series.

Personally, I was surprised at how little I liked it because she and I are usually pretty on par with liking books. Since our experiences were so different with Grafton's first Kinsey book I began to think that maybe I was too hard on A is for Alibi when I reviewed it back in December 2009 (see my review of A is for Alibi on my blog). So, I decided to pick up B is for Burglar just in case I was wrong about my initial feelings about this author and series. Sadly, I feel the same way. I just didn't love it.

I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that I just don't love Kinsey. She's an OK protagonist but is she written strong enough and interesting enough to carry an entire series? No. She's no Stephanie Plum or Alex Cross ... she's forgettable.

Similar to the first book in the series, this book was very predictable (I guessed 'whodunnit' half way through again), it had red herrings that were only mildly diverting, tonnes of characters who weren't well fleshed out and a plot that was hard to get excited about. As I was reading I kept thinking 'What am I missing? This is supposed to be a great series!'

The very rushed ending that left me wanting was the straw that broke this camel's back. This wasn't a bad book ... it just wasn't interesting or memorable. I think Kinsey and I will part ways now.

My Rating: 2/5 stars
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Format: Audio CD
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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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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