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  • Hardcover: 403 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (June 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410406822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410406828
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 13.9 x 21.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,467,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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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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By Nicole Pare on June 28 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Great read on a lazy afternoon. Always like the Kinsey Millhone character. The alphabet mysteries would make a good tv series.
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By The Baking Bookworm TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 3 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Note: This review, as well as many more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm (www.thebakingbookworm.blogspot.ca).

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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By C. Mills on Oct. 19 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'd actually give it 2.5 stars if I could. When it takes me longer than usual to finish a book, it's not a good sign. But, I did read it all which means there was some entertainment value, good suspense and good character development. I must admit to speed reading the end. The fact that it was written in 1985 also played a part in the enjoyment of the book - Kinsey today would have a cell phone, would not be so helpless and would not be digging through her purse or bag to find 20cents for the pay phone.
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By Darlene TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 14 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is the second book in the Kinsey Millhone, aka Alphabet Mystery, series.

Kinsey Millhone, Private Investigator, is hired by a woman to find her sister, who appears to have gone missing, in order to settle a relative's estate.

When I started this book, I forgot it was written back in 1985 when parachute pants and Mohawks were in style and people didn't email and use the internet or cell phones! How archaic to have to use the typewriter instead of the computer ;) I have forgotten how different everything was back then!

Kinsey is a very likeable protagonist: she's a bit of a loner, quirky, self-reliant, and tough.

Grafton's books are a fast read for me, and I enjoy them.

I also like Mary Peiffer's narration of these books. She did the first one as well.

MY RATING: 3.5 stars!
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By Chris on May 14 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The mystery was clever, the supporting characters (especially Pat Usher and Beverly Danziger) were interesting, and Kinsey and Santa Teresa will be visited with again, guaranteed.
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By A Customer on May 31 2004
Format: Paperback
An excellent book for mystery lovers. I've just discovered Sue Grafton and started from the beginning (A is for Alibi). I read this book in 1 week (which is great for a Mom with 2 toddlers). I highly recommend it.
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Grafton continues to develop and expand on Kinsey's character with the second book in her series. Its been less than 2 weeks since the events of "'A' is For Alibi", when Kinsey is approached by a new client, who needs her to locate her missing sister, so she can recieve her portion of a late relatives estate. When Kinsey cant find any evidence that points to where the sister has dissapeared to, she suggests going to the police, and her client promply fires her, but she continues to persue the case anyway. Grafton deftly takes us through many twists and turns on the way to solving the mystery, which once again culmunates in Kinsey nearly getting herself killed.
A very well told story, that keeps the reader interested, but is very similar to the first book in the series. Kinsey continues to grow and develop throughout this book, and I can't wait to see what happenes to her next
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