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5.0 out of 5 stars A good relaxing read series June 3 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read the series before and enjoyed the style and storyline.now with my kindel I have decided to readthe series from
A onwards.
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4.0 out of 5 stars flawed but delicious Sept. 27 2003
By erica
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this fourth novel, private detective Kinsey Millhone is hired for routine search-and-deliver work, but before she can begin on the case her client drowns. She decides to look into his death, first on her own and then in the employ of the client's daughter. She quickly discovers that the drowning may not have been accidental, and between creditors, buddies from jail, and wives, there are more than enough suspects.
"D is for Deadbeat" has more flaws than previous Kinsey installments, and sometimes the detective's motives make little sense. But the book is pleasurable reading, and the thrill of the chase overwhelms any flaws in the plot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where's The Actual Killer Hiding Out? July 10 2003
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The client came to Kinsey Millhone with an easy job she thought-deliver $25,000 to a fifteen-year-old kid. A little odd, and Kinsey wasn't sure what to make of this thing. So she takes Alvin Limardo's retainer check anyhow. It turns out that his real name is not Alvin Limardo, but John Daggett. And the check of course, is as phony as he is. John Daggett has a record as long as your arm and a reputation for sleazy deals. But he wasn't just a deadbeat. By the time Kinsey caught up with him, he was a dead body-with a whole host of people who were delighted to see him dead. There was four in particular that REALLY wanted him dead. Kinsey knew his death was no suicide-it was a plan to kill John. But which one of the four did it? Kinsey must put her detective skills to work and find out someone's secret.
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5.0 out of 5 stars D is for Dandy March 21 2003
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I found this to be one of the best of Sue Grafton's books so far. I found it extremely suspenseful and was guessing all the way up to the end as to who was the murderer. The ending surprised me and saddened me. I have found myself engrossed in the series and can't wait to get on to the letter "E".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of suspects Dec 10 2002
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Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone is back again in this fourth installment of Sue Grafton's alphabet series. This time she is offered a fee to give a $25,000 cashier's check to a young man named Tony Gahan. The check for the fee bounces and Kinsey is now looking for the man who gave it to her, plus the young man she is to give the cashier's check to. Everything she finds out about her client is bad. He is a drunk, who has killed several people in a car wreck, and appears to be a bigamist. When he is found dead, Kinsey has plenty of suspects including survivors of the dead motorists and two angry wives. This book is written in Grafton's usual breezy style, and Kinsey becomes more independent and more likeable with each book. I would recommend the whole series to mystery-lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fourth Kinsey Millhone Mystery June 21 2002
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Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone narrates another great thriller in this fourth installment in the alphabet mystery series. In "'D' is for Deadbeat", she's approached by Alvin Limardo (real name: John Daggett) who wants her to locate a 15-year-old boy named Tony Gahan and deliver a $25,000 check to him. Although she's wary of John, she proceeds with the case, only to have his $400 retainer check bounce--and his corpse wash up on the California shore a short time later.
After his death, John's estranged, successful daughter Barbara Daggett requests Kinsey to pursue the situation. Both women don't believe his death was an accident, especially now that Kinsey has learned more about his past--that he had just been released from prison for doing a few months' time for vehicular manslaughter, which killed the above-mentioned teen's family. Now Kinsey must sort through a handful of possible suspects who were all too happy Daggett passed away, including one of his wives (Lovella Daggett) and one of Tony Gahan's guardians (Ramona Westfall).
I thought "'D' is for Deadbeat" was a really good mystery, even though I had guessed the killer about halfway into it. I doubt most people will guess him/her right away, though; it is a bit of an unexpected twist.
Like a lot of Grafton's books, there's always a sudden, wild ending, and this one is no exception. So, if you're a Sue Grafton fan, then I'd certainly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book March 12 2002
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I did enjoy it. The author has a great method of pushing comedy in bits with a good amount of action.
They Detective is very trustworthy as a character. The end though, was the only part that failed me, It dragged a bit.
She seemed to show more tear at the death of the convicts than of the kid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Grafton Dec 16 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
John Daggett, an alcoholic jailed for vehicular homicide hires Milhone to deliver a $25000 cashier's check to a relative of one of his victims then turns up dead. Re-reading it I realized I should have figured the murderer by page 200 but I didn't the first time.
The atmosphere is dark - several children's deaths- but this also has some her greatest humor. Daggett married "but the warranty on his first wife hadn't expired."
The affair with Jonah is on again. Mike the likeable teenage drug dealer from B is for Burglat and Ron from the TipTop cab company have bit parts. Intersting parallels between the scuzzy LA apartment building where Daggett lived and the one on O is for Outlaw where her first husband lived.
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