"G" is for Gumshoe Mass Market Paperback – Nov 27 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
California PI Kinsey Millhone, hired to investigate the disappearance of a client's eccentric, elderly mother, must also evade a vengeful criminal whom she helped put away four years earlier. "Grafton creates . . . a twist in the complex plot to tease Bronte fans, and a new, vulnerable side to the still-sardonic Kinsey," said PW. "The only complaint is that it ends abruptly." Author tour.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
From School Library Journal
Feisty private investigator Kinsey Millhone continues to solve mysteries, in this case finding and taking an elderly woman to a nursing home near her daughter. But the lady mysteriously disappears within hours of her arrival. Painfully aware of the fact that a contract has been arranged for her own murder, Kinsey unravels the events of the past clue by clue, narrating the action-filled story in a realistic, easy-to-read, informal style. Less motivated students are sure to appreciate a character with a respectable, exciting job without having had a college education; although Kinsey had police training, her bodyguard freely admits he left high school but later took an equivalency test. This light mystery maintains interest to the end; everything happens quickly. --Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
It is amusing to find the fiercely independent Kinsey rely on someone else and chafe under Dietz's take charge attitude, nevertheless they quickly becomes romantically involved. The romantic pairing of a body guard and a fiesty female client is a tired cliché. Is there any chance they won't become involved? The mystery of the missing Agnes Grey, which obviously relies on names associated with the Bronte sisters as clues, is not really that suspenseful. It functions as a reason for Kinsey to publicly continue with her work and therefore, provide the hitman with ample opportunity to strike. Since two stories are not obviously connected, Grafton has the challenge of switching from one mystery to the other. The result is that both mysteries lose some momentum by the novel's conclusion when both plots abruptly converge.
I wouldn't go so far as to say Kinsey is a hard-boiled detective, but it certainly seems she gets banged around as though she were one. I would hope she is physically stonger than is let on in the series or she might not last long enough to make it through Z.
Given her experience with two different dead-beat husbands you would think Kinsey would know better than to have a one night stand with her body guard.
This series is one of the lighter mystery series on the market these days. It also happens to be a rather good one. If you want top of the line read Agatha Christie or Rex Stout. If you don't much care how ridiculous matters can get read Tamar Myers or Rita Mae Brown. But, if you enjoy a good read which is entertaining, enjoyable, and still manages to keep you in some supense, then here is the series for you.
This novel may not be the best in this particular series but it is still fun to read.
Hardcore Graftonologists will note that the telephone contact with Dietz in A is for Alibi is said to have taken place a year previously (hardcover publication date for that was 1982, this has a 1990 first publication date). Milhone has her thirty-third birthday is this one, and we are told that Irene is 47 and was born in 1940.
Most recent customer reviews
Ms. Grafton's decision to do a crime series following an alphabetic title theme makes it almost compulsive to find out how the next in series will be handled.Published 20 months ago by Marius van vliet
Hi, I just started reading your Kinsey Millhone series a few months back. I finished G is for Gumshoe the other day and it a great read! Read morePublished 24 months ago by Ricky G
In this seventh installment of Kinsey Millhone's adventures as a private detective, Kinsey has much more on her plate than usual. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2003 by erica
In this book, Kinsey celebrates her 33RD birthday. She moves back to her renovated apartment, gets hired to find an elderly lady supposedly living in the Mojave desert by herself. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2003 by J. Kirkman
Keep 'em coming, Sue Grafton. Kinsey is my kind of woman. Exciting new adventures and interesting twists and turns! Read morePublished on June 2 2003 by Evelyn Horan
I really like Sue Grafton's books and have read A through G now. This book began a little slowly, but once it got going, it certainly kept you guessing. I recommend it!Published on May 6 2003
In this 7th. book of the Kinsey Milhonne series, the likeable female sleuth is in search of Agnes Gray who has not been in contact with her daughter Irene for several months. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2003 by Karen Potts
Good plot, more of Kinsey's character, and mercifully, the two main threads are not connected. Dietz is a good character - worth a few novels of his own, maybe?Published on Aug. 30 2002 by Puneet Tanwar
Sue Grafton's alphbet series introduces us to the feisty independent Kinsey Millhone and the plot and narrative in "G" is a well written hard-to-put-down addition to the... Read morePublished on July 4 2002 by Beverly J. Scott