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G Is for Gumshoe [Paperback]

Sue Grafton
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5.0 out of 5 stars So who is perfect? March 18 2002
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I would agree that it is never made quite clear why Kinsey is on someone's hit list, and one has to pretty much read between the lines to find a rational explanation as to why the culprit commited the crimes against the family of Kinsey's client, but life isn't always going to give us what we want.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Health food hit man Jan. 19 2002
This one has two main plots. One is a classical mystery with clues based on the Bronte sisters, about a woman's missing mother. The other is about a contract on Milhone's life taken by a jailed killer who hires a hit man. Actually, as always in Grafton, there are multiple plots: The hit man is trying to get custody of his son to prevent his mother raising him the wrong way and feeding him junk food;a woman goes into labor on the marriage registry office; Vera gets engaged after being caught in flagrate delicto etc, etc. A major strand is Milhone's affair with Dietz, her self-appointed bodyguard.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars No-brainer entertainment June 2 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"G" is for gullible? Kinsey Milllhone is hired to find the elderly mother of her client and bring her back to Santa Theresa, which she manages to do. But not before she is run off the road, shot at, and left to die in an irrigation ditch all at the hands of a hired assassin. Because. . .well, we aren't exactly sure. If that isn't enough, Kinsey uncovers a sinister plot of a room and board owner for the gain of . . .not really sure of that either, sure doesn't look like he got a lot out of it. All in all "Gumshoe" was an entertaining roller coaster ride through the all too dangerous life of our favorite private detective. If you are looking for an escape from the day to day monotony and want some no-brain entertainment, go ahead, you won't be disappointed. If you are looking for an intellectual and suspenseful thriller, I recommend you try Patricia Cornwell's "From Potter's Field".
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Kinsey gets herself into two stories, intertwined, but not really related. I kept wanting the two plotlines to link up into a single story, but this never happened. There were several things about the book that were lacking. First, I never understood how the hitman got ahead of Kinsey in her trip down to the Salton Sea. I mean, come on, how could he anticipate which rest stop she would use? The killer seemed to have passed up several opportunities to get her, which also didn't make sense. And the Dietz character also didn't make sense. Yea, right, he decided to be her free bodyguard, then without much todo, he leaves at the end. The story was well written, however, and the connection to the 19th century sisters was well thought out. I hate to give Sue Grafton anything less than 4 stars, but this was the most dissappointing of the series so far (A-G).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great mystery from Grafton. July 4 2000
I find myself writing the same things over and over about the books in this series, but Grafton is so consistently top-notch that it's hard to think of new superlatives. Kinsey is a great character--complex, tough, practical, nosy--and Grafton stays true to that character in all her books.
Kinsey's not just solving a mystery in this one, she's also trying to outwit the hit man on her tail. To this end, she teams up with another P.I. to act as her bodyguard. This innovative twist adds just the right amount of suspense to this book, and the ending--to both the mystery and the hit man scenario--is definitely a kicker.
Whether this is your first Kinsey Millhone book or you're a fan of the entire series (there's a nice emotional payoff for Kinsey fans in this one, as Kinsey finally meets a man worthy of her), this one is a must-read. Enjoy!
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By erica
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this seventh installment of Kinsey Millhone's adventures as a private detective, Kinsey has much more on her plate than usual. She is hired to locate a client's elderly mother, who has disappeared; she also discovers that someone is trying to have her killed. The first challenge develops in unexpected ways, and the search for Kinsey's would-be killer is a well-integrated secondary plot. The whole thing is bound up in Grafton's usual competent, easy-to-read writing.
The book's only shortcoming is that it could have been much more than it was. It is essentially two stories coincident in time and both involving Kinsey; no thematic connection between them is evident. While this does not detract from the novel's enjoyability, it leaves some doubt as to why Grafton introduced a second story element rather than elaborating a bit more on the first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting series.
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 3 months ago by Marius van vliet
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Author - Great Book!
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 more
Published 7 months ago by Ricky G
3.0 out of 5 stars The Past Catches Up with Kinsey Millhone
G is for Gumshoe is the seventh book in Sue Grafton's alphabet mystery series. As always, Grafton's private eye, Kinsey Millhone is hired to take on a seemingly routine... Read more
Published on March 7 2010 by A. Gallagher
4.0 out of 5 stars Who Knows What Kinsey Will Deal With Next? Read On!
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 more
Published on Aug. 29 2003 by J. Kirkman
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fun Read!
Keep 'em coming, Sue Grafton. Kinsey is my kind of woman. Exciting new adventures and interesting twists and turns! Read more
Published on June 2 2003 by Evelyn Horan
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you guessing!!
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page-turner
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 more
Published on Jan. 22 2003 by Karen Potts
4.0 out of 5 stars A really good one from Kinsey stock
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Feisty
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 more
Published on July 4 2002 by Beverly J. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Feisty
Sue Grafton's alphbet series introduces us to the feisty independent Kinsey Milhone and the plot and narrative in "G" is a well written hard-to-put-down addition to the... Read more
Published on July 4 2002 by Beverly J. Scott
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