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G Is for Gumshoe [Paperback]

Sue Grafton
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting series. June 16 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Author - Great Book! Feb. 19 2014
By Ricky G
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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! It's great to have a series a books I can dig into over the next year....well done! The other authors I read can't produce them as fast as I read them ...nice to know I can keep going all the way to W!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Past Catches Up with Kinsey Millhone March 7 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 investigation, in this case to locate Agnes Grey, her client's elderly mother. As usual, the case is far from straightforward and predictably, Kinsey discovers long buried family secrets. Meanwhile, Kinsey learns that a contract has been taken out on her life by a jailed killer who wants revenge for the role that Kinsey played in his convition. After an initial attempt on her life leaves her badly injured, Kinsey hires Robert Dietz, a professional security expert and body guard to protect her while she continues to work for her own client.

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.
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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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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. And then she also manages to make the top of Tyrone Patty's hit list.As much as she hates to admit it, Kinsey realizes she needs help fending this guy off if she is going to survive. This is where Robert Dietz, a Porsche driving bodyguard comes in. He yakes his job very seriously, starting to fall for Kinsey.And then before she knows it, she falls into a gruesome case that will lead her into betrayal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fun Read! June 2 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Keep 'em coming, Sue Grafton. Kinsey is my kind of woman. Exciting new adventures and interesting twists and turns! Light enough to give the reader a relaxing sleep, and fun enough to keep him smiling, and always true to life! Kinsey is real!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you guessing!! May 6 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real page-turner Jan. 22 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. At the same time, Kinsey is trying to avoid being killed by a hit man who is hired by someone trying to wreak revenge on her. She reluctantly hires a bodyguard, Robert Dietz, who is a male counterpart to Kinsey--tough, independent, and good at his job.
Grafton skillfully weaves these plots together, and creates a mystery involving lost identities and family secrets. Kinsey continues to grow as a character--plucky and unflappable, with just the right amount of vulnerability and frank self-appraisal.
Another winner!
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