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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Abridged edition (June 5 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375416846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375416842
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 12.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #996,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elaine on Dec 6 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Caution: spoiler alerts in this post. Don't read if you don't want to know.

Grafton is a good writer, even if what she writes is brain candy. I occasionally love brain candy, and think she's one of the best mystery writers out there. She creates characters who are utterly real, and she makes you feel like you are in the small town of St. Teresa, smelling the wet leaves and feeling the ocean breezes on your skin as you walk the streets with detective Kinsey Milhone. Reading her books has always been a pleasure - until now.

"P is for Peril", in terms of plot and structure, is a mess. The main failure is a lack of tying up the loose ends at the conclusion. There's no sense in reading a murder mystery unless who-dun-it is revealed at the end. In this book, she leaves the reader hanging (she gives an indication but not a clear answer.) Sure, do that in fine literature, but a murder mystery? The key to any murder mystery is the fun of trying to solve it yourself as you read. With no solution provided, the fun sinks out of it like a popped balloon.

That was not the only question left unanswered. She did not tie in the subplots, or indeed, what methods were used to accomplish the criminal acts in the subplots, and by whom, and what the motivations were. The subplots, rather than tying into the main mystery, seemed to mostly be red herrings or fillers that had nothing to do with the murder mystery. But the worst of it was the ending. Who murdered him: One or both of the teens, or one or both of the adults? If it was the adult lovers (if they were lovers - maybe just one hoped they would develop into that), who actually did it? Did the other know, or was she in the dark about it? What was the motive? Only love? Just for the money?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 25 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read all of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone books and, in spite of what I am about to say in this review, I will continue to read them through to 'Z' if they go that far (I just will not be buying hardbacks for the foreseeable future). Generally, I have enjoyed Grafton's writing style; her places, scenes and people are so alive, most especially Kinsey who is so well drawn that I find my self thinking of her as real.
So it was with great anticipation that on June 4 of last year - on my way to the airport and vacation - I was at the bookstore when it opened for business. I was lucky enough to get a signed copy, my first Grafton hardback. The read I had so looked forward to while sitting on the beach was a huge disappointment.
This book is a dud. It lacks memorable plot, interesting people, or character development; it is poorly written and boring. I barely got through it and kept putting it aside for other reading matter.
Peril has two main stories, one with many branches, one more straightforward. The latter is more typical of Grafton/Milhone and is the more interesting but plays a much smaller part. The main plot is filled with serendipity, red herrings, and dead ends. Neither were as good as plots from past works such as Lawless and Killer.
I do not actually read Grafton's books for the plots: I enjoy them as I go along, I expect them to be interesting enough to maintain my curiosity, and five minutes later I have forgotten them. I read mostly for character development, for snappy dialog, for Kinsey's observations on life and everything else. I re-read them periodically just for the enjoyment of experiencing Kinsey's wit and snappy comebacks. I agree with a previous reviewer who stated that Peril is two rewrites and an edit short of being ready for publication.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sue norde on Jan. 9 2002
Format: Hardcover
i am generally a big fan of Grafton's work. to tell you the truth, i have doubts that she wrote this one herself. the voice seems to switch back and forth in an odd manner; the plot line shakes and shudders; the quality and style of most of her work was simply missing. I hope she gets back on track.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank on Dec 2 2001
Format: Hardcover
** Contains spoilers **
Like many other reviewers, I see a number of faults in the book. There are a number of unexplained actions and unresolved plot threads. The person who kills Purcell has probably the least reason of any character to do so. The motivations and actions of Paulie and Leila are unexplained. Did Leila take Purcell's money? If so, what happened to it? Why would Richard's killer throw down his gun, leaving witness Kinsey to report him?
Why would the police not conduct the same easy-and-obvious search at Purcell's wife's home, as they did at his ex-wife's home? Is the reader expected to believe that a passing and casual lesbian relationship would provide motivation to kill your sugar daddy husband? Would Kinsey really take as indisputable truth the speculative newspaper innuendo about the brothers' past? (Surely she knows that what's reported in the papers and what really happened are often quite different.)

Finally, why would Kinsey, having found proof of who committed the murder, walk up to the murderer's home and ask to use the phone to call the cops? There were no other phones in town?

There are a few other bloopers too: an insurance company which lost a suit compelling it to pay a death policy could not file another suit to relitigate the same issues; nor would it be proper to ask the applicant's marital status on a commercial lease application in California.

Further, of the five Spanish words Grafton uses in the book, she manages to get them ALL wrong. The road called "Via Bueno" would be "Via Buena" (no 'í' on street signs), and would mean "Good Road" instead of "Road Good" as Grafton writes. Kinsey reports "I took Spanish in adult education, but I've forgotten everything except 'ola' [hola] and 'buenos dios.
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