A is for Alibi Audio CD – Audiobook, Oct 1 2006
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"Kinsey Millhone is smart, sexual, likeable and a very modern operator. A pleasure to read."
--Dorothy Salisbury Davis
"[This] is what grandpa used to call a class act."
Praise for the Sue Grafton series: and Kinsey Millhone
"Wit is the most versatile weapon in Sue Grafton's well-stocked arsenal, and she uses it with disarming precision. . . . Grafton excels in this milieu."
"A wonderful character, tough but not brutish, resourceful and sensitive, a fit knight to walk those mean streets with her male predecessors."
--Los Angeles Times
"Somebody I want to spend more time with."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Bright, brisk, and thoroughly engaging."
--The Washington Post
"A woman we feel we know, a tough cookie with a soft center, a gregarious loner."
"Tough, stubborn, irreverent and ironic, a lady detective with class and sass."
From the Publisher
Laurence Fife was a slick divorce lawyer and slippery ladies' man. Until someone killed him. The jury believed that it was his pretty young wife Nikki, so they sent her to prison for eight years. Now, Nikki's out on parole and Kinsey Miihone's in for trouble. Nikki hires Kinsey to discover who really killed her husband. But the trail is eight years cold, and at the end is a chilling twist even Kinsey doesn't suspect -- a second eight-year-old murder and a brand new corpse. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This is a suspenseful, intriguing murder mystery. Grafton has an eye for detail and a gift for creating characters. Kinsey is an especially memorable detective. She's tough and no-nonsense, but still has her vulnerable points. She's smart, but not a superwoman; rather, a believable, down-to-earth heroine.
The matter-of-fact narration is very effective. We get insights into Kinsey's detection technique along the way. This is a story of murder, sex, greed, and deception, well told by Grafton.
It was a quick, enjoyable, easy read for me. The detective is likeable. Pretty light stuff, nothing really disturbing or heavy. I plan to read more of the series.
The narrator, Mary Peiffer, did a nice job.
MY RATING: 3.5 stars!
The case is eight years stone cold, but Kinsie, in her brusk style, manages to ruffle more than a few feathers and searches out several new leads.
This is a good introduction to a series that now extends to twenty-four books.The most recent book in the series, X , was published in January 2015.
While this book is dated by the technology, Kinsie's investigative techniques are solid. As a lead character for a series, she is firm in her commitment to her clients, she's not perfect, but she tries hard to stick to her personal code of conduct. She is a character that I could grow to like quite well.
Author Sue Grafton has assembled a likable pool of suspects, and I was even cheering for some to not be the murderr. I was kept eagerly listening till the final moments. I listened to the unabridged audio book from Books on Tape. It was read by Mary Peiffer. She was able to emphasis Kinsie's no nonsense nature but also bring out her compassion when needed.
Nikki Fife was just paroled and looking to gain back her lost respect, she hires the only attorney who will take her case: Nikki claims she was framed for the murder of her husband, Laurence Fife. Kinsey isn't there to judge; Kinsey makes herself available to the facts. The story picks up quick, with Miss Millhone links Fife's death with the murder of another murder and heightens when another suspect is murdered. The characters engross quickly, but Kinsey seems almost immune to each of their guilt. Even when she wants to believe, she understands its not her job to believe, but merely prove.
Read "A Is for Alibi." It's only a quickie, and when you're acquainted to the people of Santa Teresa who occupy Kinsey's life, you'll find yourself helping yourself to more of the alphabet thirsting for more.
This book is about a woman named Kinsey Millhone who is a private investigator licensed in California. She has been divorced twice, has no kids, and no pets. Kinsey is hired to investigate an eight year old murder case of the murder of Laurence Fife. Everyone suspected that it was his wife Nikki who was sent to prison for eight years. Nikki is determined to find out who killed her husband. So Kinsey investigates and in the end she finds out a surprising ending.
Overall I really liked this book. It had a lot of descriptive detail, such as when they would talk about the characters. But when it came to the action of the book I felt as if it was leaving out some of the detail. The pacing was a little hard to follow by because it seemed like you were reading all these pages and it doesn't even seem like it would be at a different part of the story. But what I really liked about this book was the vocabulary. Usually I wouldn't understand a word and it would make me stop and think about it.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes old fashion mysteries. But you can only really enjoy this book if you can understand the conflicts.
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This series and this book in particular are very enjoyable. I intend to read the entire series and look forward to and enjoyable read.Published 4 months ago by Russell
This was an okay crime novel. It was nice to read about a competent private eye but I didn't prefer the end as it left many questions unanswered. For $1.99 on Amazon....not bad. Read morePublished on June 16 2014 by Laura-Lynne Conley
I really enjoy Sue Grafton's alphabet series. I started reading them years ago when they first came out and now I have read them all and starting back at the first to reread them. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2013 by Steve Watson
Been reading a few suspense type stories and this one was a good one, kept me guessing right to the end. Really enjoyed it.Published on Oct. 21 2013 by Kim Mitchell
It was like reading a weekly detective program. The book is an easy read and entertaining. Will definitely buy more books in the series.Published on Oct. 2 2013 by Nicole P