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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries, No. edition (November 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312939000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312939007
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (396 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best new private eye. (The Detroit News)

Exceptionally entertaining…an offbeat sense of humor and a feisty sense of justice. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Millhone is an engaging detective-for-hire…P.I. Kinsey Millhone and her creator…are arguably the best of [the] distaff invaders of the hitherto sacrosanct turf of gumshoes. (The Buffalo News)

Once a fan reads one of Grafton's alphabetically titled detective novels, he or she will not rest until all the others are found. (Los Angeles Herald Examiner)

Millhone is a refreshingly strong and resourceful female private eye. (Library Journal)

Tough but compassionate…There is no one better than Kinsey Millhone. (Best Sellers)

A woman we feel we know, a tough cookie with a soft center, a gregarious loner. (Newsweek)

Lord, how I like this Kinsey Millhone…The best detective fiction I have read in years. (The New York Times Book Review)

Smart, tough, and thorough…Kinsey Millhone is a pleasure. (The Bloomsbury Review)

Kinsey is one of the most persuasive of the new female operatives…She's refreshingly free of gender clichés. Grafton, who is a very witty writer, has also given her sleuth a nice sense of humor--and a set of Wonder Woman sheets to prove it. (Boston Herald)

What grandpa used to call a class act. (Stanley Ellin)

Smart, sexual, likable and a very modern operator. (Dorothy Salisbury Davis)

Kinsey's got brains and a sense of humor. (Kirkus Reviews)

From the Publisher

Finding wealthy Elaine Boldt seems like a quickie case to Kinsey Millhone. The flashy widow was last seen wearing a $12,000 lynx coat, leaving her condo in Santa Teresa for her condo in Boca Raton. But somewhere in between, she vanished. Kinsey's case goes from puzzling to sinister when a house is torched, an apartment is burgled of worthless papers, the lynx coat comes back without Elaine, and her bridge partner is found dead. Soon Kinsey's clues begin to form a capital M -- not for missing, but for murder: And plenty of it.

Winner Of The 1985 Private Eye Writers Of America Shamus Award And The 1985 Anthony Award For Best Novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Very good twists and turns.
Joyce Anderson
There is too much description about miscellaneous stuff and not enough plot to understand what is going on.
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This book was hard to put down once I started reading it.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By "intentaccess" on June 18, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This series is wonderful. I just started it, going from A up. I really enjoyed this one as I happen to live in Boca Raton and know right where the Jacobsons is :) .
Kinsey was hired to find wealthy Elaine Boldt, the flashy widow was last seen wearing a lynx coat, leaving her condo in Santa Teresa for her condo in Boca Raton. But somewhere in between, she simply vanished in thin air. Kinsey's case goes from puzzling to baleful when a house is torched, an apartment is burglarized of nothing but worthless papers, the lynx coat comes back in the picture without it's owner Elaine. Then Elaine's bridge partner is found dead.
What you have is murder and plenty of it in this novel. It was a very fast read and I am really growing fond of Kinsey. She is a very believable character and one you got to love.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A. Woodley on January 31, 2001
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For years my friends have been telling me I should read Sue Grafton's 'Kinsey Millhone' series of Alphabet mysteries. I am not a great fan of mysteries, and I have to admit that the 'alphabet' thing, with each book starting with a new letter of the alphabet just all seemed far too twee for me. And then finally I read B is for Burglar - and loved it - adored it is closer to the word really - and read every other book of hers I could get my hands on. The mystery was satisfyingly complex, and Kinsey Millhone is a gem. The series is now up to O, and I am waiting (eagerly, anxiously, expectantly) for the release of the new P mystery in 2001.
This book is set in June 1982 - and if you haven't read the first book in the series, you don't have to worry too much. The narration by Kinsey herself will quickly bring you up to date with the essentials of her life. Kinsey Millhone is a private detective, 32 years old, single. Gloriously, she doesn't smoke, or drink heavily, or do drugs. She isn't a goody-two-shoes either, she really is quite ordinary, with a few of the usual hang-ups we all have. I liked that, because the focus is more on her mysteries than Kinsey coming to angst-stricken grips with her own failings (as often seems to happen in mysteries).
Kinsey Millhone has been hired by Beverley Danziger to find her missing sister - Elaine Boldt. It seems like a pretty straightforward case. But as Kinsey delves deeper there seems to be something sinister below the surface. There have been sightings of her since she left her California apartment to head for Florida but nothing that seems to add up.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Karen Robinson on August 8, 2001
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So far, I've read up to "D is for Deadbeat" in this series of mystery novels, and as far as the the early books go, I think this is the best one. Grafton's writing style is so matter of fact that the filler parts kind of get boring in her other books, but this one is filled with plot twists and enthralling characters that keep the pages moving fast. A lady turns up missing and Kinsey Millhone is hired to find her. But what starts off as a missing persons case ends up a lot more bloody and viscious. The characters that pop up and drop dead in this book are just great. There's the missing lady's alcoholic sister and her husband; a punk rock teenage boy and his uncle who's recovering from the death of his wife; a retired woman in her 80s who wants to be a PI; a neurotic subletter; a quirky landlady; and a cute old couple. The mystery is just great but in this one, the characters are better. If you haven't read any of Grafton's books yet, start with this one-- you won't be sorry.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Wolverton VINE VOICE on September 19, 2001
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In Grafton's second alphabet outing, private investigator Kinsey Millhone tackles a missing persons case during an otherwise slow week at the office. A woman hires Kinsey to track down her sister, who stands to inherit money from a deceased relative, if the sister can be located. The money amounts to very little, so why would anyone want to abduct the missing sister? In fact, why would her sister even hire a private investigator whose fee would exhaust the inheritance money rather than go to the police? Hmmmmmm...
Grafton provides several quirky & goof-ball characters as well as some nifty twists and turns. 'B' is a much better story than 'A is for Alibi,' and develops Kinsey to a much better extent, showing that she is a character to keep an eye on. I like the mannerisms Grafton gives her characters...we get to know them through their actions as well as through Kinsey's eyes. Grafton's descriptions of the California and Florida settings are just enough to give you the feeling of being there, yet leaving enough for the reader to imagine. A good read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Birkett on September 20, 2001
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Having read every Grafton several times, I still find this the one with the most solid and intriguing plot. It reminds of the Sherlock Holmes type of plot, such as "The Redheaded League" that begins with a mystifying situation rather than a murder. The puzzle is to explain it. The mystery deepens and deepens and then the solution explodes and you go back and look at the clues and say "Why didn't I think of that?"
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Rux on December 26, 1999
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This is one of Sue Grafton's best novels! I have read many of these mysteries and this one has the best pacing yet. Her introduction of characters, events and places was clear and full of suspense. This novel does not insult the reader by giving away too much too soon. The novel ends with an excellent twist of events, but seems to hurry through the ending. This novel is an excellent read that only took me one snowy day to finish. Happy reading!
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New York Times-bestselling author Sue Grafton is published in twenty-eight countries and twenty-six languages--including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. Books in her alphabet series, begun in 1982, are international bestsellers with readership in the millions. And like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Grafton has earned new respect for the mystery form. Readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling prowess. She has been named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America (2009) and is a recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award (2004).

Sue Grafton has been married to Steve Humphrey for more than thirty years, and they divide their time between Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky, where she was born and raised. Grafton, who has three children and four grandchildren, loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine.

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