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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

California PI Kinsey Millhone, hired to investigate the disappearance of a client's eccentric, elderly mother, must also evade a vengeful criminal whom she helped put away four years earlier. "Grafton creates . . . a twist in the complex plot to tease Bronte fans, and a new, vulnerable side to the still-sardonic Kinsey," said PW. "The only complaint is that it ends abruptly." Author tour.
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From School Library Journal

Feisty private investigator Kinsey Millhone continues to solve mysteries, in this case finding and taking an elderly woman to a nursing home near her daughter. But the lady mysteriously disappears within hours of her arrival. Painfully aware of the fact that a contract has been arranged for her own murder, Kinsey unravels the events of the past clue by clue, narrating the action-filled story in a realistic, easy-to-read, informal style. Less motivated students are sure to appreciate a character with a respectable, exciting job without having had a college education; although Kinsey had police training, her bodyguard freely admits he left high school but later took an equivalency test. This light mystery maintains interest to the end; everything happens quickly. --Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
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Product Details

  • Series: The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; 1st edition (May 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805004610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805004618
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

I love Kinsey and her independent life.
Nan19805
Sometimes I think this is a cop-out where the descriptions fill up the page because there isn't much of a story there.
TheReader23
The characters are written well and the story line is always good.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Mass Market Paperback
G is for Gumshoe is another in the series of Kinsey Millhone Private Investigator mysteries by Sue Grafton prolific New York Times bestselling author. The novel is narrated by Kinsey Millhone. Kinsey is in her early 30s, twice divorced and is a private investigator in the a small California city.
The Plot: Frail Irene Gersh employs Kinsey to find her elderly mother Agnes. Agnes is in poor health living in a desert town in California. Kinsey locates the old woman after being nearly run off the road by a would be hit man. Kinsey is targeted for death by Tyrone Patty who has bent sent up the river due to Kinsey's good detective work. Kinsey finds protection in the arms of PI Robert Dietz. There are several close calls and a surprise ending to this tale.
The book moves along at a jaunty pace with several twists and unexpected turns before the nettlesome case is solved. I found this novel to be interesting in its depiction of how a PI investigates happenings from 70 or more years ago by studying microfilm and newspaper records in the public library. A good quick read to make the hours and pages fly on an otherwise boring day. Grafton is good!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Byrd on April 16, 2000
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Plowing ahead with the series, I found 'G' to be engrossing and chilling. I enjoyed the double plots and also very much liked how Grafton brought in many of the characters from past novels and fleshed them out a little. Bringing back Dietz was a stroke of genius as it allows Kinsey to play off of a male version of herself. I see from other reviews that he will be in future books - can't wait. Overall the plot and suspense of the story were one of the best...it's definitely a don't-miss in the Kinsey series.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christina P. Branson on December 23, 1999
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I am usually a stickler for reading series books in chronological order. An exception is in order for this book. I'm up to M in this series, and I'd say that G IS FOR GUMSHOE is probably my favorite so far. It is an excellent introduction to Kinsey Millhone, and it is far better than A IS FOR ALIBI. So if you haven't read any and are looking for a good place to start, this is it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 1998
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This book is excellent. I couldn't put it down. Don't take it on vacation with you, you would never leave the hotel. My hair stylist asked me to PLEASE put the book away while she finishes my hair, once she was done she promptly walked over to the book store and purchased it and said " It must be good, the way your head was buried in it "
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 1999
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This was the best of her books yet. Altough I have only read a few, I have decided this on is by far the best! Kinsey is to nosy for her own good sometimes, but the hired "hit-man" does a good job of staying a secret
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TheReader23 on July 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Prior to picking up this book, I had just finished a sweeping historical saga/soap opera kind of book (The Winter Rose) and was definitely looking for a break. I scanned my bookcase and thought that it might be the right time for a visit with Kinsey Malone. I always read this series in order and "G" was next on the list. So with an open mind, I wanted to see what Kinsey has been up to.

These books usually start off good and I particularly loved reading about her refurbished/remodeled garage apartment. That's one thing about Grafton...she loves to describe things. You never walk into a room in one of her books without knowing everything that's in it. Sometimes I think this is a cop-out where the descriptions fill up the page because there isn't much of a story there.

Within the first few chapters, we're apprised of Kinsey's latest job. She's to find someone's elderly mother and oh, by the way, there's a hitman after her. The good thing about the hitman is that it introduces us to Dietz, someone Kinsey hire's as a bodyguard. Finally there's someone in her life who's telling her what to do. As faithful fans, the reader knows this is something she has a very hard time dealing with because no one likes their independence more than Kinsey. Since the relationship turns into something more than a working one, I'm sure we'll see more of him in future "letters".

Speaking of letters, it's a good thing there's so many letters in the alphabet because at least we know Kinsey is going to make it through to the end of the book. But with all the ridiculous things she does, it's amazing she's still alive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 1999
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Best of the series from A through G. Grafton's writing has matured in this engrossing mystery, and if you're a fan of the series, don't miss this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Westley VINE VOICE on August 4, 2012
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"G is for Gumshoe" is a good entry in Sue Grafton's alphabet series; however, I think it may be my least favorite so far (I'm reading them in order). The book starts right after the conclusion of "F is for Fugitive" (which was one of my favorites). Kinsey's newly re-constructed apartment is finally ready, but she has little time to enjoy it due to a new case, working for the sickly Irene Gersh. Irene's mother (Agnes Grey) has been living in the so-called Slab City, a community of snowbirds who park their trailers on abandoned concrete slabs near the Salton Sea. Agnes has been out of touch with her daughter for several months, and Irene wants Kinsey to check on her. Sounds like a simple case for Kinsey. Of course, there is much more to the story here. On another front, Kinsey has been targeted for revenge by a demented criminal she helped put away years ago, Tyrone Patty. He hires a hit-man to take out Kinsey, who responds by hiring a body-guard PI named Robert Dietz.

The story gets off to a terrific, action-packed start and clips along at a nice pace. Also, it was great to see Kinsey's interactions with a fellow PI. Dietz is an interesting character who reminded me a bit of Stephanie Plum's later character, Ranger. Kinsey and Dietz make a good pair, and I hope to see him in future books. The mystery with Agnes Grey was interesting and featured some nice sleuthing on Kinsey's part. However, it was a tad confusing at times and wrapped up rather abruptly. Indeed, I've often had issues with Grafton's books concluding a bit quickly and with convenient confessions. The problem seems more pronounced here, and the two stories don't quite merge in a satisfying way. I've also noticed a pattern of Kinsey becoming confidantes extremely quickly with her clients.
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