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E is for Evidence (The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – November 29, 2005
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“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
Top Customer Reviews
After having finished I was thinking over the themes which underlie this book, Kinsey's aloneness, her fear of betrayal, her past betrayals and lack of family - they are all cast into stark reality with the coming of Christmas and New Year - a time when family is the most important. Yet the telling of the story left me without feeling sorry for Kinsey (I tend to be the sort of person who cries at television ads) because Grafton produces such a strong, sympathetic and real character in Kinsey. It is hard to feel sorry for her as she rejects sympathy - even from her readers. I think it shows Grafton's incredible skill as a writer.
As a story this book just knocked my socks off - it has layers like you wouldn't believe, and kept me guessing until almost the very last page as to what was going on and what was going to happen. Kinsey Millhone is given a file to check out an insurance claim on what seems to be a straightforward fire at a company Wood/Warren. The Wood family are old friends of Kinsey's from way back and all seems in order when she checks things out.Read more ›
"E" is for Evidence has some great elements. First, Kinsey is her own client - investigating why she's been framed for insurance fraud in a warehouse arson. Without client confidentiality rules, Kinsey has so unusual elbow room. Her search leads her into her past. The warehouse was owned by the family of a high school friend and Kinsey plays the old school tie for all its worth. To complicate matters, it's Christmas and her landlord and "cook" are both gone. In this vulnerable moment, enter Kinsey's second ex-husband.
Many of the other reviewers complain about the slow pacing in the first half of the book. I didn't notice any problems -- and with books on tape, when it drags, it really drags. The plot certainly has high energy by the conclusion. There are plenty of twists and turns. The conclusion is all I ask of a mystery - more or less unpredictible but with just enough clues planted along the way that the solution doesn't come from left field.
In "E is for Evidence," Kinsey Millhone faces one of her toughest cases yet. She is being framed for insurance fraud and arson at a time when her support network is unavailable due to the Christmas holidays. On her own, she must discover who is behind the frame-up and clear her name. She discovers that this tangled web has roots that go back more than twenty years. A run-in with former husband Daniel Wade only complicates the situation. The shocking ending will leave the reader hungry for more.
A must read for any mystery fan!
With acclaim for the recently released "Z" book of the series, I decided to try out the series with "A". I'm on "F" now after about 2 weeks, and I'm enjoying them a lot. A dedidedly talented crime/detective writer, Sue Grafton's heroine, Kinsey Millhone, (first name is after her mother's maiden surname) is a feisty survivor type not to be taken lightly. She's gritty, tough, athletic, can handle a gun well enough to save her skin and then some, and is not above the occasional dip into romantic interlude. She's got a sense of humor as well, and a philosophical disposition that is built up over each successive "submission" or story. A likable gal to be sure, she's more of a persistent character than a master of deduction and reason like, say, Sherlock Holmes for example, who invevitably stumbles onto the full discovery of her pursuits through determination and hard work armed with her detective's 'nose' that grows keener with experience. What makes this and other tales fun to read is the ad-libbing that permeates the novels, which are really just a "thinking aloud" kind of running commentary on whatever is confronting her at the moment, and those help to define Kinsey' personality, likes and dislikes, motivations and feelings. I guess I'm hooked now, but the cost per book was only 2.99 for "A" through "E", and now nearly $7 from here onward, so that's not so cool.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Started with A and working my way diem the alphabet. Love all of this series, can't put them down!!!Published 10 days ago by Mary McConnell
Sue Grafton has a smooth writing style. If you enjoy first person narratives she is for you. Easy read, some twists make the plot interesting. A fine early work.Published 12 days ago by AR
I am fairly new to the Sue Grafton series. Most people started reading about this character years ago, so it's a little strange to be reading about a female private eye in the 80s,... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Karen M.
The plot moves along at a good pace. There's always poetic descriptions of the area. There's always sections that make me laugh aloud (which is hard to accomplish with my... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary F.
This was my favorite so far. It had just the right number of twists & turns & of course surprises! An enjoyable read, hard to put down.Published 2 months ago by Robert G Gumm