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Topic: How are the Sue Grafton Alphabet books?

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Subject: How are the Sue Grafton Alphabet books?
Date Posted: 7/22/2009 2:42 PM ET
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I recently ordered the first one (A is for whatever) and am wondering if it is worth it to order the next few in the series since i see that a lot of copies are available.


Has anyone read them?  What is your opinion?  Were they stimulating reads?



Meaghan D.

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Date Posted: 7/31/2009 9:32 PM ET
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They are good cozies. stimulating? I guess. I enjoy them, because they keep me guessing till the end. I hate mysteries that I solve half way through. Kinsey Milhone the main character is a private eye and the mysteries are always interesting. I am on F and so far havent been turned off by any of the stories.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 5:33 PM ET
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I like them, but don't read them one right after the other. Any author palls if you read too many in a row.
Date Posted: 8/3/2009 2:27 PM ET
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I read several of them.  Did not read them in order, just if I came across one, would pick it up and read it.  I may have lost something by doing that but I agreee with Linda.  You can get saturated if you read the same author like that.  Always good to mix it up a bit.  I like the Kinsey MIlhone character, but lately I have been trying to steer away from books that use the same characters.  Sometimes it's like visiting an old friend but sometimes it is just becomes too predictable.  Does anyone else feel that way?

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 10:30 AM ET
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I love the alphabet series and have been reading it since it came out.   I'm collecting the books so that I can go back and read them all again someday.   ANY series becomes predictable if you read too many of the books one after another.    IMO the Kinsey Milhone series is better than most at avoiding this pitfall, but it still helps to take breaks from the series and read other books.

I do need to correct a statement by an earlier poster.   The Alphabet series is NOT a cozy mystery series.    In a cozy mystery series, there is little violence, and what violence there is usually takes place "off stage".    While the alphabet series isn't as nearly violent or intense as, say, a Greg Isles novel, every book in the Alphabet series has at least one or two violent scenes.

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 2:58 PM ET
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Lynne, I love your avatar!  So cute!

And I think Kinsey Millhone is a great protagonist.  She's not too smart, not too beautiful, not "too" anything, which makes her really fun to read.  But, definitely don't read them in order.  I did that when I first discovered the series and got kind of sick of them so I stopped.  On the flipside, it gives me and my MIL something to talk about, because she loves the series and buys each letter in hardcover immediately :)

Date Posted: 10/23/2009 11:23 PM ET
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I have read them all and I really liked them.  I did read them in order though.  It does tend to mention previous characters.  I think they are well worth reading and collecting.

Date Posted: 11/27/2009 3:49 PM ET
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I love this series! I will be sorry when the end of the alphabet is reached.

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Date Posted: 1/18/2010 11:43 AM ET
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I'm waiting for the next one, is it "U"?   I miss Kinsey!!!!!

Date Posted: 6/3/2010 2:32 AM ET
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My sister read and enjoyed the first book and recommended it to me. I didn't like Kinsey, not at all, so only read one. Strange, as I usually liked the same books my sister did.

Date Posted: 6/25/2010 10:12 AM ET
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Began reading the series years ago, then stopped. Recently 'caught up' w/ T, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Light, fun summer reading...just what I needed this month. U is for Undertow; it's in HB.

Subject: I just started them,
Date Posted: 7/11/2010 4:23 PM ET
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I am on D. I like them. They are not as good as the plum series by janetevanovichbut still enjoyable.

I have C-T in paperback if someone would like them when I am done. I will swap them for 7 credits (Books C-T)

Date Posted: 7/29/2010 10:00 PM ET
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I was stuck on this series when in the 2nd or 3rd book, Kinsye's friend says to her, "Don't do anything stupid" and Kinsey says something along the lines of, "Well, that's the problem, it never seems stupid at the time." True in books, true in life.