Another great Kinsey Millhone detective story by Sue Grafton. Kinsey Millhone is a likeable character and it's always fun to see the trouble she can get herself into and out of in the pursuit of justice.
A complex and clever money-laundering scheme is just a cover for a novel that is all about love: love gone wrong, love betrayed, love denied. Private eye Kinsey Milhone is the protaganist in Sue Grafton's alphabet series, beginning with A.
Overall, this is a decent series but its starting to lag for me. I like Kinsey but while reading this book about Kinseys latest job of picking up a convicted felon released from prison on parole fell short of the mark for me. I felt Kinseys tenacious skills as a private investigator were wasted with this babysitting job. The few interactions Kinsey has in the book with Henry left me unsettled as well. With a long-running series, there needs to be definitive character development and growth. As we near closer to the end of the alphabet, it doesnt feel like theres much growth.
There wasnt a lot of mystery with this story but I am hoping that will change with the next book. There is potential in R for a new relationship for Kinsey and I think its time. Lets face itHenry isnt going to live forever and when that time comes, Kinsey is going to need people around her to help her pick up the pieces and cope. I get that in Kinseys line of work, being a loner is part of the job, but I would enjoy seeing Kinseys circle of friends increase beyond Rosie and the gang. I would enjoy seeing Kinsey finally settle down and start a family!
For the record, I did like Reba Lafferty more than I thought I would. I was expecting her to be a nasty piece of work, but she surprised me several times in the story. Even when she screws up and slides backwards, you dont get the sense shes a bad person, just a messed up girl who gets mixed up with the wrong people and makes bad choices.
I will see this series through to the end since Ive come this far. I really like Kinsey and want to find out what happens next but Im not champing at the bit.
R IS FOR RICOCHET by Sue Grafton IMHO another solid entry in this series. While you are seldom surprised with Santa Teresa P.I. Kinsey Milhone, you are also rarely disappointed. This is the story of triangles. The most prominent involves parolee embezzler Reba Llafferty. Kinsey is hired by Rebas wealthy father to help her get back into society safely. The second element of this triangle is Alan Beckwith, Rebas former employer from whom she embezzled money and with whom she is continuing to have an affair. Beckwith is also simultaneously having his wife with Rebas best friend who took her place in more ways than one when Reba went to jail. The FBI wants Reba to help them get the goods on Beckwiths money laundering operations and push Kinsey to gain her cooperation. Woven into the big story is a lesser triangle involving Kinseys elderly landlord Henry, his brother, and a vivacious widow who apparently is attracted to both. While this sub-plot doesnt add to the overall mystery it is the kind of touch that keeps me working my way through the alphabet and looking forward to each new Kinsey Milhone outing.
It's much better than "Q is for Quarry"
Another best seller by Sue Grafton. Great mystery and intrigue
Kinsey is back to her old self in this mystery. I loved Henry's family dynamics and maybe a real love for K?
Well worth my reading time.
a wonderful Kinsey Millhone book by Sue Grafton
"Grafton's alphabet thrillers keep getting better." USA Today. Loved reading it and highly recommend it.
Reba Laffery was a daughter of privilege,the only child of adoringfather,Nord Laffery was in his fifties when she was born.
Yet another great Kinsey Milhone story! Lots of romance in this one!
Good read, but as she is getting closer to the end of the alphabet, the books are getting old.
One of my favorites of Sue Grafton's alphabet books. This one has some very colorful characters!
Reba Lafferty was a daughter of privilege, the only child of an adoring father. Nord Lafferty was already in his fifties when Reba was born and he could deny her nothing. Her father got her out of many scrapes over the years, but he wasn't there for her when she was convicted of embezzlement and sent to the California Institute for Women. It's a complex and clever money-laundering scheme and is just a cover for a novel that is all about love, love gone wrong, love betrayed and love denied.
I thoroughly enjoyed "R". It was one of Sue Grafton's best books in her series.
Kinsey takes a bit of a back seat to a more rebellious character. But, on the personal side, she finally has a love life and has received a decent haircut!
Sue Grafton's private eye, Kinsey Milhone, is smart, tough, sexy, and witty in this juicy tale. The female gumshoe keeps the reader riveted to the story with clues, violence, and steamy sex.
Reba Lafferty had it all, but it wasn't enough. Reba is convicted of embezzlement and sent to prison. At 32 she is paroled. Nord Lafferty wants her home, clean of the drugs and booze, and away frm her friends. Kinsey figures this will be a strightforward job. Babysit Reba and make sure she follows the rules of her parole. But...life is never that easy and within 24 hours of Reba's release, her old friends are circling the gates. This story is about love los,t found, betrayed and denied. Reba finds out that sometimes what you give in life comes back to bite ya in the butt...and that the good guys can win, even when they lose.
I love it. Sue Grafton's books just keep getting better and better.
Another entertaining Kinsey Millhone mystery. Kinsey is hired to escort a young woman, Reba Lafferty, home from prison, get her settled in, and keep her out of trouble. Everything is going okay until one of Reba's old friends comes circling around.
Excellent story. Much better than "Q" is for Quarry.
Another great mystery/thriller from Sue Crafton!
Grafton never fails...I enjoy her hard-boiled detective Kinsey Millhone as well as the cast of accompanying characters. Esp. enjoyed the character of Reba in this volume.
I can't wait for another in the alphabet Kinsey Mahone series. This is a doozy.
I enjoy her books so much and this one is just as good as the others!
Good story, typical Grafton.
Sue Grafton never fails! Kinsey is on the trail again, finding danger, love and a hardboiled egg with mayonaise sandwhich at every turn. This one doesn't dissappoint!
Another great edition in the Kinsey Millhone series, even if, as Kinsey says at the end, she is "simply a minor character in someone else's play."
One of the best of the series.
Another great book from Sue Grafton. Once you get into her books you can't wait to find out the ending.
Reba Lafferty was a daughter of privilege, the only child of an adoring father. Nord Lafferty was already in his fifties when Reba was born, and he could deny her nothing. Over the years, he quietly settled her many scrapes with the law, but he wasn't there for her when she was convicted of embezzlement and sent to the California Institute for Women. Now, at thirty-two, she is about to be paroled, having served twenty-two months of a four-year sentence. Nord Laferty wants to be sure she stays straight, stays at home and away from the drugs, the booze, the gamblers.
It seems a straightforward assignment for Kinsey: babysit Reba until she settles in, make sure she follows all the rules of her parole. Maybe all of a week's work. Nothing untoward-the woman seems remorseful and friendly. And the money is good.
But life is never that simple, and Reba is out of prison less than twenty-four hours when one of her old crowd comes circling around.
Beautiful book. Reba Lafferty was a daughter of privilege. Abandoned by her rebellious mother when she was an infant, she was the only child of a rich man already in his mid-fifties when she was born, and her adoring father thoroughly spoiled her. Now, at thirty-two, having had many scrapes with the law, she is about to be released on probation from the California Institution for Women, having served twenty-two months of a four-year sentence for embezzlement. Though Nord Lafferty could deny his daughter nothing, he wasnt there for her when she was brought up on this charge. Now he wants to be sure she stays straight, stays at home and away from the drugs, the booze, the gamblers.
It seems a straightforward assignment for Kinsey: babysit Reba until she settles in, make sure she follows all the niceties of her parole. Maybe a weeks work. Nothing untowardthe woman seems remorseful and friendly. And the money is good.
But life is never that simple, and Reba is out of prison less than twenty-four hours when one of her old crowd comes circling round.
R is for Ricochet. And R is for romance: love gone right, love gone wrong, and matters somewhere in between.