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Subject: Any thoughts on Sue Grafton?
Date Posted: 1/4/2011 10:57 PM ET
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I just "inherited" a lot of Sue Grafton "ABC" mystery novels. I have never read her, and my TBR pile is OVERFLOWING. I need to know if I should give her a shot or if I should post these books. 

I like Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner, Stuart Woods, and Nelson Demille. I DO NOT like James Patterson. So I'm wondering if I will like Sue Grafton????

Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated. Thanks bunches!!

Date Posted: 1/4/2011 11:30 PM ET
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I loved the early Kinsey Milhone books and still like the more recent ones.  Like many authors, I think she may run out of material soon, so probably good Grafton is almost done with the alphabet.  She isn't really like any of the authors you named above but I think you should definitely give her a try.  However, I have to add that I think all series should be read in order so hopefully the 'A' book is in the group.  :)

Date Posted: 1/5/2011 11:30 AM ET
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Another vote for "give her a shot." I've enjoyed Sue Grafton's books (wow, for many years now!), and although "U" wasn't one of my favorites, I'll still be seeking out "V,"

Date Posted: 1/5/2011 12:49 PM ET
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Thank you both so much for your thoughts. Looks like my TBR pile might be getting larger!!  :))

Date Posted: 1/5/2011 1:09 PM ET
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Heather,  Are you an Aggie????  Me, too, but I digress smiley.  I have read all of them and have  thoroughly enjoyed everyone of them.  Like Terri mentioned, I think it is good that she is almost through the alphabet, but I'll be with her until the end.  Just spread them out so you don't get burned out, and definitely read them in order.

Date Posted: 1/5/2011 2:16 PM ET
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I also inherited the mounds of Sue Grafton books sitting on my TBR shelves, years ago, as a matter of fact.  I kept putting them off until last summer I picked up A is ffor Alibi.  It wasn't horrible, but I wasn't enthralled with Grafton's writing. Nor did I particularly care for Kinsey.  People said "A" is the weakest in the series, the rest get better.  I haven't picked up another of her books, but eventually I'll get around to them, just becasue I'd hate to waste a book frown

Date Posted: 1/5/2011 2:50 PM ET
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Kathy, yes I am!! Class of '99.....WHOOP!!  :)

I've gotten a lot of responses (I posted in the Book Bazaar, too), so I'm going to give it a go. I definitely plan to read them in order, so thankfully I have the "A" book. I'm a bit obsessive about reading series in order!!

Thanks again for all the responses, and I welcome even more!!

Date Posted: 1/5/2011 2:55 PM ET
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Heather,  I graduated in '98, but at the age of 47, so I was a non-traditional student.  I'm teaching French at Blinn now and love it there.

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Date Posted: 1/7/2011 3:39 PM ET
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I have to agree that A is the weakest of all the ones i have read. I am up to G. So far I think B and C were my favorites.  I am on the fence with these books. It is a decent series but i would classify it with James Patterson's Women's Murder Club Series. I own both series (in full) but many of them are still TBR.

 

Date Posted: 1/9/2011 2:21 PM ET
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I didn't read them in order and had no problem following the series at all.  Although I did read them in order from about half-way through the series which is where more of her family background comes.  You have to space them out. But I find that true with any author and especially series. 

My complaint about Grafton is that she's a lister and can be an over describer.  I don't need to know every little detail about Kinsey cleaning out her purse or her pantry and what she bought at the grocery store. 

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 1/9/2011 2:26 PM ET
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I began reading them when A first came out and faithfully read them all.  Some were good and some meh.  Never stopped reading them though.

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 11:15 AM ET
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Thanks to the great PBS members for all of the advice. I am now officially a reader of Sue Grafton! 

Date Posted: 1/11/2011 8:50 AM ET
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She is one of the very few authors I've been reading consistently since she started her Alphabet series. Kinsey hasn't changed too much over the years, and she's stuck in the 80's which is kind of cool...it's nice to read a mystery where the PI has to actually work to find things out and not just fire up Google. LOL As others have said, I think her earlier ones were better, but I enjoy even the later ones enough to keep reading and likely will right through to the end.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 1/19/2011 10:28 PM ET
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Love her.  I have read them all and always looking forward to the new one coming out.

Date Posted: 1/20/2011 7:54 PM ET
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I have really enjoyed all the Kinsey Milhone books.  I am currently listening to "U is for Undertow".  Does anyone know when the V book will be out?