D is for Deadbeat
There were some things I liked better about this one and some things I didn't like as much. For starters, like I mentioned for the B book, I noticed Grafton getting a bit too overly detailed sometimes about things I really didn't care too much about. Like spending 2 pages to detail the layout of an attic??! I found my mind wandering and had to go back and reread these sections to make sure I didn't miss anything important... which I didn't, but still, by the 3rd or 4th time I ran into this, I was groaning inwardly.
Beyond that, the story itself was good, and as in previous stories, the ending was a surprise. I also like that Kinsey's character is beginning to show a few more female characteristics, and I like that she finally gave in to some of her temptations with regards to Jonah. I'm hoping she continues in this direction in later books.
Rating: 6 stars
E is for Evidence
I liked this one best of the 5 I've read thus far. The extra detail didn't seem to go on as long any more, often just enough to give you a clear picture in your mind instead of cause your mind to wander. The mystery kept me in thrall until the very end, when it all came together in a surprise ending. Kinsey is still a workaholic, but has begun to reevaluate her life and actually thinks about things other than work and her caseload now. :)
At the beginning, I thought it would bother me that Kinsey was framed to look as if she was on the take, because usually when this happens in a story, all the other characters operate under the false assumption that she's guilty, automatically believing the frame without taking into account that she wouldn't do this, and in the long run it really screws with everything else in the story. It's really a pet peeve of mine... Instead, Kinsey and most of the other primary characters worked to find out what was really going on and who had set her up, which led to a much deeper and intricate plot to be uncovered.
Rating: 8 stars
F is for Fugitive
Another intriguing read... not quite as good as E is for Evidence but still, in general I have to say this series is getting better as it goes along.
Throughout the story, you're made to feel that any one of the characters could be the guilty party, responsible for all the murders and setups taking place in the small little beach-side community of Floral Beach, CA. So though not quite a slap-in-the-face surprise ending like E is for Evidence the way everything ties together in the end is surprising nonethelss.
Rating: 7 stars
Sue Grafton and her alphabet series of crime novels featuring former California cop turned private investigator Kinsey Millhone, captured readers' fancy from the very beginning with "A" is for Alibi. Kinsey is one of those wonderful characters who resonate with likability. Vulnerable, but not fragile; brave but not foolish; above all, decent, Kinsey is the type of person you want as a friend. And if you can't have that, the next best thing is to read about her!
Really enjoyed all three of these mysteries.