Kinsey Millhone is my all-time favorite female protagonist. Sue Grafton never disappoints with this fabulous series. I find myself waiting impatiently for each new book to come out, but at the same time I'm grateful that Ms. Grafton doesn't just throw them out quickly and without great thought. Each one has been exciting and thoroughly enjoyable. Kudos to you, Sue Grafton!
"Every investigation has a nature of its own, but there are certain shared characteristics," explains private eye Kinsey Millhone in her 13th alphabetic outing. "Here's what you hope for: a chance remark from the former neighbor on a skip-trace, a penciled notation on the corner of a document, an ex-spouse with a grudge, the number on an account, an item overlooked at the scene of a crime. Here's what you expect: the dead ends, bureaucratic bullheadedness, the cul-de-sacs, trails that go nowhere or simply fade into thin air, denials, prevarications, the blank-eyed stares from all the hostile witnesses. Here's what you know: that you've done it before and you have the toughness and determination to pull it off again. Here's what you want: justice. Here's what you'll settle for: something equivalent, the quid pro quo." All of the above are on display in Grafton's latest entry in her increasingly popular series set in a thinly-disguised Santa Barbara, as the virtually ageless Kinsey finds and loses a missing heir and gets back an old lover.
Her books are great! She begins with A and goes through the alphabet with catchy murder mystery titles. This one is M is for Malice.
This was the best Kinsey story I have read (and I've read almost all them). Full of suspense and terribly well written. Definately a must read for Sue Grafton fans.