It was many years ago, in the basement of my local library during a used book sale, that I discovered the magic of Sue Grafton’s alphabet series. Grabbing volumes A, B, and C for a measly .50 each, I soon fell in love with Kinsey Milhone. I quickly grabbed all available titles and anxiously awaited each new release. Sadly, I’ve slacked off a bit over the last several years. Too many books, too little time. But still, I keep coming back to this series like a comfy pair of flannel jammies.
Once again, Kinsey finds herself unwittingly caught up in a mystery. It starts off simple enough with a seemingly harmless meeting and an easy little job locating a missing person. Soon, though, Kinsey finds out that she’s been had. And the mystery goes much deeper than she ever suspected. Stolen art, murder, robbery, it’s all there. Of course, along the way, we are treated to generous helpings of the characters we’ve grown to love. There’s Henry, Kinsey’s lovable landlord/surrogate father. And Ed the cat, Rosie, William, they’re all there.
Is this the best book of the series? Not by a long shot. I found it a bit draggy at times and too drawn out at others. With a character like Kinsey, however, those are just small bumps in the road. You read these books for the storyline, sure. But just as much, you read them because you’ve grown to know and love the characters. It’ll be a very sad day when I read the very last page of volume Z.
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