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A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries, No. 1)
by Sue Grafton
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PublisherSt. Martin's Griffin
Release Date2005-11-29 (added to CC 3 Dec 2014)
Amazon Sales Rank57,941
A tough-talking former cop, private investigator Kinsey Millhone has set up a modest detective agency in a quiet corner of Santa Teresa, California. A twice-divorced loner with few personal possessions and fewer personal attachments, she’s got a soft spot for underdogs and lost causes.
 
Eight years ago, Nikki Fife was convicted of killing her philandering husband. Now she’s out on parole and needs Kinsey’s help to find the real killer.
 
If there's one thing that makes Kinsey feel alive, it's playing on the edge. When her investigation turns up a second corpse, more suspects, and a new reason to kill, Kinsey discovers that the edge is closer—and sharper—than she imagined.

Member Reviews
(6 Dec 2014)
Interesting to read this first book in the series so many decades after it was first published. Authors back then had more leeway to use rules that today are considered no-nos, like avoid adverbs in speech attribution, don't dwell on needless detail, don't start phone conversations with small talk, etc. This book had plenty of those instances but still came off as a well told tale. But the downside to all that extra verbiage was a very slow pace. MC wasn't in much mortal danger, there was no time limit pressure on her investigation, so tangible consequences for her other than not being killed a few times, and shooting her first person.

On the plus side, Kinsey Millhone is a very likable character with realistic flaws and a strong personality. I've read only one other Sue Grafton book, and while she's wildly popular, her writing doesn't move me as much as other authors of the genre.
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