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Ok. Too much descriptive writing. Slow story line. Got better near the end
This is one of my favorite series. Will never forget the first time I met Kinsey Millhone. Thought I would try revisiting via audiobook. In any format, it is an adventure to go sleuthing with Kinsey. She is tenacious and ever ready with a snarky comeback. And I have B-Y out there whenever I want to spend more time with her. If you haven't met Kinsey yet, what are you waiting for?
I enjoyed this initial offering of a long running series. The story was filled with plenty of suspects, loose ends, and clues which led nowhere. Interspersed are details of the young female detective's messy life and character. The best parts were the occasional snarky gems, which made me laugh out loud. Nothing was spared as Ms. Grafton commented on fast foods, panty hose, plastic surgery, body weight, exercise, narcissists, etc. If you are looking for a linear police/crime narrative, there are other series which fit that description.
I agree with the comment below that the audio-book reader left plenty to dislike, when compared to Judy Kaye who read the books toward the end of the series..
Like meeting an old friend
PLOT OR PREMISE:
Nikki Fife served 8 years for a murder she claims she didn't commit. Now she wants Kinsey to clear her name.
WHAT I LIKED:
The character of Kinsey Millhone, and her introduction on page 1 ("My name is Kinsey Millhone") is the same general format that appears in all the books. Just the facts. But she talks about having killed someone and that it weighs on her mind. Cue the flashback. And the book has all the classic elements that show up in almost all the books...her apartment near Henry, Rosie's, multiple cases at once, index cards to keep track of details, Deitz, Dolan, etc. This is a classic whodunnit with lots of twists and turns and misinformation from suspects, sometimes intentional, sometimes not.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
There is a bit too much relationship-angst in this outing, albeit briefly.
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.
The first book in the series of the life of Kinsey Millhone, private investigator. I like the book, read easy and quickly. Private investigators do not have the excitement as police officers so it was expected that there would not be much going on but the mystery of the investigation and actually "who done it". The twists and turns were good and kept me interested enough to know I really needed to get to the end to find out who did it. I was hoping there would be some reaction written in about how Nikki took the news considering she spent eight years in prison. Would you ever have closure? How would you feel? Maybe there will be something in the "B" book. All in all, I will continue reading the series in between my other reads. I really like a good mystery.
The first book in a long and famous series by this author. The only turnoff for me in her writing style is her love of description over plot movement. Every scene is set with rather detailed descriptions that do not add to the action and will turn some readers off.
Quite possibly the worst audio book narrator I've ever come across. She speaks in a near monotone, with little or no differentiation between characters. Not sure I'll try another Grafton book on tape if she is the one reading it. My 15 year old son noticed it too. Asked how I could follow along...
I was surprised to find the start of this long-running series to be so dull. The writing was uninspiring and the detecting was terrible. (Kinsey didn't want anyone to know she was in Vegas, so she wiped her hotel room clean of fingerprints... and then paid with a credit card? Really?) I will not be continuing with the series.
Sue's first, back when she was still young and bitter. By the time you get to "K," she loses her zany humorous edge, and her books become more serious, less enjoyable, still you feel compelled to finish, and now we are on "W"...or is it "X"...
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. There are a few interesting twists and turns that Kinsey has to face in discovering the real murderer of an unpleasant lawyer. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
This was a decent distraction from work and deadlines for a few hours. Kind of a run-of-the-mill mystery/thriller.
well writing, an easy read. Suspensful and gripping, you will be surprised by the ending.
This is a pleasant reading series. Not too graphic or serious. The main character and the life she leads is believable and something many women could relate to at one time or another. I have read the whole series which currently sits at 20 books. I assume it will finish at 26.