P Is For Peril (Kinsey Millhone #16)
His embittered first wife Fiona is convinced he is still alive. His second wife, Crystal - a former stripper forty years his junior - is ...more
I hadn't even noticed that the book doesn't include Grafton's now-customary epilogue, which takes the form of Kinsey Milhone typing up a quick summary of the case and ties up some of the loose ends, but I had no ...more
also, no one was really in peril, except for kinsey, who is always in peril, and in this instance said peril had nothing to do with the case. i wish the whole book had been the brother subplot instead of some medicare scam involving a lesbian stripper. (...put that way, it doesn't sound half-bad! but i assure you, it is bad.) probably my least favorite of the seri ...more
Unfortunately it is easy to see why. There are two mystery plots at work in this novel. The main one concerns a missing nursing home administrator. Kinsey is hired by his ex-wife and she proceeds to do her research from every angle imaginable. I always enjoy her methodical a ...more
My gripe is the way it ended. Out of all the books there is usually a letter type of epilogue that Kinsey writes to end the book. This time the story j ...more
I like that only a few months have passed in Kinsey's life when the next book comes along. In "P", she's still in ...more
Blurb: (from Goodreads) When Dowan Purcell, a respected physician who operates a nursing home, disappears, his ex-wife hires Santa Teresa PI Kinsey Millhone to look into it. Fiona Purcell is still seething over Dow's affair and subsequent marriage to Crystal, a former stripper, yet they're still friends, and she seems worried. But when his body is discovered, she's among the suspects. Both of Dow's wives, at least one of his business partners, and perhaps even Crystal's teenage dau ...more
In this novel, Kinsey is hired by an ex-wife, to locate her currently missing ex-husband. One evening, he walks out of the nursing home he manages and just disappears. It's been a couple weeks and Kinsey's not certain she'll be able to do more good than the police have, but decides to take the case. The twists and turns this novel goes through are a lot of fun to follow.
Honestly? This is ...more
Kinsey investigates the disappearance of Physician. Did he skip the country because of potential Medicare fraud, was he kill to collect the insurance by his vengeful ex-wife or the ex-stripper new wife, or did the step daughter do him in so she can runaway with the money she stole from his account. There is a second story line involving brothers who may have gotten away with murder in Texas.
This book has a lot more intrigue than usual. The author keeps you guessing all the way until the end.
P is ...more
I thought the subplot with the two brothers had much more potential. Developing that ...more
KINSEY MILLHONE, FIONA, CRYSTAL, TOMMY HEVENER, RICHARD HEVENER, HENRY, and DR.DOWAN PURCELL..JOEL GLAZER and HARVEY BROADUS
Dr.Dowan purcell vanishes with out a trace. sixty nine years old. A successful doctor of family medicine in Santa Teresa since 1944 specializing in geriatrics for the last 15 years. Had retired in 1981,now a licensed administrator of a nursing care called Pacific Meadows owned by two businessmen Joel Glaze ...more
When “P” opens, Kinsey is looking for new office space. She takes on a case of a doctor (Dowan Purcell) who went missing two months earlier, in Septembe ...more
I like the series, and presumably you do to if you’ve made it up to “P”. I doubt you’re starting the series here, but perhaps you are – I am reading them all out of sequence too – I’ve read: K, S, A, T, C, Q, U, L, N, V, M, R, J, I and now P. I just read a bunch of bad books in a row and I didn’t want to take a chance on another lousy read, so ...more
The second ...more
Pros: Grafton's descriptions are beautifully written and immerse the reader in the story. Plot has lots of twists and turns and the style is immensely readable. Grafton has the gift of being able to entertain without sacrificing depth or stylistic sophistication. Characters are varied and interesting. (I was not offended by the "foul language" of any of the characters as some other reviewers have been; if anything, some of the characters could have sworn a little more in the interest of realism. ...more
Grafton, Sue - 16th in series
In her latest adventure, Kinsey Millhone enters the world of noir. A shadowland in which the mysterious disappearance of a prominent physician leads Kinsey into a danger-filled maze of duplicity and double-dealing... It is now nine weeks since Dr Dowan Purcell vanished without trace. The sixty nine-year-old doctor had said goodnight to his colleagues at the Pacific Meadows nursing home, had climbed into his car and driven away - never to be seen ...more
The middle of a (proposed) 26 book series isn't the place to look for innovative fiction, or anything other than more of the same. So I wasn't particularly disappointed to find Kinsey Millhone on much the same form as ever. Nothing fabulous but a reasonable mystery for the most part and pretty much what I expected.
The thing that seemed odd: The only distinguishing factor between these books is their titles - why not have someone actually *in peril* in this one? If there was, it went over my hea...more
Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievement award) in 2003.
Father: C.W. Grafton, born 1909, third son of Presbyterian Missionaries, born and raised in China, educated Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina; practicing attorney in Louisville, Kentucky with a 40-year specialty in municipal bonds. Au ...more