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"B" is for Burglar (Kinsey Millhone #2)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  25,179 ratings  ·  808 reviews
Beverly Danziger looked like an expensive, carefully wrapped package from a good but conservative shop. Only her compulsive chatter hinted at the nervousness beneath her cool surface. It was a nervousness out of all proportion to the problem she placed before Kinsey Millhone. There was an absent sister. A will to be settled--a matter of only a few thousand dollars. Mrs. Da ...more
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published May 15th 1985 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Robert
Kinsey Millhone might have her iconic status entrenched about as well as Sue Grafton has hers, and the series has kept me just interested enough to continue through to O, but I’ll need to take periodic breaths in between, or I might find myself gasping for air as the clock strikes E. Who knows? I might make it all the way to G before I pass out, but there’s the distinct possibility I’ll turn blue sooner rather than later.

Like a female version of James Bond, she has her good points, and she has h
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Jim
Another interesting mystery solved by Kinsey. It's a shame she's turned into such a damn fool by Grafton at the end. Just like the first one, I really liked everything up until she winds up confronting the bad guy. Then Grafton feeds her an idiot pill & ties one hand behind her back just to make sure there is a big suspenseful ending. Is this a trademark of the series? With only 2 books listened to, it seems unfair to pass judgement yet, but a third might just finish me.

I like Kinsey & t
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Ed
I'd wanted to read A, Ms. Grafton's debut title in the series, but only B was on the library shelf. But then B shows Kinsey in her full profile and element. She cuts her own hair. She uses the washer for her hamper. She jogs. She eats junk food. In short, a very likeable PI protagonist. I've also liked her wry wit a few books ago. Sue Grafton's PI is my comfort read. She's always been reliable for delivering a sturdy tale which is just the something I often crave. I'll go on devouring the alphab ...more
Monica!
At work, y’all, we do this sort of mandatory readers’ advisory program, where everyone is Highly Encouraged to read outside of their usual genres so as to better serve their patrons. Which I am totally on board with, because I love reading outside my Usual Genre of “Books No One But Me Has Bothered To Read.” But this year, we’re supposed to be reading from a selected list of Hard-Boiled Mysteries.

“Ooh,” says I. “This certainly is a new genre for me! Who do we have to choose from… hmm… hey! Sue G
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Algernon
I'm not entirely comfortable with the Goodreads star system. All through school I was judged on a 10 points scale, and a 6 was a very low grade, just a step above the barely passed examination (5). On that scale Sue Grafton is a comfortable 8 - intelligent, intriguing, elegant. But I have read better mysteries and I suspect in a year or two I will scratch my head and wonder what was this book about?

The one thing that will remain for sure is the main character - Kinsey Millhone - private investig
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June Ahern
I've enjoyed Sue Grafton's series of Kinsey Millhone, female sleuth, for many years. Some of the mysteries are easier to read, staying with the one main theme while others can be confusing with too many stories going on at one time. Dead bodies do occur although usually not as brutally as in other contemporary novels and this is a fun treat compared the very graphic reads (not that I'm overly squeamish when it comes to blood & guts.) Grafton has a fun, quick moving style of writing that keep ...more
Stephanie Lorée
I'm not entirely sure what happened with 'B' is for Burglar, but I found it very hard to get into the story. The characters were still there, quirky and interesting as ever, and Grafton's narrative descriptions still struck me as unique and engrossing, but I just couldn't find myself caring about the plot. It wasn't a murder mystery I could sit around guessing at, thereby provoking my interest as the pieces were revealed. Instead, the ending came from left field and accusations that were previou ...more
anionce
De mayor quiero ser Kinsey Millhone. Entretenido, aunque me costó un poco engancharme en la parte inicial.
Sarah
Nov 22, 2011 Sarah rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sue Grafton fans
Shelves: kindle
I hope that these books get better. I may just have to give up on them. This book wasn't so much bad as it was pointless and boring, at least to me. I didn't care about anyone in this book, at all. No one grabbed my attention, and the mystery was just so-so.

Kinsey (the main character) is really weird to me. I feel like we are supposed to think she is this cool,quirky, bad ass but she comes across to me pretty much the opposite. She is unnecessarily rude to people, she seems weirdly oblivious at
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Mika Stevens
**Truthfully, this should be 4 1/2 stars**

Kinsey Millhone is back at it, putting her wits and skill on the line to solve her latest case. I think that B is for Burglar is a stronger story than A is for Alibis was, however, both are good, solid stories with a wonderful private investigator at the lead.

I have mixed emotions about coming into this series so late. Having been originally published in 1985, when I was a whole 11 years old, there are a lot of things that you just don't see in mystery n
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Shannon
This is the second book in this *series* and I hope Ms. Grafton makes up her mind which way the series is going to go. There are several times when this book reiterates information from the first book, such as describing Kinsey or the town where she lives, thus allowing this to be a stand alone book. There are other times however, when she references the crime from book #1 (A is for Alibi) but doesn't give alot of details, assuming that the reader has started there and made the logical progressi ...more
Jeff
B is for Burglar is the second novel by Sue Grafton to feature her tough girl detective, Kinsey Millhone. It is also the second book that I have read by Sue Grafton with A is for Alibi being the first.
Kinsey is hired by the sister of a missing woman because she needs a signature for some inheritance money. What starts as simple missing persons case quickly turns into a tightly woven story involving arson and murder. And Kinsey is up to the task.
I continue to like the character of Kinsey Millh
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wrench
Ok, so I really liked A is for Alibi, and I really like Kinsey Millhone and am looking forward to reading more of this series.
Having said that there were some things in this that actually just kinda ruined it even though I really liked the plot and the writing etc. (Plus I love lady detectives because they are awesome and mostly are not arseholes like Sherlock Holmes [who I love, but who is still an arsehole])

So, I really enjoyed the plot and think this is a well put together detective novel; it
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Mitch
I've been carrying "B is for Burglar" by Sue Grafton around with me in case I'm ever in need of a book at a cabin or somewhere. I always keep an unread book with me in case I need a quick book fix. I think that is a true sign of a dork. Well, t came in handy this time and I read it...but alas. Sue Grafton is no Agatha Christie, and I think this (my second book I've read by her) will be my last attempt at the Alphabet Murder series. It just isn't for me.

I think my first complaint is that Kinsey M
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Megan Durrett Toll
I hate to say it, I'm eating my words from my first review. Kinsey is not so relatable. She is not just a loner, but a judgmental, self-contradictory, depth-lacking character. She takes a negative tone to everyone she meets and calls them fat, old, too beautiful, anal or there is something wrong with everyone she meets, it's a skewed way to view life. She is terrified for getting in trouble with CFI, yet she was celebrating over that fact that she almost took a life. She has no depth because her ...more
Daniel
When I read a detective novel, it's more than just dessert reading. I try to use it as a brain puzzle. The process is pretty straightforward. A good detective novel will give you (the reader) everything you need to solve the mystery as soon or sooner than the detective in the novel. I simply take in the information and form a theory. That theory evolves over the course of the book as I gather more information and rule out possibilities. The rule of thumb is that if I reach the reveal before I ha ...more
Tamara
Maybe it was just me, but I found it difficult to keep track of the storylineand numerous characters of this book. I put it down for a day and when I tried to pick up where I left off, I was thoroughly confused. This book didn't hold my attention at all and I had no problem putting it down and forgetting about it. Although I finished, about halfway through the book I really wanted to go against my principles and just flip to the end to discover who committed the crime so I could end my misery. I ...more
Anne
These books are a delight. Love the mysteries. Now on to C is for Corpse AND I have the whole alphabet ahead of me!! WooHooo!!! Thank you Sue Grafton!!!
Luffy Monkey D.
The climax was one of a kind here, but I couldn't understand how a seasoned sleuth like the heroine could jeopardize her strategic advantage that ineptly. If someone has read enough Agatha Christie books, he would have solved the murder pronto. Did I? Did I hell! I went in with a too relaxed mind, expecting to be mildly cheered, when in fact, the language took me unawares. Since that moment I read on dutifully, without exercising the god given grey little cells. If you've read The Body In the L ...more
Kelani
This was a good book. It was an interesting and fun read. I did get a bit confused at one point but it was cleared up fast. Cool twist at the end.
Wendy Kendall
I’m drawn to red herrings in an entertaining mystery novel — are you? I’ve just stumbled onto Sue Grafton’s “alphabet mysteries”, and in B Is for Burglar I happily feasted on a red herring served up by the author with all the trimmings. At the novel’s end, the surprise was on me.

Kinsey Millhone is the single, female, 32-year-old, self-employed private investigator who lives and works in fictional Santa Teresa, Calif. She is a former police officer. We’re given hints of a bad experience in that p
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Debbie
I am just getting into this series, but so far I'm enjoying it.
Pamela
The second title in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Murder series.

The wealthy widow Elaine Boldt was last seen leaving her California condo, wearing an expensive fur coat on her way to her condo in Boca Raton, Florida. When Elaine's sister can not contact her sister, she hires Kinsey to find her. What Kinsey thought would be an easy missing-persons case turns out to be much more complicated and dangerous, with arson, burglary, and murder.

The plot of this book (in my opinion) makes it the best in th
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Completely loved the book, up until the ending. I would have given it 5 stars if it hadn't been for the ending. The twist at the end was genius. (view spoiler)
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Lynetta
Long ago and far away when we were first married my husband asked why I remembered the names of the people with whom I went to high school. His theory was that those brain cells should be used with more important stuff. After decades of listening to National Public Radio I do feel as if there is limited space left. I don't remember names much because I constantly interact with people at work, in clubs and organizations, in the news, reading about new books published that I would love to read, on ...more
Kelli
This series is ok. It's kind of fun to be back in the 80's and have to deal with communicating without cell phones. And everyone smokes everywhere! LOL The only thing that bothers me is that the chapters seem to end at unnatural places. It's almost like, "... we walked into my office and sat down. Chapter 3, She reached into her purse for her pack of smokes..." It's a little bothersome, but not enough so to ruin the story. Quick read.
Rumm
The plot was a little more complex than the first book (A for Alibi). The writing is similar. Grafton is pretty good at building suspense and keep the pace up.

I found the book eminently readable. Better than the first one (which was not bad at all). Grafton's ruses in this book are very similar to Christie & Conan Doyle, but the implementation is not as smooth. A couple of incident in the book (the break-ins for instance) lacked credibility.
Vorbis
2 1/2 stars. I liked this one better than the first. Things were pretty well done, I liked the way she dealt with her first boss, it was a happy three star read until the end.

I don't know if this is a trend after only two books, but what is with the steady, methodical PI suddenly becoming a freaking moron at the end of the book?

I like shows like Criminal Minds. They piece together the clues, work out who the bad guy is, put on their bullet proof vests and go in with the SWAT team and take them
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Miranda
I'm new to reading these good old-fashioned detective novels. I wish I'd picked them up ages ago. Calling them good (as opposed to "good old-fashioned," which is not a related characterization) or bad seems rather beside the point; Entenmann's chocolate chip cookies are hardly "good" by the standards of anyone who's had homemade, but sometimes they're exactly what I want - something I can sit on the couch with at the end of a rough day and devour in unhealthy amounts. That's what I did with B Is ...more
Patricio
3,5/5

Kinsey Millhone me tiene ganadísimo completamente.
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievement award) in 2003.

Family History:

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
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A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1) M is for Malice (Kinsey Millhone, #13) J is for Judgment (Kinsey Millhone, #10) K is for Killer (Kinsey Millhone, #11) C is for Corpse  (Kinsey Millhone, #3)

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“Personally, I'd rather grow old alone than in the company of anyone I've met so far. I don't experience myself as lonely, incomplete, or unfulfilled, but I don't talk about that much. It seems to piss people off--especially men. (Kinsey Millhone)” 25 likes
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