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G is for Gumshoe (Kinsey Millhone #7)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  19,208 ratings  ·  410 reviews
"One of the sassiest, most appealing of the recent spate of female gunshoes . . . 'G' is for glorious, galloping read, and I can't wait for 'H' ."
--Louise Bernikow, Cosmopolitan

Good and bad things seem to be coming in threes for Kinsey Millhone: on her thirty-third birthday she moves back into her renovated apartment, gets hired to find an elderly lady supposedly living in
Paperback, 261 pages
Published June 23rd 1997 by Ballantine Books (first published 1990)
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Petula Darling
G is for Giant Decrease in I.Q.
Kinsey, what happened? I used to be able to count on you for being one of the few sleuths who didn't make me pull my hair out in exasperation. Reading this book, however, practically gave me a bald spot as you careened from one blatantly bad decision to the next.
I still care about you and plan to read future installments, but I think we need to take a break for a while. It's not me - it's you.
Claire Grasse
Minus a star because I could really do without the peep into Kinsey's sexual adventures. I think the books stand on their own without this facet, and I love to recommend them to friends, but I don't like to recommend books where the characters are cavorting between the sheets. Call me a prude, but I'd rather just read a good, old-fashioned mystery story. Isn't there enough gratuitous sex on TV? Romping aside, Grafton has once again given us a great whodunnit, with her usual crack-me-up, dry witt ...more
I have wanted to read this series for ages . . . and how that I've started I can't stop! I intended to read a couple of them and then break away for other books and then return to the Alphabet mysteries later on. Nothing doing . . . I am reading them nonstop (and mixing other books simultaneously ). All the while reading the next Letter of the alphabet and never taking a break from Sue Grafton's fun. :)
Elise Stokes
Just finished "G is for Gumshoe" today. I happen to like Kinsey Milhoune and don't mind that she is stuck in the '80s. Though I enjoyed the story, this isn't the best Kinsey mystery, and I never did figure out what a "Gumshoe" was.
This ended up one of my favorites in the alphabet series thus far. I spent an entire day reading, unable to tear myself away from it. I couldn't be satisfied until I made it to the end. SUPER suspenseful! I loved the addition of Dietz! I hoped he and Kinsey would get together. I had huge hopes for seeing him in future adventures. I liked Kinsey even more when they were together. Kinsey always seems so un-girlish. This was the first time I felt Kinsey gave in and admitted to her fear ...more
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Aug 19, 2010 Alison rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the series
In this installment of Grafton's Alphabet series, P.I. Kinsey Milhone is faced with two dilemmas.

First, she has taken on the case of a woman who's mother has gone missing from her trailer in the Mohave Desert. Kinsey is sent to the desert to find her and bring her back. The elderly woman in her dementia gives Kinsey clues that help unravel some age old family mysteries.

Also, Kinsey learns that there is a price on her head. A criminal that she helped put behind bars is now trying to have her kill
This was actually a re-read of this book for my mystery bookclub, and I must say that I enjoyed the book the second time as much as I did the first time. Grafton delivers another great mystery in her Kinsey Millhone mystery series in G is for Gumshoe. Kinsey finds herself taking what should have been a somewhat simple case that ends up being anything but. In addition to her case, Kinsey finds out that a hit has been put out on her from an old case leading to her hiring a bodyguard, Dietz, as bac ...more
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Better than I would have expected after reading the first book. Sometimes Kinsey is being stupid and I dont believe for a second that you can run off to do some heroic deed, while a few hours ago you almost got murdered and after this you felt like a zombie. Really, that feeling doesnt wear off so quick. Not that I have ever been almost murdered.
Also, what is it with people to go suck someones face off in a public place, a library for Gods sake. After s
I love Kinsey Millhone. She is one of my all-time favorite fictional characters. There is just something about her that cracks me up! From her one "all-purpose" dress, to cutting her own hair with nail clippers, to her completely sarcastic tone, I just love her. My favorite quote from this book is when she's talking about the Pacific Ocean and how it is full of "USTs (Unidentified Scary Things)"

This book is one of my favorites. It's got quite a convoluted plot: A Hit Man, a Body Guard, a Missing
I just love Kinsey. She's who I am when my instruction in social graces fails -- sarcastic, unconcerned about the opinions of others, nosey, and honestly interested in finding out the truth. How can you not love someone who cuts her own hair with fingernail scissors, jogs faithfully nearly every morning (so she can eat Quarter Pounders with cheese), considers a toothbrush, change of underwear, a gun, and a multi-purpose miracle dress the necessities for any travel bag? I own the entire Sue Graft ...more
I love Grafton's Millhone books because they're so quick and easy for me to read. Once you get past them being stuck in the 80's, you're golden!

In this book, Kinsey's asked to track down her client's mother, who's gone missing. To top it off, she's had a price put on her head and needs to avoid being killed. As the story plays out, it gets fairly intense, but follows true Kinsey fashion.

It's amazing how much trouble she gets herself into every book, but it's not implausible that it would happen
Really enjoying the read. So many letters!!!Yippeee!!!!!! :)
Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: "One of the sassiest, most appealing of the recent spate of female gunshoes . . . 'G' is for glorious, galloping read, and I can't wait for 'H' ."--Louise Bernikow, CosmopolitanGood and bad things seem to be coming in threes for Kinsey Millhone: on her thirty-third birthday she moves back into her renovated apartment, gets hired to find an elderly lady supposedly living in the Mojave Desert by herself, and makes the top of ex-con Tyrone Patty's hit list. It's the last that convinces Kin ...more

In previous novels Kinsey Millhone has often mentioned her beloved VW Bug which is not elegant but serves her well. The edition of this work I got from the library has her car totally beaten up on the cover! And in reading the novel the goes-everywhere dress is in the car! Dear, dear!

In “F” is for Fugitive her apartment is blown up. In this work she gets to move back in to the space Henry Pitts has renovated. In addition he and Rosie have a surprise birthday party for her 33rd birthday on May 5
I really can't believe how poorly written this was. Now, I know I've been less than satisfied, overall, with the Kinsey Millhone series as I've delved back into it this year (after first reading a few of them more than a decade ago, then tapering off, then deciding this year to just read the whole alphabet since she is nearing the end and all...) but usually they're not bad-bad. They're just a little implausible or unsatisfying, but still a quick mystery read, mostly harmless to check out from t ...more
In G is for Gumshoe Kinsey is to locate a elderly woman whom her daughter hasn't heard from in six months, but this one has the twist that Kinsey has a hitman after her which seem to make it that much more interesting. Being the smart person she is after getting ran off the road she hires a bodyguard Robert Dietz to protect her. I love the chemistry of the two characters how they solve the mystery that surrounds the missing women and trying to avoid being killed by the assassin.
Beth Peninger
It never was clear why G is for Gumshoe. Maybe I have missed some sort of literary verbiage or crime speak? I found this book to be rather annoying. The story line was strange and Grafton tried to merge two rather large plots into one story. I'm not sure if it worked or not. With the success of her books overall people would say it worked but Grafton has a cult following of sorts, which is the mystery I'm still trying to figure out.
My mother brings me these books when she's finished with them and I read them in case she asks me about them.
They had been okay so far but this one was pretty disappointing. It was just ridiculous and so horribly thought out that I had a hard time getting through it. The unbelievable story about the villian of the tale being awarded unsupervised visitation of his son leading to a kidnapping after they described his rap sheet riddled with violent crime was hard to swallow. Also the many opportun
3 Stars

Another classic Kinsey, book. It was okay, and the two "mysteries" of her clients missing mother and Kinseys life being in danger, did not mesh well to me. Everything else should take a back-seat until her safety is no longer in question. It didn't jibe, but the 'shed' incident gave me a slight thrill, so it gets 3 stars.
Kinsie Milhone is back! This time she is trying to track down an elderly mother for a concerned daughter. This takes her to a community of vagrants and vagabonds. Kinsey goes further down the rabbit hole as the old woman has links to a long forgotten series of murders.

But while she does this, she finds herself in the crosshairs of a hired killer. Forced to hire a bodyguard, Kinsey chafes at the limiting of her freedom. But this killer is serious about taking Kinsey down. Can she unravel her myst
Finished this in three sittings. I kept expecting the two plots to merge in some way - the word "betrayal" in the description really misled me! Not sure if thats a good thing or a bad thing...However! Due to my mother's raving about this book my expectations were too high. Yes I enjoyed it, but I didn't find it the most excellent book ever. I've been noticing with these Kinsey Milhone books, either I'm a bit obtuse or the clarity of how all the plot points line up in the end are clumsy.

I will c
Tammie Carroll-thompson
I have to say right off that I didn't start at the beginning of her books with A. So I have no history of this character. This was given to me and I just thought I would give this author a try I have to say it is not the best mystery I have read but it is not the worst either. This book held my interest all though and I have to say I want to read more so I am now reading H. I like the Kinsey she is not a fumble around I don't know what I am doing investigator. I like that and she is interesting ...more
If I ever had a test on what I remember from this series, I'd fail. But if I'm stuck in a cabin somewhere and we're snowbound, I'll read it again.
Una Tiers
G is for gumshoe contains one of the better plots that starts with a missing woman and a threat on Kinsey. There are some not believable moments.
Lori (Lara Britt) Sailiata
I find boiling a book down to stars nearly impossible. So many genres. So many different expectations. While some books may be more ambitious, Sue Grafton's Alphabet Mysteries are wonderfully consistent without being predictable. I'm comforted as a reader and intrigued as a writer. "G for Gumshoe" is no exception. The only things that feel slightly unbelievable are the negative reviews. Grafton's subtle mastery of both story and language give her books an air of simplicity and straightforwardnes ...more
I finally gave up on the series after listening to this one.
I really like the Kinsey Millhone series but I'm so far behind in reading them. I'll read one very once in awhile. This title, G, was a very good one, my favorite so far. Kinsey is hired to find someone's missing elderly mother, last seen in a derelict desert town but there's a hit man after her too. After a couple close calls she calls in a favor and a jaded P.I. becomes her bodyguard. I like the genealogy side to this story. I think this book showed a softer more vulnerable Kinsey. At any rate ...more
Laurie Niestrath
Oh, almost a 4, but not quite there yet. When the audio reader says, "The Last Chapter," I find myself saying, not yet. There are nearly always two storylines that run parallel to each other in Grafton's Kinsey Milhone books. Two interesting storylines, one of which was flushed out more fully-the investigation for which Milhone was hired. The other, one that involved her in order to allow another protagonist to emerge, could be a little meatier. As always, the last chapter seems to stop almost i ...more
I am rating this 3 1/2 stars!

It amazes me how very different in plot each of these Grafton's books are. Usually, series detective novels follow a similar pattern that gets old after a while. But not Grafton. You just dont' know what to expect. These books are not too high-brow or a technical police procedural. Kinsey is easy to hang out with and downplays her drama well. I really liked the romantic twist with Milhone's bodyguard. It made her seem more like a real person with real emotions. Graft
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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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Other Books in the Series

Kinsey Millhone (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1)
  • B is for Burglar  (Kinsey Millhone, #2)
  • C is for Corpse  (Kinsey Millhone, #3)
  • D is for Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone, #4)
  • E is for Evidence (Kinsey Millhone, #5)
  • F is for Fugitive (Kinsey Millhone, #6)
  • H is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone, #8)
  • I is for Innocent (Kinsey Millhone, #9)
  • J is for Judgment (Kinsey Millhone, #10)
  • K is for Killer (Kinsey Millhone, #11)
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) B is for Burglar  (Kinsey Millhone, #2)

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