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G is for Gumshoe (Kinsey Millhone #7)

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"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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Dec 18, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton is a 1997, (originally published in 1990), Ballantine Books publication.

In January of this year, (2016), I vowed to get caught all the way up on this series by the end of the year. Naturally, I got side tracked, but I’m still determined to achieve my goal. So, here are my thoughts on the seventh installment of this popular and long-running series.

Kinsey is hired by a frail, sickly women to check on her mother because she has not heard from her in a while. Sounds
Deborah Markus
And now, here is a quick review
Before this book gets overdue.

(I'm a poet and I DO know it, thank you very much.)

Five fun things this particular Kinsey Millhone mystery has to offer:

1. A fun, funny, believable strong female main character who refuses to buy into conventional ideas of femininity.

If I were asked to rate my looks on a scale of one to ten, I wouldn't.

2. Reasonably obscure Brontë references -- perfect for that Victorian-lit nerd in your life! (Can't say more or I'll give away major pl
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

G IS FOR GUMSHOE is the seventh book in the Kinsey Millhone series and it’s possibly my favorite one yet. I’ve enjoyed all the books so far in this series but there’s something about this book that just gripped me from the very first page.

First of all, Kinsey continues to elate me. I love that she isn’t too fussed about a lot of things. She’s a straight-laced girl who doesn’t moan over dumb things. Her practicality makes her very endearing to me and it makes for great pacing in the book because
Petula Darling
Feb 23, 2010 Petula Darling rated it it was ok
Shelves: series
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
Apr 03, 2009 Claire Grasse rated it really liked it
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
Jan 26, 2011 Readstoomuch rated it liked it
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
Aug 22, 2010 Elise Stokes rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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.
Jan 07, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 06, 2016 Denise rated it really liked it
Gumshoe is an old slang term for detective or investigator. I had to google that word. Enjoyed this murder investigation, the characters and the boyfriend. Fast paced, one of the best in the series so far. Will the boyfriend return? Looking forward to the next book.
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
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.
Dec 17, 2008 RunRachelRun rated it liked it
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.
Ellana Rose Thornton-Wheybrew
Probably the best twist of the series so far. I loved the literary references in this, but it isn't mindblowingly amazing.

I'd also like to know why the main interaction between Kinsey and a POC is a maid described as "an obese black woman" and why this is the second time so far in the series this has happened.
Under the Covers Book Blog

G IS FOR GUMSHOE is the seventh book in the Kinsey Millhone series and it’s possibly my favorite one yet. I’ve enjoyed all the books so far in this series but there’s something about this book that just gripped me from the very first page.

First of all, Kinsey continues to elate me. I love that she isn’t too fussed about a lot of things. She’s a straight-laced girl who doesn’t moan over dumb things. Her practicality makes her very endearing to me and it makes for great pacing in the book because

Woody Chandler
I could have gone 3.5 stars, but I could not figure out how to assign a fractional rating.
The premise in this one was strong as were the geographical settings.
I liked that Ms. Millhone was paired with a real gumshoe instead of being her usual stand-alone, make-believe type. Need proof? "'You're cute, you know that? You think you're such a hard-ass.' 'I am a hard-ass,' [Kinsey] said defensively." (146) A) the other speaker was a female & B) if you have to say that you are something, then yo
Connie N.
#7 in the Kinsey Millhone series.

Mary Peiffer did another fine job of narrating this book. Her different voices are negligible and her male voices are terrible, but it's all OK because I can tell who's talking when. Since it's all mostly from Kinsey's point of view, there's never any confusion. This one started as a routine search for a woman's mother, checking the poor area of Arizona where she had most recently been living. Kinsey finds much more than she bargained for, though, when she discov
Jan 03, 2015 Em rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Dawn Davies
Feb 09, 2017 Dawn Davies rated it really liked it
Not a bad book, not one of the best Kinsey books but still an enjoyable read.
Aug 12, 2010 Alison rated it liked it
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
May 17, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club-reads
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
Feb 08, 2015 Joanna rated it it was ok
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
Mar 05, 2009 Tracy rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 25, 2011 Tineke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
This might contain some (sort of) spoilers.

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
Dec 17, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it
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
Oct 25, 2011 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
This was the weakest of the Grafton alphabet series that I have read yet. I am reading them alphabetically. I actually listened to the book-on-cd, which isn't my favorite way to "read" a book, and perhaps that's why I didn't like it as much. There were two big stories happening in this book, as well as the story of the romance, and it just seemed like too much going on. I will continue to read through the alphabet, though, as I'm hoping this one was just a fluke.
TheIron Paw
Jun 05, 2015 TheIron Paw rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime-mystery
Thought I'd give this author a try since she seems pretty popular. I was disappointed. Cardboard characters, little action, even less mystery, and a rambling plot (actually two unrelated plots one which is never clearly resolved). I was hoping other readers would have indicated this novel was an anomaly - but no such luck. I don't think I'll bother trying any more Grafton novels (unless it's all that's available on my desert island - so not all hope's lost).
Feb 11, 2014 Laurie rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 08, 2013 Alondra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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.
in which kinsey drives to the mojave desert with a price on her head. kinsey, don't escape from your bodyguard when there's a trained assassin on your trail. it's stupid.

first read: jan/feb 2010
second read: may 2016
Oct 08, 2013 Memizuki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story line seemed very disconnected. Two stories that could kind of be intertwined but you weren't really sure how and when. The suspense wasn't there, where you were scarred and wanted to turn the page. I think this was not one of her better ones.
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievement award) in 2003.

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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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