G is for Gumshoe  (Kinsey Millhone, #7)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

G is for Gumshoe (Kinsey Millhone #7)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  17,212 ratings  ·  369 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...more
Paperback, 261 pages
Published June 23rd 1997 by Ballantine Books (first published 1990)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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.
Readstoomuch
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. :)
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
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.
Kim
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 strange...so un-girlish. This was the first time I felt Kinsey gave in and admitted to her fear...more
Alison
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...more
Susan
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
Tineke
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 don´t 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 doesn´t wear off so quick. Not that I have ever been almost murdered.
Also, what is it with people to go suck someone´s face off in a public place, a library for God´s sake. Aft...more
Melissa
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...more
Tracy
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
Angela
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...more
Anne
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
Lynetta

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...more
Laurie
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.
Alondra
3 Stars

Another classic Kinsey moment...er, 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.
Ubalstecha
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...more
Emily
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...more
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
RunRachelRun
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.
Linda
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
C.C. Thomas
I liked this one the best so far. I believe I have made that same statement for each of these books so I might not be the most reliable reviewer. Apparently, I am prone to exaggeration.

This novel takes Kinsey cross-county. I loved the new setting. I love that Grafton doesn't stay in the same locale but that she goes to other places in search of her case, her story. Grafton's gift is making the setting integral to the story and making it come alive for the reader. Kinsey is on the case of a missi...more
Marilyn
When Irene Gersh asks PI Kinsey Milhone to locate her elderly mother Agnes, whom she hasn't heard from in six months, it's not exactly the kind of case Kinsey jumps for. But a girl's gotta pay her bills, and this should be easy money - or so she thinks. Kinsey finds Agnes in a hospital. Aside from her occasional memory lapses, the octogenariean seems fine. And frightened.

Kinsey doesn't know what to make of Agnes's vague fears and bizarre ramblings, but she's got her own worries. It seems Tyrone...more
Nancy (Hrdcovers)
Prior to picking up this book, I had just finished a sweeping historical saga/soap opera kind of book (The Winter Rose) and was definitely looking for a break. I scanned my bookcase and thought that it might be the right time for a visit with Kinsey Malone. I always read this series in order and "G" was next on the list. So with an open mind, I wanted to see what Kinsey has been up to.

These books usually start off good and I particularly loved reading about her refurbished/remodeled garage apar...more
Benjamin Thomas
I'm proceeding along my target of reading these at a rate of about 4 per year. I'm getting a good dose of Kinsey Milhone without burning out on them.

I think many readers who have never tried this series may think they are sort of a Jessica Fletcher/Murder She Wrote series, simply because the lead character is female as is the author. But not so. Kinsey is not a "busy-body" who stumbles across murders in her home town every week and solves them; rather she is an ex-cop and now an experienced priv...more
Sherrie
"G is for Gumshoe" by Sue Grafton


(from the inside back cover)
A rich, complex, and gripping tale in which Kinsey's grit is tested to its utmost as she unearths the gruesome truth about a long-buried betrayal and, in the process, comes face-to-face with the grisly fact of her own mortality. "g" is for guilt and guile, for greed and grief and Grim Reaper. And "G: is for good: very, very good indeed.

This is a typical Kinsey Millhone mystery. While Kinsey is hired by Mrs. Clde Gersh to bring her mot...more
Rugg Ruggedo
This is my first read of this series. I'm reading the books in order,having acquired the whole series at yard sales and book sales over the last two summers.
A lot of series books start out with a good character, maybe a decent story line, and not such great writing. What happens is the writer then,if they have any talent at all, gets better as the series goes on. This series started with better then average writing,but with the G volume I believe Ms Grafton has hit her stride.
Gumshoe has the m...more
Brandi
I am a little late to this party but I am really starting to enjoy this series. Kinsey is starting to grow on me, because at first I could not figure out why these novels were to popular. The only thing that really irritates me is how she renamed most of the towns. Since I live in the area, I find it annoying that Santa Theresa is Santa Barbara and she renamed Avila Beach to Floral Beach, but keeps the correct names for other towns. Oh well, I will just try to get over it, lol.
Sue
On Kinsey's 33rd birthday, she takes on a new case and learns that there is a contract on her life. The case sounds like an easy one: transport Irene Gersh's mother back to Santa Teresa from her trailer home in the Mojave Desert. But as normal, no case is that easy - Agnes Grey is tracked down in a nursing home in an unstable mental state. Agnes is transported back by Air Ambulance only to go missing from the nursing home where she is admitted. As for the contract, a criminal she'd investigated...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
500 Great Books b...: "G" Is for Gumshoe - Sue Grafton 1 2 Jul 26, 2014 07:40PM  
The Women's Myste...: G is for Gumshoe 1 2 Aug 09, 2013 09:24PM  
  • While Other People Sleep
  • Guardian Angel (V.I. Warshawski, #7)
9559
Connect with Sue herself on Facebook! www.facebook.com/suegrafton

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...more
More about Sue Grafton...
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)

Share This Book

“While I'm not a big fan of nature, its intractability amuses me to no end. (Kinsey Millhone)” 2 likes
More quotes…