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
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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
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
This is the sixteenth installment in Grafton’s Alphabet Series, which is set to be completed...more
The bad thing about RD versions is t...more
A name from the past (and one of my favorite Grafton books) refers Kinsey for another missing persons case -- against her better judgement, she takes it and before too long finds herself in the middle of broken family politics, pouty teenagers, a potential stalker, and cases of grand theft, fraud, murder, and a handful of other brushes with human frailty and depravity....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
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
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
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
Getting back with Kinsey, I see she's still doing just fine. Back in Southern California and back to keeping fit (Um, something we don't share in common. But, I certainly could learn fr...more
The ending didn't follow the usual pattern, and I think its better for it. I did miss the final report though for some strange reason. I suppose I like the neat and tidy ending!
I didn't know who dunnit at all, though it was considered, because there were so many options. I enjoyed all the other side stories and felt the book was more substancial for the weaving in and out.
There's still too much mundane description at times but it's easy enough to scan the paragraphs.On...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