P is for Peril (Kinsey Millhone Mystery)
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P is for Peril (Kinsey Millhone #16)

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Dr. Dowan Purcell had been missing for nine weeks when Kinsey got a call asking her to take on the case. A specialist in geriatric medicine, Purcell was a prominent member of the Santa Theresa medical community, and the police had done a thorough job. Purcell had no known enemies and seemed content with his life. At the time of his disappearance, he was running a nursing c...more
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Published June 5th 2001 by Random House Audio Publishing Group (first published October 1st 2000)
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Linda
P is for puzzled, as I think most fans will be when they reach the end of this book. I have read and enjoyed all the alphabet books, and have really enjoyed Kinsey and her eccentric band of friends and relations. But there was far too little of that in this mystery. The story of the missing physician Dow Purcell was fairly uninvolving. The people in his life were people you cared little about, and the solution, or lack of one, at the conclusion of the book is very puzzling. Although I think I un...more
mitchell dwyer
P is for Peril is such an unusual book in its own series that the discussion of this novel on the Sue Grafton message board has been turned into a sticky; it is permanently affixed near the top of the topic order so it can easily be found by visitors in search of some kind of explanation.

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
Randee Baty
Kinsey is once again on a missing persons case. A well-respected doctor is missing and his ex-wife wants him found. Odd that it's his ex-wife and not his current wife but of course, that is just the beginning of the oddities in the case. As Kinsey begins to pursue the case, she learns that the doctor is being investigated for Medicare fraud at the nursing home he was running. She also learns that his current wife has a daughter from a previous relationship who devotes her time to finding ways to...more
Judith
I have read all of this series so far (up through "T") and of all the books so far, I found this to be the weakest in storyline. There were too many sub-plots and characters that never got explained. All of the other "Alphabet Series" mysteries have been so engrossing that the books were hard to put down and I was eager to pick them up as soon as I could find a spare minute. But not this one. For some reason, this storyline did not grab me like all of her other stories have. It came across too m...more
Jenn
Out of the first 15 books in this series this is the first one that left me just hanging. This book seemed to miss out on the usual depth of the mystery series which surprised me. Kinsey's main case was drawn out and just lacked any real significance. The other personal case of Kinsey's kind of just popped up and seemed almost like a page filler.

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
Kerri
Still love Kinsey Milhone...but there were 2 things I didn't like about this one. First, the narrator...I listen to these on my long commute, and I REALLY don't like the new narrator (Judy Kaye). I miss Mary Peiffer. I can get past it, but not happily. Kaye says too many of the lines with inappropriate ironic inflection, which I find really annoying. Second, I hated the ending. I like Grafton's books because she ties everything into a neat bow at the end. All i's dotted, all t's crossed, all que...more
Gail Tilton
I especially liked this one! I'm listening to this series on CD in the car. The reader is Judy Kaye. I listened to a few with a different reader who I liked. "O is for Outlaw" is the first one I listened to with Judy Kaye. I wasn't sure I liked what she brought to the character of Kinsey Milhone, but she started to grow on me. I thought she did a great job with the characters in "P".

I like that only a few months have passed in Kinsey's life when the next book comes along. In "P", she's still in...more
Patty
These "alphabet novels" are nothing short of perfect mystery. Grafton's cleverly crafted characters will stay with you long after you are finished reading the books. Kinsey Milhone, her landord/best friend, Henry and all the others seem so much like real people it is hard to imagine a world without them. I was on the edge of my seat with all the twists and turns, never forseeing what was coming next. I felt that each novel, as Grafton advanced through the alphabet, improved in every way. I would...more
Renee
I'm very, very glad that I started reading Sue Grafton again. There was something about P that reminded me of my favorites in the series (I, J and K) and has me eager to get caught up. That said, I'm not sure what it is. It could be the way Kinsey's personal troubles mess with her life while she's working on a case, or it might just be her attitude while working -- I'd need to re-read Grafton's earlier books to be sure. Or, it could just be that P is well written and tightly plotted. No matter t...more
Cindy Pierce
This is definitely not my favorite Kinsey Millhone mystery. The whole story was a little disjointed. Grafton had more than one storyline going and the whole thing came off a little weird. Then, the story ended so abruptly that I was left confused as to what even happened. I am used to Millhone's end of the story wrap up and there was none here. I actually looked to see if the library book had been damaged and pages removed. Overall, I liked it because I like the series and I like the character,...more
Shannon
Thought page(s),i.e.the epilogue went missing.
As others have stated, Sue does spin it well, but I do love seeing the i's dotted in "Respectfully submitted---"
Lily
Kinsey Millhone could totally can totally kick your ass. Plus she's the only person to ever rock the turtleneck-blazer look.
Aaron
Family dynamics takes on a big role in this case when Kinsey Milhone is hired to look into the disappearance of Dowan Purcell, a doctor specializing in geriatrics. What is strange is rather than being hired by his current wife Crystal, it is his ex-wife Fiona who calls her up. Kinsey finds herself being drawn into an awkward mix of interviews with many of Dow's relatives and co-workers at the nursing home he managed. The latter is even more bizarre as it becomes clear that the institution is bei...more
Christine Keleny
Genre: Mystery

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
Stephanie
I found this to be an anomaly in the series and not a good one. It is two stories in one, the first being the case she works; an elderly man's ex-wife hires Kinsey to find out out what happened to him as he has been missing for several weeks. This investigation is rather dull with the usual dysfunctional family and the one revelation that he was involved with shenanigans at the nursing home he ran. In a completely uncharacteristic way Kinsey suddenly figures out what happened to him.

The second...more
Megan
Unlike a sensible person, I haven't been reading this series in order. I started in the middle, and I read that first one 14 years ago. That being said, I can't really compare this novel to any of the others in the series, but as a stand-alone, I thought it was alright. Kinsey Millhone is a strong, smart protagonist, if a little dry (although sometimes less drama can be a good thing). Of the two plot lines (or three, if you count the fraud case), I actually found the second(ary) plot to be the m...more
Angela
I'm really liking this new format. I think Grafton is doing a great job of really bringing the storyline out.

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
Kirsty Darbyshire

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

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Emily
I'm sorry I took the time to read this book. The book dragged on and on and on and when it was all over I was depressed that I had taken the time to read it. It was full of unnecessary detail, plot lines that went nowhere or had nothing to do with the story, and a ridiculous over-usage of the "f" word. The ending was just as disappointing as the rest of the book. There were so many different endings the author could have chosen that would have put a much better spin at the end. It's like she wan...more
Rachel
I enjoyed this quite a lot.

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
Karen

Kinsey investigates the disappearance of Physician. Did he skip the country because of potential Medicare fraud, was he kill to collect the insurance by his vengeful ex-wife or the ex-stripper new wife, or did the step daughter do him in so she can runaway with the money she stole from his account. There is a second story line involving brothers who may have gotten away with murder in Texas.

This book has a lot more intrigue than usual. The author keeps you guessing all the way until the end.

P is...more
Betty
I am working my way throught he alphabet and while I love Kinsey Milhone's quirky personality this book was not one of the best. The story line about the missing doctor was confusing most of the time... with a lot of discussion of business and many characters and the other storyline about the brothers was more interesting. Kinsey's way of solving mysteries is always fun and unusual to me but this one fell a little flat. The ending definitely left me wondering where is Kinsey's epilogue to tie it...more
catechism
what the hell was that ending? i seriously thought there was an entire chapter missing from my ebook and went looking for it. but no!

also, no one was really in peril, except for kinsey, who is always in peril, and in this instance said peril had nothing to do with the case. i wish the whole book had been the brother subplot instead of some medicare scam involving a lesbian stripper. (...put that way, it doesn't sound half-bad! but i assure you, it is bad.) probably my least favorite of the seri...more
Una Tiers
The plot was bogged down with minutia. The regulars were missing. The ending was subtle!
Catherine Woodman
I started reading this series over 15 years ago and they have been competently written throughout and while there was a dip in quality around 'P' or so, it is back up to snuff. Kinsey has changed in some ways over time, as you would expect given her aging, but also remained true to her values. Not getting irritating either, which is a risk for this type of series.
Ellen
When I got to the end of this audiobook I rewound, thinking I'd missed the denouement but the narrator announced The End and I realised I hadn't! The lack of an ending is a bit of a riddle when reading a thriller and very different from the norm in this series when everything is neatly wrapped up for those readers who've not managed to connect all the dots ... i.e. me! That said, however, I still enjoyed the book despite its many sub-plots and red herrings because I find Kinsey Millhone an agree...more
Petula Darling
There were too many storylines in this one, and it felt rather disjointed. The mystery wrapped up too abruptly, and I was left unsure of what actually happened.
Definitely not the best of the Kinsey Millhone mysteries, but it was still an enjoyable story.
Susan
I love Kinzie Milhone...usually. Someone else said P is for Puzzled. I'm going with P is for Perplexed. I do NOT have any idea how KM got to the solution? Don't know how she decided the final two characters were a couple. Don't know what was going on with the weird brother plot line dropped in the middle. And never understood the two teens storyline either...
I'm given the author a little bit of leeway because I was doing this as audio book, so a little bit of nuance may have escaped me. But lik...more
Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: Kinsey Millhone never sees it coming. She is mired in the case of a doctor who disappeared, his angry ex-wife, and beautiful current one–a case that is full of unfinished business, unfinished homes, and people drifting in and out of their own lives. Then Kinsey gets a shock. A man she finds attractive is hiding a fatal secret–and now a whole lot of beauty, money, and lies are proving to be a fatal distraction from what Kinsey should have seen all along: a killer standing right before he...more
Jo
Sue Grafton's alphabet books often leave the drama until the end of the novel yet somehow she keeps you reading -hooked until the last page. A major part of this is the character of Kinsey Milhone who, I suspect, you either feel an affinity for or not. For me that affinity has lasted throughout the 20 or so books I have read featuring the thirty something female private eye. The fact that the novels are based in the 1980's is also part of the appeal; there is no internet, there are no cell phone...more
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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...more
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