T is for Trespass (Kinsey Millhone #20)
In an effort to help, Gus's neighbor, private investigator Kinsey Millhone, runs a check on an applicant for the job, Solana Rojas. Social Security, driver's license, nursing certification: I...more
However, "T" has redeemed the series for me. It offers a fresh perspective (viewing from the villain’s point of view as well) and two separate mysteries to keep the reader engaged. Graft ...more
and found it was released in December 2005, so I guess I was right.
It's 1987, and Kinsey's elderly neighbour Gus Vronsky has had a fall and been hospitalized. Kinsey manages to track down his great-great-niece who lives in New York. She flies out to Santa Teresa and hires a home-aide, charging Kinsey with the responsibility of checking her references, telling her that only a basi ...more
This book felt a bit darker than most in the series, with topics such as identity theft, elder abuse, etc. But I always find this series and its characters a comforting read. Maybe this one slightly less comforting, but it was interesting and I really liked it. Intend to read the e ...more
Sue Grafton is in my standard cannon of authors. I enjoy her books but not so much that I have to b ...more
The Millhone series begins with A is for Alibi and each book thereafter is titled after a letter of the alphabet. ’T is for Trespass’ is definitely one of the best of the series.
Once again we are reading about Kinsey’s 1987 life in Santa Teresa, 95 miles north of Los Angeles, California. She is a 37-year-old private detective, living in a building behind her landlord, 87-year-old Henry Pitt. Her pare ...more
In this story, Kinsey and Henry's grumpy neighbor Gus has a fall that injures him and he is going to need in-home care. His only is Melanie, his great niece in New York. She only reluctantly ...more
The only other Grafton book I've tried was A is for Alibi, so I am not a fan. And I think you have to be a fan to forgive all the silliness that went on in this book. I was not charmed by Kinsey. She seems to want to be alone in the world except for her two almost-ninety year old friends, even though she's only 37. And although she's all of 37, she still only likes to eat quarter pounders with cheese ...more
That said, I'm becoming a little weary that Kinsey is stuck in the '80s. A cell phone and the Internet would seriously help this girl out. Elder abuse, identity theft and pedophilia are complex issues, and they could ...more
I really enjoy all the Kinsey Millhone stories, but I think this one is definitely one of the better ones (at least for a while)
In T is for Trespass, Kinsey gets caught up in a case of Elder Abuse when her crabby old neighbour (No, not the amazing Henry) takes a fall & is in need of an in-home carer & we meet Solana Rojas (or that’s who Kinsey thinks she is, even after doing a light background check on her). Not your usual criminal/bad guy but certainly evil. Will Kinsey be able to p ...more
T is for Trespass is a different kind of mystery. We actually know throughout the story who the bad guy is and what they're doing. The question is how Kinsey Millhone will stop the bad stuff going on. In fact, there's more than o ...more
A note of personal trivia: this book was written in 2007, which is coincidentally same year I 'discovered' the series, and read the first two or three books. Since then, I've read three or four books, in order, each year. If I knew what I was missing, I wouldn't have taken 9 years to get to it.
Where Grafton really shines, and I think this has always been one of her strong points, are the periphery characters she develops. In this book there are a couple of side stories that get more just a standard "fleshing-out" treatment, and became almost more import ...more
I find Kinsey very emotionless. She is thirty seven years old and her life is just a mess, there's nothing special, or unique about her, and I wasn't any bit curious in figuring her out.
Solana Rojas is a caregiver, a home-help n ...more
However, this does not diminish the fact that this novel stands out from the other Alphabet novels of the past ...more
One: there are a couple Deus ex Machina moments that are too convenient. But that's not a complete failure on Grafton's part. The story generally works.
Two: The backstories on the characters are fantastic and realistic. Her characters all have distinct voice, even if they tend to ...more
Grafton is pulling out all the stops for her final handful of titles in the Alphabet Mystery Series. The middle section of the alphabet was truly the pits-- all of her stories seemed used, with no fresh perspectives. Even though none of her stories make significant commentary on culture or social conventions, other than to point out yet another in a long line of nasty ways that people can dupe you, everything after "C is for Corpse" and before "R is for Ricochet" has eve ...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