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T is for Trespass (Kinsey Millhone #20)

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Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone embarks on a terrifying but all-too-real ride that will reveal not everyone is who they say they are.
ebook, 400 pages
Published December 4th 2007 by Berkley Books
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Mar 31, 2008 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading this series since the early nineties because I love female detective mysteries and I especially enjoy this character. I continue to read it despite my disappointment, as the series has become more and more thin and tedious. "S" was the most disappointing with a confusing and improbable ending.

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
Skye Skye
May 26, 2015 Skye Skye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
T is for Trespass is most likely Grafton's best work to date. I have been enamored with this series since A is for Alibi, and consider her books easy and enjoyable reads. Ms. Grafton creates a diverse assortment of colorful characters surrounding her main protagonist/ private investigator. Kinsey Millhone. However, this novel grapples with issues far more serious than the dangers of a quarter pounder or falling in love with the wrong man. Grafton plunges the reader into the dark world of identit ...more
Feb 19, 2008 Marlyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Kinsey Millhone is back. It seems a long time since I've last seen her. I looked up the pub date of S is for Silence,
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
Lisa Vegan
I think that I mostly enjoy this series because I love the character of Henry Pitts so much. He's never got as big a part as I'd like, but he's in each book enough that I get my "Henry fix." (He turns 88 in this book.)

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
Feb 19, 2009 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite quote: "In my experience, the urge to rescue generates aggravation for the poor would-be heroine without any discernable effect on the person in need of help. You can't save others from themselves because those who make a perpetual muddle of their lives don't appreciate your interfering with the drama they've created. They want your poor-sweet-baby sympathy, but don't want to change."


Sue Grafton is in my standard cannon of authors. I enjoy her books but not so much that I have to b
Mar 17, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really loving the Kinsey Millhone alphabet series. I love mysteries in general, and I was fortunate enough to stumble across Sue Grafton's amazing contract deal (seriously, 26 books guaranteed!) at about L or M. I zoomed through A to there, and now I'm with the rest of the world, waiting painfully for each new installment. I had trouble with S in that I couldn't jump right back into that world. I kept confusing Kinsey's life with elements from other mysteries I'd read, and I worried that wo ...more
Feb 14, 2008 Kristy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps the only thing that disturbed me about this book is that I read too many reviews before starting that warned that I would be reading Grafton's "most disturbing" novel to date -- I therefore kept waiting, worriedly, for something to horrible and awful to happen. Many bad things happen, but nothing quite to the magnitude I thought... perhaps I've read worse. But that's certainly not Grafton's fault. This book departs from Grafton's usual style of letting her protagonist, Kinsey, tell the e ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
WOW! How does Sue Grafton do it? I am in love with the character Kinsey Millhone all over again.

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
Una Tiers
Oct 13, 2013 Una Tiers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a hidden message about preying on the elderly using the court system. It is not limited to individuals but extends to government agencies. It also highlights the need to monitor caregivers and to watch for isolation.
Benjamin Thomas
The 20th book in the “Alphabet” series featuring the intrepid Kinsey Millhone, is a very nice addition to the set. It’s also another example of the author taking a slightly different approach to telling the story this time around. We see this right off the bat when the story begins from the third person perspective of a character named “Solana”. The comfort zone that was Kinsey’s first person narrative was not to be…at least until the second chapter when things get back to normal.

Solana is the b
Terri Lynn
I loved this book in Sue Grafton's alphabet mysteries. It's like visiting with a good friend who has all sorts of crazy things happening to her and getting a full rundown. Kinsey Millhone is such a great character and I adore her neighbor/landlord Henry who is in his late 80's and full of excitement himself.

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
Nov 21, 2011 Jacqie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Originally I was going to give it two stars,but let's be honest. I didn't like this book at ALL.

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
I thought this was a good addition to the series -- an interesting topic and sufficiently suspenseful. I also liked that there were other situations Kinsey was dealing with, so it wasn't just a one-note mystery. The ending was too sensational, but it was brief so I was fine with it.

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
Apr 14, 2008 Christina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-for-me
"T" is for Tiresome. "T" is for Tedious. "T" is for Tried to finish it, but just couldn't. I have read all of Sue Grafton's mysteries and, while I can't remember all of them, I've always had a general feeling of satisfaction upon completing her books. I hated this one. One-third of the way through, no discernible action had yet occurred. I skipped the entire middle, read the last part of the book, and didn't feel like I'd missed a thing. The book was loaded with unnecessary detail. Do we really ...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
Carolyn Agosta
Sep 12, 2011 Carolyn Agosta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of Sue Grafton since A is for Alibi, but I hadn't read any of her books LATELY until this past week, when I gulped down two (see my review of S is for Silence). Ordinarily, I like to spread out mystery reads, but sometimes you gotta just live dangerously.

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
Sep 20, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
This will probably be my last Kinsey Millhone for a while, even though it was well-written and absorbing. Throughout the three days (morning and evenings) it took me to read "T Is for Trespass," I found myself with low-level anxiety that I finally figured out was worry over Gus. Grafton created a convincing sociopath in the fake Solana Rojas, and then doubled the horror with the creepy son -- and unloaded these twin forces of evil on Kinsey's next-door neighbor. Whom I don't think we've met befo ...more
Dec 12, 2007 Lorena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Grafton departs from her usual style, switching between chapters narrated by Kinsey, and chapters narrated by the villain in this story, an identity thief who insinuates herself into a neighbor's life. An interesting concept, but I finished the book feeling like I hadn't spent enough time with Kinsey, so I think I prefer the usual format where Kinsey narrates it all. I also noticed that, as we get further in time from the setting of these stories, Grafton can't seem to resist tossing in these no ...more
David Monroe
While I had slight problems with some aspects of Kinsey's character in this book, I have to admit, it worked. This is the best of the series.

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.
Gregory Williams
Aug 29, 2015 Gregory Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read one of Grafton's alphabet books for nearly 10 years, and decided to pick up where I'd left off with T. Funny, I initially was thinking T was for tedious, because presumably in the spirit of authenticity, she describes every meal, every hour, every ordinary encounter with such detail. But then as the plot picked up and particularly in the very satisfying ending, I found myself reminded why Grafton novels are so compelling - I know I'm in the hands of a master, who knows what she's d ...more
Jan 10, 2008 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Kinsey material is top-notch. A few new things added to tne myriad of details you already knew about her, thrown in there to keep you interested. The third-person perspective lent by the creepy Solana is a nice little interjection.

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
Mar 10, 2016 Lorena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-mystery
I am again rating this book two stars only because I find the writing style absorbing. However, I do have my complains on some paragraphs with too many details of Kinsey's daily routine. I wasn't interested about those details so I skimmed the paragraphs.

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.
Aug 24, 2015 itchy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: w
the bad guys go out in style, very nice
the best so far
Diane Vallere
Feb 04, 2016 Diane Vallere rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Creepy, creepy! Makes me wonder about people a little more than I did before.
Mar 19, 2016 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 20th novel in Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series is one of the better ones. In her last outing, "S" IS FOR SILENCE, Grafton altered her style a bit, actually entering other characters' points of view to tell parts of the story so that they shared the narrating duties with Kinsey herself. With this new novel, that device is used to chilling effect--between reports from Kinsey, we enter the mind of the woman who is her most twisted adversary to date.

Solana Rojas is a caregiver, a home-help n
OK - I usually don't review these because they're so similar and fast - but there are two things about this book that made it stand out - one good, one bad... the good one was a random quote, apropos of absolutely nothing... where Kinsey is describing a teddy bear she had as a child... "I could also play with my teddy bear, whose mouth would lever open if you pressed a button under its chin. I'd feed the bear hard candy and then turn him over and undo the zipper in his back. I'd remove the candy ...more
Nov 26, 2014 Cliff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The publisher has done itself a disservice by writing a jacket blurb proclaiming that this is Kinsey's first encounter with true "evil." While not exactly false advertising, it sets the stage for the reader to expect the worst, and (this is not intended to belittle elder abuse) yet, the resulting "horror" is fairly simple and not nearly as horrific as the blurb would lead you to believe.

However, this does not diminish the fact that this novel stands out from the other Alphabet novels of the past
Apr 24, 2008 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
T is for Trespass by mystery writer Sue Grafton is the newest novel in her 'alphabet' series about private investigator Kinsey Millhone. Since A is for Alibi was published in 1982, Grafton has written a Millhone novel for each letter of the alphabet. The books are set in fictional Santa Teresa, California, which closely resembles Santa Barbara in location and climate. Alibi takes place in what was at the time present day 1982 and each novel thereafter takes place soon after the previous left off ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Kinsey Millhone knows there are predators ready to strike the most venerable in society, but she has no idea that one will move in next door with her unwittingly aid. Solana Rojas is pure evil and has plans. Plans that don’t include Gus Vronsky, the elderly curmudgeon she is caring for. When Gus’s health begins to deteriorate under Solana’s care, she and her octogenarian landlord, Henry Pitts do some investigating. After all, a dislocated shoulder shouldn’t be life threatening, right? But Solana ...more
The book is good and different. Few thrillers center around older people and the struggles they have with living their day-to-day lives. I had a couple beefs with the story itself, but nothing too major. A few comments:
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
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Kinsey Millhone (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1)
  • B is for Burglar  (Kinsey Millhone, #2)
  • C is for Corpse  (Kinsey Millhone, #3)
  • D is for Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone, #4)
  • E is for Evidence (Kinsey Millhone, #5)
  • F is for Fugitive (Kinsey Millhone, #6)
  • G is for Gumshoe  (Kinsey Millhone, #7)
  • H is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone, #8)
  • I is for Innocent (Kinsey Millhone, #9)
  • J is for Judgment (Kinsey Millhone, #10)

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