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R Is for Ricochet

(Kinsey Millhone #18)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  29,182 ratings  ·  792 reviews
Kinsey Millhone, employed by Nord Lafferty to drive his daughter home from her incarceration at the Californian Institute for Women, marvels at the simplicity of the task. But Reba Lafferty emerges feisty and rebellious, and Kinsey is soon fighting to prevent her charge from breaking the conditions of her parole.

As she finds herself befriending the ex-gambler, ex-alcoholic
Paperback, 417 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Pan Books (first published July 13th 2004)
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Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 out of 5 stars to R is for Ricochet, the 18th book in the "Kinsey Millhone" mystery series, written in 2004 by Sue Grafton. Another great book in this series, I enjoyed the different type of case Kinsey took on. A wealthy man wants to ensure his daughter is on her best behavior while she gets out on parole after a few years. Her wild side seems to have quieted down while in jail, and Kinsey needs the money. So... she takes the case -- mistake #1. Then she realizes her case is no
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I finally understand why Beauty was willing to fuck the Beast. (That was the deal right? I mean, she was willing to go there, wasn't she? She didn't know he was going to turn into a human.)

You get trapped in a horrifying, dirty, smelly cell and you're horrified. But, after a while, you get used to the smell (like cat-owners must because they can't possibly think we don't smell that they have a box of shit in their house when we walk in the door. Seriously. I've NEVER been surprised when someone'
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: who-done-it
I've read some of Grafton's other works and liked some (especially early on in the alphabet series), but this one left me asking the question: Why doesn't someone edit this woman's work? The amount of exposition and background info added to this book is almost Melvillenian (the 19th century whaling industry - fascinating, no?). Pages and pages of background on money laundering pigeon-holed into casual conversation.

Warning: I wouldn't recommend listening to this on audio book while driving. You'r
Jan 08, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What I shame this book wasn’t “C is for Corpse” (an earlier Sue Grafton novel) so I could make a clever joke about what the novel really should have been called. I can think of several derogatory words that begin with C, but none that start with an R. The best I can think of off the top of my head is “R is for Ratshit”, which is kind of cheating.

Yes, I was less than impressed with this latest effort by Sue Grafton in her alphabetically-themed adventures of her heroine Kinsey Millhone, a private
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I heard about this series on Central Standard (NPR) and thought I'd give it a go. The good news first. Grafton choose to set the entire series in the 1980's. It takes sleuthing to a level I haven't seen since Magnum PI. Detective Milhorne often stops by the office to check her message machine, she uses phone books and pay phones, and she uses resources at the library to find facts! Fun, fun!
Now the bad news. Mystery authors walk a fine line with their readers. Make the mystery too difficult to
Jerry B
Jul 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Millhone in classic form, almost outshined by Reba !

As with many of Sue Grafton's easy-reading tales about Santa Teresa private eye Kinsey Millhone, the books starts out pretty slow with Kinsey accepting a straightforward assignment to escort home a newly released parolee from women's prison, Reba Lafferty. The latter is an appealing young woman with fresh ideas and habits, including a past penchant for light drugs, booze, gambling, and her former boss Beck. That she landed in the slammer by ple
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Should have been titled "S is for Slow" or "T is for Tedious"

Published in 2004 by Random House Audio
Read by Judy Kaye
Duration: 11 hours, 33 minutes

"Occasionally I'm simply a minor character in someone else's play." -Kinsey Millhone.

R is for Ricochet really is an appropriate title for this one since, like a misfired bullet that bounces around and hits uninvolved bystanders, Kinsey gets caught up in a client's mess and nearly gets herself killed.

Set in July of 1987, this is one really slow-develop
Randee Baty
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, mystery-pi
This is a very different story from the previous Kinsey stories and it's gotten some bad reviews because of that but it's in the top 5 for me. It's clever and kept my curiosity up through the whole story.

Kinsey has been hired by a elderly gentlemen to pick up his 30 year old daughter, Reba, from the Correctional Institute for Women after doing 2 years for embezzlement. He wants her to get the daughter home and settled, then her job is done. Of course, we know it won't end there. Turns out, Reba
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A definite winner! This was a page-turner for me. It’s July 1987, a few weeks after Kinsey’s 37th birthday. Kinsey (Grafton?) opens philosophically:

“The basic question is this: given human nature, are any of us really capable of change? The mistakes other people make are usually patently obvious. Our own are tougher to recognize. In most cases, our path through life reflects a fundamental truth about who we are now and who we’ve been since birth. We’re optimists or pessimists, joyful or depresse
Aug 17, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having read the first 17, this is beginning to feel like being forced to try all 26 flavors at the ice cream store. The first few were good, the next few, not as much, then the experience eventually slides down into a force feeding totally devoid of enjoyment. Its not that her writing is any worse (or any better, really) than before, its the same, or at least it feels that way to me. I still like the lead, Kinsey Millhone, but this is now like watching Simon & Simon episodes. The plot tricks ...more
Another great addition to the Kinsey series. I liked that her & Cheney seem to be becoming involved, I hope for Kinseys sake he stays around :)
Carol Bowler
I love the alphabet series, but this is not her best. Its okay, but most of the others are far better.
Aug 18, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointing addition to this series - hardly any action and a unimaginative plot
So I admit I had issues with Kinsey in this one. I would have left Reba to her own devices long before Kinsey. I just didn’t understand her need to make sure Reba was okay or what she was thinking in going along with Reba’s dumb ass antics. I also didn’t like the focus on Kinsey’s love life. I never feel as though any of these guys are going to be in Kinsey’s life for the long-term so I don’t see why need to invest so much time with them.

The case interesting and really brought to light how much
Benjamin Thomas
It’s hard to believe I’m up to number 18 in this series. In many ways it seems like I just started reading them but to me, they are comfortable reads now and it’s like visiting old friends every time I read one.

This time that seemed even truer. The story revolves around Reba Lafferty, the 32 year old daughter of a rich businessman. She may have been born to riches but she has burned the candle at both ends for most of her life. As a result she has served a ~ 2 year prison term for embezzlement,
Kara Jorges
Things are slow for Santa Teresa PI Kinsey Millhone, when wealthy Nord Lafferty hires her to pick up his daughter from prison and keep her company for a couple of days. Reba Lafferty is on parole after doing 22 months for embezzlement. Things seem to be fine until Kinsey catches Reba using her as a beard to meet her married lover, who also happens to be the ex-employer she supposedly stole $350,000 from. Reba seems thrilled to be back in Beck’s arms until an overzealous FBI agent slips her some ...more
Beth Peninger
Oct 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What happened to Grafton's Kinsey Millhone?! She totally disappeared in this installment of the series. Oh she's there, narrating the story as usual but she lacks her usual bravado, instincts, initiative, and personality. The secondary character, Reba, seems to assume Kinsey's persona this time around. Plus a new development in Kinsey's love life seems to derail her a bit as well from being who Grafton has been developing her in the past 17 books. It was disappointing. It feels like Grafton let ...more
Sue Grafton is my favorite detective writer. Anyone up to "T" in her series and still coming up with ingenious new plots is someone we can all learn from. Not only that, I've met her, and she is a very nice person.

Also, she's quite challenging. She asked me if I am brave. I am. It takes courage to be an author (whether you write online, or for magazines, or books, or all of the above).

Not that being nice has anything to do with her skill as a writer . . . except, maybe it does. Generous people
David Monroe
3.75 stars out of 5, rounded up.

I enjoy the audiobook versions of this series. In fact, that's how I first discovered the series a few years ago. Yes, I'm very late to it. I was trying to find something to listen to on a bus trip to Toronto, and dl'd the first two books.

Something I've just noticed that actress Judy Kaye does in her narration -- when she does a male voice, she shifts her voice *up* an octave or two. I'm not sure why she does it, whether it's something she's unaware of, or somet
Paula Dembeck
As we continue to follow private investigator Kinsey Millhone, readers are taken on her next case when she is called to the house of Nord Lafferty, an older well to do man who proposes what appears to be an easy job for big money. He wants Kinsey to pick up his daughter Reba who is being released from prison. She has just finished serving twenty-two months of a four year sentence for embezzling funds from her wealthy employer, real estate developer Alan Beckwith.

Reba has always been a difficult
Kinsey takes a glorified babysitting job. Her client's daughter is out of prison, and hires Kinsey to watch his daughter and make sure she doesn't get in any trouble. Kinsey thinks it will be a fairly simple case since the daughter seems like she's turned a corner and wants to stay on the straight and narrow. Nothing is as simple as it seems.

The 18th book in the Kinsey Millhone series. This one was a little different than some of the others in the series, and I wasn't all that interested in the
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good one! This was a simple case for Kinsey that turned into more. I enjoyed Kinsey's entanglement with Reba and all that ensued. Also glad to see Cheney back.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, books-i-own
3.5 Stars

Review to follow
David Highton
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kinsey Millhone gets drawn into money laundering conspiracy after being hired to bring a parolee woman back from prison - and there is unfinished business with the woman’s boss. Maybe a bit longer than the underlying plot could sustain but the pace would pretty good throughout.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2018
It's been about 5 1/2 years since I read "Q is for Quarry," and the recent passing of Sue Grafton brought this series back on to my radar. This was also the first audiobook I have listened to with a female lead character and therefore a female narrator.

I felt the narrator sounded like a bored Ellen Degeneres. While I found this voice worked for the character of Kinsey Milhone, it also made the character feel a lot more tedious and cynical and quite frankly, not as likable as I have found her in
Apr 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I believe Grafton is running out of gas on this series. I say that because in this story, which finds Kinsey taking a milk run job escorting a recently released daughter of a wealthy man and helping her re-integrate into society, is very mundane and almost is a backdrop for the other events going in Kinsey's life and her landlord Henry's. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy reading about how Kinsey's personal is going and I was glad to see she has some interaction in her life but I don't want it to over ...more
Sep 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-us, detective
I had mixed emotions about this particular Kinsey Milhone mystery, but as she says at the end, sometimes she's just a passenger. Kinsey is hired to escort Reba from prison by her father. A simple job and Kinsey likes Reba. But the story develops a twist as the police and Feds ask Kinsey to persuade Reba to help them catch boss. It turns out Reba went to jail for her boss, because she was in love with him. The story has many twists and Reba has her own plans and Kinsey becomes sort of a pawn. I f ...more
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one is unlike all the other Sue Grafton alphabet books. This one is NOT a murder mystery. Still, it's plenty of fun with interesting characters and lots of action.

An elderly gentleman hires Kinsey to go pick up his daughter at a prison for women, where she has just finished serving a 22-month sentence for embezzlement. Kinsey brings Reba back home, takes her to meet her parole officer, buy some new clothes, and eat a few Quarter-Pounders at McDonald's. They run into Reba's former boss. Is
Woody Chandler
I have to hand it to Ms. Grafton - it is rare that I encounter a protagonist, let alone a major character in an ongoing series that I detest. Kinsey Millhone is so far removed from hard-boiled detective fiction that I cringe each time I see that phrase used in conjunction with this series. She seems to refuse to carry a sidearm & in this case, she paid the price. I was actually rooting for her to be hurt more badly in the hopes that she would wake up & quit playing around. I also find my ...more
Rachel N.
Kinsey Millhone is a private investigator working in southern California. She is hired by Nord Lafferty to escort his daughter Reba home from prison and make sure she stays in line. Reba was in jail for embezzling money from a former employer. Soon her former boss Alan Beckwith reenters Reba's life. Reba is a fun character though she has a great many flaws. This is definitely one of the weaker books in this series. Compared to other entries in the series not a lot happens. Kinsey is never really ...more
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Sue Grafton was a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She is best known for her “alphabet series” featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. Prior to success with this series, she wrote screenplays for television movies. Her earlier novels include Keziah Dane (1967) and The Lolly-Madonna War (1969), both out of print. In the book Kinsey and ...more

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Kinsey Millhone (1 - 10 of 25 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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