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B is for Burglar

(Kinsey Millhone #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  49,586 ratings  ·  1,911 reviews
Although business has been slow lately for P.I. Kinsey Millhone, she's reluctant to take on the case of locating Beverly Danziger's sister Elaine Boldt. It's a small matter that Beverly should be able to handle herself. So why is she enlisting Kinsey's services? Beverly claims she needs Elaine's signature on some documents so that she can collect a small inheritance. But t ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published November 29th 2005 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published May 15th 1985)
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Jo Ann David, it's a great book & it's actually the 2nd of Sue Grafton's alphabet series. You might want to start with her 1st book in the series! She wrote …moreDavid, it's a great book & it's actually the 2nd of Sue Grafton's alphabet series. You might want to start with her 1st book in the series! She wrote books on every one of the letters in the alphabet except "Z" because she died from Cancer before she could write it!!(less)
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Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Since this book was published a year before this little gem:

Yes. "Accidentally"....

The book is oddly compelling. There is all of this strange stuff that was probably not strange at all during the time it came out. Like Kinsey's obsession with jogging. It seemed like that might have been a thing back then. After all, this was the most popular video tape of the day:

I'm convinced that some of these people are only working out so they can wear those sick threads. I would.

It's not weird that she jogs
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: 'What can I help you with?'

'I hope you can locate my sister for me,' she said.

She was searching through her handbag again. She took out her address book, a rosewood pen and pencil set, and a long white envelope, which she placed on the edge of my desk. I'd never seen anyone so self-absorbed, but it wasn't unattractive stuff. She gave me a quick smile then, as though she knew that. She opened the address book and turned it so that it faced me, pointing to one of the entries with a rosy
Oct 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I listened to this one on Audio and am not sure whether that affected how much I enjoyed the book. The narrator chose to read Kinsey as a very brisk, managing type of person and I felt she did not really do her justice.
Nevertheless I enjoyed the story with its twists and turns and surprises. The ending was neat and not idealistic - like real life! I would have liked to give this three and a half stars and will certainly be carrying on with the series.
Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars but I'm going to round down (since I sometimes round up for this author, and I suppose this makes it balance out a bit!) for the second book in the "Kinsey Millhone" [cozy] mystery series by Sue Grafton. In B is for Burglar, we get to know Kinsey more, figuring out what she likes and doesn't like. And apparently she is a bit picky when it comes to client. First, she doesn't want to take the case as it is too simple and sounds like a waste of her time. But when she dig
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, mystery-series
"After it's over, of course, you want to kick yourself for all the things you didn't see at the
time. The Had-I-But-Known school of private investigation perhaps.... I'm wiser now than
I used to be and I'm more experienced, but the fact remains that when a client sits down in
the chair across the desk from me, I never know what's going to happen next."
-Kinsey Millhone- 'B is for Burglar'

This second installment in Sue Grafton's 'Kinsey Millhone' series takes place a few weeks after her case 'A
Dec 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd wanted to read A, Ms. Grafton's debut title in the series, but only B was on the library shelf. But then B shows Kinsey in her full profile and element. She cuts her own hair. She uses the washer for her hamper. She jogs. She eats junk food. In short, a very likeable PI protagonist. I've also liked her wry wit a few books ago. Sue Grafton's PI is my comfort read. She's always been reliable for delivering a sturdy tale which is just the something I often crave. I'll go on devouring the alphab ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020, series
This is a mystery, and this is the 2nd book in the Kinsey Millhone series, and I really think this book is a lot better then the book 1 in the series. If a family member did not tell me to keep reading the series I mostly likely would have stopped at the first book. The main character in this book is Kinsey, and she is a PI. It is about PI and what current case she is on. This one she looking for a woman that went missing. I have reviews for several of the books in this series so far. (*)
Apr 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Kinsey Millhone Case No. 2: Kinsey is searching for a missing rich woman (at the behest of her sister) who's neighbour was killed by a burglar.. and just like that, this series is already boring the pants off of me... 24 books to go? 3 out of 12.
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-shelf
The second installment in this series, B is for Burgler by Sue Grafton is a straight up mystery , who done it and why novel. Really good one. Kinsey hasn't dealt with the fall out from what happened in the first book, and she doesn't get a chance to while working this case. We visit a few old friends from the first novel and make a few new ones. This case starts off as a missing persons case that Kinsey hopes to wrap up in a few days. She realizes that something more is going on and it is someho ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I’m really enjoying this series! Kinsey Milhone is a great character, independent and clever. I like the way she thinks and analyses the world. I like the fact it’s set in the 80s, a decade I remember well- how mobiles and PCs were in the future, the groundwork for private investiigators having to be done the hard way, unable to text or phone for help in tight spots, hand written index cards to keep your notes on...and I like the fact I really didn’t guess what was going on until it was spelled ...more
Another interesting mystery solved by Kinsey. It's a shame she's turned into such a damn fool by Grafton at the end. Just like the first one, I really liked everything up until she winds up confronting the bad guy. Then Grafton feeds her an idiot pill & ties one hand behind her back just to make sure there is a big suspenseful ending. Is this a trademark of the series? With only 2 books listened to, it seems unfair to pass judgement yet, but a third might just finish me.

I like Kinsey & the other
Kinsey Millhone might have her iconic status entrenched about as well as Sue Grafton has hers, and the series has kept me just interested enough to continue through to O, but I’ll need to take periodic breaths in between, or I might find myself gasping for air as the clock strikes E. Who knows? I might make it all the way to G before I pass out, but there’s the distinct possibility I’ll turn blue sooner rather than later.

Like a female version of James Bond, she has her good points, and she has h
Reread in honor of Sue Grafton's passing, may she R.I.P. The mystery at the heart of B is for Burglar kept me guessing right up until when Kinsey figures it out. I was as entertained by the world of 1985 as much as I was by the story. Things like when on a stakeout, Kinsey wonders who she might call if things get out of control, but then decides that it doesn't matter because "the nearest pay phone is several miles away". Or how she knows answering machines are irritating, but also knows that he ...more
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am glad I finally got around to reading this series. I am enjoying it. It is good old school mystery crime fiction that reminds the reader of books written by Mickey Spillane, Dashiell Hammet and Raymond Chandler. SG wraps everything up in the end. I will definitely continue this series. Recommended!
So I'm a little late to this party. The series is almost? finished and I've just read my first. Really enjoyed it and I can understand why the series has been such a success. Great characters, solid plot with twists, red herrings, and surprises. ...more
Jack Heath
4 Stars. Just two weeks after "A is for Alibi" concluded with a full bore ending, Beverly Danziger waltzed into Kinsey Millhone's office with a story about needing to find her sister to sign a document concerning an inheritance from a cousin in Ohio. Kinsey points out that any reasonable work by a PI would eat into the small inheritance. But things are a little tight for Kinsey, not unusual, so finding Elaine Boldt might tide her over. The Alphabet Series usually gets off the mark quickly, no di ...more
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: overdrive, 2020
I just love this series, particularly the early ones which are lighter and less dark than the later ones. Kinsey is a great character. She's a little bit of badass mixed with a strong, independent, smart woman. The audiobooks are terrific, particularly the early ones read by Mary Pfeiffer. They're easily found on overdrive which works great during covid 19 days and I smile quite a lot while listening. Moving right on to the third book. 😀 ...more
Oct 16, 2013 rated it liked it
The climax was one of a kind here, but I couldn't understand how a seasoned sleuth like the heroine could jeopardize her strategic advantage that ineptly. If someone has read enough Agatha Christie books, he would have solved the murder pronto. Did I? Did I hell! I went in with a too relaxed mind, expecting to be mildly cheered, when in fact, the language took me unawares. Since that moment I read on dutifully, without exercising the god given grey little cells. If you've read The Body In the L ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good entry in our intrepid private eye, with Kinsey looking for a client's missing sister. ...more
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Jun 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I'm not entirely comfortable with the Goodreads star system. All through school I was judged on a 10 points scale, and a 6 was a very low grade, just a step above the barely passed examination (5). On that scale Sue Grafton is a comfortable 8 - intelligent, intriguing, elegant. But I have read better mysteries and I suspect in a year or two I will scratch my head and wonder what was this book about?

The one thing that will remain for sure is the main character - Kinsey Millhone - private investig
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, tbr-2017
After surviving almost being murdered in the first book, Kinsey is still dealing with having to take a life. When she gets another case looking into a missing woman, Kinsey hopes that keeps the ghosts that haunt her at bay. We get more insight into Kinsey, more development for characters like Henry and Lieutenant Dolan. And we get our first glimpse at Jonah Robb and his never ending messy marriage to Camilla.

I really loved B is for Burglar. The reveal was really cool and once again Kinsey comes
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading-the-abc
B done! I knew Pat was weird...
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I figured out what was going very early on so no mystery there but it was an entertaining listen nonetheless.
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sue Grafton fans
Shelves: kindle, mystery
I hope that these books get better. I may just have to give up on them. This book wasn't so much bad as it was pointless and boring, at least to me. I didn't care about anyone in this book, at all. No one grabbed my attention, and the mystery was just so-so.

Kinsey (the main character) is really weird to me. I feel like we are supposed to think she is this cool,quirky, bad ass but she comes across to me pretty much the opposite. She is unnecessarily rude to people, she seems weirdly oblivious at
Carolyn F.
May 07, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

After the author's death was announced I thought I'd work through her series of books. I'm stopping at "B". The story was predictable. The protagonist was unlikable and had too many TSTL (too stupid to live) moments. Why yell after you're attacked? You should have been yelling the whole time you're running for your life. Why wouldn't you look at the credit card bill when it's handed to you? Every normal person who is looking for a missing person would open it to see where the missing pe
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Kinsey Millhone takes a case to find a missing woman. On first glance, it appears to be an easy case and Kinsey needs the money, so she takes the job. Needless to say, it's a tougher case than it first appeared to be.

The second book in the Kinsey Millhone series. Kinsey is still a smart and spunky PI who likes to work alone. This book was first published in the early 1980s, so it was fun to take a trip back to the eighties and read a nice, solid mystery.

I listened to an audio version of this bo
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
B is for Burglar

I've had this series of books on my book shelf for years now and I really don't know what took me so long to start reading them. To be honest I'm lucky in a way because I now have a whole lot of books to read. What a great start to this series, I love Kinsey and I can't wait to see what other cases she has to get in to.
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it
The formula has been set, Kinsey will continue solving cases, sticking her nose in where it doesn't belong and mulling things out in her head along the way. She's got quite a dry sense of humor and is a bit brave too. With this one I couldn't quite work out the mystery myself but let's face it, I'm not alone in saying that I would never have guessed the murder weapon!! ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book. It’s fun going back and rereading these. I had forgotten a lot about this one and caught on just before Kinsey. Good writing and a good plot that moved along at a good pace.
Deborah Markus
This book is due back at the library and I'm cranky because of all the construction noise right outside my window. It started really early, and they're hammering with what sounds like Mjolnir. Also trimming trees with chainsaws. And there are trucks. Lots and lots of trucks.

So anyway. I like the Kinsey Millhone mysteries because they're a brain-break from my usual heavy-duty research mode of living.

This may sound like faint praise indeed, but I think what I like most about them is that the stor
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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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