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T is for Trespass

(Kinsey Millhone #20)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  23,487 ratings  ·  1,709 reviews
A miser and a hoarder, Gus Vronsky is so crotchety that after he takes a bad fall, his only living relative is anxious to find him some hired help and get back home as soon as she can.

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

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Published (first published December 4th 2007)
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Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 of 5 stars to T is for Trespass, the 20th book in the "Kinsey Millhone Alphabet" mystery series, written in 2007 by Sue Grafton. A great addition to the thriller series with this release. And a few things begin to change. Grafton introduces some updates to the format, including a different perspective and point of view by introducing the thoughts of the villain. A very timely book too, focusing on elder care and the abuse that happens once people start to need assistance in orde
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
If I could meet the person who talked Sue Grafton into writing multiple POV's in the latest books, I would totally buy them drinks. Then we would talk about how much better every other POV than Kinsey's is, and how I liked the psychopath's POV more than Kinsey, and we would laugh and laugh. Then, we'd probably be drunk enough to sing "Bohemian Rhapsody" during Karaoke and we would totally kill it. I would do all of the sound effects and back-up Mama Mias and Galileos , and my new best friend wou ...more
Mar 31, 2008 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
An elderly neighbor of Kinsey's has a fall and needs in-home care. Kinsey is tasked with running a background check on the woman hired. The woman seems like the perfect fit to care for the elderly man, but Kinsey senses something is not right.

The 20th book in the Kinsey Millhone series. This one was a little different than others in the series because we get some chapters from the villain's viewpoint. A good, quick read, but a little dark. The topic of elderly care was a central theme.
Skye Skye
Jun 30, 2014 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 11, 2008 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
This is your average Kinsey. It's rather long. For me the pace was a bit plodding. Every third or fourth chapter was done in the mind/narrator of the perp who with identity theft entry was also taking a housebound Senior's wealth and property. Crabby and mean Gus, who lives next-door to Henry. Quite quickly were the profits moving out, at that. On a whole, the ending portions went over the top, IMHO.

There was an accident case quite separate as well, and lots of nosy neighbor work by Kinsey amid
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 prove
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, mystery
4 Stars

Another good case. This time a home health aide that does anything but render aide. I think it is an elder persons worse fear, to be at the mercy of an angel of death. To be at the mercy of a predator and be all alone. *shudders*
Mar 19, 2008 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
Feb 19, 2009 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 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
Jan 10, 2008 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
Una Tiers
Oct 13, 2013 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.
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
Nov 21, 2011 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
4.5 stars. Yes, there are some dark themes here, ranging from elder abuse and identity theft to a bit of pedophilia. Thankfully, because it's Kinsey, there is also plenty of well-placed comic relief. I'd resisted reading this one for years, but I'm glad I finally pressed through, as I found this one of the best in the series so far.

By the way, if you're looking for a fast-paced mystery series in which the PI is someone most any reader can identify with, slightly more than slightly badass who pr
Mindy Tysinger
Another solid book in this series.
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
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
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
Sep 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had waited a long time to read this book so I was very excited to read it. It was pretty good and had some very creepy moments to it. I have enjoyed getting the different points of view along with Kinsey's that have been popping up in the recent entries to this series.

2nd impressions - What I remembered about this book was that it was creepy and it took a long time for me to get to that part of the story. I did enjoy getting into the villain's head. I liked how the other subplots fed into the
There are few villians I despise more than those who prey on the innocent, the young or the elderly (I guess that kind of defines all villains). This story made me think a lot about what it could mean to age and not have good health.

Reading a Kinsey Millhone novel is a bit like going home to your smart aleck sister. Really enjoyable and very comfortable.
Nancy Ellis
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a much more sober and darker Kinsey adventure involving abuse and defrauding of the elderly, along with a subplot involving a convicted pedophile. Much more emotional and less humorous, the reader is still drawn strongly into the lives of the characters, good and bad. Excellent book!
3.5 stars

Don't be fooled by the three stars, I quite enjoyed the audiobook presentation of this and Grafton knew what she was doing, but honestly the sort of mystery is generally no more than 3 stars for me which means I liked it.

From the start we are introduced to a sociopath, so we know who the criminal is right away and are obviously supposed to be able to predict where she will end up working. In the meantime, Kinsey is getting extra work by serving eviction notices and is working on findin
Woody Chandler
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the main, I liked this one much more than many others in the series. It jumped back & forth in terms of POV between Ms. Millhone & a thoroughly dislikable antagonist. I felt deeply sorry for the elderly next-door neighbor (NOT Henry, who is also one of the most likable characters in the series) & I wonder what I will be like in my dotage. The ending was MUCH more in keeping with hard-boiled detective fiction, so perhaps hope springs eternal. Only four (4) more novels before I am t ...more
Sep 20, 2012 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
Jul 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started reading and thought I have probably read this before, but, as I could not remember the ending, finished the book! I love Kinsey Millhone books, and a second read is always well worth the ride.

Story, Kinsey has her great neighbour and landlord Henry, and then there is grumpy old Gus who lives next door. Gus is more than grumpy, he is a hoarder and mean to everyone, but he is also getting sick as he gets older. Henry and Kinsey get some medical help for him, try and clean up the place and
Carolyn Agosta
Sep 12, 2011 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
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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)
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  • 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)
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