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A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
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bookshelves: 3-multi-book-series, 1-fiction

4 stars to A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton, the first book in the Kinsey Millhone private investigator cozy mystery series. It's the book that started it all for me...

The opening lines of the book grab you when the narrator tells you that she killed a man. You want to know more about this situation. Then you get to know a little bit about Kinsey. Twice-divorced. 32. New to PI work. You already start to root for her as much as you ask questions about her former life.

In this one, it's all about divorce and a cheating ex-husband. Nikki, not very likable, is released from prison and goes straight to Kinsey for help. She served time for killing her husband, but she claims she didn't do it. Years later, she wants answers so she can move on with her life. And she gets them. Kinsey finds a second body and actually has to protect herself. Right out of the gate, you know this series won't be a traditional cozy. But at the same time, it's a very formulaic story. And that's OK... I like those, too.

Kinsey is mostly a good character. Her attitude is sometimes a little annoying. She is still learning her job to some degree... not quite as good as VI Warshawski, but not as silly as Stephanie Plum. Lots to like about her too... except no real family to speak of. She eventually has Henry, but not enough for me.

The setting is Santa Teresa, California... a beautiful place among the vineyards and not too far from the ocean. Makes a good backdrop and some pretty scenes.

For an intro book, it's strong. It was started back in the 1980s... so if you're looking for something more current, this series isn't for you.

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Reading Progress

Started Reading
January 1, 2000 – Finished Reading
January 7, 2012 – Shelved
September 5, 2016 – Shelved as: 3-multi-book-series
March 11, 2017 – Shelved as: 1-fiction

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message 1: by Mary Ann (new)

Mary Ann I got bored by this series very quickly- Kinsey never seems to grow or change and I found her to be very stagnant.

James Mary Ann wrote: "I got bored by this series very quickly- Kinsey never seems to grow or change and I found her to be very stagnant." She does stay within the same 4 or 5 year period. Series like these should be capped around 10... just enough to have a few years of reading fun without getting too dull.

message 3: by Cynthia (new) - added it

Cynthia I have started this book a few times and cannot get into it.

James Cynthia wrote: "I have started this book a few times and cannot get into it." It gets better as you go, but if you don't like the character, the series might not be for you.

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