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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 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 the whole affair doesn't sit well with Kinsey. And if there's something she's learned in her line of work, it's to always follow your instincts… Kinsey's hunch proves true when she begins her inquiries into Elaine's whereabouts and discovers that the attractive widow was last seen in a flashy lynx coat boarding a plane for Boca Raton. But the more Kinsey searches for Elaine the more questions she encounters. Is Elaine's disappearance tied in to the brutal murder several months ago of one of her bridge partners? And what happened to Elaine's Persian cat who seems to have also vanished? Things take a turn for the worse when a stranger vandalizes the home of one of Elaine's neighbors and another neighbor turns up murdered. With her reputation and career on the line, Kinsey risks all to find a missing woman and a killer who's waiting in the shadows to strike again…


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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 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 the whole affair doesn't sit well with Kinsey. And if there's something she's learned in her line of work, it's to always follow your instincts… Kinsey's hunch proves true when she begins her inquiries into Elaine's whereabouts and discovers that the attractive widow was last seen in a flashy lynx coat boarding a plane for Boca Raton. But the more Kinsey searches for Elaine the more questions she encounters. Is Elaine's disappearance tied in to the brutal murder several months ago of one of her bridge partners? And what happened to Elaine's Persian cat who seems to have also vanished? Things take a turn for the worse when a stranger vandalizes the home of one of Elaine's neighbors and another neighbor turns up murdered. With her reputation and career on the line, Kinsey risks all to find a missing woman and a killer who's waiting in the shadows to strike again…

30 review for B is for Burglar

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jilly

    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 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, it's just weird how much it's featured in the books so far. It's like the author is a trying to advocate for running as a sport. We get pages of Kinsey's jogging paths and routine. It's about as interesting as when my Facebook friends post their workout routes on their pages... The struggle is real. Then, after one of her many jogs, Kinsey goes out to eat a burger at a fast food place. And, get this quote: I wolfed down a cheeseburger, fries, and a Coke for a dollar sixty-nine... Right? Kitty knows a bargain when she sees it. Later in the book, as she's doing a stake-out and getting tired of it, she uses the words, "I have to take a leak", and went right back to doing my kitty-face. Wha?? Girls said "take a leak" back then? That's a boy thing! How crude! How crass! We ladies are so much classier these days! We would never talk like men! Okay, so aside from the strangely-compelling 80's stuff, I enjoyed the mystery. Kinsey is hired to find a missing person and it ends up possibly tying into a burglary/murder that happened months back. The more she digs, the stranger things get and then the person who hired her wants her to back-off the case completely. Luckily, there is an old lady busybody who steps in to keep the case going. Old people - you can count on at least two things from them: they are watching their neighbors, and their house is always too warm. My grandma used to run the heater in her apartment in PHOENIX, Arizona where you could literally fry an egg on the sidewalk. The little old lady in this book is kinda cute though. She is very excited to be involved with a mystery. I'm off to read the next book. I hope she gets a Thighmaster in that one. I really want to read about her using it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    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 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 alphabet now up to U, I believe.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    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 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 out for me! Recommended.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    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 & t 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 female characters she meets. The men aren't quite as well done, but they're passable. The actual mystery was quite well done, except for (view spoiler)[ the murder weapon which was a window sash weight. Who the hell is going to take a window apart to get to a sash weight to bludgeon someone to death with & then put it back afterward? Then retrieve it just before fleeing the country? WTF?!!! You have to pull the window trim off to get to the damn things & this was a well planned murder. Why not use a baseball bat & let it burn when you set the fire? Who cares anyway? They knew someone had been murdered & had the body. (hide spoiler)] There was no value in having them except to get Kinsey & the murderer into the house together for the blow out. To top it off, Kinsey goes into the house (view spoiler)[ with a crowbar & uses it to uncover the murder weapon, then puts it in a plastic bag & stashes it out of reach. She winds up using a car key to try to break open the cellar doors & leaves herself defenseless. Have you ever put a crowbar into a plastic bag? Silly. (hide spoiler)] The whole ending sucked & lost the book a star, probably should have been 2. Judy Kaye did a good job of reading this. I like her voice.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    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 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 her bad ones, but she goes down easier in small doses. Sugar helps, and divorces might too, of which she’s had a few, even if she’s only in her mid-thirties, and her smile might be an easier pill to swallow, if the mystery didn’t feel as though it was a bit forced. Her male counterparts may lack in development, and end up a bit too lean on their stocky frames with hard noses and hard attitudes, and a lack of conviction, and possibly convention as well. A personality injection might even the score, even if they could probably use a little more. The mystery felt undernourished, and could probably have used a bit more flourish. Or maybe panache might have made my smiles a bit cleaner, even if the prose was already leaner…than many tales with a PI at the center of attention, even as she strives for the hard-boiled convention. Even the women proved of a crazy sort, with eccentric personalities that they should probably abort. It was slow, and it was fast, and often somewhere in between, but I never felt fully engaged in the scene. I might have laughed, but I certainly didn’t cry, as I watched some poor motherfucker die. And when it was all said and done, I needed a pause before I attacked the next one. Cross-posted at Robert's Reads

  7. 5 out of 5

    James

    Review 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 digs a bit Review 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 digs a bit deeper, something strange is going on with a missing woman. Nothing adds up. It' s a good mystery in your head, and I think it might be better than the first book in some ways... but not enough to rate it higher. I liked the investigate and research style in this one. It's a missing person's case, so you really know as little as she does. You feel like you're playing along more on this one. But at the same time, I didn't have a strong connection until the middle of the book with the "victim." I found myself getting a little caught up in it being 1982 in the books, but it was published several years later, and I was reading it in 2000. I kept forgetting the time period, which is important in cases like these, given the available tools. If you're going to read the whole series take the time in these first few books to really synchronize with the time period, so you are not out of your element. But Kinsey is a great main character. She's got flaws. She's got spirit. You root for her, get annoyed with her. All signs of good character development. But after 26... it might get a bit old! About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. [polldaddy poll=9729544] [polldaddy poll=9719251]

  8. 4 out of 5

    Suzy

    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 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 her clients can leave a more detailed message than they would tell a person at her recently cancelled answering service. I read the first few books of this series along with my Mom as they came out, starting in 1984, and we loved discussing them. That they featured a female P.I. was novel at that time and we loved the books, eagerly anticipating each installment. But, I didn't keep up with the "alphabet series" over the years. I plan to attempt them all - in audio. Mary Pfeiffer really captures the no-nonsense, unsentimental Milhone.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    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 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 close to death. Though we know there's a whole alphabet to get through, you can guess she survives. The writing and flow was top notch. I felt off balanced reading this (in a good way). I was wondering where Grafton was going to take things next the first time I read this. My re-read was great, cause Grafton sets things up nicely. The setting of this one is Santa Teresa, but Kinsey also goes back and forth to Florida. I still wonder how in the world air travel used to be so cheap. The ending leaves Kinsey slightly worse for wear, but alive and kicking.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Good entry in our intrepid private eye, with Kinsey looking for a client's missing sister.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Algernon (Darth Anyan)

    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 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 investigator in Santa Teresa, a typical (read imaginary) California town in the 1980's. I've only read two books featuring her, and she seems perfectly capable of carrying the series forward for the next 20 books. A 30 something freelance professional with a past career in the police force, she makes a credible scion of the hard boiled detectives from the classic "noir" period. She may not compete with said detectives in the physical violence and colourful language game, but she's sharp and she's quite capable of taking care of herself. What I like most about her is her self-reliance and independence. She doesn't need a man to validate her, and she's not guilt ridden or defensive about it. I also like that she is not a prude, not bitter about men, in fact she's got a bit of a roving eye, but she's not needy or pushy / bossy. I hope she will get some companionship later in the series, it will be interesting to see how she will play it out. I've been married twice myself and both ended in divorce. I berate myself for that sometimes but now I'm not sure. Maybe I haven't made such a bad trade-off. Personally, I'd rather grow old alone than in the company of anyone I've met so far. I don't experience myself as lonely, incomplete, or unfulfilled, but I don't talk about that much. It seems to piss people off - especially men. Way to go, girl! I actually would like to take her out to a dinner sometime, I'm sure she'll be tons of fun, with her casual wear, practical hairstyle and preference for junk food. She's also capable of name dropping Anna Magnani, Jeanne Moreau, Simone Signoret in casual conversation, always a plus to a film buff like me. As far as B for Burglar is concerned, it starts like one of Raymond Chandler novels, with one smooth lady hiring Kinsey to find her missing sister. Kinsey has very little to start with, but she patiently interviews neighbors, gathering clues and writing her little post-it reminders. Instead of unravelling the mystery, the plot thickens - with hints at insurance fraud, identity theft, drug dealing and some breaking and entering to justify the title. As genre novels go, I would classify this as a police procedural rather than an action thriller, with mind games playing a bigger role than physical conflict (present only at the very end). My main issues with the novel come from a lack of urgency, of tension. It was a fast read, stimulating and with many a fun moment, but not really a page turner. And when I'm guessing the identity of the main culprit in the first quarter of the book, instead of patting myself on the back for how smart I am, I would say the author did a poor job at dissimulation and at throwing red herrings. Kinsey took a long time to reach what I considered the logical conclusion given the initial clues. Or maybe I've read too many mystery novels.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ShoSho

    I figured out what was going very early on so no mystery there but it was an entertaining listen nonetheless.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    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 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 stories and main character are engaging, but they don't take me so far away that it's hard for me to snap back to reality. That's an issue when your preferred spot for light reading is at the kitchen table of a small apartment where people are always wandering in and out wondering aloud where various lost items are. I love being swallowed whole by a book as much as anyone, but kitchen-table reads are important, too. I also like the trip-down-memory-lane aspect of the books. They were written in the '80s and can be a bit of a culture shock. Here, for your reading pleasure, are a few outdated concepts you'll find in B: 1. Sit-ups. (I know they still have a few fans, including apparently Army Rangers; but most of us have figured out that crunches are the way to go if you want to develop your ab muscles but don't want to sustain a permanent lower back ache in the process.) 2. Pregnant women doing sit-ups. (Dear God.) 3. Genuine surprise at the idea that women actually do all kinds of jobs now. ("They got women sheriffs these days, did you know that? Sheriffettes." That kind of made me laugh. As opposed to my mother occasionally making references to "authoresses," which kind of makes me cry.) 4. Paper-intensive investigations. (It was the '80s. No Interwebz. Finding out basic information about someone involved actual documents or, God help you, microfiche searches.) 5. Stretching before you go for a run. (Okay, some people still believe in this and you should all cut it out RIGHT NOW before you tear something.) 6. Pulling on a turtleneck and going for a run. (No, really. People used to do this with a straight face. I was there.) 7. $99 plane fares from Santa Barbara to Miami. (Hey, the old days weren't all bad.) 8. Twiggy references. (I know she's still around, and she's talented and gorgeous. I'm just saying.) Also, Sue Grafton has a flair for dialogue I always enjoy: "Hold on a minute," he said to me, "she's deaf as a yard of grass." What's not to love?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    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 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 times, and she weirdly sexualizes everyone she meets...Well, at least the men. And I mean everyone. Last book it was a bunch of guys including a 12-year-old deaf kid and in this book it includes a 16 (or 17?) year-old punk, and her geriatric landlord. It is just really off-putting. I'll admit this may just be me, but i don't think so. Also bad, I guessed what was going on pretty early in the book. Now, if the rest of the plot is well written and engaging it doesn't matter, but if it is slow and boring it is like pulling teeth to get through. I know that these books start out written in the 80s before cell phones and other tech advances, but i don't mind that in the book. It actually makes me smile a bit. I am going on the the third book in the hopes that as Sue Grafton goes along she gets better. I certainly hope so.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Book Concierge

    Book on CD performed by Mary Peiffer Book two in the mystery series featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone of Santa Teresa, California. Beverly Danziger is expensively dressed and much more nervous than she should be considering her problem. She needs to find her sister to get some papers signed. Kinsey figures this will be fairly routine, so she takes the job. But a trip to Boca Raton, Florida only raises more questions about the missing woman, and Mrs Danziger is upset when Kinsey sugge Book on CD performed by Mary Peiffer Book two in the mystery series featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone of Santa Teresa, California. Beverly Danziger is expensively dressed and much more nervous than she should be considering her problem. She needs to find her sister to get some papers signed. Kinsey figures this will be fairly routine, so she takes the job. But a trip to Boca Raton, Florida only raises more questions about the missing woman, and Mrs Danziger is upset when Kinsey suggests filing an official missing persons report with the police. I like this series. Kinsey is a smart, resourceful woman who takes her job seriously and doesn’t rely on some strong handsome type to come along and save her. If she gets into a jam, she gets herself out. The action is fast, the characters entertaining and Grafton includes enough twists and red herrings to keep this reader guessing right along with the characters. I figured it out only a couple of pages ahead of Kinsey. Mary Peiffer does a fine job performing the audio version. She has good pacing and I enjoyed the way she brought the characters to life.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn F.

    Audiobook 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 Audiobook 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 person had been, but no you wait until the author gives the villain a chance to steal the mail many days later. And the villain not only pooping in the pool but all over the apartment because she was told to get the towels off the balcony? That was too extreme by 1000. Where did the author come up with that? I've read reviews where they state the series became worse toward the middle and finally got as good as the beginning stories toward the end. If this is good, how much worse could it get? So, done with the series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ace

    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!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    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 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 book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelly ...

    Its a quick, easy read. Junk-food-for-the-brain. I like Kinsey Millhone. I wish that we had a sidekick or two. Hopefully that is coming in future volumes.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

    B done! I knew Pat was weird...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    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.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    Here we go again! In the second book of the Kinsey Millhone alphabet mysteries, Kinsey is once again on the move. This time she is flying back between Florida and California to search for a woman by the name of Elaine Boldt. Her sister is looking for her to sign some papers that require immediate attention. However, Kinsey discovers that there might be some other events that may be connected to Elaine’s disappearances as well. As you can guess by the title, the book does involve some burglaries Here we go again! In the second book of the Kinsey Millhone alphabet mysteries, Kinsey is once again on the move. This time she is flying back between Florida and California to search for a woman by the name of Elaine Boldt. Her sister is looking for her to sign some papers that require immediate attention. However, Kinsey discovers that there might be some other events that may be connected to Elaine’s disappearances as well. As you can guess by the title, the book does involve some burglaries and this is where things start to get a little bloodier. As Kinsey tries to find out how exactly all these situations line up with Elaine’s disappearance, readers get a better look at the workings of her mind. I have to give it to Kinsey. She’s one smart woman and I love how she does this all on her own. Honestly, she fascinates me. Grafton does a good job of making her a hardass private investigator and yet she is still so relatable. All I kept thinking about while listening to this audio was how awesome it would be if this series was made into a TV series. I also wanted to briefly mention that this book can be read as a standalone. The series is a long one but Grafton provides enough detail and description that anyone can really jump in and enjoy each book on its own. So if you’re intrigued like me, now is your chance to try it out! It’s amazing in audio as well and I would recommend to listen to those if you can.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Fiona

    Another pacey whodunit from Sue Grafton. This time Kinsey is on the trail of a missing woman with lots of twists and turns and false leads along the way. It was written in 1985 and it reminded me how much easier communication is now than it was then. No looking around for phone books, change for the phone, a phone booth. Portable communication whenever we need it, as long as there's a signal. I've just started but I know I'm going to enjoy this series. PS In the list of acknowledgements is a won Another pacey whodunit from Sue Grafton. This time Kinsey is on the trail of a missing woman with lots of twists and turns and false leads along the way. It was written in 1985 and it reminded me how much easier communication is now than it was then. No looking around for phone books, change for the phone, a phone booth. Portable communication whenever we need it, as long as there's a signal. I've just started but I know I'm going to enjoy this series. PS In the list of acknowledgements is a wonderful name - De De La-Fond. Now if that had been the name of one of the characters, I would have thought it was just plain silly. What a great name!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    I finished the second book in this series this week, but, my surge protector fried. I prefer typing reviews on a computer compared to the teeny keypad on my phone. Am back in business again. I enjoyed this second mystery, but not quite as much as the first. I lost steam in the middle. I still found it entertaining and did not guess who had committed the murder. I'm enjoying "getting to know" Kinsey Millhone and keep thinking of my mother-in-law each time I read one of these. This mystery begins I finished the second book in this series this week, but, my surge protector fried. I prefer typing reviews on a computer compared to the teeny keypad on my phone. Am back in business again. I enjoyed this second mystery, but not quite as much as the first. I lost steam in the middle. I still found it entertaining and did not guess who had committed the murder. I'm enjoying "getting to know" Kinsey Millhone and keep thinking of my mother-in-law each time I read one of these. This mystery begins with a new client asking Kinsey to locate her sister to sign a legal document to facilitate the processing of a relative's will & subsequent inheritance. The sister normally spends a portion of the year at a condo in Florida and cannot be located. Events escalate from there and the cast of characters surrounding this case has everyone as a potential suspect for a local murder. What I find amusing reading this series, is the snide similies & descriptions that Sue Grafton uses..."floated on the surface like chicken fat on homemade soup," "her head was small, like a pumpkin off the vine too long," "one tooth protruded from her lower gum like a candlewick," and "I could have moved the entire table outside and called it a yard sale." VERY descriptive! Looking forward to reading "C is for Corpse." 3* for "B is for Burglar"

  27. 4 out of 5

    Quenya

    B is for Burglar is very easy to figure out but the ride is still enjoyable as watch Kinsey solve the case. I don’t feel like the author hid anything from the readers and that we had just as much information as Kinsey. I don’t like books where I feel the main character has more information than the reader. I like it when the reader has just as good of a chance to crack the case as the detective does. B is Burglar is that book and you can really see the wheels in Kinsey’s mind turn. I liked this B is for Burglar is very easy to figure out but the ride is still enjoyable as watch Kinsey solve the case. I don’t feel like the author hid anything from the readers and that we had just as much information as Kinsey. I don’t like books where I feel the main character has more information than the reader. I like it when the reader has just as good of a chance to crack the case as the detective does. B is Burglar is that book and you can really see the wheels in Kinsey’s mind turn. I liked this case better than the case in A is for Alibi because you got to see just how curious Kinsey can be and get a feel for way of thinking and problem solving. She becomes distracted by a side case but doesn’t let her stop her from doing the job she is hired to do. In the book, you also see Kinsey working for someone who she may not like but understands the need to find the answer whether the client wants her to or not. I love the portrayal of senior adults in the book. Sue Grafton makes them exceptionally diverse. They are energetic, intelligent, complicated, greedy, sexual, courageous and so much more. I don’t know if I can listen to another book narrated by Judy Kaye because in my mind there is no other voice for Kinsey. Her other characters are well done but there is something about her Kinsey that makes the character real.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Megan Durrett Toll

    I hate to say it, I'm eating my words from my first review. Kinsey is not so relatable. She is not just a loner, but a judgmental, self-contradictory, depth-lacking character. She takes a negative tone to everyone she meets and calls them fat, old, too beautiful, anal or there is something wrong with everyone she meets, it's a skewed way to view life. She is terrified for getting in trouble with CFI, yet she was celebrating over that fact that she almost took a life. She has no depth because her I hate to say it, I'm eating my words from my first review. Kinsey is not so relatable. She is not just a loner, but a judgmental, self-contradictory, depth-lacking character. She takes a negative tone to everyone she meets and calls them fat, old, too beautiful, anal or there is something wrong with everyone she meets, it's a skewed way to view life. She is terrified for getting in trouble with CFI, yet she was celebrating over that fact that she almost took a life. She has no depth because her relationships have no depth, they are as emotionless and bland as she is. She also seems to like to eat disgusting food. If I have to read about a sliced hard-boiled-egg sandwich with tons of mayo again I think I may puke. I have a feeling that will be a repetitive favorite in this series. I liked the story, even though the characters were not so deep, they were deeper than Kinsey. I liked how the story came together, it was smart.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aida

    (Some spoilers) 2.5⭐'S. Read the series this year as part of book club challenge. Was not too enthusiastic about the first book, 'A', as the writing and story/plot development was amateurish. The writing seems to be getting better however, someone really should tell Ms. Grafton her "nonessential filler' does not an interesting book make. I feel setting description is essential to a story line; there are clues that could attribute to the entire story. However, is it really necessary to add descri (Some spoilers) 2.5⭐️'S. Read the series this year as part of book club challenge. Was not too enthusiastic about the first book, 'A', as the writing and story/plot development was amateurish. The writing seems to be getting better however, someone really should tell Ms. Grafton her "nonessential filler' does not an interesting book make. I feel setting description is essential to a story line; there are clues that could attribute to the entire story. However, is it really necessary to add descriptive minutia about her character's personal daily activities not pertinent the story? Anyways....this time around I was more engaged in the story. I initially made a guess of a person's demise only to have it refuted mid-way, then a big twist at the end. Good show! Then again, an open-ended ending? What happened to Beverly & Aubrey? Me thinks, as the author eludes, "....the story's not over yet!"

  30. 5 out of 5

    Luffy

    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 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 Library, A Murder Is Announced, or Nemesis, you can piece the puzzle and connect the dots by yourself.

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