2 Words that describe the book: Millhone mystery
3 Settings where it took place or characters you met:
- Setting: In and around Santa Teresa, California, 1988
- Kinsey Millhone—my favorite Quarter Pounder loving private eye is back (and the same as ever) in this 21st installment of Grafton’s alphabet series
- Michael Sutton—a troubled young man who seeks Kinsey’s help in finding out whether a memory of something he saw when he was 6 years old is a clue in an unsolved kidnapping case
4 Things you liked and/or disliked about it:
- I liked falling back into my easy relationship with Kinsey and all the familiar characters like Henry (largely absent from this book) and Rosie (still bossing people around and making food I would never want to eat).
- I liked how Grafton wrote from the point of view of several different characters who play a role in the mystery.
- I disliked that Grafton goes out of her way to prove why something couldn’t have possibly been true and then just discards it in the end. Or did I miss something???!?
- I disliked feeling ho hum about a series that I’ve read for such a long time. I used to rush out and buy the new books whenever they were released. I don’t feel that need anymore. (I got the book as a Christmas present, in case you were wondering.) Yet I find this series less repetitive and annoying than Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books. I’ll probably continue picking up the rest of the books as they are released, but the magic is kind of gone for me.
5 Stars or less for your rating?
I’m giving the book 3 stars. If you are a long-time Kinsey Millhone fan, it is nice to visit with her again. I’ve never thought the mysteries in the Kinsey Millhone books were all that compelling or gripping. Rather, the appeal of these books, for me, has always been Kinsey herself. If you like a down-to-earth private eye, Kinsey is your woman. She does everything the old-fashioned way—digging at stuff until she figures it out. Although there are some developments in Kinsey’s relationship with her estranged family in this book, it didn’t really do anything for me. Still, the series is a worthwhile one, and this book is a fine addition.
Why and Where I Got The Book
My Little One gave me this book for Christmas because Daddy knows I’ve always read these books. Sorry … no giveaway on this one. It is promised to relatives who also read the Millhone books.
And it seems that our Show Me 5 Saturday hostess is missing in action since November so I thought I’d include a Mr. Linky with my post in case you want to hook up your own contribution. (Kaye? Mary?) Hopefully, she’ll be back to blogging soon.