B is for Burglar Review
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It’s no secret that I’m a fan of girl sleuths (like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum). So when a friend recommended Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone mysteries, I ran right out and picked one up. I started at the beginning—with A is for Alibi. I tore through it and reached for the next one, B is for Burglar.

In B, Kinsey is hired to find Elaine Boldt, a wealthy widow who left her home in California, headed for her condo in Boca Raton, and hasn’t been seen since. The case seems easy enough—until Kinsey realizes that there may be a connection between Elaine’s disappearance and the murder of her neighbor—which took place just a couple of days before Elaine’s sudden departure.

Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone mysteries are a fun, speedy read. You’ll fly through it in a matter of days—and you’ll have fun sleuthing along with Kinsey. While the plot may have a few holes here and there, the mystery itself is great—not so obscure that you’ll never come up with the solution on your own, but not so brainless that you’ll figure everything out in the first chapter, either. Grafton does a great job of handing your clues gradually, making it fun to “play along.”

And Kinsey is a lovable character, too. There’s nothing fake or glamorous about her. Instead, she’s plain and simple and down-to-earth. She lives in a tiny apartment and eats at a Hungarian greasy spoon down the street. She stays in cheap hotels and flies red-eyes when she’s on the road. She works hard, and she’s not always even-tempered. And I like her. She’s not quite as quirky as Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum (or the rest of her characters), but I like her anyway.

…And I look forward to reading C.

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