"A" Is for Alibi

"A" Is for Alibi

A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

Book - 1982
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READ THE SENSATIONAL BLOCKBUSTER THAT STARTED IT ALL!

Take it from the top in # 1 New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton's knockout thriller that introduced detective Kinsey Millhone--and a hot new attitude--to crime fiction...

A IS FOR AVENGER
A tough-talking former cop, private investigator Kinsey Millhone has set up a modest detective agency in a quiet corner of Santa Teresa, California. A twice-divorced loner with few personal possessions and fewer personal attachments, she's got a soft spot for underdogs and lost causes.

A IS FOR ACCUSED
That's why she draws desperate clients like Nikki Fife. Eight years ago, she was convicted of killing her philandering husband. Now she's out on parole and needs Kinsey's help to find the real killer. But after all this time, clearing Nikki's bad name won't be easy.

A IS FOR ALIBI
If there's one thing that makes Kinsey Millhone feel alive, it's playing on the edge. When her investigation turns up a second corpse, more suspects, and a new reason to kill, Kinsey discovers that the edge is closer--and sharper--than she imagined.

"A" Is for Alibi
"B" Is for Burglar
"C" Is for Corpse
"D" Is for Deadbeat
"E" Is for Evidence
"F" Is for Fugitive
"G" Is for Gumshoe
"H" Is for Homicide
"I" Is for Innocent
"J" Is for Judgment
"K" Is for Killer
"L" is for Lawless
"M" Is for Malice
"N" Is for Noose
"O" Is for Outlaw
"P" Is for Peril
"Q" Is for Quarry
"R" Is for Ricochet
"S" Is for Silence
"T" Is for Trespass
"U" Is for Undertow
"V" Is for Vengeance
"W" Is for Wasted
"X"

Publisher: New York : H. Holt and Co., c1982
Characteristics: 274 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 0805013342
Call Number: FICTION GRAFTON

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JeffcoBooks Dec 29, 2017

Kinsey may well have been the brain child of Grafton's bitter divorce, which left her lying awake at night, dreaming up ways she could kill her husband. That wouldn't be legal, so we remain grateful that she spun her fantasies into mysteries instead.

After serving time for the murder of her husband, Nikki Fife is out on parole and wants private investigator Kinsey Millhone to find the real killer. The first in a series involving a tough-talking but likeable detective, readers will be drawn in by this fast-moving story.


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PolyWogg
Feb 13, 2019

BOTTOM-LINE:
Like meeting an old friend
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Nikki Fife served 8 years for a murder she claims she didn't commit. Now she wants Kinsey to clear her name.
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WHAT I LIKED:
The character of Kinsey Millhone, and her introduction on page 1 ("My name is Kinsey Millhone") is the same general format that appears in all the books. Just the facts. But she talks about having killed someone and that it weighs on her mind. Cue the flashback. And the book has all the classic elements that show up in almost all the books...her apartment near Henry, Rosie's, multiple cases at once, index cards to keep track of details, Deitz, Dolan, etc. This is a classic whodunnit with lots of twists and turns and misinformation from suspects, sometimes intentional, sometimes not.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
There is a bit too much relationship-angst in this outing, albeit briefly.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

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twhitehead24
Aug 18, 2018

The first book in the series of the life of Kinsey Millhone, private investigator. I like the book, read easy and quickly. Private investigators do not have the excitement as police officers so it was expected that there would not be much going on but the mystery of the investigation and actually "who done it". The twists and turns were good and kept me interested enough to know I really needed to get to the end to find out who did it. I was hoping there would be some reaction written in about how Nikki took the news considering she spent eight years in prison. Would you ever have closure? How would you feel? Maybe there will be something in the "B" book. All in all, I will continue reading the series in between my other reads. I really like a good mystery.

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7626dee
Jan 28, 2018

The first book in a long and famous series by this author. The only turnoff for me in her writing style is her love of description over plot movement. Every scene is set with rather detailed descriptions that do not add to the action and will turn some readers off.

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riakeene
Sep 13, 2017

Quite possibly the worst audio book narrator I've ever come across. She speaks in a near monotone, with little or no differentiation between characters. Not sure I'll try another Grafton book on tape if she is the one reading it. My 15 year old son noticed it too. Asked how I could follow along...

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1957goldwing
Jan 17, 2017

A good read. Will be reading more from her.

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RescueDog
Oct 16, 2016

Very enjoyable story. Great reader.

JCLHeatherB Oct 12, 2016

I was surprised to find the start of this long-running series to be so dull. The writing was uninspiring and the detecting was terrible. (Kinsey didn't want anyone to know she was in Vegas, so she wiped her hotel room clean of fingerprints... and then paid with a credit card? Really?) I will not be continuing with the series.

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KatherineHere
Mar 18, 2016

Sue's first, back when she was still young and bitter. By the time you get to "K," she loses her zany humorous edge, and her books become more serious, less enjoyable, still you feel compelled to finish, and now we are on "W"...or is it "X"...

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renestar
Jun 18, 2015

Beware, this series is addictive.

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Dreamstime
Jun 18, 2015

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. There are a few interesting twists and turns that Kinsey has to face in discovering the real murderer of an unpleasant lawyer. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

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Campbell
Jul 26, 2008

The first of a series. The life and work of Kinsey Millhone, private detective. Includes humour and drama all in one.

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kaijene
Oct 01, 2017

Blow it out your ass, you'd better hire yourself a hot attorney babe, you're going to need one.

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