But, for now, on to the letter K. View all 12 comments. Jun 22, Phrynne rated it liked it Shelves: books. A fun, entertaining read but for me not one of her best. I am still debating whether I like Kinsey or not but I will say she certainly has no shame! The story in this one was good and I totally missed on who the murderer was going to be.
There is a great need to suspend belief while reading though because many of the events are unrealistic. Anyway - good entertainment when you need a light read! View 1 comment. Kinsey is surprised to be hired once again by California Fidelity. Kinsey locates Jaffe only to have him vanish again. Can she prove he is still alive? This is another fantastic mystery. The characters are strong and help pull us in. The story itself has plenty of twists and turns before we reach the climax. We have some time for updates from the Kinsey is surprised to be hired once again by California Fidelity.
We have some time for updates from the series regulars, and I love what is happening there. Kinsey also stumbles on a surprise in her personal life. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers. Kinsey Millhone is one of my favourite fictional detectives. I read several books in Sue Grafton's 'Alphabet' series some years ago, and loved them. It was a pleasure to reacquaint myself with Kinsey this time, with the letter J, which I had not read previously. As always, Kinsey is an endearing mixture of gauche and genius, as she darts around, following leads and munching on junk food.
The story is nicely structured, with not too many extraneous sub-plots. The secondary characters are well-drawn, and recurrent cast members continue to be appealing. Kinsey has a healthy sense of self-mockery, and her internal monologue is often hilarious. As always, she manages to muddle her way through to the denouement despite various set-backs and false leads.
This was a really good one to sink your teeth into. We have Kinsey showing why she is really a good investigator and her also having to deal with changes to her professional life. I thought the writing was great as well as the flow of the book. The ending comes with a very nice gut punch too. What is great though is that some of these characters pop up in a later book.
This is an issue because years ago, Wow. This is an issue because years ago, Wendell Jaffe disappeared, believed to die at sea. Too bad this happened before he disappeared after taking a lot of investors money with him. Kinsey works for an insurance company which is asking her to go where Jaffe is presumed to be hiding out in Mexico and get evidence he is still alive. Kinsey ends up becoming wrapped in the lives of Jaffe's family two sons and a wife who struggled to go on after he was presumed dead. Now collecting the insurance money should help their lives out. And one of Jaffe's sons has a problem that really is going to need a lot of money to deal with.
Kinsey feels a lot more freer to me in this one. We get to see how she was able to track down Jaffe and how she went about tying all of the pieces together once she returns back to Santa Theresa. We still get updates on characters like Henry and Rosie. We also get a really good look at Kinsey's history.
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We know her Aunt Gin raised her, but now we get even more details that leads to more questions about her past for Kinsey. I loved the writing and flow. Sometimes the flow can get dragged down when Grafton tried to juggle too many things, but this one was really well done. I always love these books for being set pre-cell phone and computer age era the s.
We see Kinsey using her brain a lot and her piecing things together with her notecards or her deduction cards.