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Finding wealthy Elaine Boldt looks like it will be a fast case for Kinsey Millhone. The flashy widow was last seen wearing a $12,000 lynx coat, leaving her condo in Santa Teresa for her condo in Boca Raton. But somewhere in between there, she vanished. Kinsey's case goes from puzzling then turns sinister when a house is torched, an apartment is burgled of worthless papers, the lynx coat comes back-without Elaine. And then, Elaine's bridge partner is found dead. Soon Kinsey's clues begin to form a capital M-not for missing, but for murder; and a lot of it!
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The review of this Book prepared by Boppy

Sue Grafton does it again! The second book in the series brings us right back to Kinsey Millhone (2 weeks later) following A is for Alibi. A rich widow is missing, and so is her cat. The house next door is torched and another body is discovered. Kinsey uses her witt and expertise to track down the missing widow, solve a murder, and figure out why someone would burglarize a house for credit card bills?! Fast read! Loved it!
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 55%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50%    -   60% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence    -   Killer purposely leaves clues Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for missing person    -   grudge Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   catching thief

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   flamed    -   impaled    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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