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"G" is for Gumshoe
This is the seventh adventure for Kinsey Milhone and in this one she is the target who needs the help of a bodyguard. Receiving a call on her 33rd birthday from a fellow private investigator, she learns that she is the target of Tyrone Patty, a killer she helped track down. He suggests she might think about getting a body guard. But Kinsey feels she has better things to do with her money and decides to tackle her next case. This case is one of tracki...
"I" is For Innocent
Since Kinsey Millhone was fired by California Fidelity Insurance, Kinsey lost her usual swagger. And her new case is no confidence builder. Attorney Lonnie Kingman is going to court in a civil suit in three weeks when his P.I. drops dead of a heart attack. With the statute of limitations running out, Kinsey has to tie up the loose ends of a murder investigation. The victim, an affluent artist named Isabelle Barney had been shot with a .38; her husband D...
A is for Alibi
"A is for Alibi" covers the investigation by Kinsey Millhone into the death of Laurence Fife. She starts looking into the murder of Laurence Fife by an unlikely person, the murderer. His wife Nikki Fife was charged and convicted of murdering her husband, after being released eight years later she gives Kinsey the task of finding the real killer. Kinsey finds out about a second death, of Libby Glass, by the same means just several days after the death o...
B is for Burglar
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 foun...

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C is for Corpse
In this third book of the Kinsey Millhone series, Kinsey meets Bobby Callahan at the gym, where he is scarred and struggling back to life after a car forced his Porsche over the edge of a canyon. The accident has battered his body and muddled his memory. All he remembers is that someone, for some reason, would like to see him dead. Desperate for clues about his own past life and certain he is being stalked, he asks Kinsey to protect him. Kinsey can't ...
D is for Deadbeat
Kinsey Millhone has another puzzle to solve. Her client, Alvin Limbardo came to her with a $25,000 dollar check. She was to deliver it to a fifteen-year-old kid. The check turned out to be as phony as Alvin himself was. In real life, his name was John Daggett, a chronic drunk with a record as long as your arm and a reputation for sleazy deals. But he wasn't just a deadbeat. By the time Kinsey caught up to him, he was a dead person-with a whole host of pe...
E is for Evidence
Kinsey Millhone has another puzzle to solve here in this mystery. The question is, did someone set the fire to the Wood/Warren business deliberately, or was it accidental? Kinsey has to find the evidence of what really happened here, as there is also a killer in the background who keeps himself well hidden. This same person wants to see the business finished forever and gain revenge on the family who started it. Kinsey is working hard to solve this ca...
F is for Fugative
Jean Timberlake was found dead on the beach seventeen years ago, and a rowdy ex-boyfriend named Billy Fowler was convicted. Billy later escaped, and now private eye Kinsey has to dig deeply in this case that never should have closed. ...
H is for Homicide
Kinsey Milhone is back in action; working on a case for California Fidelity, the insurance company where her office is located at. An unusual numbers of claims have been filed and fraud is a definite possibility. She befriends Bibianna, the person whose claim she is investigating and ends up spending the night in jail with her. When their bail is made she assumes it is due to the deal she made with the cops to help their case. However, it is Bibianna...
J is for Judgement
Kinsey Milhome returns as private detective in the tenth book of the series by Sue Grafton. This time Kinsey has been hired by an insurance company she used to work for. They had paid off a life insurance policy to a man's widow. But now, the man has been spotted alive and well in Mexico. Kinsey goes under cover and confirms that it could be him. Meanwhile back in California, the man's son, who has been in trouble with the law, breaks jail with thre...

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K is for Killer
Kinsey Millhone is visited by Janice Kepler, a woman who has not been able to get over the death of her daughter, Lorna, who died 10 months earlier in the cabin where she lived. Janice wants to know if her daughter was murdered. The coroner was not able to determine what happened to Lorna, since her body was not discovered for approximately two weeks and was therefore badly decomposed. The police found no clues that Lorna was murdered. Kinsey finds...
L is for Lawless
Kinsey Millhone is a private investigator who's skill's are about to be tested. She is about to meet her duplicitous match in a couple of worls class thugs who quite literally take her for the ride of her life. Kinsey quick witted and quicksilvery poking her nose into everyone's dirty laundry as she joins up with a modern day Bonnie and Clyde in a comedy that will take her halfway across the country and leave her with a major headache and an empty b...
M Is for Malice
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N is for Noose
Selma Newquist understands that her husband, Tom's carelessness about diet, smoking and exercise led to the heart attack that killed him. But she can't accept not knowing what had him so stressed out in his last months of life that he was losing weight, not sleeping and constantly nervous. She hires detective Kinsey Milhone to find out. Kinsey soon discovers that virtually everyone in Nota Lake County idolized Tom and dislikes Selma. Most people in to...
O is for Outlaw
In the first few Kinsey Milhone mysteries, Kinsey seems like a woman without a past. Gradually, we learn some details but by “O” in this alphabet series she still tries to avoid thinking about what went before and readers of the series know very little. Then Kinsey acquires a box of memorabilia. Among the school report cards, the 9mm automatic her husband gave her as a wedding gift and the notes of her early cases she finds a letter from a friend that s...
P Is For Peril
P is for Peril is one of Sue Grafton's great books. She left me always trying to quess what was really going on behind the scenes. I was really confused with the ending though. Doesn't sign of on the case as she always does. Did I miss something....

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Q Is For Quarry
Kinsey Millhone is hired by two aging cops to help them investigate an 18 year old murder with an unidentified victim. Neither of the cops is in good health. The series subplot of Kinsey discovering more about her famly and background continues....
R is For Ricochet
Putnam, July 2004, 26.95, 400 pp. ISBN 039915288 Santa Teresa private detective Kinsey Millhone is hired by wealthy Nord Lafferty to pick up his daughter at the California Institute for Women and get her through the first few days of freedom. Out on parole, Reba takes to Kinsey and the two women go out to dinner together when her former boss Alan “Beck” Beckwith arrives at the restaurant. He invites himself to have a drink with the two women an...
S is for Silence
Daisy Sullivan hires private detective Kinsey Milhone to find out what became of her mother, Violet Sullivan. Thirty-four years ago, she left her house to enjoy a fireworks show on July 4 and was never seen again. Daisy, left with baby-sitter Liza Mellincamp, was just seven at the time. In a departure from her usual style, author Grafton alternates first-person accounts by Kinsey with flashbacks describing the actions of various characters in the days b...


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