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"I" som i illdåd (1992)

av Sue Grafton

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Serier: Kinsey Millhone (9)

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Fiction. Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:A Kinsey Millhone mystery. . .
Fired by the insurance agency for whom she investigates, Kinsey is forced to take on a last-minute murder investigation in which the ex-husband of a murdered artist claims that David Barney, her current husband, is guilty as sin. Barney gets to Kinsey and insists he's innocent. But if he is, who's guilty? In trying to learn who's been getting away with murder, Kinsey may be courting her own....… (mer)
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The run around that the case in this book gave Kinsey was quite entertaining. I really enjoyed how this one untangled itself and it was very good at keeping me guessing. This one might be my most favorite in the series but only upon completing it will I be able to award this book that honor.

Overall, this is one of my favorite book series. I think Sue Grafton was incredibly clever and a great writer.

There are obviously some little things that ding the star rating, but really for the most part these books are very enjoyable. I’m always trying to guess where Kinsey is going with her line of thought in piecing the puzzle pieces together in her investigations. Sometimes I can see the direction it’s going to go and others I am pleasantly confused and pondering all the details and how they fit together. One of the things I like most about Grafton’s writing is that she can hing the whole plot on one tiny detail to an investigation. I’m sure that happens a lot in real investigations, but I find it so entertaining that Grafton wrote in such a way that these stories lend themselves to investigations rooted in reality. On the negative side of things, most of these books end a little too quickly for my taste. We can be trucking along to the climax of the story, the conflict happens, and the suddenly we’re at the end of the book within five minutes to the end of the audiobook (maybe about 10 pages in a physical copy?). Often the endings are abrupt and that’s a little off-putting for me.

I love that Grafton keeps her characters so realistic and grounded. Our protagonist isn’t some super powered private investigator or some heroin that’s had a rough past but trained to become as close to superhuman as possible in reality. No, Kinsey Millhone is just like the rest of us. I like that she’s got spunk, humor, sass, and a simplistic perspective on the world. It keeps things simple and clean, and that I feel is exactly who our Kinsey Millhone is in this series.

I started this series listening to the audiobook versions and I will probably keep “reading” them in this format. For about the first half of the series it is read by Mary Peiffer. Peiffer is not my favorite narrator but I believe my issues with her narrations are actually a sign of the times then. Audiobooks weren’t as prevalent back then and the rise of inflection and character voices were less common. This results in a very flat reading for much of Peiffer’s narrations. As the series goes along, she does begin to pitch her voice for characters as well as use inflections more. Unfortunately, she still sounds about twice the age of our main character and that’s a bit distracting. Now that I’m 11 books in though, I’ve gotten used to her as the voice of Kinsey. I’m not sure how well I will like it when it changes over to Judy Kaye in O is for Outlaw. ( )
  RochelleJones | Apr 5, 2024 |
I liked this more than the other Kinsey Millhone books I've read so far.

It starts out a little different in that rather than solving a mystery, it appears that everyone knows who the guilty party is and Kinsey just needs to make sure that everything is ready for the court case. However, things are never that simple and she stumbles across some complications in her investigation and finds herself in danger. ( )
  bookworm3091 | Feb 19, 2024 |
First edition signed very fine
  dgmathis | Mar 17, 2023 |
I love Kinsey Millhone. But she's not everyone's cup of tea. I started reading the Alphabet series a few years ago - I think at the time it was up to O is for Outlaw. The idea of a mystery series each title beginning with a new letter amused me. I don't know why. I don't think it's particularly original. At least - I've seen a few others since. At the time though it was new to me and it just struck me as perfect. I flew through the series. Kinsey is riveting. She's brash and harsh and charming. She's fierce and flawed. She gets scared. She holds her own. She pushes herself to run often and tackles cases without judgement and with an open mind. Rosie and Henry are brilliant and I love the little family she builds around her.

But Kinsey Millhone isn't Jack Reacher - her speed is more Tracy Crosswhite. [book:My Sister's Grave|22341263] Her cases aren't full of action and high speed chases - they're slowly nitpicking away until something clicks into place. She writes down all her thoughts and places her facts and ideas on 3x5 index cards - which she often shuffles and rearranges to help her solve her case. And I love it. Kinsey Millhone is great - but she's not for everyone.

For some reason I've seen reviewers compare this to Stephanie Plum - I don't know why - this is absolutely NOTHING like that. Stephanie Plum is a very different character and an extremely different type of book. That's more fluff. Kinsey Millhone is more procedural mysteries. And this series isn't current - it was first published in the 80's - there's not really technology. Messages were relayed by calling the landlines. Paper files were still the main form of storage. Not everyone will enjoy reading this. But if you like your mysteries to be more like procedurals with a determined and fierce character - Kinsey Millhone is for you.



I loved this. There were heaps of twists and turns and it was very satisfying when the jigsaw was complete. I did want to see Lonnie's (the lawyer who hired her) reaction to the disintegration of his case - he goes away for a weekend and she solves the case. I didn't guess the killer which was nice. Great mystery. I just love Kinsey. Total badass. The shootout at the end. Awesome. And I love her struggling with her good angel/bad devil - hmm should I break in? Well...I've been so lawful up until this tempting room with possibly evidence...



4.5 stars, rounded up to 5. ( )
  funstm | Jan 28, 2023 |
This was neither the best nor the worst detective/PI novel I have ever read. It was easy and fast-paced, but fairly formulaic. I did not warm up to Kinsey Millhone, and truly liking the investigator is almost required for enjoying these kinds of books. By the same token, I did not figure out the "who done it" before the end, which his a plus.

Not being a big fan of this genre, I am probably not the best person to judge how effective this series is. Obviously, a lot of people love it, or it wouldn't be a national bestseller and I wouldn't see multiple copies of these books on all the used bookstore shelves. I don't think I will read any more of the series, however, since it just wasn't the right fit for me. ( )
  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
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Une histoire sans faille et une héroïne sacrément attachante
tillagd av Ariane65 | ändraMagazine Lire (Nov 30, 1991)
 
Aside from a duel-to-the-death showdown with the killer, there's not much personal peril for Kinsey here. But in the course of her investigation she manages, as always, to fall into step with a steady parade of singular, astutely observed characters — from a recovering teenage alcoholic to a woman who designs headwear for cancer patients.
 

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Fiction. Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:A Kinsey Millhone mystery. . .
Fired by the insurance agency for whom she investigates, Kinsey is forced to take on a last-minute murder investigation in which the ex-husband of a murdered artist claims that David Barney, her current husband, is guilty as sin. Barney gets to Kinsey and insists he's innocent. But if he is, who's guilty? In trying to learn who's been getting away with murder, Kinsey may be courting her own....

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