Book Review: A is for Alibi


A is for Alibi, by Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton has a whole series of Alphabet Murder books, starring the cool headed, semi-anti-social private detective Kinsey Millhone. I started at A and was soon swept up into the story of Nikki Fife, who spent 8 years in prison for the murder of her husband, Lawrence Fife. Nikki hires Millhone after she is paroled, telling her that she is innocent, and wants to find out who really murdered her husband.

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Millhone isn’t quite sure what to think, but she sets off to discover the truth, digging up old leads, looking through the old case files, and falling into bed with the deceased husband’s former law partner. Because of course, every good private detective falls into bed with one of her witnesses.

There are a number of twists and turns, and in the end Millhone solves the crime and gets her man. It is an easy, light read, and the abridged version flies by on three CDs.

3 stars.

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