C is for Corpse, by Sue Grafton
What if you knew that someone had unsuccessfully tried to kill you, but failed?
In Sue Grafton’s third private detective story, Bobby Callahan hires private detective Kinsey Millhone to discover who tried to kill him by running his car off the road nine months previously. Bobby was in physical therapy still trying to heal from his injuries from the crash that also killed his best friend.
Kinsey has to figure out if Bobby really was the victim of attempted murder, and not just some terrible accident. Things aren’t very clear. But soon enough the waters are muddied even further, when Bobby is in another car accident. Was he the victim of another attempt, or is his battered body the cause of the tragedy?
This novel had a lot of twists and turns, and in the end, Kinsey discovers the truth. It’s an easy, quick read, but it did make me wonder at times if what she described was even possible. Take it with a grain of salt…
B is for Burglar, by Sue Grafton
The second book in the Kinsey Millhone private detective series tells about Millhone’s search for Elaine Boldt, a well-to-do woman living in California, with a second condo in Florida. Kinsey is hired by Boldt’s sister, who hasn’t seen her for a while and needs her signature on a form regarding the settling of an estate. What Kinsey believes will be an easy, quick buck, turns out to be nothing but.
In the end, Kinsey works through a number of twists and turns, including a mysterious woman living in Ms. Bolt’s Florida condo, a fire that killed her California neighbor, and a burglar who seems intent on preventing Kinsey from finding the truth.
It was a quick read and very interesting, and Kinsey’s love interest in this book was much more subtle than the first in the series. The audiobook reader, Judy Kaye, has a distinct voice and easy way of moving through the book, enhancing the read.
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.
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.