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"A" Is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Great Ending/Page Turner

I am finishing this on the first day of 2011. This book was written in 1982 and it is nice to read something that is modern, but before the convenience of cellphones. I am planning to continue with the series and I am interested how Kinsey Millhone will age. Right now ...
I am finishing this on the first day of 2011. This book was written in 1982 and it is nice to read something that is modern, but before the convenience of cellphones. I am planning to continue with the series and I am interested how Kinsey Millhone will age. Right now she is in the era of answering services (Google it) and $19.99 hotels. You have to read the book as a period piece if you are young.
It is a really great mystery that had a lot of red herrings. I was fooled more than once. There's one suspect telling complete lies, a few not "telling the whole truth", and a witness not willing to tell what they saw. Kinsey has to sift though all that. I'm like a sponge believing all the half-truths and only thinking I knew the murderer by almost halfway through. I was way wrong. The fourth line of the book, Grafton tells you she shot someone and the rest of the book is what lead up to it. Make sure your sitting down when you read the ending.

posted by bravewarrior on January 1, 2011

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Exciting..at the end

It seemed like forever before the book became a "page turner". Also, too many characters to keep straight.

posted by Anonymous on November 22, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    It's an okay book

    I found the book to move too slow and I doubt that I will read other books by this author.

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  • Posted March 14, 2012

    This book simple doesn't "pull you in".

    This book simple doesn't "pull you in".

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Fluff

    I was looking for a female lead with more depth

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    A is for Aimless

    Kinsey Milhone is perhaps a moderately intriguing character, and perhaps she is more entertaining in some of her other alphabetic exploits. The plot had a "make it up as you go along" feel to it. It sort of meandered and drifted from place to place and provided few of the details, forebodings and plot lines that are typical of the genre. As a female detective, it is assumed that Kinsey Milhone is blessed with women's intuition in that she seems to stumble upon the culprit through a combination of guesswork and guile and with little factual detail to support the outcome. The dramatic conclusion is hardly dramatic and the entire story had a sort-of pointless feel to it. Overall, the book was lacking in plot, intrigue and suspense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    An Easy Read

    This is an easy read - keeps your attention, but no big challenge to the reader as detective. Enough tension, conflict and action to keep it moving nicely.

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  • Posted December 5, 2011

    Highly recommended A must read

    I like very much, I had read a couple of the later ones and thought I'd like to start at the begining of the alphbet

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    I don't recommend

    Story not very believable. Skipped many paragraphs. Too much superfluous discription. Unless you have nothing better to do' t waste your money

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Ok but not the best I've read

    Slow moving and dull around the edges. Just could not get into the characters. Don't think I will buy another of the series.

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  • Posted August 26, 2010

    Weak! Weak! Weak!

    Mystery/Detective is my favorite genre, but I found this book formulaic and down-right boring. The author rambles too much and the main character is somewhat inconsistent. Not to give anyrthing away, but the main character's failure to notify police of a murder she "hears" over the phone is cowardly and irresponsible. I lost respect for the character at this point and therefore most of my interest in her welfare.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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