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Kinsey and Me

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

I read my first Sue Grafton book over twenty years ago. We had j

I read my first Sue Grafton book over twenty years ago. We had just moved to a small town and of course one of the first places I visited was the local library. It was housed on the main floor of an old house on Main Street at that time. The collection was small, but th...
I read my first Sue Grafton book over twenty years ago. We had just moved to a small town and of course one of the first places I visited was the local library. It was housed on the main floor of an old house on Main Street at that time. The collection was small, but the enthusiasm of the librarian evident. I asked her if she could suggest a good read, nothing too heavy as I had a newborn and long reading periods were non-existent and oh, I did like mysteries.....Well, you guessed it - she put A is for Alibi (originally published in 1982) in my hand - and a fan was born. I've read every one since and am looking forward to W is for ?, due out later this year.

This 'alphabet' series features private eye Kinsey Millhone who lives and works in Santa Teresa, California. The books are set in the 1980's, so our sleuth uses 'old fashioned' methods to solve her cases. I can open the latest book and feel like I'm catching up with a familiar friend. Kinsey is wry and witty. She's a darn good sleuth and a really nice person. Grafton always comes up with a plausible plot that keeps me interested from first page to last.

Kinsey and Me was originally released in 1992 with a limited run of 326 copies. This newest version is just released.

The book is divided into two parts - the first half is a collection of Kinsey stories and the smaller second half is a set of stories featuring Kit Blue.

What made reading these special was the foreword where Grafton explains writer's craft - specifically that of a detective short story. It was really interesting to see the method behind the result.

"For me, the mystery short story is appealing for two reasons. One, I can utilize ideas that are clever, but too quirky or slight to support the extended trajectory of the novel. And two, I complete a manuscript in two weeks as opposed to the longer gestation and delivery time required of a novel. The short story allows me to shift gears. Like an invitation to go outside and play, the shorter form offers a refreshing change of pace."

Some of the Kinsey stories I had come across before in various anthologies. But I enjoyed each one thoroughly. They were like a little Kinsey microcosm, offering the reader a glance and a taste of this iconic character.

But, it was the introductions that really made this book personal. Grafton offers up Kinsey as her alter ego - "The person I might have been had I not married young and had children." We become privy to the similarities between the fictional Kinsey's life and Sue Grafton's.

The Kit Blue stories were new to me and I think they affected me the most. "If Kinsey Millhone is my alter ego, Kit Blue is simply a younger version of me." Sue Grafton's parents were both alcoholics. The Kit stories were written ten years after the death of Grafton's mother. "...my way of coming to terms with my grief for her." They are raw, powerful and real, filled with overwhelming emotion and honesty. These are the stories that stayed with the longest.

I really enjoyed Kinsey and Me - an opportunity to visit with a familiar character, but also a chance to learn more about a favourite author.

"It amuses me that I invented someone who has gone on to support me. It amuses her, I'm sure, that she will live in the world long after I am gone. I trust that you will enjoy her companionship as I have." Indeed we do, Sue, indeed we do.

posted by Twink on January 14, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

17 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

I'm very interested in this book. Equally for the Kinsey Milhone

I'm very interested in this book. Equally for the Kinsey Milhone short stories as for the stories about Sue Gdrafton's life I guess you could say. This looks like it will be a nice addition the Sue Grafton canon. (I do wonder why the Nook version is merely $1 less than ...
I'm very interested in this book. Equally for the Kinsey Milhone short stories as for the stories about Sue Gdrafton's life I guess you could say. This looks like it will be a nice addition the Sue Grafton canon. (I do wonder why the Nook version is merely $1 less than the hardcover version...seems almost like the publisher or Barnes & Noble are trying to discourage purchasing digital versions over hardcover versions.) )

posted by ToddVanDell on January 8, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Great book

    I love Sue Grafton's writing. I felt like I was sitting with the author listening to her talk. I plan to read this one again.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    An Enjoyable Read!

    I really enjoyed this book. The first half is short stories that had been written and published in other places. The second half was filled with personal memories to help the author work through her grief. This second half wasn't what I was expecting but it turned out to be a very worthwhile read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    I enjoyed the last part more.

    Quick little short stories at the beginning. They were interesting, but the final stories were more insightful. I learned about why her longer books are so great. Now I LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT ONE.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2013

    It was OK

    A lot of short stories and a lot about Sue Grafton.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    good read.

    Already read the kinsey books, but gave insight to the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    I rate this novel F--for FASCINATING!!

    Having read every page that the mysterious Sue Grafton has ever written, I waited eagerly for Kinsey and Me to come out, hoping to learn about the life of one of my favorite novelists. Sue didn't have it easy, but she had the determination to forge ahead. She never gave up, but learned from her experiences and used that knowledge to create characters with tremendous depth. The wry wit with which Ms. Grafton always spices her books has become highly polished. Kinsey and Me is a fascinating book, and one that I will read again soon. Thank you, Sue, for letting us into your life!! S.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

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    I love everything that Sue Grafton writes. This was very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    I love everything sue grafting does this book has a little bit o

    I love everything sue grafting does this book has a little bit of everything very fast reading. A must for all who love sue's books. 

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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