"A" Is for Alibi, B Is for Burglar, C Is for Corpse

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A New York Times bestselling author appears for the first time ever in an omnibus edition! Old fans and new friends will welcome this collection of Sue Grafton's first three alphabet crime novels: A Is for Alibi, B Is for Burglar, and C is for Corpse. The award-winning mysteries all feature former cop turned detective, Kinsey Milhone, one of the most loved heroines of modern mystery fiction.
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Overview

A New York Times bestselling author appears for the first time ever in an omnibus edition! Old fans and new friends will welcome this collection of Sue Grafton's first three alphabet crime novels: A Is for Alibi, B Is for Burglar, and C is for Corpse. The award-winning mysteries all feature former cop turned detective, Kinsey Milhone, one of the most loved heroines of modern mystery fiction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517206799
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: Kinsey Millhone Series
  • Edition description: Three Complete Novels
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 6.55 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Grafton
Grafton is a writer on a mission: Already two-thirds of the way into her series of alphabetic murder stories starring P. I. Kinsey Millhone, she aims to make it to the end. Millhone, who has her own bio on Grafton's web site, indeed seems to have taken on a life of her own. She is "human-sized," as Grafton says, a simple gal solving complex, irresistible murder cases.

Biography

Sue Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages -- including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. She's an international bestseller with a readership in the millions. She's a writer who believes in the form that she has chosen to mine: "The mystery novel offers a world in which justice is served. Maybe not in a court of law," she has said, "but people do get their just desserts." And like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Robert Parker and the John D. MacDonald—the best of her breed—she has earned new respect for that form. Her readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling talents.

But who is the real Sue Grafton? Many of her readers think she is simply a version of her character and alter ego Kinsey Millhone. Here are Kinsey's own words in the early pages of N Is for Noose:

"So there I was barreling down the highway in search of employment and not at all fussy about what kind of work I'd take. I wanted distraction. I wanted some money, escape, anything to keep my mind off the subject of Robert Deitz. I'm not good at good-byes. I've suffered way too many in my day and I don't like the sensation. On the other hand, I'm not that good at relationships. Get close to someone and the next thing you know, you've given them the power to wound, betray, irritate, abandon you, or bore you senseless. My general policy is to keep my distance, thus avoiding a lot of unruly emotion. In psychiatric circles, there are names for people like me."

Those are sentiments that hit home for Grafton's readers. And she has said that Kinsey is herself, only younger, smarter, and thinner. But are they an apt description of Kinsey's creator? Well, she's been married to Steve Humphrey for more than twenty years. She has three kids and two grandkids. She loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine—not quite the nature-hating, fast-food loving Millhone. So: readers and reviewers beware. Never assume the author is the character in the book. Sue, who has a home in Montecito, California ("Santa Theresa") and another in Louisville, the city in which she was born and raised, is only in her imagination Kinsey Millhone -- but what a splendid imagination it is.

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    1. Hometown:
      Montecito, California and Louisville, Kentucky
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 24, 1940
    2. Place of Birth:
      Louisville, Kentucky
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, University of Louisville, 1961
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Mystery Read

    I was a little hesitant to try this series, but I do love a good mystery, especially with an ongoing/continuing story line. I was pleasantly surprised and I really enjoyed the writing style. It took just a bit to re-adjust to the time period of the early eighties, but definitely lends some character to the book. It was a pretty quick read, easy to put down and pick back up for short reading bursts. I plan on reading all the books in the Kinsey Millhone Series, which will provide for some great summer reading. If you like James Patterson & Women's Murder Club Series, you'll definitely enjoy this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2003

    A is for awesome book

    Kinsey Millhone, a private investigator, starts off accepting a case from Nikki. Nikki was just released from prison for allegedly murdering her husband eight years ago. Nikki hires Kinsey to stir up old evidence and track down people who might be witnesses from eight years ago. Nikki¿s husband was a lawyer in Santa Teresa, and died from putting poison in his medication for allergies. Kinsey tracks down the lawyers ex wife and there kids, old buddies and business partners, and old lovers. Kinsey keeps the reader excited and guessing throughout the book. Eight years is a long time, but not long enough to make people worried and find out who really poisoned Nikki¿s husband. This is an excellent book from the start, and then to the thrilling ending. I recommend this book to all people that love to read.

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  • Posted May 29, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A is for astounding, B is for Brilliant and C is for Crash!!!

    "My name is Kinsey Millhone. I'm a private investigator, licensed by the state of California, I'm thirty-two years old, twice divorced, no kids. I don't have pets, I don't have houseplants I spent a lot of time on the road and I don't like leaving things behind. Aside from the dangers of my profession my life has always been ordinary, uneventful and good. I meet most people in the course of my work, and if I can't get emotionally involved there, then where else can I go? P.I. is my whole life, most of the time I'm alone, but why not? I'm not unhappy and I'm not discontented" K. Millhone.
    A For Alibi is astounding!!!
    In the first installment, Grafton's first attempt to captivate readers is a triumph, the plot is simple, Nikki Fife was convicted of killing her husband eight years ago, now on parole she hires P.I. Kinsey Millhone to find the real killer. And as Kinsey brainstorms to find the killer it becomes more difficult than she tough it was " From the first, this has been a case where motive and alibi where oddidly overlapped. Alibi: An account of the suspect's whereabouts at the time a crime has been committed and is offered up as a proof of innocence. But here it didn't matter where anyone was, it only matter if someone had a REASON to have someone else dead, access to the victim and intent to kill" A is for Alibi is a journey that takes Kinsey to cross path with a genuine cast of characters and showcases Grafton's magnificent writing style and originality for her novels.
    B is for Burglar is Brilliant!!!
    B is for Burglar features a spectacular plot. Only weeks after having faced death, Kinsey Millhones takes in a "Without a Trace" case involving Elaine Boldt, a rich widow who owns a condo in Boca Raton FL, and another in Santa Teresa. According to the manager of the California building she was last seen in her $12,000 lynx coat heading for Boca Raton, According to the manager of the Florida building, she never got there. But someone else had and she was camping out illegally in Mrs. Bolt's apartment.

    C is for Corpse is a thunder crash!!!
    And Kinsey Millhone is super. In the third installment of the alphabet series, Sue Grafton cements P.I. Kinsey Millhone as of one of the most irresistible character in a series of novels. Grafton features an out of the ordinary plot, with a few solid twist and turns that keep readers turning the pages until the last paragraph. Bobby Callahan cheated death once, and hired Kinsey to find the responsible of his murder attempt. But death can't be cheated twice and Callahan is destined to meet his maker.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    A believable main character, as well as story lines.

    Kinsey (main character) is not a super hero. She takes her licks as well as she gives them. The suspense in these books is real, not way out there or almost impossible to believe. Glad the details are not sooooo graphic, because the reader can fill in the blanks. A good read anytime, anywhere.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    Great Read

    This was my first Sue Grafton book and I really enjoyed it. I will be returning for more.

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

    Good read, Great value

    This book is a nice, fast read. Good plot twists. Altogether an enjoyable book. The 3 novels in one book was a real plus.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

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    Enjoying the series so far

    I love to read series books, I like already knowing the characters that I am reading about. I decided to start this series because I had finished all the other series that I was reading and was itching to find a new one to delve into. The first book was a little slow to start and took a little too long with the background on the main character, but picked up quickly and was good and exciting. I enjoy the strong woman as the main character (plus I love knowing that there are at least 25 more books to go through). I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who likes the detective type books and enjoys reading about strong take charge women.
    I would also recommend the "in death" series by J.D. Robb

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    Excellent read(s)!!

    I started reading Sue Grafton's "Kinsey Millhone" series when my mother was in the nursing home with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). She had read many, if not all, of them but could no longer hold a book, among many other things she could no longer do because of ALS. I read "T is for Trespass" to my mother and we both loved it. I just liked the writing style and sense of humor of the character. After my mother died I read "S is for Silence" then figured I should start at the beginning. I am not a reviewer per se...I just like them all so far.

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  • Posted April 4, 2009

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    Great author!!

    I have read all of the books in this series and I have to say that all of them were good. Has great characters in all of them. Each book keeps you on the edge of you seat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    it was a good book

    it kept me read it and wanted to know more about the character.

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