B Is for Burglar (Kinsey Millhone Series #2)

B Is for Burglar (Kinsey Millhone Series #2)

by Sue Grafton
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B Is for Burglar (Kinsey Millhone Series #2) by Sue Grafton

B is for Burglar, from Sue Grafton's #1 New York Times bestselling Kinsey Millhone Alphabet mystery series

Although business has been slow lately for P.I. Kinsey Millhone, she's reluctant to take on the case of locating Beverly Danziger's sister Elaine Boldt. It's a small matter that Beverly should be able to handle herself. So why is she enlisting Kinsey's services? Beverly claims she needs Elaine's signature on some documents so that she can collect a small inheritance. But the whole affair doesn't sit well with Kinsey. And if there's something she's learned in her line of work, it's to always follow your instincts…

Kinsey's hunch proves true when she begins her inquiries into Elaine's whereabouts and discovers that the attractive widow was last seen in a flashy lynx coat boarding a plane for Boca Raton. But the more Kinsey searches for Elaine the more questions she encounters. Is Elaine's disappearance tied in to the brutal murder several months ago of one of her bridge partners? And what happened to Elaine's Persian cat who seems to have also vanished?

Things take a turn for the worse when a stranger vandalizes the home of one of Elaine's neighbors and another neighbor turns up murdered. With her reputation and career on the line, Kinsey risks all to find a missing woman and a killer who's waiting in the shadows to strike again…

"A" Is for Alibi

"B" Is for Burglar

"C" Is for Corpse

"D" Is for Deadbeat

"E" Is for Evidence

"F" Is for Fugitive

"G" Is for Gumshoe

"H" Is for Homicide

"I" Is for Innocent

"J" Is for Judgment

"K" Is for Killer

"L" is for Lawless

"M" Is for Malice

"N" Is for Noose

"O" Is for Outlaw

"P" Is for Peril

"Q" Is for Quarry

"R" Is for Ricochet

"S" Is for Silence

"T" Is for Trespass

"U" Is for Undertow

"V" Is for Vengeance

"W" Is for Wasted


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312939007
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/29/2005
Series: Kinsey Millhone Series , #2
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 54,513
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.79(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Sue Grafton entered the mystery field in 1982 with the publication of 'A' Is for Alibi, which introduced female hard-boiled private investigator, Kinsey Millhone, operating out of the fictional town of Santa Teresa, (aka Santa Barbara) California. 'B' is for Burglar followed in 1985 and the series, now referred to as 'the alphabet' mysteries, is still going strong. In addition to her books, she’s published several Kinsey Millhone short stories, and with her husband, Steven Humphrey, has written numerous movies for television, including “A Killer in the Family” (starring Robert Mitchum), “Love on the Run” (starring Alec Baldwin and Stephanie Zimbalist) and two Agatha Christie adaptations, “Sparkling Cyanide” and “Caribbean Mystery,” which starred Helen Hayes. Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages. She loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine. Sue has a home in Montecito, California, and another in Louisville, the city in which she was born and raised.


Montecito, California and Louisville, Kentucky

Date of Birth:

April 24, 1940

Place of Birth:

Louisville, Kentucky


B.A. in English, University of Louisville, 1961

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B Is for Burglar (Kinsey Millhone Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 205 reviews.
mzbabs More than 1 year ago
I enjoy the way Sue Grafton writes. She keeps the books moving without over burdening you with a lot of fluff just to fill in the pages. I would recommend this book for young adults, adults or for someone who wants to get into reading mysteries. As indicted, reading the books in order is good idea since the basics carry from one book to the other, but it isn't necessary. The writing is such, you can pick up what the main character is, without such in depth detail you are unable to find out what makes Kinsey Millhone who she is and how she got into the PI business.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. It was my second book by Sue Grafton. can't wait to read the next.
bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
This is a good sequel to the A book that takes place two weeks after the first one ended, so abruptly. Kinsey is still sorting out the consequences of the first book. This book does not disappoint. Kinsey is drawn into a missing person mystery that, yes, includes a burglary. Again, this book takes place in a time where answering machines were still on tape, a trip on an airplane was hassle-free, and people still smoked indoors. I like that there are still no cellphones to fall back on and Kinsey has to use her brains. Kinsey proves she doesn't need to have a man to fall back on when she tells herself that a potential boyfriend needs to go through a few more girlfriends before she'll go out with him. I did kind of figure out the murderer by chapter 17, but not how they did it. Then Grafton throws out some stuff that made me doubt my first answer. Good writing.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed A is for Alibi, you definitely want to continue reading this series. While each book is a new mystery, they pick up where the last one left off as far as the day to day aspect of life for the main and recurring characters. Sue Grafton always puts lots of twists and turns into her stories so that you are kept guessing who-done-it. Love this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am new to Sue Grafton's work and I am a new fan. I am through D, so have a way to go, although I am reading one to two a week. Easy reading and so far I am pleased at the lack of graphic violence and language.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton is a spell binding missing persons/murder mystery set up so perfectly that I didn't even see the ending coming.  I was so sure it was a burglar...like the title says.  Completely floored me.  I love reading these private investigator books written in the times before technology.  No cell phones, no internet, no google.  Kinsey gets her first answering machine in this one.  Too much fun.  And so much more personal.  Kinsey's analytic mind must make all the connections on her own.  Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I like is her character description, she becomes very real. I am only thru A,B so far there is definitely twists & turns. The book is interesting enough & they haven't been drawn out too long.
AnnieHC More than 1 year ago
Great book. Love Kinsey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read leaves you looking forward to the next
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed 'A' is for Alibi more, but this one was still good. I did figure it out pretty early on but that was probably a fluke. I'll try the next one.
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Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Cross Country Search for a Missing Woman I’m trying to work through a rotation in my audio book reading, switching between four long running series (with the occasional other book added for good measure). Right now, however, I’m really regretting that. Why? I just finished “B” is for Burglar and I’m already anxious to dive into Kinsey’s next case. One June morning, PI Kinsey Millhone arrives at her office to find a woman waiting to hire her. Beverly Danziger is looking for her sister, Elaine Boldt. The sisters aren’t especially close, and Elaine splits her time between Kinsey’s town of Santa Teresa, California, and Boca Raton, Florida. Elaine needs to sign a legal document to settle an inheritance, and no one has heard from her in months. Kinsey starts her search in the usual places, even traveling to Florida where she meets with Elaine’s neighbors. However, she can’t find any trace of the woman. What has happened to Elaine? Will Kinsey ever piece it together? There is a reason that Sue Grafton has gained such a following over the years (book 24 in the series just came out, so I have some serious catching up to do). She is a wonderful author. As I was listening to this book, I was struck by how wonderful she was at creating characters based on just a few mannerisms and Kinsey’s first person observations. I could easily picture everyone as the book progressed. And as secrets came out, they all fit the characters as they were developing. The plot was wonderful as well. The clues were so well hidden by red herrings I couldn’t figure much out. I had an inkling where the plot might be going, but I wasn’t sure how everything would come together until the end. The twists kept me so confused I wasn’t very close to being on the right track. And yes, the title does make sense as you get into the story. The pace was steady with things picking up as we neared the nail biting climax. Of course, all the clues came into play as Kinsey figured things out. I listened to the audio version from Books on Tape and narrated by Mary Peiffer. She was wonderful at bringing the characters and story to life. I’m glad that readers tend to stick with series, and I look forward to reading future books in the series with her. I’ve actually got my next audio book on hold at the library and it’s not in this series, so I will have to wait to find out what happens next to Kinsey. But if, like me, you’ve missed this popular series, pick up “B” is for Burglar and find just why so many love her books.
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