#1 New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton (1940-2017) 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, and launched the bestselling Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries. In addition to her books, she'd published several Kinsey Millhone short stories, and with her husband, Steven Humphrey, wrote 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 in 26 languages.
California PI Kinsey Millhone, hired to investigate the disappearance of a client's eccentric, elderly mother, must also evade a vengeful criminal whom she helped put away four years earlier. ``Grafton creates . . . a twist in the complex plot to tease Bronte fans, and a new, vulnerable side to the still-sardonic Kinsey,'' said PW. ``The only complaint is that it ends abruptly.'' Author tour. (June)
Feisty private investigator Kinsey Millhone continues to solve mysteries, in this case finding and taking an elderly woman to a nursing home near her daughter. But the lady mysteriously disappears within hours of her arrival. Painfully aware of the fact that a contract has been arranged for her own murder, Kinsey unravels the events of the past clue by clue, narrating the action-filled story in a realistic, easy-to-read, informal style. Less motivated students are sure to appreciate a character with a respectable, exciting job without having had a college education; although Kinsey had police training, her bodyguard freely admits he left high school but later took an equivalency test. This light mystery maintains interest to the end; everything happens quickly. --Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
"Kinsey is back just as we like her, as Grafton adds another winning title to the series." --San Francisco Chronicle "A first-rate mystery." --People "Exceptionally entertaining...an offbeat sense of humor and a feisty sense of justice." --San Francisco Chronicle "Millhone is an engaging detective-for-hire...P.I. Kinsey Millhone and her creator...are arguably the best of [the] distaff invaders of the hitherto sacrosanct turf of gumshoes." --The Buffalo News "Once a fan reads one of Grafton's alphabetically titled detective novels, he or she will not rest until all the others are found." --Los Angeles Herald Examiner "Millhone is a refreshingly strong and resourceful female private eye." --Library Journal "Tough but compassionate...There is no one better than Kinsey Millhone." --Best Sellers "A woman we feel we know, a tough cookie with a soft center, a gregarious loner." --Newsweek "Lord, how I like this Kinsey Millhone...The best detective fiction I have read in years." --The New York Times Book Review "Smart, tough, and thorough...Kinsey Millhone is a pleasure." --The Bloomsbury Review "Kinsey is one of the most persuasive of the new female operatives...She's refreshingly free of gender clich s. Grafton, who is a very witty writer, has also given her sleuth a nice sense of humor--and a set of Wonder Woman sheets to prove it." --Boston Herald "What grandpa used to call a class act." --Stanley Ellin "Smart, sexual, likable and a very modern operator." --Dorothy Salisbury Davis "Kinsey's got brains and a sense of humor." --Kirkus Reviews