Review: "A" is for Alibi by Sue Grafton (Audiobook) (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

Posted February 3, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 3 Comments


From Goodreads: PA tough-talking former cop, private investigator Kinsey Millhone has set up a modest detective agency in a quiet corner of Santa Teresa, California. A twice-divorced loner with few personal possessions and fewer personal attachments, she’s got a soft spot for underdogs and lost causes. Eight years ago, Nikki Fife was convicted of killing her philandering husband. Now she’s out on parole and needs Kinsey’s help to find the real killer.If there’s one thing that makes Kinsey feel alive, it’s playing on the edge. When her investigation turns up a second corpse, more suspects, and a new reason to kill, Kinsey discovers that the edge is closer and sharper than she imagined.

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What I Loved:  Kinsey is one tough cookie!  She is very much someone I would want on my side in an investigation.  I like that she is PI and not a cop that gives her a little bit more room to work things out in the Kinsey way.  She is whip smart, tough, and yet flawed in the “independent, opinionated, little bit defensive” kind of way.  I really liked all her personality quirks.  The case itself was pretty good too.  I had part of it figured out early but there were a couple of twists that I did not see coming.  The pacing was perfect and worked well with the tempo of the book.

What I Liked: I really liked all the women that she met in the book.  They were each multi-dimensional, savvy, not predictable, and fun to read. 

Complaints: None

Audiobook Review: Narrated by Mary Peiffer, she does a fantastic job of portraying Kinsey.  I thought she did a good job on the male voices too though they were not quite as good as the females.  Her reading pace was very good and she was easy to understand.

Why I gave it a 4: The story, audio, and characters were all very well done.  I could see myself re-reading this story in the future.

Who I would recommend this too:  Fans of Mystery/Thrillers (though I am fairly certain I am behind the curve on falling in love with this series). 

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3 responses to “Review: "A" is for Alibi by Sue Grafton (Audiobook) (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

  1. Jenny

    My mother in law adores this series and she bought some of them for me to try. I think I started with "D" because she said they were pretty independent stories, just same characters. I really liked Kinsey in that one, and I look forward to going back and starting from the beginning and then getting caught up:) I love a good mystery! You planning on reading the whole alphabet?

  2. Kathy

    The audio version I listened to was narrated by Judy Kaye. She was very good, too. I wonder why they changed?Good to know they still have a great narrator.

  3. toothybooks

    i'm glad to see that you enjoyed the start to this series. every time i walk down the mystery/thriller section of the book store i always see her books and i always wonder what they were like. i might just give this series a try now.