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B Is for Burglar by Sue Grafton

B Is for Burglar (1985)

by Sue Grafton

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Series: The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries (2)

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Stealing someone's identity is one thing, living their life is another
A sister hires Kinsey to find her estranged sister who seems to have gone missing
The plot is interesting, as it starts to shape up as quite the mystery. The missing sister, Elaine, supposedly flew to Florida but someone else is staying in her condo there. Everybody has opinions, but no facts as to her whereabouts. And there's a link to a burglary / homicide that occurred before she disappeared. Stolen identities, missing cats, firecracker old ladies, multiple clients and Jonah too?
A good portion of the novel is kind of muddy, with Kinsey blundering along, showing no real signs of any insight or deduction, just plodding along, with the mystery having to go at her pace too. None of the "drama" from the secondary characters tends to add any real intensity to the story, and many of the people just come off as lame.
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media. ( )
  polywogg | Feb 16, 2019 |
I enjoyed this book, even though I figured it out pretty early on.
Kinsey is trying to come to grips with killing someone, even though it was self defense. Mainly she’s avoiding it. She gets a new case and throws herself into it. I’m not too sure why Jonah was brought into the story ( )
  StarKnits | Feb 6, 2019 |
I found this an entertaining murder mystery, and honestly did not figure out the whodunit part until the detective herself. Private investigator Kinsey Millhone is hired to locate Elaine Boldt, whose signature is needed on some papers for an inheritance. Elaine supposedly flew from California to Boca Raton for the winter but has disappeared without a trace. Living in Elaine's Florida apartment is a woman named Pat Usher, who claims to be subletting from Elaine. Meanwhile, by coincidence, back in California, a female neighbor of Elaine's (Marty Grice) died in a house fire a week before Elaine disappeared. In short, Marty and her husband faked her death (putting Elaine's body in the house fire) so that Marty could assume Elaine's identity. I should have seen that coming, but didn't. Naturally, Kinsey figures out what happened, and detains the criminals for arrest. As the second in the alphabet series, this book is a nice addition and as such books go, I rate it above average. For a full account of the plot, see the Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22B%22_Is_for_Burglar ( )
1 vote danielx | Feb 3, 2019 |
B is for Burgler by Sue Grafton; (2 1/2*); bk 2

I like our lady detective and love the relationship between her and her landlord. I also enjoy the rapport with the bar & grill owner, Rosie.
But I found this missing person mystery to be rather convoluted and messy, or at least the telling of it to be. This series will have to improve a great deal within the next couple of books if I am going to continue with it. ( )
  rainpebble | Apr 9, 2018 |
I read this once before, so many years ago that I don't remember the exact date. But it's been a while and I didn't recall all the book details, so when I saw a copy for free in a book exchange location, I decided to read it again, knowing that I'd enjoyed the early Kinsey Millhone books.

I did find some typos in this this edition, which surprised me. I don't remember noting those the last time I read the book, though honestly, I found I didn't remember much of the storyline. Kinsey takes on a missing persons case--I did wonder how the estate stuff that brought Beverly to Kinsey would end up being resolved if the person she was looking for turned up dead. That question was never answered, nor do we find out what happened with the Danzigers. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Mar 9, 2018 |
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Grafton, Sueprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ammelrooy, Anneke vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kaye, JudyReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peiffer, MaryNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prometeo Moya, AntonioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Steven, who sees me through.
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After it's over, of course, you want to kick yourself for all the things you didn't see at the time.
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ISBN 9055011029 is the Dutch book for A Is for Alibi, B Is for Burglar, C Is for Corpse
ISBNs 0333926722, 0333989260 & 140507289X are for the Macmillan Readers edition, retold by John Escott
ISBNs 0739357352, 0375417184, 039457978X, 0333989260 are for abridged audiobook

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Female, aged thirty-two, single, self-employed and wiser than she used to be. For Kinsey Millhone, private investigator, only one thing stays the same. When a client sits down in the chair across the desk, she never knows what's going to happen next...

Business was slow, and there was nothing about Beverly Danziger to cause Kinsey concern.

She was looking for her sister. She paid up front. And if it seemed a lot of money for a routine job, Kinsey wasn't going to argue.

She kicked herself later for the things she didn't see. But by then she was in danger, and money was the last thing on her mind...
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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…

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California private eye Kinsey Millhone takes on a case where nothing seems to add up--one apartment burgled of worthless papers, another mindlessly ransacked and destroyed, a house destroyed by arson, and a woman brutally slain.

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