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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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A Kinsey Millhone mystery. A wealthy woman needs to find her sister to settle a will. It looks routine, boring. Still, business is slow and even a private investigator has bills to pay, so Kinsey Millhone takes the case. But this is not routine and the deeper Kinsey digs the trickier things get. The client tries to call Kinsey off, an accusing husband surfaces and a double murder turns the case sinister. Kinsey feels adrift in a fog of distortion, where nothing - except danger - is quite what it seems. "B" is for burgler is the second in the series which began with "A" is for alibi.… (more)
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looking for missing woman
  ritaer | Apr 15, 2020 |
***This is a project of e-reading Grafton's series -- I started reading these back in the 1980s and would read each release as they came out over the years. To prevent spoilers, I will not attempt to summarize in detail. ***

The motive behind this whodunnit seemed contrived but yet I tore through this one. I forgot how catty (but vivid) Kinsey could be when describing people and their appearances— at least in the earlier books. I'll have to see if she tones down her observations in later books.

This series brings me back to a time and place I‘m very familiar with— California in the 1980s (and where I was living when first reading these). A time when DNA analysis didn‘t exist, and serial crimes were rampant. But hey the weather was usually great! ( )
  ValerieAndBooks | Apr 8, 2020 |
Second in her series.Kinsey is hired to find the sister of her client. The client has vanished. This leads her to Boca Raton where a series of developments occur. ( )
  pgabj | Mar 12, 2020 |
Suspenseful. ( )
  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
Kinsey is asked to locate Elaine Boldt so she may sign a legal document. Elaine had left for Florida to stay at her condo there but Kinsey soon learns she did not arrive there and there is a very strange woman living in her apartment. Then the case becomes more dangerous as the house of a friend of Elaine's is burned, another apartment burgled, Elaine's fur coat is lost then found plus more strange events including murder. This is another crackling mystery that pushes Kinsey to the edge including her own death. ( )
  lamour | Jan 11, 2020 |
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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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