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B is for burglar by Sue Grafton

"B" is for burglar (edition 1985)

by Sue Grafton

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Title:"B" is for burglar
Authors:Sue Grafton
Info:New York : Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, c1985.
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B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton

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Hilariously bad. The overall plot is passable, but the protagonist is one-dimensional and the murder weapon plain daft. ( )
  martensgirl | Jun 30, 2015 |
The author seemed to be more in control of her protagonist and the plot in this the second book in the series. The action moved on faster and Kinsey Millhone came across as a more rounded character this time. There were some lamentable lapses though; the policeman to whom she goes to reveal the killer's name isn't there ... so she says she'll return the next day! I'm no detective but I think I'd know to tell someone else and get the baddie arrested immediately! And going alone without a gun to where the baddies are headed doesn't seem like the action of a sensible person to me! Those inconsistencies apart, I still enjoyed this book and didn't guess the end as there were so many suspects to choose from. A good, light read. ( )
  Hanneri | Dec 9, 2014 |
I'm still not impressed. The story isn't bad but this Kinsey chick has zero personality. I just didn't give a crap what happened to her or any of the other characters (except there was one little old lady who was pretty cool, but was only a minor character). I don't see what the fuss is about. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 18, 2014 |
Another interesting mystery solved by Kinsey. It's a shame she's turned into such a damn fool by Grafton at the end. Just like the first one, I really liked everything up until she winds up confronting the bad guy. Then Grafton feeds her an idiot pill & ties one hand behind her back just to make sure there is a big suspenseful ending. Is this a trademark of the series? With only 2 books listened to, it seems unfair to pass judgement yet, but a third might just finish me.

I like Kinsey & the other female characters she meets. The men aren't quite as well done, but they're passable. The actual mystery was quite well done, except for the murder weapon which was a window sash weight. Who the hell is going to take a window apart to get to a sash weight to bludgeon someone to death with & then put it back afterward? Then retrieve it just before fleeing the country? WTF?!!! You have to pull the window trim off to get to the damn things & this was a well planned murder. Why not use a baseball bat & let it burn when you set the fire? Who cares anyway? They knew someone had been murdered & had the body. There was no value in having them except to get Kinsey & the murderer into the house together for the blow out.

To top it off, Kinsey goes into the house with a crowbar & uses it to uncover the murder weapon, then puts it in a plastic bag & stashes it out of reach. She winds up using a car key to try to break open the cellar doors & leaves herself defenseless. Have you ever put a crowbar into a plastic bag? Silly. The whole ending sucked & lost the book a star, probably should have been 2.

Judy Kaye did a good job of reading this. I like her voice. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
The climax was one of a kind here, but I couldn't understand how a seasoned sleuth like the heroine could jeopardize her strategic advantage that ineptly. If someone has read enough Agatha Christie books, he would have solved the murder pronto. Did I? Did I hell! I went in with a too relaxed mind, expecting to be mildly cheered, when in fact, the language took me unawares. Since that moment I read on dutifully, without exercising the god given grey little cells. If you've read The Body In the Library, A Murder Is Announced, or Nemesis, you can piece the puzzle and connect the dots by yourself. ( )
  Jiraiya | Oct 17, 2013 |
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Grafton, Sueprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ammelrooy, Anneke vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kaye, JudyReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moya, Antonio-PrometeoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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