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B is for Burglar

by Sue Grafton

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Series: Kinsey Millhone (2)

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Fiction. Mystery. HTML: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.… (more)
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This one is my very favorite of the Kinsey Millhone mysteries.

My first encounter with it was actually as an audiobook that my friend's mom had playing in the car when she picked me up one night for a sleepover (this was in junior high). It was super scary and exciting, and the next week I got the book from my library and read my little heart out.

Throughout junior high and high school I would get the audio version of this book and play it while cleaning my room. It was bliss. And whenever I want a good action book (it's not really a mystery anymore) this is inevitably the one I choose. ( )
  blueskygreentrees | Jul 30, 2023 |
Struggled to get through this one, plot moves way too slow. I like female detective mysteries, and like following series books... Going to try and jump to a later book in the alphabet for one more chance! ( )
  Asauer72 | Jul 3, 2023 |
First edition signed exlib good
  dgmathis | Mar 17, 2023 |
I love Kinsey Millhone. But she's not everyone's cup of tea. I started reading the Alphabet series a few years ago - I think at the time it was up to O is for Outlaw. The idea of a mystery series each title beginning with a new letter amused me. I don't know why. I don't think it's particularly original. At least - I've seen a few others since. At the time though it was new to me and it just struck me as perfect. I flew through the series. Kinsey is riveting. She's brash and harsh and charming. She's fierce and flawed. She gets scared. She holds her own. She pushes herself to run often and tackles cases without judgement and with an open mind. Rosie and Henry are brilliant and I love the little family she builds around her.

But Kinsey Millhone isn't Jack Reacher - her speed is more Tracy Crosswhite. [b:My Sister's Grave|22341263|My Sister's Grave (Tracy Crosswhite, #1)|Robert Dugoni|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1405267054l/22341263._SY75_.jpg|41739579] Her cases aren't full of action and high speed chases - they're slowly nitpicking away until something clicks into place. She writes down all her thoughts and places her facts and ideas on 3x5 index cards - which she often shuffles and rearranges to help her solve her case. And I love it. Kinsey Millhone is great - but she's not for everyone.

For some reason I've seen reviewers compare this to Stephanie Plum - I don't know why - this is absolutely NOTHING like that. Stephanie Plum is a very different character and an extremely different type of book. That's more fluff. Kinsey Millhone is more procedural mysteries. And this series isn't current - it was first published in the 80's - there's not really technology. Messages were relayed by calling the landlines. Paper files were still the main form of storage. Not everyone will enjoy reading this. But if you like your mysteries to be more like procedurals with a determined and fierce character - Kinsey Millhone is for you.


What a ride. B is for Burglar is intense. There's a million different leads and twists and turns and I loved it. My favourite character was Julia. She was a funny old biddy. Her eagerness to go covert was hilarious. I also enjoyed the interaction with the cabbie who loves Henry's crosswords and treats him like a legend. The ending was good - although I would've liked to see Dolan's reaction - I'm sure it would've been epic.


4.5 stars, rounded up to five. ( )
  funstm | Jan 26, 2023 |
Kinsey Millhone is hired to track down her client's sister. Is her disappearance linked to the burglary next door? Loved the elderly neighbor who helps Kinsey. ( )
  nx74defiant | Sep 22, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Grafton, Sueprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ammelrooy, Anneke vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herrmann, Birgit√úbersetzersecondary 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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Fiction. Mystery. HTML: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.

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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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