Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Book Addict Reviews: A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Women Sleuths, Contemporary Fiction
Order Online: Amazon.com
Author Info: Website | Goodreads
Rating: 3 stars
Borrowed this book from the library.

In A Nutshell:
Why did I wait so long to read this series?  In some ways I worried about getting into a series that had so many books--and still had more planned.  But after reading A is for Alibi I am only sorry that I waited so long.  I have so much to catch up on before I can read the newest book that recently came out: V is for Vengeance.

I am so far behind on this series--and after reading A is for Alibi I am kicking myself for not jumping in sooner.  Kinsey Milhone is not your run-of-the-mill character.  She is tough and determined.  She is realistically fallible which makes her endearing.  She feels like someone you could meet on the street, someone you could be friends with.  Well--maybe not friends since she prides herself on being sort of a loner.  I say sort-of because I can see so many options for growth and I cannot wait to get the next book in the series, B is for Burglar, so I can see how Kinsey develops and changes across the course of the series!

The prose is very direct.  Initially, it was hard for me to get into it.  I wanted more details or more flow or more something--I could not put my finger on.  But as I got further into the story, I realized that the prose part of Kinsey--part of understanding her character.  I came to love the prose as I grew to love Kinsey.  However, many of the details and descriptions leave a lot to the imagination.  As much as I felt like I was getting inside the head of Kinsey, I did not feel like I was getting inside settings.  I felt like the story could have taken place anywhere--maybe that was intentional?

It has been a while since I read a book written in the nineties--and one of the things that really tickled my funny bone was that many of the references to technology.  What seemed advanced in A is for Alibi seems so horribly out of date today.  It really made me smile. 

I already have the next one on reserve!


  1. I have read A-C and it was a long time ago but I remember really enjoying it!

    XOXO Angela's Anxious Life

  2. How did you stop at C? Everyone keeps warning me once I get started I won't be able to stop. :)

  3. I loved this book as well. Here is my review: http://readreadloved.blogspot.com/2011/10/review-is-for-alibi.html