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Reba Lafferty was a daughter of privilege, the only child of an adoring father. Nord Lafferty was already in his fifties when Reba was born, and he could deny her nothing. Over the years, he quietly settled her many scrapes with the law, but he wasn't there for her when she was convicted of embezzlement and sent to the California Institution for Women. Now, at thirty-two,Reba Lafferty was a daughter of privilege, the only child of an adoring father. Nord Lafferty was already in his fifties when Reba was born, and he could deny her nothing. Over the years, he quietly settled her many scrapes with the law, but he wasn't there for her when she was convicted of embezzlement and sent to the California Institution for Women. Now, at thirty-two, she is about to be paroled, having served twenty-two months of a four-year sentence. Nord Lafferty wants to be sure she stays straight, stays at home and away from the drugs, the booze, the gamblers." "It seems a straightforward assignment for Kinsey: babysit Reba until she settles in, make sure she follows all the rules of her parole. Maybe all of a week's work. Nothing untoward - the woman seems remorseful and friendly. And the money is good." But life is never that simple, and Reba is out of prison less than twenty-four hours when one of her old crowd comes circling round....

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R is for Ricochet Reviews

  • James
    2019-06-17 21:28

    Book Review4 out of 5 stars to R is for Ricochet, the 18th book in the "Kinsey Millhone" mystery series, written in 2004 by Sue Grafton. Another great book in this series, I enjoyed the different type of case Kinsey took on. A wealthy man wants to ensure his daughter is on her best behavior while she gets out on parole after a few years. Her wild side seems to have quieted down while in jail, and Kinsey needs the money. So... she takes the case -- mistake #1. Then she realizes her case is not a calm woman looking to start new after getting sprung from the slammer... as she's just being dragged back into the crazy again. That's mistake #2. You'll have to read the book to know mistakes 3 and 4 (there are two of them!), but I'm comfortable saying the plot and the characters in this one feel as though Grafton kicked it up a notch. I really like this series and am hoping to pic back up at V as soon as I finish a few more reviews. You should give this one a chance. There are only 26 books to read! :)About MeFor those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Jeff
    2019-06-05 03:24

    I've read some of Grafton's other works and liked some (especially early on in the alphabet series), but this one left me asking the question: Why doesn't someone edit this woman's work? The amount of exposition and background info added to this book is almost Melvillenian (the 19th century whaling industry - fascinating, no?). Pages and pages of background on money laundering pigeon-holed into casual conversation.Warning: I wouldn't recommend listening to this on audio book while driving. You're welcome!Plus, she's drained every ounce of quirkiness from her supporting cast. How much more humor can there be in in the sex life of a 90 year old man? The answer would probably make me blanch.So much nitpicking, which is a shame because she has/had a knack for story, dialogue and characterization.

  • pinknantucket
    2019-06-22 01:04

    What I shame this book wasn’t “C is for Corpse” (an earlier Sue Grafton novel) so I could make a clever joke about what the novel really should have been called. I can think of several derogatory words that begin with C, but none that start with an R. The best I can think of off the top of my head is “R is for Ratshit”, which is kind of cheating.Yes, I was less than impressed with this latest effort by Sue Grafton in her alphabetically-themed adventures of her heroine Kinsey Millhone, a private investigator. Why? Because it really is INCREDIBLY DULL. And Kinsey is also INCREDIBLY DULL. This is meant to be a thriller detective novel – what do I care whether Kinsey goes jogging, unless something interesting happens along the way? What do I care about the romantic problems suffered by her 80-year old neighbour? What do I care about the precise details of her outfit? Well, I’ll tell you – NOTHING. This book really made me suspicious that the whole female-private-eye genre is nothing more than Mills and Boon in disguise – the word "frisson" even lurked in one sentence, ready to shock the unwary reader believing she was reading a hard-nosed feminist text. Okay okay, maybe that’s going a bit far, Kinsey is certainly much more liberated than the average Mills and Boon heroine, BUT THE AVERAGE MILLS AND BOON NOVEL IS MORE INTERESTING THAN THIS. Maybe I was just crabby when I read this novel…perhaps if I’d been a fan of the whole series right from “A is for Aardvarkshit” (not the real title) I would be more enthusiastic about the adventures (or not) of Kinsey Millhone. Gee, I can’t wait for “Z is for Zebrashit” to come out…The only interesting thing about this novel is that it is set in the 1980s, Grafton deciding not to age her characters in real time. And that’s only interesting for its novelty value – how many other novels do you know deliberately set in the 1980s? Pity Grafton didn’t chuck in a bit more Duran Duran and Milli Vanilli – that could have spiced things up a bit.

  • Jerry B
    2019-05-25 01:20

    Millhone in classic form, almost outshined by Reba !As with many of Sue Grafton's easy-reading tales about Santa Teresa private eye Kinsey Millhone, the books starts out pretty slow with Kinsey accepting a straightforward assignment to escort home a newly released parolee from women's prison, Reba Lafferty. The latter is an appealing young woman with fresh ideas and habits, including a past penchant for light drugs, booze, gambling, and her former boss Beck. That she landed in the slammer by pleading guilty to embezzlement was a bit of a surprise as it didn't really seem her specialty. Anyhow, it doesn't take Reba long to re-engage most of her old habits, including sex with the boss! What follows is a bit of a cat and cat game between her and Kinsey, who tries in vain to keep things on the up and up. The plot per se revolves around Beck's money laundering scheme and whether Reba will testify for the Feds against him. Some more surprises unfold as the story heats up, and ere it's over the women are embroiled in a murder and several nasty crosses and double crosses. Somewhat conveniently, the cops, especially in the form of Cheny Phillips, who to our shock has several sexual liaisons with (the normally not-by-choice celibate!) Kinsey, save the day, but not before quite a few twists and turns entertain us until the final gasps. Even Kinsey, in her usual brief epilogue, admits Reba just might have been the star of this yarn, and indeed rooting for her was much of the fun. We have no doubt both fans and those newer to Grafton will enjoy this book. If a bit less of the road navigation details, wardrobe analysis, and octogenarian romantic foibles of landlord Henry and his relatives could be pared down (a frequent quibble with this series), we just might have one of the better light mysteries of the year. Meanwhile, a nice summertime read for deck or beach!

  • Laura
    2019-06-04 03:05

    I heard about this series on Central Standard (NPR) and thought I'd give it a go. The good news first. Grafton choose to set the entire series in the 1980's. It takes sleuthing to a level I haven't seen since Magnum PI. Detective Milhorne often stops by the office to check her message machine, she uses phone books and pay phones, and she uses resources at the library to find facts! Fun, fun! Now the bad news. Mystery authors walk a fine line with their readers. Make the mystery too difficult to piece together and we complain that not enough was left to the reader. Make the mystery too obvious and we not only feel insulted, but we also lose faith in our crime solving protagonist. Sadly, the latter is the case with this novel and i found myself disappointed in Detective Milhorne. Three times she had to be clued into an important connection in the case (which I'm sure was written for the reader but makes our detective look stupid). Further, I seldom saw her do any type of sleuthing. In fact it was another character that did most of the detective work. I think detective Milhorne should have a chat with author Sue Grafton about making her look bad.

  • Dale
    2019-06-22 19:16

    Should have been titled "S is for Slow" or "T is for Tedious"Published in 2004 by Random House AudioRead by Judy KayeDuration: 11 hours, 33 minutes"Occasionally I'm simply a minor character in someone else's play." -Kinsey Millhone.R is for Ricochet really is an appropriate title for this one since, like a misfired bullet that bounces around and hits uninvolved bystanders, Kinsey gets caught up in a client's mess and nearly gets herself killed.Set in July of 1987, this is one really slow-developing book. Lots of detailed descriptions of Kinsey's clothing, her client's clothing, the bad guy's clothing, Kinsey's thought processes about her clothing choices, the clothing of the IRS agent in the story, the clothing of a witchy rich lady, the clothing of Kinsey's love interest, the clothing a stripper wears to work, shopping malls, the clothing they look at in the shopping mall, hotel hallways, hotel lobbies, streets, and two separate descriptions of the same office hallway all make it one boring audiobook experience.Now, don't get me wrong - the reader (Judy Kaye) does a tremendous job of giving each individual character a distinct voice and she captures Kinsey's wisecracking side perfectly, but this story cannot be saved by a great presentation. It is too slow and it should have been about one-half as long. I listen to audiobooks as a diversion as I drive. Many times I had to turn this "diversion" off so I would not fall asleep and careen off the road. It is not saved by the fact that the book does pick up the pace at the end - all that did was make me wonder why we had to lollygag through the first 80% of the book.

  • Zoey
    2019-05-26 01:16

    Another great addition to the Kinsey series. I liked that her & Cheney seem to be becoming involved, I hope for Kinseys sake he stays around :)

  • Carol
    2019-06-20 23:08

    I love the alphabet series, but this is not her best. Its okay, but most of the others are far better.

  • Gini
    2019-06-06 20:17

    Very disappointing addition to this series - hardly any action and a unimaginative plot

  • Susan
    2019-06-13 03:11

    A definite winner! This was a page-turner for me. It’s July 1987, a few weeks after Kinsey’s 37th birthday. Kinsey (Grafton?) opens philosophically:“The basic question is this: given human nature, are any of us really capable of change? The mistakes other people make are usually patently obvious. Our own are tougher to recognize. In most cases, our path through life reflects a fundamental truth about who we are now and who we’ve been since birth. We’re optimists or pessimists, joyful or depressed, gullible or cynical, inclined to seek adventure or to avoid all risks. Therapy might strengthen our assets or offset our liabilities, but in the main we do what we do because we’ve always done it that way, even when the outcome is bad…perhaps especially when the outcome is bad.” (1)Kinsey takes on what seems on the surface to be a simple case making sure an ex-con (Reba Lafferty) checks in with her parole officer on time and has a smooth transition from the California women’s correctional facility to life on the “outside.” Of course, nothing with Kinsey is ever simple. She ends up helping the IRS, FBI and other federal agencies solve an elaborate money-laundering scheme happening right in Kinsey’s hometown.A subplot of “R” is Kinsey’s love life: brief reflections on most recent “boyfriend” Dietz and her ex-husbands and then a new involvement with Cheney Phillips, a law enforcement officer she’s known for years and worked with a couple of years earlier. When she sees him at Reba’s parole officer’s office, Kinsey explains, “When I heard he’d gotten married, I’d moved his name, in my mental Rolodex, from a prominent place near the front to a category I labeled ‘expunged without prejudice’ near the back of the file.” (44) When she discovers Cheney’s recent marriage is over after only five weeks, she’s interested in following the chemistry between them.Turns out the opening philosophical passage sets the scene for more than one character in “R.”Kinsey charges $500 a day for PI work. Her favorite author is John le Carré. She still craves McDonald’s QPs with cheese. She’s a member of AAA and loves to pick up strip maps for a trip even when she knows where she’s going. When she gets herself in a life-threatening situation near the end, I’m reminded again how much safer she will be once she has a cell phone. But that’s a few years away. Remember…in Kinsey time it’s still 1987.

  • Benjamin Thomas
    2019-06-04 01:09

    It’s hard to believe I’m up to number 18 in this series. In many ways it seems like I just started reading them but to me, they are comfortable reads now and it’s like visiting old friends every time I read one.This time that seemed even truer. The story revolves around Reba Lafferty, the 32 year old daughter of a rich businessman. She may have been born to riches but she has burned the candle at both ends for most of her life. As a result she has served a ~ 2 year prison term for embezzlement, taking the rap for her boss/boyfriend. The beginning of the novel finds our protagonist, Kinsey Millhone, being hired by the rich elderly father to simply pick up his daughter from prison as she is about to be paroled and then to “watch over” her for a few days until she gets her life back together. Easy money. Of course it isn’t that simple and Kinsey gets dragged into adventures beyond her expectations.This could almost be classified as a thriller rather than a mystery. Kinsey as well as the reader recognizes who the good guys/bad guys are from near the beginning and it is only a matter of time before the situation resolves. The only question is Reba. As much as we are pulling for her, she certainly skirts the law in pursuit of her sense of “justice” and we tag along for the ride and wonder if she will go too far.Another enjoyable entry in the series. I know some reviewers dislike the day-to-day life aspects we see of Kinsey that don’t have much to do with the case but I am reading these in order and enjoy the way the larger, multi-volume story arcs play out. For that to happen effectively we need to see what is happening outside the case itself. Still reading these at a rate of 4 per year to time the ending to line up when “Z” is published.

  • Randee Baty
    2019-05-28 21:15

    This is a very different story from the previous Kinsey stories and it's gotten some bad reviews because of that but it's in the top 5 for me. It's clever and kept my curiosity up through the whole story. Kinsey has been hired by a elderly gentlemen to pick up his 30 year old daughter, Reba, from the Correctional Institute for Women after doing 2 years for embezzlement. He wants her to get the daughter home and settled, then her job is done. Of course, we know it won't end there. Turns out, Reba was working with her employer when the money disappeared and they are heavily involved with money laundering. The FBI is after them and wants Reba to turn on her former boss. The way this all plays out makes a a clever story, in my opinion. There is no murder mystery here but the story we do have is great.We have two other side issues going on. Kinsey's relationship with Cheney and Henry's relationship with his brothers and the woman he's interested in. They keep Kinsey feeling like a real person in a real world. Yes, this is not the same type of story we've had in the past but it's one of the best.

  • Ron
    2019-06-25 01:31

    Having read the first 17, this is beginning to feel like being forced to try all 26 flavors at the ice cream store. The first few were good, the next few, not as much, then the experience eventually slides down into a force feeding totally devoid of enjoyment. Its not that her writing is any worse (or any better, really) than before, its the same, or at least it feels that way to me. I still like the lead, Kinsey Millhone, but this is now like watching Simon & Simon episodes. The plot tricks have all been used and reused by now, so we are left with the writing and characters, both of which seem to have devolved in some way to a more juvenile version of their earlier forms. I like Grafton, I like Kinsey, Im just starting to not like these books.

  • David Monroe
    2019-06-21 02:16

    3.75 stars out of 5, rounded up. I enjoy the audiobook versions of this series. In fact, that's how I first discovered the series a few years ago. Yes, I'm very late to it. I was trying to find something to listen to on a bus trip to Toronto, and dl'd the first two books. Something I've just noticed that actress Judy Kaye does in her narration -- when she does a male voice, she shifts her voice *up* an octave or two. I'm not sure why she does it, whether it's something she's unaware of, or something she does on purpose -- it's interesting, and kind of funny. Most of the men in these books are really, really awful people, and I enjoy it when they have a higher pitched voice than Kinsey. If they were real, they would hate it; serves them right. ;-)

  • Alondra
    2019-06-03 03:20

    3.5 StarsReview to follow

  • Kara Jorges
    2019-06-19 00:01

    Things are slow for Santa Teresa PI Kinsey Millhone, when wealthy Nord Lafferty hires her to pick up his daughter from prison and keep her company for a couple of days. Reba Lafferty is on parole after doing 22 months for embezzlement. Things seem to be fine until Kinsey catches Reba using her as a beard to meet her married lover, who also happens to be the ex-employer she supposedly stole $350,000 from. Reba seems thrilled to be back in Beck’s arms until an overzealous FBI agent slips her some compromising photos of him and her supposed best friend, Onni. At the same time Reba’s life seems about to spin out of control, Kinsey is approached by attractive cop, Cheney Phillips, who wants her to talk Reba into giving evidence against Beck for money laundering. Kinsey had a thing for Cheney once, but he ran off and got married. Now, however, Cheney is single again, and Kinsey gives in to the attraction immediately.The love interest definitely picked up the story, but I found Cheney annoyingly bossy, and Kinsey irritatingly obedient. While professing some personal interest in Reba Lafferty’s well being, at a word from Cheney she stops taking her calls. Amazingly, Reba goes off the deep end, after some help from the FBI who prodded her into action and then couldn’t be bothered to meet with her. Kinsey may have been able to keep an eye on her, which was what she had been hired to do, except she was following her lover’s orders instead of doing her job. She then does the cops’ job for them—unpaid—tracking Reba down after they completely mishandled her case, and winds up right where she wasn’t supposed to be—right in the middle of Reba’s dangerous drama.The last few books in this series weren’t all that much fun, but this one felt more like the earlier Kinsey Millhone mysteries with a touch of humor and humanity. Unfortunately, her on-again off-again treatment of Reba bugged me, as well as her willingness to let the big, strong man she had let into her bed tell her what to do. It would have been just as easy to weave the same elements into this story, and more in line with Kinsey’s personality, had she not followed orders. That complaint aside, this was a pretty good book, and it’s nice to see some life back in this series.

  • Beth Peninger
    2019-06-21 02:17

    What happened to Grafton's Kinsey Millhone?! She totally disappeared in this installment of the series. Oh she's there, narrating the story as usual but she lacks her usual bravado, instincts, initiative, and personality. The secondary character, Reba, seems to assume Kinsey's persona this time around. Plus a new development in Kinsey's love life seems to derail her a bit as well from being who Grafton has been developing her in the past 17 books. It was disappointing. It feels like Grafton let the character of Kinsey down. She was bumbling as a P.I. and that is so contradictory to who she has been thus far. The short of this disappointing read is that Kinsey is asked by Reba's father to retrieve her from the California Women's Correctional Institution where she has been for the past 2 years on charges of embezzlement. Sounds simple right? It never is with Kinsey. She gets involved in Reba's activities beyond her release from prison and that's where her character takes a sharp departure from who Grafton has introduced us to in books A-Q. I finished the book confused as to why Grafton departed from her star P.I.

  • Dee
    2019-06-18 20:30

    Sue Grafton is my favorite detective writer. Anyone up to "T" in her series and still coming up with ingenious new plots is someone we can all learn from. Not only that, I've met her, and she is a very nice person. Also, she's quite challenging. She asked me if I am brave. I am. It takes courage to be an author (whether you write online, or for magazines, or books, or all of the above).Not that being nice has anything to do with her skill as a writer . . . except, maybe it does. Generous people write generous books and articles and don't skimp on their readers. Here's to you, Ms. Grafton, may your fingers never falter.This is a a great mystery. They're all good, and S and T were even better.

  • Tyson Adams
    2019-05-30 20:05

    R is for Rancid.After starting this book I was wondering how someone could have successfully had a series 18 books long with writing this poor. An hour into reading and I was yet to come across anything other than needless exposition. I then checked the reviews for this and the rest of the series. Apparently most people agree that the quality of Sue's writing has been in decline since her first two in this series. Clearly this is not the book to be picking up to become a fan, this is a book for long time fans who need a few hundred pages to keep them going between other novels.

  • Tiffany
    2019-05-28 03:30

    I can't believe how bad this book was. I wanted it to get better. I tried to look at it from all angles because I love the alphabet series but this book just stank. It took me over a week to read (I usually finish a book in a day or two) because it was too painful to get through it! There was no mystery. None. How can a mystery book have no mystery? I guess you'll read it anyway just to continue through the series, but I just want you to know it sucks.

  • Daniel
    2019-05-27 00:11

    By far the worst of the series so far. I felt like this one was a waste of my time.

  • Eliza
    2019-05-24 20:24

    Kinsey finally gets laid in this book. And for once, the guy doesn't try to kill her!

  • Amatos
    2019-05-26 03:30

    The worst Kinsey Milhone yet! How can an author fill so many pages with nothing but fluff? What happened to mystery and suspense? This book holds neither.

  • Corrine
    2019-05-26 22:11

    Not sure where the real mystery is in this one. And the thing with the 88-year-old guy is played by now.

  • Heather
    2019-05-30 22:31

    It's been about 5 1/2 years since I read "Q is for Quarry," and the recent passing of Sue Grafton brought this series back on to my radar. This was also the first audiobook I have listened to with a female lead character and therefore a female narrator. I felt the narrator sounded like a bored Ellen Degeneres. While I found this voice worked for the character of Kinsey Milhone, it also made the character feel a lot more tedious and cynical and quite frankly, not as likable as I have found her in the past. This story was a bit different than those that came before it in that in this one, Kinsey is hired by an elderly gentleman to retrieve his daughter (Reba) from the California Institute for Women, where she is being released after serving 22 months for embezzlement, bring her home and get her settled. Since Kinsey doesn't have a lot on her plate and this sounds like an easy assignment that will only take a few hours of her time, she agrees to do it. However, once home, Reba quickly makes contact with her old boss/boyfriend and it turns out that for her, staying out of trouble isn't as easy as one would think - and what was supposed to be a quick chauffeur/baby-sitting job ends up becoming far more complicated as Kinsey both forms an odd friendship with Reba - and tries to keep her out of trouble and off the first bus back to prison. Meanwhile, Kinsey also has time to interfere in the love life of her 87 year old landlord, Henry, and start an (awkward and painful at times to listen to) romantic relationship of her own. This story was so slow and boring that I almost gave up on it! Towards the end, I found myself tuning out more than I was listening to it, yet when I tuned back in, I didn't feel as though I'd lost anything important. And for being a private investigator, Kinsey was not very sharp in this one! There were so many things that seemed so obvious or that Reba quickly honed in on that took Kinsey a lot longer to figure out - she's usually so much sharper than that! And while the narrator did an excellent job with distinguishing the voices for the elderly characters in the book, Reba and Kinsey often sounded the same so it wasn't always clear which was speaking. This being the eighteenth book in a series, however, it's understandable that not all of the books are going to knock it out of the park - and based on other reviews, I'm not the only one to have found this to be the dud of the series. It wasn't bad enough for me to abandon the series; in fact, I'm quite sad the "alphabet ends at Y," as Grafton's daughter put in when announcing her mother's death and I will definitely finish reading it.

  • Paula Dembeck
    2019-06-14 02:19

    As we continue to follow private investigator Kinsey Millhone, readers are taken on her next case when she is called to the house of Nord Lafferty, an older well to do man who proposes what appears to be an easy job for big money. He wants Kinsey to pick up his daughter Reba who is being released from prison. She has just finished serving twenty-two months of a four year sentence for embezzling funds from her wealthy employer, real estate developer Alan Beckwith. Reba has always been a difficult child, willful, and self- destructive with a penchant for gambling, drugs and foolish behavior. She was her father’s only child, born to him late in life when he was fifty. His young wife, only twenty-one at the time, abandoned Reba shortly after her birth and Lafferty was left to raise her. He has been rescuing Reba for years, getting her out of several messes during her short life. But the last time she got in trouble, he decided she would never learn unless she had to face the consequences of her behavior, so when she was convicted and sentenced for her crime, he let her face the music. Now that she is about to be paroled, Lafferty wants Kinsey to pick her up, watch her for a few days until she settles back into civilian life, make sure she meets with her parole officer, goes to her AA meetings, stays away from drugs and alcohol and meets all the requirements of her release. He is willing to pay Kinsey her full daily rate including expenses and she is not even required to submit a report. A simple invoice will do. When Kinsey meets Reba, the two hit it off. Kinsey usually a loner, begins to enjoy having a friend she can hang out with, share meals with and shop. For her part, Reba finds Kinsey boring and cannot imagine how she gets through life without living a little on the edge. On the other hand, Kinsey knows Reba is a little wild for her taste, but she sees some of her own character reflected in Reba and she comes to care about her.When Kinsey discovers Reba has connected with her former boss, who is married but was also her lover, she begins to question a number of things including why Reba went to prison. It is clear Reba is head over heels in love with Beckwith, convinced he is putting money away for the two of them so they can be together. Reba knows he is saving money somewhere, but he has convinced her he needs to ensure his money is out of his wife's reach when he divorces her. Meanwhile, Kinsey connects with stylish Cheney Phillips, a detective with the vice squad who she met on a case several years ago. He tells her they share a common interest in Reba who is teetering on the brink of getting herself into big trouble. Cheney is the local liaison for a joint federal investigation being carried out by the IRS, the FBI and the Justice Department. They have been scrutinizing Beckwith’s financial dealings for several months now and are aware he is into money laundering big time. They have been putting their case together over the last few months trying to ensure it is rock solid. They want Kinsey to convince Reba to help them get their hands on Beckwith’s financial records to ensure he is convicted. Reba refuses. She is absolutely in love with Beckwith and would never do anything to hurt him. But when they show her compromising pictures of Beckwith with her best friend Omni, who now has her old job and the affections of her former lover, she reluctantly agrees. She is furious he has dumped her, especially after she took the fall on the embezzlement charge. She was innocent but covered for him because she believed they had plans for a future together. But Reba, very much her own woman, is also determined to meet out her own form of justice to the man who has jilted her. Kinsey finds herself caught in the middle.This book sees Kinsey in a budding new romance with Cheney. Her landlord, eight-seven year old Henry is also smitten with seventy year old Mattie, the artist he met on a Caribbean cruise. He has spiffed up his wardrobe and is even lifting weights. Kinsey is pleased as she only wants him to be happy. This is not the typical mystery with a dead body or a crime committed at the beginning of the book and Kinsey searching for a killer. It is more about the friendship that develops between Kinsey and Reba and whether that friendship can survive the trouble Reba creates for herself. The theme of romance and relationships is everywhere. There is Kinsey’s unlikely relationship with Reba which has her shopping for clothes, applying make-up and getting her hair cut; Henry’s relationship with Mattie which is complicated by his sibling’s interference in his newfound love life and Reba’s complicated relationship with Beckwith. Underlying these relationships, Grafton explores the age old question -- how far would you go for someone you love and care about??As is often the case with Grafton’s novels, most of the suspense and action comes towards the end of the book. And this one is similar and also includes a little breaking and entering, horrible beatings, an unexpected kidnapping and a hovering mafia type drug lord. In describing Beckwith’s crimes, Grafton gives the reader an interesting primer on money laundering, sharing details of how “dirty money”, the profits from pornography, prostitution and drugs, is turned back into the system as legitimate earnings. This series is still popular with readers who love Kinsey’s authentic character. She is human, loves junk food, makes plenty of mistakes, breaks the rules, cuts through red tape and lives frugally with few wants or needs. Each book that is published quickly becomes a best seller and there is no indication that trajectory will change as the books get closer to “Z” and the end of the alphabet.

  • Matt Braymiller
    2019-06-18 22:17

    It's been a while since I picked up this series. Kinsey takes an assignment to pick up a woman from prison. The roles soon switch, and Kinsey is the helpless passenger in a series of hijinks where things quickly go from bad to worse. The story is fun. The rug getting yanked out from under the bad guy at the end is rewarding. It is a nice light read.

  • Carolyn (in SC) C234D
    2019-06-03 20:23

    The usual good Kinsey Millhone. She is hired to pick up a rich man's daughter who is being paroled from prison. She had embezzled money from her employer, but says she actually took the fall for him, as he was her lover. Lots of double crosses, and Kinsey has a new love, Lt. Cheney Phillips.Rounded up from 3.5.

  • Karen
    2019-05-27 20:13

    This wasn't one of my favorite Kinsey Millhone mysteries to be sure. There was a lot less action and a lot more about relationships in this book. Still, it kept my interest and I look forward to the next one in the series.

  • Woody Chandler
    2019-06-15 21:03

    I have to hand it to Ms. Grafton - it is rare that I encounter a protagonist, let alone a major character in an ongoing series that I detest. Kinsey Millhone is so far removed from hard-boiled detective fiction that I cringe each time I see that phrase used in conjunction with this series. She seems to refuse to carry a sidearm & in this case, she paid the price. I was actually rooting for her to be hurt more badly in the hopes that she would wake up & quit playing around. I also find myself liking the supporting characters - Reba Lafferty & Cheney Phillips, especially, more than Ms. Millhone. I also found it laughable that a seasoned P.I. such as Ms. Millhone would allow herself to be led around by the nose & thrust into criminal enterprises. Finally, what sort of fictional name is "Salustio Castillo"? I kept mis-reading it as Sausalito, a much more interesting part of California.