#Rollbackweek Review: A if for Alibi by Sue Grafton

Posted April 20, 2016 by Annie in Reviews / 5 Comments

#Rollbackweek Review: A if for Alibi by Sue Grafton
A is for Alibi
by Sue Grafton

4 Stars


Released: January 1 1982
Series: Kinsey Millhone #1
Format: Audiobook

Recommended Read!

“Kinsey is a strong, independent woman – and I really want to stress the independent part. She doesn’t need anyone to do her job well and I really like that in a character. It makes me happy to see a female author write such strong heroines.”
~ Under the Covers

I picked up this book on a whim. Mainly because the titles stuck out to me. The Kinsey Millhone series, or more famously known as the alphabet mysteries, follows a private investigator as she solves a bunch of cases. In A IS FOR ALIBI begins when the wife of a divorce lawyer is finally released from jail after 8 years paying for a crime she claims she did not commit. She has come to Kinsey for help to try and find the real murderer.

The series takes place in a fictional California town of Santa Teresa. This book was actually initially released in 1982. I wasn’t even born yet so part of the allure of this book and reading about all the things that happened then. It’s a book that stands out to me because Kinsey doesn’t have the tools that PI books written now have. She must rely on her instinct and manual research to come to a conclusion and I enjoyed watching how she worked.

Kinsey kind of reminds me of another well-loved character of Mystery books – Eve Dallas. If you’re a fan of the In Death series, you absolutely need to read this series. There is less romance in this series as a whole (although there’s a taste of it in this book), but Kinsey’s drive and tenacity reminds me a lot of Eve. Like Eve, Kinsey is a strong, independent woman – and I really want to stress the independent part. She doesn’t need anyone to do her job well and I really like that in a character. It makes me happy to see a female author write such strong heroines.

As my first book by Sue Grafton I have to say how excited I am to have discovered this series. Not only is the alphabet idea so smart but her writing is really stellar. Grafton weaves an intricate story, keeping readers on their toes as Kinsey tries to find a killer. I know most people’s complaint about this book is that Kinsey comes off as emotionless. She drinks frequently and does things that most women would never, ever even think of doing. However, that isn’t a sign of weak characterization to me. In fact, those very things are what most heroines these days are made of. Grafton just anticipated all that and wrote it early on. That’s why the series is still able to go on for as long as it has.

If you haven’t read this series yet, try at least one. I love to listen to the audiobooks whenever I need a refresher. A series like this is a great way to read outside the genre if you’re a Romance buff like me.




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About Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages—including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. She's an international bestseller with a readership in the millions. She's a writer who believes in the form that she has chosen to mine: "The mystery novel offers a world in which justice is served. Maybe not in a court of law," she has said, "but people do get their just desserts." And like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Robert Parker and the John D. MacDonald—the best of her breed—she has earned new respect for that form. Her readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling talents.

But who is the real Sue Grafton? Many of her readers think she is simply a version of her character and alter ego Kinsey Millhone. Here are Kinsey's own words in the early pages of N Is for Noose:

"So there I was barreling down the highway in search of employment and not at all fussy about what kind of work I'd take. I wanted distraction. I wanted some money, escape, anything to keep my mind off the subject of Robert Deitz. I'm not good at good-byes. I've suffered way too many in my day and I don't like the sensation. On the other hand, I'm not that good at relationships. Get close to someone and the next thing you know, you've given them the power to wound, betray, irritate, abandon you, or bore you senseless. My general policy is to keep my distance, thus avoiding a lot of unruly emotion. In psychiatric circles, there are names for people like me."

Those are sentiments that hit home for Grafton's readers. And she has said that Kinsey is herself, only younger, smarter, and thinner. But are they an apt description of Kinsey's creator? Well, she's been married to Steve Humphrey for more than twenty years. She has three kids and four grandkids. She loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine—not quite the nature-hating, fast-food loving Millhone. So: readers and reviewers beware. Never assume the author is the character in the book. Sue, who has a home in Montecito, California ("Santa Theresa") and another in Louisville, the city in which she was born and raised, is only in her imagination Kinsey Millhone—but what a splendid imagination it is.


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Thanks for the review.


Wow I didn’t realized this series has been around thar long

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Me too! But I can see why it’s so long-standing! It’s fabulous!


Thanks for the review Annie

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