#Rollbackweek Review: B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton

#Rollbackweek Review: B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton
B is for Burglar
Book Info

Released: May 15th 1985
Series: Kinsey Millhone #2

Recommended Read!

“Honestly, [Kinsey] fascinates me. Grafton does a good job of making her a hardass private investigator and yet she is still so relatable.”
~ Under the Covers

Here we go again! In the second book of the Kinsey Millhone alphabet mysteries, Kinsey is once again on the move. This time she is flying back between Florida and California to search for a woman by the name of Elaine Boldt. Her sister is looking for her to sign some papers that require immediate attention. However, Kinsey discovers that there might be some other events that may be connected to Elaine’s disappearances as well.

As you can guess by the title, the book does involve some burglaries and this is where things start to get a little bloodier. As Kinsey tries to find out how exactly all these situations line up with Elaine’s disappearance, readers get a better look at the workings of her mind. I have to give it to Kinsey. She’s one smart woman and I love how she does this all on her own. Honestly, she fascinates me. Grafton does a good job of making her a hardass private investigator and yet she is still so relatable. All I kept thinking about while listening to this audio was how awesome it would be if this series was made into a TV series.

I also wanted to briefly mention that this book can be read as a standalone. The series is a long one but Grafton provides enough detail and description that anyone can really jump in and enjoy each book on its own. So if you’re intrigued like me, now is your chance to try it out! It’s amazing in audio as well and I would recommend to listen to those if you can.




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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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