"B" Is for Burglar

"B" Is for Burglar

Large Print - 1985
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Finding wealthy Elaine Boldt seems like a quickie case to Kinsey Millhone. The flashy widow was last seen wearing a $12,000 lynx coat, leaving her condo in Santa Teresa for her condo in Boca Raton. But somewhere in between, she vanished. Kinsey's case goes from puzzling to sinister when a house is torched, an apartment is burgled of worthless papers, the lynx coat comes back without Elaine, and her bridge partner is found dead. Soon Kinsey's clues begin to form a capital M -- not for missing, but for murder: and plenty of it. Winner of the 1985 Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award and the 1985 Anthony Award for Best Novel. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: United Kingdom, Anstey, Leicestershire : Ulverscroft (Thorpe), 1985
ISBN: 9780708917862
0708917860
Characteristics: 431 pages

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PolyWogg
Feb 16, 2019

BOTTOM-LINE:
Stealing someone's identity is one thing, living their life is another
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
A sister hires Kinsey to find her estranged sister who seems to have gone missing
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WHAT I LIKED:
The plot is interesting, as it starts to shape up as quite the mystery. The missing sister, Elaine, supposedly flew to Florida but someone else is staying in her condo there. Everybody has opinions, but no facts as to her whereabouts. And there's a link to a burglary / homicide that occurred before she disappeared. Stolen identities, missing cats, firecracker old ladies, multiple clients and Jonah too?
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
A good portion of the novel is kind of muddy, with Kinsey blundering along, showing no real signs of any insight or deduction, just plodding along, with the mystery having to go at her pace too. None of the "drama" from the secondary characters tends to add any real intensity to the story, and many of the people just come off as lame.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

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dkgriff
Aug 04, 2016

Another good one from Sue Grafton .. shorter than some of the others .. quick and enjoyable read.

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bridge1
Jul 25, 2016

I read the whole series and was never tired of the story or the character.

Vincent T Lombardo Feb 15, 2015

Sue Grafton is a great writer. The plot was excellent; Grafton had me guessing until the end. I love the character of Kinsey Millhone and I plan to read the rest of the series.

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Sarah1984
Mar 29, 2014

This is one of a number of books I read over the holiday period, but didn't have the time (or more honestly the inclination) to write a review as I was reading it, so this review will not be as long or as detailed as my usual reviews are. Christmas was crazy busy with cooking and last minute shopping and I just wanted to read another great book without having to use my brain to write an intelligent and cohesive review, so I apologise for my dreadful laziness and promise to do better through the rest of the year (except maybe during my two 3 week long holidays where I might be too tired to read as well as review).

Just as good as the first book in the series - possibly because it followed almost the same formula. Kinsey gets a case, spends 200 or so pages investigating, a few dangerous moments will probably be included, followed by a 20 or 30 page climactic scene where Kinsey will be injured or even in danger of dying (but she won't actually die because she's still got most of the alphabet to make her way through) and then the story ends slightly abruptly with her signing off her report for the case. As long as I don't read all the books one after another I don't think I'll get bored with the formula - I like Kinsey too much and I've read so few 'cosy mysteries' that the whole subgenre is pretty new and special to me.

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Ubalstecha
Jul 29, 2011

Excellent. This is even better than the first book.

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joannet2
Apr 26, 2011

This is very average crime mystery that was a little too predictable for my liking.

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