A is for Alibi  - Sue Grafton

I've been reading Sue Grafton for years and decided to go back to the beginning for a reread. I must say I'm enjoying it just as much on the reread as I did the first time around.


Kinsey Millhone is in the tradition of a the hard-boiled private eye.  She has the police background and the tough-chick persona.  She's a loner with quirky friends and a tragedy in her past. But likeable, very likeable.


There are things you notice that would be different if she were writing this book for a current setting but she wasn't. She was writing it for a 1980's setting. It works very well for that and actually reminds me how much things have changed in such a short time. I find Kinsey to be realistic and engaging. The mystery wasn't the hardest to figure out but it didn't jump out at me from the first page either. We get a lot of background on Kinsey and she seems very 3 dimensional by the end of the book. This is one of the few mystery series that my husband enjoys also. I know I'm going to enjoy my reread of the entire series.