A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone Alphabet series, 1)
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Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath. During her investigation in A is for Alibi, Kinsey discovers that Laurence had been involved in a fraudulent scheme with his law partner, Charlie Scorsoni. The novel concludes with Kinsey looking forward to her next case, ready to face whatever challenges come her way. For those of you curious about the Paul Simon reference that would be “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” which graced the world with its presence in 1972 exactly 10 years before “A” IS FOR ALIBI was first published.
She is best known for her “alphabet series” featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. In the Superego podcast Season 3 Episode 14, guest star, actor and comedian, Rob Delaney impersonates Sue Grafton. One might wonder why Nikki got only eight years for a premeditated murder, but this is never explained.They divided their time between Santa Barbara, California, and Louisville, Kentucky;  Humphrey taught at universities in both cities. Kinsey takes the case and almost immediately discovers that there was a lot more going on in the case than the police and prosecutors revealed at the time of the trial. Her father was a municipal bond lawyer who also wrote mystery novels and her mother was a former high school chemistry teacher.
Kinsey is a likeable and capable heroine and there is a good cast of suspects, plus storylines which are interesting without being confusing. Mick Herron has his fictional detective Zöe Bohm drive a loaned orange VW with a map of Santa Teresa, California in the glovebox in Why We Die. Kinsey begins to suspect that Nikki might have killed Laurence out of jealousy, but she keeps an open mind and continues her investigation.She travelled from California to LA, to Vegas, to the various places that she deemed necessary; but it seemed she h This time the victim was Libby Glass, who worked for the business management firm that represented Fife’s and Scorsoni’s interests. Sue Grafton has been married to Steve Humphrey for more than thirty years, and they divide their time between Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky, where she was born and raised.
I began reading the 'alphabet 'series written by Sue Grafton when the first book, 'A is for Alibi' featuring private detective Kinsey Millhone, was published in 1982. Bill Pronzini and Marcia Muller have their fictional detective spot Millhone at a convention in Chicago.Millhone takes the case and begins to track down all of the people who were a part of Fife’s life at the time of the murder. Overall, this is a promising start to a series I have long meant to read and I am sure I will not stop at the first letter of the alphabet. Upon finishing 'A is for Alibi', narrated on audiobook by Mary Peiffer, I'm happy to say that I enjoyed this first book in the series as much as when I read it in 1982. An autopsy and lab tests showed that he’d died as a result of ingesting oleander, ground to a fine powder and substituted for the medication in the capsule he took: not a masterly plot, but one employed to good effect. The story takes place in a distinctive setting and its pacing and action are solid fits with the plot.
Grafton worked for the next 15 years writing screenplays for television movies, including Sex and the Single Parent; Mark, I Love You; and Nurse. All too often, in books, movies, and TV, we see investigators focusing solely on one mystery at a time. a b c d "Every Winner of the Anthony Award for Best Novel, Assembled For Your Crime Reading Pleasure".Kinsey Millhone should have done something else—she should have turned the car in the direction of home. Inspired by her father, Grafton began writing when she was 18 and finished her first novel four years later. Her second marriage was with Al Schmidt in 1962 but it ended with protracted divorce and custody proceedings over their daughter.