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Good and bad things seem to be coming in threes for Kinsey Millhone: on her thirty-third birthday she moves back into her renovated apartment, gets hired to find an elderly lady supposedly living in the Mojave Desert by herself, and makes the top of ex-con Tyrone Patty's hit list. It's the last that convinces Kinsey even she can't handle whoever's been hired to whack her, Good and bad things seem to be coming in threes for Kinsey Millhone: on her thirty-third birthday she moves back into her renovated apartment, gets hired to find an elderly lady supposedly living in the Mojave Desert by herself, and makes the top of ex-con Tyrone Patty's hit list. It's the last that convinces Kinsey even she can't handle whoever's been hired to whack her, and she gets herself a bodyguard: Robert Dietz, a Porsche-driving P.I. who takes guarding Kinsey's body very seriously. With Dietz watching her for the merest sign of her usual recklessness, Kinsey plunges into her case. And before it's over, she'll unearth the gruesome truth about a long-buried betrayal and, in the process, come fact-to-face with her own mortality. . .


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Good and bad things seem to be coming in threes for Kinsey Millhone: on her thirty-third birthday she moves back into her renovated apartment, gets hired to find an elderly lady supposedly living in the Mojave Desert by herself, and makes the top of ex-con Tyrone Patty's hit list. It's the last that convinces Kinsey even she can't handle whoever's been hired to whack her, Good and bad things seem to be coming in threes for Kinsey Millhone: on her thirty-third birthday she moves back into her renovated apartment, gets hired to find an elderly lady supposedly living in the Mojave Desert by herself, and makes the top of ex-con Tyrone Patty's hit list. It's the last that convinces Kinsey even she can't handle whoever's been hired to whack her, and she gets herself a bodyguard: Robert Dietz, a Porsche-driving P.I. who takes guarding Kinsey's body very seriously. With Dietz watching her for the merest sign of her usual recklessness, Kinsey plunges into her case. And before it's over, she'll unearth the gruesome truth about a long-buried betrayal and, in the process, come fact-to-face with her own mortality. . .

30 review for G is for Gumshoe

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jilly

    Sometimes when I review a book, I don't feel like I have a lot to say, so I consider just writing a simple sentence or not even reviewing at all, but just giving a rating. Sometimes, there just isn't much to be said. Janet obviously struggled here, but what else is there to be said in this case? But, for this one, I have soooooo much material that I need to just pick out a couple of things to bitch about review or it's going to be as much of a hot mess as this book is. So, I'll try. It may get mes Sometimes when I review a book, I don't feel like I have a lot to say, so I consider just writing a simple sentence or not even reviewing at all, but just giving a rating. Sometimes, there just isn't much to be said. Janet obviously struggled here, but what else is there to be said in this case? But, for this one, I have soooooo much material that I need to just pick out a couple of things to bitch about review or it's going to be as much of a hot mess as this book is. So, I'll try. It may get messy, but not as messy as things could have gotten if Janet had gone into more detail. So, there's that at least. As you all know, I dislike Kinsey. She has been having an affair with a married man for a while now. She also has the audacity to feel sorry for herself as the other woman because he's not as invested in the relationship as she would like. "I found it disquieting that I never knew where I stood.... I felt like a peripheral character in a play... Clearly I hadn't the slightest idea what I was getting into... It's hard to complain when I knew his marital status from the outset..." Really, dumbass? You had NO idea that you weren't getting a real boyfriend when you decided to start having sex with a married man? What exactly did you think would happen? It doesn't even matter what the answer is, you were wrong... in every way. You can hang all the inspirational quotes you want, but it doesn't mean they're true. So, Kinsey isn't a happy hoe. And, now she finds out that there is a contract out on her life. Someone who's not even her bf's wife wants to kill her, and to make matters even worse, they are doing it for a discount price. So, she's a cheap hoe too. I would almost feel sorry for her, except that I don't. At all. She hires a bodyguard who turns out to be an awesome guy, but she isn't interested in him until her friend becomes interested. As a matter of fact, once her friend dates the guy, Kinsey suddenly decides she wants him. Seriously, bitch? All the weenies are mine! Bad friend, hoe, too... In the meantime, Kinsey has a case that involves finding an elderly woman. It ends up becoming a very twisty situation. Too twisty. Like, stupidly, unbelievable, OTT shit. When you added that to the attempts on her life, things just got too unbelievable. I mean, I'm okay with everything not being too realistic because, let's face it, nobody wants to read a book of boring mundane reality, but this one tried too hard. There were car chases, multiple shootings, murder attempts, OTT villains, and injuries to Kinsey that should have killed her - if not at least kept her down for a few days. Plus, she keeps doing idiotic things like running straight into danger every time her bodyguard turns his back for a minute. The main villain has super-hero like abilities and the missing-woman case has coincidences that are almost magical. I just ended up eye-rolling the whole time. During this book. I consider this my workout. So, you could say I'm pretty dedicated to physical fitness. Overall, the only good thing about this book was the bodyguard. He's smart, intense, and has a crow as a pet, which makes him even more awesome because crows are the best birds ever. I'm hoping he shows up again, but that is just for my sake. For his own sake, I hope he stays far away from the idiot that is Kinsey and meets a nice girl instead. A little gem on Kinsey's intelligence level: "...on about May 5, which is not only Cinco de Mayo in California, but....." Hey, Einstein, Cinco de Mayo means May 5th in Spanish. It's not a California thing, it's a day of the year thing. As a matter of fact, there are so many reasons this is stupid that I could make a list. But, that list would be wasted upon you, wouldn't it? Dumb hoe... Okay, purge complete. On to the next book!

  2. 5 out of 5

    James

    Book Review 3.5 of 5 stars for G is for Gumshoe, the 7th installment in the "Kinsey Millhone" mystery series, written in 1990 by Sue Grafton. Another good book in the series, this one offers an opportunity for Kinsey to partner with someone else -- this time to save her own life. Kinsey's just turned 33 and has a few big things going on in her life, one of which is a criminal king pin after her for some recent actions. When Kinsey realizes her life is in danger, she hires a bodyguard, Book Review 3.5 of 5 stars for G is for Gumshoe, the 7th installment in the "Kinsey Millhone" mystery series, written in 1990 by Sue Grafton. Another good book in the series, this one offers an opportunity for Kinsey to partner with someone else -- this time to save her own life. Kinsey's just turned 33 and has a few big things going on in her life, one of which is a criminal king pin after her for some recent actions. When Kinsey realizes her life is in danger, she hires a bodyguard, but he is way more intense than she'd hoped for; however, it's a good thing he's there, as Kinsey finds herself coming close to death a few times more than usual in this book. At the core, a long-buried, and thought to be dead, secret pops back up... and several people seem willing to kill to keep it from truly coming out again. Kinsey has no clue what's going on, but is as determined as ever. Good writing. Great characters. A little formulaic at times, but I tend to like that side of it, too. The voice changes a bit in this book, but not enough to warrant any concern. I still love the supporting characters, and this one introduces a few good personalities that I hope come around every so often. For fans of the series, it's a good one -- somewhere in the middle of the range for highs and lows. Best part is how strong Kinsey is, but at the same time, shows humanity and emotion. She's the kind of detective I'd want working on my case, if I ever needed to prove my innocence. Trusts but verifies. Knows when to back off, but still finds a way to push her agenda in the background, which always ends up being a good thing -- except when she gets caught in the crossfire. About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Another great, entertaining and easy read in this extensive series! I really like that I have so many left to read. In G is for Gumshoe Kinsey has to take on a body guard to protect her from a death threat and this has its up and its down side for her! We also follow up on a missing elderly lady, several possibly dead people and a potential house of horrors. The usual kind of stuff for our intrepid P.I. I really enjoy these books. They are light, a reasonable length, fast paced and with a good sto Another great, entertaining and easy read in this extensive series! I really like that I have so many left to read. In G is for Gumshoe Kinsey has to take on a body guard to protect her from a death threat and this has its up and its down side for her! We also follow up on a missing elderly lady, several possibly dead people and a potential house of horrors. The usual kind of stuff for our intrepid P.I. I really enjoy these books. They are light, a reasonable length, fast paced and with a good story. I think there are about fifteen more. Fantastic:)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Luffy

    For the first time in this series, I voiced the word 'epic' in my mind when I finished reading this book. My memories however, are starting to fade. I don't know how much of that is because of my mind, and how much is due to the book itself. But it was engrossing to read about the trail that Kinsey Millhone has to undertake and the adventurous dangers she faces. Though it's a five star read, I awarded this score knowing that it doesn't break into my top 20 books. But it made for an interesting read For the first time in this series, I voiced the word 'epic' in my mind when I finished reading this book. My memories however, are starting to fade. I don't know how much of that is because of my mind, and how much is due to the book itself. But it was engrossing to read about the trail that Kinsey Millhone has to undertake and the adventurous dangers she faces. Though it's a five star read, I awarded this score knowing that it doesn't break into my top 20 books. But it made for an interesting read, being icky sometimes, but that was all part of the perusal. I have no complaints.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karl

    This hardcover is signed by Sue Grafton.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton is a 1997, (originally published in 1990), Ballantine Books publication. In January of this year, (2016), I vowed to get caught all the way up on this series by the end of the year. Naturally, I got side tracked, but I’m still determined to achieve my goal. So, here are my thoughts on the seventh installment of this popular and long-running series. Kinsey is hired by a frail, sickly women to check on her mother because she has not heard from her in a while. Sounds G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton is a 1997, (originally published in 1990), Ballantine Books publication. In January of this year, (2016), I vowed to get caught all the way up on this series by the end of the year. Naturally, I got side tracked, but I’m still determined to achieve my goal. So, here are my thoughts on the seventh installment of this popular and long-running series. Kinsey is hired by a frail, sickly women to check on her mother because she has not heard from her in a while. Sounds like a simple enough task, and it is, at first. The old woman is found, placed in a facility, but up and disappears yet again, only this time she’s not so lucky. In the meantime, Kinsey is informed she could be the target of an assassin she helped put away, requiring her to have a bodyguard, one she becomes quite close to before all is said and done. This chapter in the series seemed super short for some reason. I read it in under an hour, but not because it was impossible to put down. There was a lot of action, some romance, but the case is a little murky and I had to read the last few chapters twice in order to make sure I had understood it right. The assassin on Kinsey’s trail proved to be the more exciting part of the book and the irony of it made this story as hardboiled as any 1940’s detective story. This side story is the reason it upped my star rating, otherwise this one would have fallen rather flat. Overall this one gets a 3.5 rounded to 4 Onward to H is Homicide

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    4.5 stars. Very exciting one as Kinsey has a price on her head. This is a story with new beginnings of more than one kind.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Petula Darling

    G is for Giant Decrease in I.Q. Kinsey, what happened? I used to be able to count on you for being one of the few sleuths who didn't make me pull my hair out in exasperation. Reading this book, however, practically gave me a bald spot as you careened from one blatantly bad decision to the next. I still care about you and plan to read future installments, but I think we need to take a break for a while. It's not me - it's you. G is for Giant Decrease in I.Q. Kinsey, what happened? I used to be able to count on you for being one of the few sleuths who didn't make me pull my hair out in exasperation. Reading this book, however, practically gave me a bald spot as you careened from one blatantly bad decision to the next. I still care about you and plan to read future installments, but I think we need to take a break for a while. It's not me - it's you.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Markus

    And now, here is a quick review Before this book gets overdue. (I'm a poet and I DO know it, thank you very much.) Five fun things this particular Kinsey Millhone mystery has to offer: 1. A fun, funny, believable strong female main character who refuses to buy into conventional ideas of femininity. If I were asked to rate my looks on a scale of one to ten, I wouldn't. 2. Reasonably obscure Brontë references -- perfect for that Victorian-lit nerd in your life! (Can't say more or I'll give away major pl And now, here is a quick review Before this book gets overdue. (I'm a poet and I DO know it, thank you very much.) Five fun things this particular Kinsey Millhone mystery has to offer: 1. A fun, funny, believable strong female main character who refuses to buy into conventional ideas of femininity. If I were asked to rate my looks on a scale of one to ten, I wouldn't. 2. Reasonably obscure Brontë references -- perfect for that Victorian-lit nerd in your life! (Can't say more or I'll give away major plot points.) 3. Still more refusing to give into stereotypes about women. Why does everybody assume women are so nurturing? My maternal instincts were extinguished by my Betsy Wetsy doll. Every time she peed in her little flannel didies, I could feel my temper climb. I quit feeding her and that cured it, but it did make me wonder, even at the age of six, how suited I was for motherhood. 4. Lots of deadpan humor. "He's a cut-rate killer. Fifteen hundred bucks." Dietz amplified. "For that kind of money, he's not going to hang around for long. If he's quick about it, it may be worth it to him. Otherwise forget it. It's not cost-effective." "Yeah," I said. "We don't want him to get chewed out by his accountant." (The killer's after her, by the way.) 5. Lots of junk food, for those of us who've reached an age where we need to enjoy that kind of thing vicariously. Also, I never know whodunnit in Grafton's mysteries until she tells me in so many words; but that may be less a compliment to her writing skills and more a sad reflection on my readerly ones. Off to the library now.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    G IS FOR GUMSHOE is the seventh book in the Kinsey Millhone series and it’s possibly my favorite one yet. I’ve enjoyed all the books so far in this series but there’s something about this book that just gripped me from the very first page. First of all, Kinsey continues to elate me. I love that she isn’t too fussed about a lot of things. She’s a straight-laced girl who doesn’t moan over dumb things. Her practicality makes her very endearing to me and it makes for great pacing in the book beca G IS FOR GUMSHOE is the seventh book in the Kinsey Millhone series and it’s possibly my favorite one yet. I’ve enjoyed all the books so far in this series but there’s something about this book that just gripped me from the very first page. First of all, Kinsey continues to elate me. I love that she isn’t too fussed about a lot of things. She’s a straight-laced girl who doesn’t moan over dumb things. Her practicality makes her very endearing to me and it makes for great pacing in the book because the narrative is never bogged down by any external distractions. It’s all about the case, but Grafton still makes it fun. The case in this one is unique because it involves a missing person. Kinsey is asked to hunt down an elderly woman whom her daughter hasn’t heard from in a while. What she finds is a complex and loony woman who could either be deranged or just suffering from old age. Kinsey isn’t quite sure but things start to get even more deadly for her when she learns that someone put a hit on her. This is the part of the book that kills me. Not only was I terrified for Kinsey, but there’s a character named Dietz that I really liked in this book. There’s tension there and I was thrilled to see this play out in the story. I know Kinsey isn’t a woman who needs a man to survive, but she is still a woman. I like that Grafton gives readers enough to tantalize and tease but not give us the whole bone. It keeps things interesting.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    I really loved this one. Kinsey is excited. She moves back into her newly renovated apartment that sounds fabulous. She just celebrated her birthday with friends. She's realizing Jonah is not what she wants. And she is then told she and several others are on a hit list. Kinsey trying to investigate a missing woman realizes she can't investigate and watch her back at the same time. She hires Robert Dietz, a private investigator she hired on an earlier case in A is for Alibi. This was great. Besid I really loved this one. Kinsey is excited. She moves back into her newly renovated apartment that sounds fabulous. She just celebrated her birthday with friends. She's realizing Jonah is not what she wants. And she is then told she and several others are on a hit list. Kinsey trying to investigate a missing woman realizes she can't investigate and watch her back at the same time. She hires Robert Dietz, a private investigator she hired on an earlier case in A is for Alibi. This was great. Besides running for her life. Kinsey is dealing with her friend Verna trying to set her up with a doctor, telling herself she's not really into Dietz, and coming to terms with her own mortality. The hitman was something out of a cartoon it felt like sometimes too. We have to get into that man's backstory and his family dynamics. No spoilers, but it was odd. The writing was really good as was the flow. I was not expecting the ending we get and it took me by surprise. Kinsey and Dietz end up living together for a couple of months after the end of this case before he leaves to go work in Germany. I think this book was a turning point in Kinsey's development. She finally goes and falls in love again after her wariness about getting too heavily involved with anyone.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Still my favorite book in the series. This one has nonstop action and multiple cases being solved that keep evolving with the story. A must read!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I enjoyed this installment in the Kinsey Millhone series, and thought the story was pretty well written. For some reason I didn't like it as much as the first book, but I still think Kinsey is a pretty well heeled detective and puts a good name for women detectives. I enjoyed this installment in the Kinsey Millhone series, and thought the story was pretty well written. For some reason I didn't like it as much as the first book, but I still think Kinsey is a pretty well heeled detective and puts a good name for women detectives.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Una Tiers

    G is for gumshoe contains one of the better plots that starts with a missing woman and a threat on Kinsey. There are some not believable moments. I went back to this book to find the word cenotaph. It is a monument or grave marker for someone who is buried elsewhere. It is also a good red herring for a mystery. Several things stood out in this book written in 1990 that are about the stereotypes in place in the 1980s. One, babies should be born to married people. Two, women should be shorter and yo G is for gumshoe contains one of the better plots that starts with a missing woman and a threat on Kinsey. There are some not believable moments. I went back to this book to find the word cenotaph. It is a monument or grave marker for someone who is buried elsewhere. It is also a good red herring for a mystery. Several things stood out in this book written in 1990 that are about the stereotypes in place in the 1980s. One, babies should be born to married people. Two, women should be shorter and younger than men. The third issue is how Grafton treats large people. I don't know if this is her position or the characters. She doesn't like them and it shows in many of her books. The larger people 'lumber' and if they are agile, pretty or graceful, it is a surprise.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Claire Grasse

    Minus a star because I could really do without the peep into Kinsey's sexual adventures. I think the books stand on their own without this facet, and I love to recommend them to friends, but I don't like to recommend books where the characters are cavorting between the sheets. Call me a prude, but I'd rather just read a good, old-fashioned mystery story. Isn't there enough gratuitous sex on TV? Romping aside, Grafton has once again given us a great whodunnit, with her usual crack-me-up, dry witt Minus a star because I could really do without the peep into Kinsey's sexual adventures. I think the books stand on their own without this facet, and I love to recommend them to friends, but I don't like to recommend books where the characters are cavorting between the sheets. Call me a prude, but I'd rather just read a good, old-fashioned mystery story. Isn't there enough gratuitous sex on TV? Romping aside, Grafton has once again given us a great whodunnit, with her usual crack-me-up, dry witticisms and the quirky, believable characters I've come to expect.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julia Buckley

    I first read this book in the 90s, but chose to re-read it because it was one of my favorites in the alphabet series. I know that Grafton was greatly influenced by Ross MacDonald, and this book is clearly an homage to MacDonald in many ways. I love both authors, and I found the dual mysteries in this one to be equally compelling and suspenseful throughout. Robert Dietz is one of Grafton's best characters, and I was glad to have the chance to revisit this novel. I first read this book in the 90s, but chose to re-read it because it was one of my favorites in the alphabet series. I know that Grafton was greatly influenced by Ross MacDonald, and this book is clearly an homage to MacDonald in many ways. I love both authors, and I found the dual mysteries in this one to be equally compelling and suspenseful throughout. Robert Dietz is one of Grafton's best characters, and I was glad to have the chance to revisit this novel.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Readstoomuch

    I have wanted to read this series for ages . . . and how that I've started I can't stop! I intended to read a couple of them and then break away for other books and then return to the Alphabet mysteries later on. Nothing doing . . . I am reading them nonstop (and mixing other books simultaneously ). All the while reading the next Letter of the alphabet and never taking a break from Sue Grafton's fun. :) I have wanted to read this series for ages . . . and how that I've started I can't stop! I intended to read a couple of them and then break away for other books and then return to the Alphabet mysteries later on. Nothing doing . . . I am reading them nonstop (and mixing other books simultaneously ). All the while reading the next Letter of the alphabet and never taking a break from Sue Grafton's fun. :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elise Stokes

    Just finished "G is for Gumshoe" today. I happen to like Kinsey Milhoune and don't mind that she is stuck in the '80s. Though I enjoyed the story, this isn't the best Kinsey mystery, and I never did figure out what a "Gumshoe" was. Just finished "G is for Gumshoe" today. I happen to like Kinsey Milhoune and don't mind that she is stuck in the '80s. Though I enjoyed the story, this isn't the best Kinsey mystery, and I never did figure out what a "Gumshoe" was.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5. My least favorite so far, because I felt the story built up this huge THING that ended up being resolved in a handful of sentences. Premise was good, but I was ultimately disappointed by the ending. I wanted to know a lot more than the answers that were given.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    At the beginning of May, PI Kinsey Millhone is hired by a woman named Irene to track down her mother. The two usually talk one a month, but it’s been several months since they last talked. Before Kinsey can head out to the Salton Sea area, she gets words that a dangerous criminal is vowing revenge on the people who put him away, and one of those people is Kinsey. She does take the threat seriously. Should she? Will it complicate her search for the missing woman? I was hoping with two parallel plo At the beginning of May, PI Kinsey Millhone is hired by a woman named Irene to track down her mother. The two usually talk one a month, but it’s been several months since they last talked. Before Kinsey can head out to the Salton Sea area, she gets words that a dangerous criminal is vowing revenge on the people who put him away, and one of those people is Kinsey. She does take the threat seriously. Should she? Will it complicate her search for the missing woman? I was hoping with two parallel plots that they would build off each other. That doesn’t happen quite as well as I would have liked. In fact, the book begins to drag in the middle, although it certainly picks up near the end. We get to know another supporting character pretty well here, which in turn lets us get to know Kinsey better, which I love. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    Nice - two storylines bumping up against each other and a little love interest for Kinsey!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Smith

    G is for Gumshoe, not a bad book. Starting of with a hit on Kinsey's life to actually finding out who was the hit man, hope we see more with the body guard. G is for Gumshoe, not a bad book. Starting of with a hit on Kinsey's life to actually finding out who was the hit man, hope we see more with the body guard.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Quenya

    One of the main reasons I really enjoyed this book is watching Kinsey sense something about a case and not give up until she figures it all out. I also liked the incorporation of two separate storylines with moments of merging. Sue Grafton did an excellent job of incorporating the hitman story into the Agnes Grey story without either of them overwhelming the whole book. Both storylines are engaging and immediately grabbed my interest. I was anxiously waiting to see what came next and Grafton exc One of the main reasons I really enjoyed this book is watching Kinsey sense something about a case and not give up until she figures it all out. I also liked the incorporation of two separate storylines with moments of merging. Sue Grafton did an excellent job of incorporating the hitman story into the Agnes Grey story without either of them overwhelming the whole book. Both storylines are engaging and immediately grabbed my interest. I was anxiously waiting to see what came next and Grafton excels at building the suspense in this one. I think I’m half in love with Henry Pitts just as Kinsey is. His devotion and caring for her is so genuine and heartfelt. I truly think he is someone she can completely be herself with and someone who loves her no matter what. In G is for Gumshoe, we get our first glimpse of Kinsey working with a partner and I think I prefer Kinsey on her. I tried to like the Dietz character but he seemed to have a very dark side we only got a glimpse of and I didn’t buy him as a romantic interest for Kinsey at all. Judy Kaye as usual is the only voice of series there needs to be. I have no words for how well she is as a narrator.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    Kinsey Millhone turns 33, moves back into her apartment, takes a new case, and ends up on a hit list. The case seems simple enough, find the elderly mother of her client. The hit list proves to be problematic. While working on her case, Kinsey realizes she's can't handle being the target of a hired hit man, so she gets a bodyguard. The 7th Kinsey Millhone book in Grafton's alphabet series. Another fun Kinsey Millhone mystery. Of course, the simple case she took was not so simple, as to be expect Kinsey Millhone turns 33, moves back into her apartment, takes a new case, and ends up on a hit list. The case seems simple enough, find the elderly mother of her client. The hit list proves to be problematic. While working on her case, Kinsey realizes she's can't handle being the target of a hired hit man, so she gets a bodyguard. The 7th Kinsey Millhone book in Grafton's alphabet series. Another fun Kinsey Millhone mystery. Of course, the simple case she took was not so simple, as to be expected with these books. The best part was when Kinsey hired a bodyguard, Robert Dietz, after someone put a hit out on her. She's so independent and snarky, the fact that she had to rely on someone else's help was amusing. I hope Dietz appears in other books, because I enjoyed the dynamic between them. I listened to an audio version of this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Gumshoe is an old slang term for detective or investigator. I had to google that word. Enjoyed this murder investigation, the characters and the boyfriend. Fast paced, one of the best in the series so far. Will the boyfriend return? Looking forward to the next book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lukasz Pruski

    "'The Slabs?' 'Ah, doesn't ring a bell. [...] The Slabs are out on the Mojave, to the east of the Salton Sea. During the Second World War, there was a Marine base out there. It's gone now. All that's left are the concrete foundations for the barracks, known now as the Slabs. Thousands of people migrate to the Slabs every winter from the North.'" Reading the first third of Sue Grafton's G Is For Gumshoe was a riveting experience for me. Along with my family and friends, I used to pass next to the S "'The Slabs?' 'Ah, doesn't ring a bell. [...] The Slabs are out on the Mojave, to the east of the Salton Sea. During the Second World War, there was a Marine base out there. It's gone now. All that's left are the concrete foundations for the barracks, known now as the Slabs. Thousands of people migrate to the Slabs every winter from the North.'" Reading the first third of Sue Grafton's G Is For Gumshoe was a riveting experience for me. Along with my family and friends, I used to pass next to the Slabs, now called Slab City, every year between 1990 and 2010, when driving to our well-hidden New Year's Eve camping place in Chocolate Mountains. I often wondered about the daily life of people coming from Canada or northern parts of the US to stay in their trailers in the Mojave. And then, on page 38 of my paperback edition, I see: "In the distance, to the right, I caught sight of a hillock of raw dirt, crowned by an outcropping of rock painted with religious sentiments. GOD IS LOVE and REPENT loomed large." Yes, the place is still there, only now it is a full-blown tourist attraction, called The Salvation Mountain. Highly recommended! The book also mentions a motel in Brawley, and the locality called Niland, on the shore of Salton Sea. I know all these places so well! Back to the novel. A woman hires Kinsey Millhone to check on well-being of her mother, an 83-year-old woman, living alone in Slab City. At the same time, Kinsey learns that there is a contract on her life. A felon whom Kinsey helped to convict and put in prison wants her killed. When she drives on Highway 111 (so many memories for me), she is shot at and run off the road. Kinsey acquires a bodyguard to ensure her safety. The scenes of Kinsey's conversations with Agnes, the old woman, are the best parts of the novel. The dialogues ring true, and the psychology of the character reads plausible. As opposed to the entire thread of Kinsey evading the killer and the somewhat lame romantic thread between Kinsey and her bodyguard. Connections to events from the deep past (1940s) emerge and there is a lot of action. A lot of action! We even have passages like: "Blood and torn flesh bloomed in his chest like a chrysanthemum, shreds of cotton shirting like the calyx of a flower." Well, quite visual, yet a bit cheap! I like the novel, but mainly for the locales on the east shore of Salton Sea and for the Agnes character. Without these, I do not think it would be a highly readable novel. Three stars.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    Kinsey Millhone mystery No. 7- Kinsey investigate a mystery around a family's past, and more essentially and possibly as a result there is a contract out on Kinsey! My fave Kinsey so far... with her in peril! 5 out of 12 Kinsey Millhone mystery No. 7- Kinsey investigate a mystery around a family's past, and more essentially and possibly as a result there is a contract out on Kinsey! My fave Kinsey so far... with her in peril! 5 out of 12

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marleen

    G for Gumshoe was more like U for uninspired, in my opinion. It's really too bad, because I've been wanting to continue reading the alphabet series for awhile now. It's simply a small setback that this 7th book is not up the Grafton's usual standard. Good female P.I. stories are hard to find and I have the most fond memories of the first Kilsey Milhone books I've read years ago. Admittedly, there's only a few female private investigators I enjoyed more; that is Linda Barnes series featuring Carlo G for Gumshoe was more like U for uninspired, in my opinion. It's really too bad, because I've been wanting to continue reading the alphabet series for awhile now. It's simply a small setback that this 7th book is not up the Grafton's usual standard. Good female P.I. stories are hard to find and I have the most fond memories of the first Kilsey Milhone books I've read years ago. Admittedly, there's only a few female private investigators I enjoyed more; that is Linda Barnes series featuring Carlotta Carlyle, a 6'1" redheaded detective from Boston. It's unfortunate Barnes stopped writing altogether. The other female private investigator I adored was Sunny Randall, a series written by the prolific Robert B. Parker. Now those where thrilling stories. Here in G for Gumshoe, the two subplots felt rather weak; one is Kinsey avoiding a mean hit-man, travelling with his 5-year-old kidnapped boy. This hit-man was sent to kill Kinsey by a villain from a prior book's plot. Fortunately for Kinsey, she gets the protection of the enigmatic Dietz, and Kinsey quickly, although reluctantly, grows fond of him. As for Kinsey's investigation into what happened to an elderly woman who keeps evading her, well, that felt rather quickly thrown together and uncreative. Out of lack of anything better, I will continue the alphabet series till I get to the end of the alphabet. I'm sure that there are some better story-lines in there.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tad

    I'm really glad I discovered this series. The books are fun, well crafted and each time I read one, I feel like I'm settling in to hear more from a dear friend who I've grown to love. The stakes are high in these books but never so high that you ever really feel afraid for Kinsey's life. You know that she will always make it out alive no matter how bad things get and there is something really comforting in that. These books have become like comfort food for me. While the central mystery in this I'm really glad I discovered this series. The books are fun, well crafted and each time I read one, I feel like I'm settling in to hear more from a dear friend who I've grown to love. The stakes are high in these books but never so high that you ever really feel afraid for Kinsey's life. You know that she will always make it out alive no matter how bad things get and there is something really comforting in that. These books have become like comfort food for me. While the central mystery in this one felt a bit more muddled and hard to follow, it was just good to spend a few hours in the company of Kinsey Millhone. She's such a great character. I really do enjoy spending time with her. On to the next one, I guess!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This ended up one of my favorites in the alphabet series thus far. I spent an entire day reading, unable to tear myself away from it. I couldn't be satisfied until I made it to the end. SUPER suspenseful! I loved the addition of Dietz! I hoped he and Kinsey would get together. I had huge hopes for seeing him in future adventures. I liked Kinsey even more when they were together. Kinsey always seems so strange...so un-girlish. This was the first time I felt Kinsey gave in and admitted to her fear This ended up one of my favorites in the alphabet series thus far. I spent an entire day reading, unable to tear myself away from it. I couldn't be satisfied until I made it to the end. SUPER suspenseful! I loved the addition of Dietz! I hoped he and Kinsey would get together. I had huge hopes for seeing him in future adventures. I liked Kinsey even more when they were together. Kinsey always seems so strange...so un-girlish. This was the first time I felt Kinsey gave in and admitted to her fears and her longiness to be with a man in a real relationship. It was nice to see her be a little 'normal' for once. Love her even more now! Hope she stands strong though, too!

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