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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

P IS FOR PERIL by Sue Grafton

G. P. Putnam’s Sons
New York
Genre: Fiction/Mystery
Rating: Very Good
ISBN: 0399147195, $26.95, 352 pp.

If you’re familiar with the fictional mystery genre, then the name Sue Grafton is not new to you, nor her alphabetical Kinsey Millhone series. You might say Kinsey is a grown-up Nancy Drew with a Private Investigator’s license. In P is for Peril, Kinsey is hired to find a missing doctor...sounds very simple and straight forward. However, it doesn’t take long before the author has you pulled into multiple mysteries and everyone is a suspect with a good motive.

As far as writing style, Ms Grafton’s style has a formula feel to it, i.e, bring in a new character or house and she immediately describes he/she/it in extensive detail, and detail seems to be her forte. I personally could do without so much detail. Who cares what particular items Kinsey purchased at the grocery store or how she placed her umbrella or hung her coat. But, that’s just my taste.

Kaye Trout - September 3, 2008