Title: A is for Alibi
Author: Sue Grafton
Finished: November 2
Pages: 279
Publisher: Wings
Publish Year: 1999
ISBN: 051720679X

My first Sue Grafton novel. I was excited to get started on this series, as I am with most. I’m 20 books behind.

Kinsey is a private investigator, hired by a woman who was just released from prison after being convicted of killing her husband. She denies that she was guilty and hires Kinsey to find out who the real killer is.

For me, it took awhile to get into the story. It wasn’t about until I was halfway through that I started enjoying reading it more and then in the last 30-40 pages when I just didn’t want to put it down.

I could almost feel that this was Grafton’s first book as character development seemed slower and even at the end I wasn’t fully sure of all of Kinsey’s personality. I’m sure it develops over time, but as a first book in the series I almost would have expected there to be more to her character.

I did enjoy the book very much and will continue on with the series and I’m sure I will grow to like the character more. This is almost the exact same feeling I had when reading One for the Money and A Drink Before the War. Writers get better with practice and I don’t doubt that Grafton does.

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