The Alphabet Series by Sue Grafton – Book Review

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I’d like to give a little history before I start my review.  In the 1990’s I moved into the house I’m currently living in.  The first people to welcome me to the neighborhood lived in a blue ranch across the street.  George and Millie became a large part of my life, since I was a stay-at-home Mom, and they were retired.  Millie and I called each other quite often, and the kids and I went across the street to visit frequently.  My son frequently went to the lake with Millie and her granddaughter Katherine, who was a few years older than he was.  Millie was also a reader, and she was the one who told me all about Sue Grafton.  At the time, I was reading historical fiction about England and Ireland, and just wasn’t interested in the Grafton series.  Millie passed away a few years ago, and one the of the last things she told me was that I simply had to read Grafton’s books because she would never get to finish them, and she knew that her daughters wouldn’t read them.

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So, in fulfillment of my promise to Millie, I’ve begun reading The Alphabet Series, and I must say that I’m really glad I started.  I enjoy the character of Kinsey Millhone.  She’s feisty, smart and funny.  So far, I’ve read the series up to the letter “f” as in, F is for Fugitive.  I won’t go into much detail, except to say that the novels are well written, exciting and the characters pretty well-developed.  I am glad that I waited all this time to read them, as Grafton is now up to the letter “x”, and I hope that she’ll publish “z” before I finish all the other letters.  (Unlike a well-known author named George R.R. Martin of whose books I’ll have to completely re-read before the end! – oh horrors!)  I highly recommend this series.  Well done, Grafton!

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Sue Grafton

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