A is for Alibi : a Kinsey Millhone Mystery Paperback
by Sue Grafton
Part of the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series series
'My name is Kinsey Millhone. I'm a private investigator, licensed by the state of California.
I'm thirty-two years old, twice divorced, no kids. The day before yesterday I killed someone and the fact weighs heavily on my mind ...' When Laurence Fife was murdered, few cared.
A slick divorce attorney with a reputation for ruthlessness, Fife was also rumoured to be a slippery ladies' man.
Plenty of people in the picturesque Southern California town of Santa Teresa had reason to want him dead.
Including, thought the cops, his young and beautiful wife, Nikki.
With motive, access and opportunity, Nikki was their number one suspect.
The Jury thought so too. Eight years later and out on parole, Nikki Fife hires Kinsey Millhone to find out who really killed her husband.
But the trail has gone cold and there is a chilling twist even Kinsey didn't expect ...'Will keep you awake until the last page has been turned' Daily Mail
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 24/05/2012
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781447212218
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Review by Bernadette877
Turns out Sue Grafton was crafting sharply written whodunnits right from the start of the series. Kinsey Millhone’s a twice divorced, slightly cynical and competent PI: when a little B&E is called for, she just locates the spare keys, while regular running means she’s realistically fit enough for the adrenalin pumping finale. In this tale Nikki, in the (perhaps not) femme fatale role, was convicted of her husband’s murder despite claiming her innocence. Now she’s out on parole, she asks Kinsey to reinvestigate. Sue Grafton plays it straight. There’s more than one plausible suspect and as the book reaches its climax, each reveals their own burden of guilt, the wrongdoers receive their harsh desserts and the loose ends get wrapped up.