Book Review 4 of 5 stars to T is for Trespass, the 20th book in the "Kinsey Millhone Alphabet" mystery series, written in 2007 by Sue Grafton. I was pleasantly surprised with this book and enjoyed reading it from beginning to end. It was the last book in the series I've read, and once I finish catching up on a few reviews of the older ones, I plan to dive back into this series. here's the scoop: I read A LOT.
If I could meet the person who talked Sue Grafton into writing multiple POV's in the latest books, I would totally buy them drinks. Then we would talk about how much better every other POV than Kinsey's is, and how I liked the psychopath's POV more than Kinsey, and we would laugh and laugh. Then, we'd probably be drunk enough to sing "Bohemian Rhapsody" during Karaoke and we would totally kill it. So, in this book we have an elderly neighbor being abused by a psychopathic "nurse". Naughty Nurse wants to kill her as much as I do. Kinsey's POV was the same old rambling bullshit that I've learned how to skim through brilliantly. That's right, Kinsey is so unbearable that she can't keep a guy's attention for more than a couple of months. Her married-man/affair-guy went back to his horrible wife. I would feel bad for her and totally offer her ice cream and vodka if I knew I wouldn't have to read this kind of thing: Jilly brought me ice cream and vodka to cheer me up. Then, I poured the vodka, which got me thinking about Russia. I noticed the ice cream Jilly picked out was Ben and Jerry's Fudge Brownie. Yes, I say underpants instead of panties or underwear like a normal person. Yes, I say "take a whiz" like a gross man in a bar might say.
I hope Grafton keeps the series as fresh and engaging as T for the last six books.
The woman seems like the perfect fit to care for the elderly man, but Kinsey senses something is not right.
Grafton plunges the reader into the dark world of identity theft, insurance fraud, pedophilia, and elder abuse ---- for the purpose of self-gain and committed with no remorse; my comfy reads turned into dangerous territory, and Grafton peppers this book with elements of suspenseful twists, turns and more than a little violence and danger. A technique I found interesting is that for the first time throughout this series, Grafton gives us a glimpse of Kinsey through another character's eyes.
Kinsey Millhone is back. She flies out to Santa Teresa and hires a home-aide, charging Kinsey with the responsibility of checking her references, telling her that only a basic check is necessary.
But I always find this series and its characters a comforting read.
Crabby and mean Gus, who lives next-door to Henry. Henry had Christmas and a quarrel with his maybe Charlotte.
I loved that Henry played a big role in this book, he is a great character & I missed him from S is for Silence, but a bit disappointed her & Cheney seem to have fizzled out.
She is best known for her alphabet series featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. Because of these things, and out of respect for Sues wishes, the family announced the alphabet now ends at Y Grafton was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, the Ross Macdonald Literary Award, three Shamus Awards, and many other honors and awards.