Meet Kinsey Millhone
There is something comforting in returning to old favourite characters book after book and following their lives with interest. A lot of years ago a friend introduced me to one of the best series I had read up until then. I devoured each title as they became available.
Sue Grafton developed a very memorable character in Kinsey Millhone who features in her Alphabet series. As the name suggests there were meant to be 26 books in the series starting with A is for Alibi and publishing one per year. Unfortunately the author passed away before completing the series and it end at Y is for Yesterday.
Kinsey Millhone is a tough ex cop, now a private investigator based in Santa Teresa, California. She has few personal attachments, and having been divorced twice, is not overly keen on having serious relationships. She runs a small Detective Agency and each novel continues on from the last as she solves a multitude of murders and cases through dogged determination often at a cost to her own safety.
She has few personal attachments, and having been divorced twice, is not overly keen on having serious relationships. She runs a small Detective Agency and each novel continues on from the last as she solves a multitude of murders and cases through dogged determination, often at a cost to her own safety.
Her relationship with her octogenarian landlord is very touching and cuts through the hard ass image that she portrays adding that little bit of humanity that appeals to readers. Who wouldn’t want to sample some of the culinary delights which Henry makes for Kinsey – we can almost smell the baking wafting from his kitchen to the converted garage where she lives!
I loved the humanity of the character and each book brought more depth to Kinsey as little by little her past was unveiled and we could understand more of what drove her and where her determination to solve the crimes she did. Her personal relationships weave in and out and mix with the little details of her life which reveal so much.
If you haven’t delved into these books yet – now is the time! I am envious of the delights you have ahead of you as you are introduced to, and get to know ‘Kinsey Millhone- Private Investigator’.
Sue Grafton titles on Libraries NI Catalogue