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B is for Burglar (Kinsey Millhone Mysteries) [Mass Market Paperback]

Sue Grafton , Kinsey Millhone
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Nov 1995 Kinsey Millhone Mysteries
Finding wealthy Elaine Boldt seems like a quickie  case to Kinsey Millhone. The flashy widow was last  seen wearing a $12,000 lynx coat, leaving her  condo in Santa Teresa for her condo in Boca Raton. But  somewhere in between, she vanished. Kinsey's case  goes from puzzling to sinister when a house is  torched, an apartment is burgled of worthless papers,  the lynx coat comes back without Elaine, and her  bridge partner is found dead. Soon Kinsey's clues  begin to form a capital M -- not for missing, but  for murder: and plenty of it.

Winner of the 1985  Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award and the  1985 Anthony Award for Best Novel.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books; Reissue edition (Nov 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553280341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553280340
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,374,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sue Grafton has become one of the most popular mystery writers, both here and in the US. Born in Kentucky in 1940, the daughter of the mystery writer C. W. Grafton, she began her career as a TV scriptwriter before Kinsey Millhone and the 'Alphabet' series took off. She lives and writes in Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky.

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'Kinsey Millhone (is) just about the gutsiest as well as the shrewdest of her kind.' Observer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Sue Grafton has become one of the most popular female writers, both in the UK and in the US. Born in Kentucky in 1940, she began her career as a TV scriptwriter before Kinsey Millhone and the 'alphabet' series took off. She plans to take Kinsey all the way through the alphabet to Z. Sue lives and writes in Montecito, California and Louisville, Kentucky. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars B Is for Burglar 27 Sep 2005
The one great thing about the alphabet series of Kinsey Milhone thrillers is that you always know where you are in the series, so with this being "B is for Burglar" this must be the second book and it takes place only a couple of weeks after the dramatic ending of the first book.
Kinsey has been hired again, this time by Beverly Danziger who is trying to locate her sister, Elaine Boldt, so that the contents of a family will can be shared out. Elaine, who lives in a high-class condominium is Santa Teresa, was last seen taking a taxi to the airport to fly out to her other property in Florida. Kinsey is soon on the trail, talking to Elaine's neighbours in Santa Teresa as well as flying down to Florida to chat to the neighbours down there. The case gets slightly more complicated when Beverly decides that she doesn't want Kinsey to file a missing persons report with the police, Kinsey feeling that this legitimate line of enquiry shouldn't be closed off, terminates her contract with Beverly, only to have Elaine's elderly neighbour in Florida hire her instead. Convinced that there is foul play involved rather than the possibility that Elaine has simply taken a holiday, Kinsey starts to make enquiries about the fire in a neighbouring house that killed a friend of Elaine's, Marty Grice.
This ripping page-turner of a book gains much from the introduction of several really entertaining characters to read about. Julia Ochsner, Elaine's elderly and disabled neighbour from Florida is a real pleasure, mixing girlish enthusiasm with Miss Marple like intuition. Similarly Mohawk haircut wearing punk Mike is also a hoot. Even though these characters take only a small section of the book they really do add to the quality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars B is for Burglar 30 Sep 2012
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This is the second in the Kinsey Millhone P I series, following on from A is for Alibi: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery (Kinsey Millhone Mysteries), but a totally stand alone story. It is June in Santa Teresa when Beverly Danziger walks into Kinsey's office. Her request seems straightforward - can she locate her sister Elaine Boldt as her signature is needed on some legal papers. The estate needs to be settled, but Beverly cannot get hold of her sister and they are not on good terms. Hoping to wrap this request up quickly, Kinsey discovers that Elaine splits her time between Santa Teresa and Florida, but does not seem to be in either location.

Although this is only the second book in the series, the principal character already feels like an old friend. Kinsey is everything a good heroine should be - intelligent, quick thinking, independent and not overly sure of herself. There are also a good cast of other characters to give the story substance, including the elderly Julia Ochsner in Florida, who enjoys the thrill of the chase vicariously. However, the plot soon throws up more questions than answers: who is the unlikeable Pat Usher who claims to have sublet Elaine's apartment, is the murder of a neighbour by a burglar in Santa Teresa linked in any way to Elaine's disappearance and why is Beverly so resistant to reporting her sister as a missing person? This is a fast moving and exciting mystery. My only complaint is that the ending did feel a little rushed. As each mystery follows on from the next, I guess I must download C is for Corpse (Kinsey Millhone Mysteries) and follow Kinsey's adventures.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Reaslistic 2 Dec 2007
I have just finished reading B is for Burglar, the second in the Kinsey Millhone series, having not read any of the others. The characters in this book are very well thought out and credible, with just the right element of humour. Kinsey herself is a breath of fresh air, not being particularly interested in anything 'girlie' but being healthily interested in men and quirky food joints! I was a bit disappointed that I'd guessed the outcome about 2/3 of the way through, but was still able to enjoy the story to the end.

I am looking forward now to starting with A and working my way through the rest!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars B is for Brilliant 5 April 2006
By imla
This is, quite obviously, the second in the alphabet series staring Private Detective Kinsey Millhone, one of the most convincing and likeable female private detectives in recent fiction.
First off, only read this book after reading the first novel - series books are always best read in the right order. If you have read the first one in the series, 'A is for Alibi', you will know what to expect. This is more of the same, witty one liners from Kinsey, a well plotted mystery, a full set of convincing characters and plenty of twists and turns. There's nothing that pulls this novel out of the water, making it so amazing and outshining 'A is for Alibi' but it is a solid follow-up. Grafton is still writing superbly well, creating strong descriptions of both characters and settings - which I feel is her strongest attribute as a writer. The ending was a little drawn out but that was a minor fault.
This book has to be read by crime fiction fans, for a well rounded, enjoyable mystery which has a grounded, realistic tone with none of that silly blockbuster nonsense!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I enjoyed this book, there's just the right amount of personal side to the story as there is detective side to it. The storyline is never too outlandish to be unbelievable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jimnychris
4.0 out of 5 stars Great holiday read
I thoroughly enjoyed racing through this on holiday. Sadly, it was written pre mobiles and internet, so it's a bit dated. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ronni Lamont
5.0 out of 5 stars Every detail
Sue Grafton created a great character with Kinsey millhone, the threads she weaves in the investigations is genius and creates an almost tangible world which draws you in and makes... Read more
Published 2 months ago by amanda norbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
In the second book in the series Kinsey is hired to locate a missing person. This leads Kinsey to fallout with her Client, who just happens to be the missing girls sister, as she... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Laineyloos
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good read
I am getting into her books and find them most enjoyable. She holds your interest right from the beginning, as the plot thickens!!
Published 5 months ago by Brigid
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say..........
Sue Grafton and this series of books were recommended to me by a James Paterson fan, and she didn't let me down! What a fabulous read. Off to purchase C. Thank you
Published 6 months ago by Lindsey
5.0 out of 5 stars The Alphabet Series
Recommended to Sue Grafton by a friend and will be reading the whole alphabet Have got C on Kindle and will be ordering the others eventually
Published 7 months ago by sylvia spinks
5.0 out of 5 stars B is for nail biting
A great follow on from the first book, I changed my mind a dozen times as to what the ending would be. I can't wait to start the next book.
Published 8 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Great story with plenty of twists to make it a real page turner. Kinsey at her best getting into all sorts of scrapes. Love this gal.
Published 9 months ago by Marion Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Sue Grafton never fails to impress
have read a few of the alphabet books in the past but intend to read them all from A to Z now on my Kindle as they are all great stories. Love Kindsey Millhone, shes great!
Published 9 months ago by liz payton
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