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D is for Deadbeat: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery (Kinsey Millhone Alphabet series Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Sue Grafton
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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‘My name is Kinsey Millhone. I’m a private investigator . . . female, single and self-employed, with a constitutional inability to work for anyone else. I’m a purist when it comes to justice, but I’ll lie at the drop of a hat. Inconsistency has never troubled me . . .’

It was late October, the day before Halloween. He introduced himself as Alvin Limardo. The job he hired Kinsey to do seemed easy enough . . . until his cheque bounced. His real name was Dagett. John Dagett. Ex-con. Inveterate liar. Chronic drunk. And dead.

The cops called it an accident – death by drowning. Kinsey wasn’t so sure. The man, it seemed, had a lot of enemies . . .

‘Heart-pounding, totally mesmerizing suspense’ New York Times

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    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 792 KB
    • Print Length: 340 pages
    • Publisher: Pan; New Edit/Cover edition (23 Feb. 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004P1JFYC
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,544 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars D Is for Deadbeat 24 Oct. 2005
    It's rather a bitter sweet novel over all, there's one scene at a funeral which is brilliantly funny and had me laughing out loud. On the other hand, the final scene of the book is tragically depressing and ends the book on a little bit of a downer.
    The book has hardly a mention of the other regular characters Kinsey knows, so there is no appearance from Henry and Rosie pops up only the once. That said, Kinsey finally cements her relationship with Jonah Robb whose wife, to both his and Kinsey's delight, as decided she wants an open relationship!
    As I say this one isn't so light and "throwaway" as some of the other alphabet mysteries but is still very dramatic and very enjoyable.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Kinsey Millhone book 21 Jan. 2013
    By Helen L
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    I admit - I love Kinsey so it would be hard not to enjoy any of these books. This one is no exception - probably not the very best but nevertheless a good storyline and interesting read. I have read all of the books before but am now going through in order which is interesting as new facets of Kinsey's character are revealed and you can now also understand references to previous occurrences from the earlier books. I love the quirks in Kinsey's character and her little habits. Missed the interaction with Henry in this book but I know he will be back in the next one. I will keep reading the series and recommend them if you enjoy a good mystery and seeing Kinsey's life unfold.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best - yet still enjoyable 16 Nov. 2000
    By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Even when the story lets you down, which I felt this one did, there is always plenty of interest in where Grafton takes her protagonist, Kinsey Millhone. I didn't find the characters very sympathetic in this book and it was hard for me to care what happened to them. Having said that it was still an interesting read.
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    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Witty and cool 25 Feb. 1999
    By A Customer
    'D' is for Deadbeat is an excellent mystery, with plenty of flip-flops and twists, and an unexpected though believable finale. But the appeal of this series, written in the first person, is beyond plot. In large part, what attracts me to these alphabetic whodunits is the protagonist's dry humor and tell-it-like-it-is attitude. There is no shortage of four-letter words and the witty comments have me giggling throughout each story. I have read several in the series, and I never doubt that Kinsey Millhone is indeed a real person: never too perfect, properly flawed, not at all a flimsy, flowery female; and so easy for women to identify with. Grafton's descriptions of other characters are vivid, juicy and realistic. I always have a sort of dejà vu feeling that I know what these people look like, how they move, even the timbre of their voices. What I find annoying, however, are the snotty remarks about smokers, as if the author had an ulterior motive of political correctness. Still, I've learned to take the intolerance for smoking with a grain of salt, and I always look forward to the next Kinsey Millhone installment.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Sue Grafton is a very talented writer. 19 Jun. 2014
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    All the books I have read from this author has gripped me right to the very end. The books although are different stories they seem to flow after one another by introducing people mentioned in the previous book, this I really enjoy as it just feels as the book goes on and on.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Distinctly not Deadbeat 3 Jan. 2014
    By Beeman
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This is the fourth book in the Kinsey Millhone series, and I feel that I'm really getting to know Kinsey, and how she reacts to situations. Sue Grafton writes some delicious descriptive prose which gives a real life sparkle to her words, and makes the story very real.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 6 Jun. 2015
    By andrea
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    Kinsey is someone I would like to know. Always a good read.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 Nov. 2014
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    Always a good story and the narration is terrific.
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