I've waited until we get to W before trying my luck with the Sue Grafton series of books to feature a rather minimal PI called Kinsey Millhone.
I expect fans of this genre will take to this book without a murmur but I have nothing to base my viewpoint on, except the reading of this one book.
I liked it. A homsey sort of style set in the late 1980s. The author sets the scene, creates her characters who, I imagine appear and reappear - except those who have been killed off, of course.
It's quite a long book, filled with minute detail of the day-to-day activities of Millhone - and, in this case, the rather shortened life of another PI, Pete Wolinsky. Interspersed - and cleverly contrived, is the hunt for who might have killed off a homeless man who, darn it, left all his money to said Millhone. Strange!
It reads well. It's slow moving though the pace picks up in the last few chapters. There was one issue left unattended. Maybe that'll reappear in the next book. Would I want to read the next one. On the balance of 'W is for Wasted' then yes, definitely. It makes a welcome change not to have some martial arts expert escaping the clutches of serial killers whilst leading a decidedly weird social life. Millhone is slightly mixed-up, who wouldn't be living in Santa Teresa but, by-and-large, she's a character to enjoy in small doses.