Advancing the alphabet read, I went straight from A to B this week! In terms of the plot, I thought that this one was a bit more believable than A is for Alibi, but Grafton left some investigative holes that I'm not going to go into because they would spoil the mystery. Suffice it to say that I figured out pretty early on the central twist related to the murder in this case, but Grafton threw up a few blinds - one of which was clever and perfectly fair, the second of which felt a bit like cheating to me.
Grafton makes good use of the perception by everyone who doesn't live in California that everyone who does live in California is basically crazy. Many of her characters behave in ways that are positively mind-boggling.
I am really enjoying Kinsey, though. She is very personable, and she uses that personality to her advantage. One of the aspects of her that I am most enjoying is her easy bond with older characters, because some of the best characters in this book were quite elderly, and also quite hilarious. The missing person is a retired woman, so Kinsey is interacting with a lot of her peers, many of whom are funny in exactly the way that older women who just don't give a fuck anymore are funny. It's charming and convincing.
I am also growing quite attached to Henry Pitts. I know that he is an ongoing presence in the books, so I'm looking forward to seeing more of him. Like most mysteries, Grafton's books are more plot driven than character driven, but that doesn't mean that she hasn't put together an appealing set of characters. I also like the way that she has made them quirky, but not caricatures, which is one of my complaints about the Stephanie Plum series.
These books are about one million times more enjoyable than the John Sanford "Prey" books, which was the last failed OB/MR buddy read! C is for Corpse is up next!