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text 2018-01-27 20:53
B is for breezy, beguiling and a bit boggling
B is for Burglar - Sue Grafton

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!

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review 2017-11-24 13:29
B is for Burglar
B is for Burglar - Sue Grafton

After surviving almost being murdered in the first book, Kinsey is still dealing with having to take a life. When she gets another case looking into a missing woman, Kinsey hopes that keeps the ghosts that haunt her at bay. We get more insight into Kinsey, more development for characters like Henry and Lieutenant Dolan. And we get our first glimpse at Jonah Robb and his never ending messy marriage to Camilla.

 

I really loved B is for Burglar. The reveal was really cool and once again Kinsey comes close to death. Though we know there's a whole alphabet to get through, you can guess she survives.

 

The writing and flow was top notch. I felt off balanced reading this (in a good way). I was wondering where Grafton was going to take things next the first time I read this. My re-read was great, cause Grafton sets things up nicely.

 

The setting of this one is Santa Teresa, but Kinsey also goes back and forth to Florida. I still wonder how in the world air travel used to be so cheap.

 

The ending leaves Kinsey slightly worse for wear, but alive and kicking.

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review 2017-07-22 17:17
The Burglar in the Library, Lawrence Block
The Burglar in the Library - Lawrence Block

Of the three Bernie the Burglar books I've read, this is the daftest - and best! And best because daftest. Block's deliberate send-up of the country house mystery genre is silly, funny and unsurprisingly involves corpses piling up in a place Bernie is trying to steal from...

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text 2017-07-17 20:31
Reading progress update: I've read 248 out of 400 pages.
The Burglar in the Library - Lawrence Block

Whodunnit? Bernie thinks he knows but won't tell anyone!

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text 2017-07-16 11:49
Reading progress update: I've read 124 out of 400 pages.
The Burglar in the Library - Lawrence Block

An inordinate amount of time and dialogue spent setting up Bernie's English Country House Mystery...

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