"G" Is for Gumshoe

"G" Is for Gumshoe

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Hired to investigate the disappearance of a client's eccentric, elderly mother, California private detective Kinsey Millhone soon discovers that her own life is in danger when she learns that a contract has been arranged for her murder.
Publisher: [United States] :, Random House AudioBooks
Copyright Date: p1990
ISBN: 9781429910866
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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PolyWogg
Feb 22, 2019

BOTTOM-LINE:
Decent book, worth celebrating her birthday.
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Happy 33rd Birthday to Kinsey! Her apartment is ready, she gets hired to go check on someone's mom, and she's on a hit list.
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WHAT I LIKED:
As always, Grafton adds some local colour wherever Kinsey goes -- Kinsey gets to a small trailer area, and the directions are to go on down to a corner where there's a Rusted-Out Chevy and take the road next to it called, you guessed it, Rusted-Out Chevy Road. It is such a perfect example to set a mood for the place. More importantly though, Dietz is in the story, hired to protect her from the cheap hitman chasing her. And the book is rounded out by a cold case of a woman with signs of Alzheimer's who is trying to hide a secret.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
Dietz is so hard-core professional with the security side, it feels almost like the Plum series where Ranger is awesome and Plum is a cupcake. It reduces Kinsey at times to passive acceptance and direction, and it doesn't fit well with most of her character.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

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Giddyfeet
Aug 24, 2017

Quick and fun my husband said! (Which is better than slow and unfun!) She's the kind of writer that doesn't get too complicated - but isn't so simple that you want to use the book to wrap up your chewing gum...

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Ubalstecha
Feb 19, 2014

Kinsie Milhone is back! This time she is trying to track down an elderly mother for a concerned daughter. This takes her to a community of vagrants and vagabonds. Kinsey goes further down the rabbit hole as the old woman has links to a long forgotten series of murders.

But while she does this, she finds herself in the crosshairs of a hired killer. Forced to hire a bodyguard, Kinsey chafes at the limiting of her freedom. But this killer is serious about taking Kinsey down. Can she unravel her mystery while keeping herself alive.

Good addition to the series, putting Kinsey in the position of trying to solve a mystery while hamstrung by a minder. No mention of Rosie and minimal Henry are detractors for the long time fans of this series. Tense, quick moving, it is still a good read.

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