Book Review: Kinsey and Me

Kinsey&MeAuthor: Sue Grafton

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Genre: Audiobook, read by Judy Kaye

My Rating: B

Somewhere in the 1980s I started reading Sue Grafton’s Alphabet series. Right from the beginning with A is for Alibi, I liked the character of Kinsey Millhone. She is like no other fictional detective. Others have tried to copy her, but no one else has that understated grasp of a situation.

I read each one as they came out. Somewhere in the middle of the alphabet, like M or N, they started stacking up on my shelves. Life became busy and I gradually stopped reading them.

Kinsey and Me served as a nice reminder of why I enjoyed these books. The first half of this book features Kinsey. Sue Grafton has written some short stories featuring Kinsey Milhouse solving a variety of problems. Ms. Grafton is a superb crime writer and these short stories are very good.

The second half of Kinsey and Me is about Sue Grafton. The author wrote fictional stories based on her childhood and early adulthood. This half of the book is interesting and good fiction, but it has a sad tone to it. Ms. Grafton’s parents were both alcoholics and she was on her own a lot. If you’re like me, you’ll feel very sad for the young Grafton.

I know that some of you aren’t fond of short stories. I suggest you give this book a try anyway. It doesn’t have the same feel of a book of short stories, especially the first half about Kinsey. It “reads” as if someone has asked the question, “Tell me about Kinsey Millhone.” Then someone fills you in on her escapades. It’s the same thing in the second half. Someone asked, “Sue, tell me about your childhood” and she does.

Thanks to Penguin Audio for my copy of this audiobook. Now I want to catch up with the other books in the series.

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2 Responses to Book Review: Kinsey and Me

  1. Beth F says:

    I’ve been curious about this but didn’t pick it up. I loved the Alphabet series but stopped reading somewhere around H or I. Like you, for no particular reason; I just got distracted with other books and other activities.

  2. I read this in print and really enjoyed it. The first half of the book appealed to me more – I think the sad tone of the second half bothered me.

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