|Purchase: Amazon | Chapters|
Start Date: Mar. 16, 2011
Finished Date: Mar. 18, 2011 (3 days)
Where Found: Chapters-Indigo
Why Read: Mostly for a reading challenge; was interested in re-reading it
Read for: 1st in a Series Challenge (3/6)
Previously Read: For an American lit course with a hard-boiled mystery theme, previously reviewed here
Summary: A private investigator simultanously investigates the potential innocence of a recent parolee convicted of murdering her husband that coincides with the similar death of an associate while continuing to look into a small claims case.
There isn't very much to add that I haven't written about this book before. It's a solid mystery with a reliable, easy-to-like protagonist in Kinsey Millhone. In this particular book, the first in the "alphabet" series (currently up to "U"), there are many suspects, keeping you guessing and leading to an electrifying ending. Grafton makes the repetitive nature of Kinsey's job as a private investigator, especially the ongoing interviews with suspects and connections interesting. She gives lots of interesting descriptions of interior and exterior locations, which may be annoying in any other book, but in a mystery with a P.I., this attention to detail adds to its charm.
In hindsight, I went a bit overboard with an A+ ranking, as it doesn't quite fit in the company of my 40-some odd other A+s. I have read better books than A is For Alibi, but very few mysteries can top this one. For more details, you can read my old review here.
Rank: (A)- Very Good, Highly Recommend