This first book in the Kinsey Millhone Mystery Series shows why Sue Grafton is a New York Times best selling novelist. It's easy to read, yet has a complex plot.
After serving seven years for killing her husband, Nikki is set free. The only problem is that she didn't kill her husband, but would like to know who did and hires Kinsey.
When Kinsey starts poking around, she learns another woman had died the same odd way in another city two weeks later. This woman had connections to Nikki's murdered husband although they didn't appear to be linked romantically.
Kinsey, in her ballsy way, tracks down suspects and begins piecing the puzzle together. Unfortunately, the real killer isn't so keen on being discovered. Will Kinsey survive to solve her next crime?
An easy, fairly quick read, A is for Alibi was thoroughly engaging. Also, it was funny because it was written thirty years ago. Imagine having to run to a pay phone every time you had to call someone. Kinsey typed her reports on a typewriter. It's practically a historical.
Very fun, I will definitely be reading more of this series.
A tough-talking former cop, private investigator Kinsey Millhone has set up a modest detective agency in a quiet corner of Santa Teresa, California. A twice-divorced loner with few personal possessions and fewer personal attachments, she’s got a soft spot for underdogs and lost causes. Eight years ago, Nikki Fife was convicted of killing her philandering husband. Now she’s out on parole and needs Kinsey’s help to find the real killer. If there's one thing that makes Kinsey feel alive, it's playing on the edge. When her investigation turns up a second corpse, more suspects, and a new reason to kill, Kinsey discovers that the edge is closer—and sharper—than she imagined.