Tuesday, May 1, 2012

P is for Peril by Sue Grafton ****

"P" is for Peril by Sue Grafton again finds Kinsey Millhone struggling to make ends meet in Santa Teresa, California. Once again, in what must be the murder capital for southern California, private investigator Kinsey is working on solutions for several murders ... more because she is curious and wants to bring evil doers to justice, than because she would like to pay her bills ... which she does ... though it seems never from the activities reported in this long string of mystery novels.

The first (murder?) is a mysterious disappearance of a nursing home doctor/administrator mixed up in a Medicare fraud investigation. The second is a couple of (hot?) young men accused of murdering their parents for an early inheritance. As usual Kinsey solves her mysteries in a mixture of data gathering from odd characters --- rebellious teenagers, ex-stripper second wife, jealous first wife, ... --- and clever deductions.

Sue Grafton is a consistent writer, and her many fans for enjoy this installment, though the ending pins the crime on someone with ample opportunity, but (I felt) insufficient motivation.


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