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Review: Kinsey and Me

January 4, 2013

Kinsey and Me

Kinsey and Me, by Sue Grafton, is almost like two short story collections in one.  The first two-thirds of the book is comprised of stories featuring Kinsey Millhone, Grafton’s fictional female private detective.  These stories have all appeared in magazines and short story anthologies, but were new to me.  The second section contains stories Grafton wrote in the years following her mother’s death and they had a darker, edgier feel to them.

The mysteries in the first section are short and loads of fun.  There’s no need to have prior knowledge of Kinsey to enjoy these stories but her fans won’t want to miss them.  The emphasis is on the mystery and not the characters since the stories are short and I thought it was a lot of fun to try to figure out the mysteries along with Kinsey.  I sure was proud of myself when I did!

The stories in the second section are about a character named Kit Blue, who Grafton calls “a younger version of me,” so they give readers an insight into Grafton’s childhood and relationship with her alcoholic parents.  I found these stories to be a little dark, but I still enjoyed them.

I really enjoyed Kinsey and Me and found it to be a quick read.  I have to admit that, as a fan of Kinsey Millhone, I enjoyed the first section of the book more.  I did enjoy the second section as well, but didn’t find it as compelling as the first.  This book is a must read for Sue Grafton fans and mystery lovers should enjoy it as well.

Review copy provided by Penguin Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
19 Comments leave one →
  1. January 4, 2013 6:09 am

    I’m almost embarrassed to admit I’ve never read a Sue Grafton book. I’ll keep this one in mind as it seems like a good way to try one!

  2. bookingmama permalink
    January 4, 2013 7:59 am

    I just finished this book a few days ago. Review to be coming soon. Overall, I really enjoyed it.

  3. zibilee permalink
    January 4, 2013 11:08 am

    This sounds like something that I would like, but I am wondering if I would like it based n the fact that I haven’t had much experience with Kinsey Millhone. It might make a great primer! Glad that you enjoyed it!!

  4. January 4, 2013 11:40 am

    I’ve read Grafton before and liked her, but that was years ago. My reading tastes have changed so much since then.

  5. January 4, 2013 12:32 pm

    I haven’t read any books by Sue Grafton either. I think I have a book of hers on my bookshelf somewhere that I should dig out.

  6. January 4, 2013 12:58 pm

    I was once listening to a Sue Grafto book on a tape recorder–no earplugs, just carrying the thing. Just as a man neared, he heard, “He thrust his member into me.” Yikdes!

  7. January 4, 2013 2:22 pm

    I love Sue Grafton’s series and the character Kinsey. Can’t wait to read this one! Thanks for sharing.

  8. January 4, 2013 2:31 pm

    I’ve read all the Kinsey books and I can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for your review!!

  9. Patty permalink
    January 4, 2013 2:35 pm

    I used to read her religiously…and haven’t read herin years…but this sounds interesting!

  10. Patty permalink
    January 4, 2013 2:36 pm

    Herin is her in

  11. January 4, 2013 3:11 pm

    I’ve been a Kinsey fan throughout the alphabet and have cast longing eyes at this new book. Must get it to read.

  12. January 4, 2013 3:48 pm

    I’ve actually never read a Sue Grafton book. This sounds like a nice way to get a feel for her character and writing.

  13. January 4, 2013 5:59 pm

    Oh, I just got this in audio — I’m looking forward to listening.

  14. January 5, 2013 12:05 am

    Sort of a weird format, to put these two together like that. Glad that it works.

  15. January 5, 2013 11:03 am

    My mom and daughter have read the Kinsey series, I am sure they will enjoy this book.

  16. January 5, 2013 11:59 am

    I’ve read all of them in the series so I’m quite curious about this!!

  17. January 6, 2013 2:18 am

    I just received this in audio yesterday. I’m a big fan of this series so I’ll be listening soon.

  18. January 8, 2013 6:43 pm

    I need to catch up in this series. Sometimes I wonder if I shouldn’t start from the beginning because it’s been YEARS since I’ve read them. This sounds interesting.

  19. boardinginmyforties permalink
    January 15, 2013 2:15 pm

    I’ve not read the series but have always meant to. This sounds like an interesting read but maybe I will wait until I’ve read a few of her books first.

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