Review: 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.