P is for Peril by Sue Grafton

p is for perilGenre:  Mystery

Blurb: (from Goodreads) When Dowan Purcell, a respected physician who operates a nursing home, disappears, his ex-wife hires Santa Teresa PI Kinsey Millhone to look into it. Fiona Purcell is still seething over Dow’s affair and subsequent marriage to Crystal, a former stripper, yet they’re still friends, and she seems worried. But when his body is discovered, she’s among the suspects. Both of Dow’s wives, at least one of his business partners, and perhaps even Crystal’s teenage daughter had motives to kill.

What I liked: I’m glad I didn’t read the Goodreads review of this book or I would never have picked it up. I considered this book a considerable step up from Grafton’s first novel (see pervious post) which was the first book of hers I read, thinking I should start at the beginning. I jumped to the Ps hoping it would be better. It was, but according to the Goodreads reviews, it wasn’t one of her best. The author gives us a little more information about Kinsey – the detective – about her life and the people in her life – the nice landlord, the funny old lady tenant .. and the detective work is easier to follow in this story – not as disjointed as in the first one. It’s a decent read – entertaining, good ending… but from the reviews, I will definitely try another letter.

Things I didn’t like: The subplot with Kinsey and a couple of men whom she wants to rent a new working space from seems to be kind of thrown in to add excitement. It does, but it just seems a bit disjointed because of how serious this subplot becomes .(I won’t spoil anything here for those who want to read it.)

Rating: 3.5/5


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