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F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton is the sixth book of her Alphabet Series centered on Kinsey Millhone a tenacious detective based in California during the 1980s.
In this installment of the series, Kinsey travels from her home of Santa Teresa to Floral Beach so anticipate a change of scenery and a collection of new characters, which is a welcomed change.
As the story goes, the murder of seventeen-year-old Jean Timberlake shocks the small community of Floral Beach, a tiny beachside town. Bailey Fowler who confessed to the crime escapes shortly after being imprisoned, and over a decade later is recaptured and sent to prison again. This time Fowler’s father hires Kinsey to prove his son’s innocence. In her search for the truth, Kinsey finds that everyone in town is hiding a secret and all seem to have a motive for killing young Jean.
Grafton takes us on a wild ride by skillfully outlining the motives of the various residents of Floral Beach for killing Timberlake and keeps us guessing who the actual murderer is until the end.
A solid read and entertaining to the very end.
FUN FACT: In an episode of The Sopranos, Edie Falco’s character, Carmela Soprano, is seen reading Grafton’s G is for Gumshoe.
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The secret to becoming a best-selling romance author is the million-dollar question.
How many books have left you scratching your head after seeing them climb to best sellers? In my case, several authors have left me pondering the fairness of life. Two, in particular, come to mind. One of them had her books turned into movies that are as bad as her novels, but which did well at the box office. The other is a popular, enduring author whose writing is mainly comprised of the word AND.
Many of the reviews I’ve read brand their writing as unexciting, repetitive, mind-numbingly simplistic with obvious plots, and yet I read their books with much interest for the simple reason that both these authors clearly have a grasp of their audience and their market.
Each of these authors has each managed to draw a large, devoted following and acquired success in a market that’s so competitive. They have both tapped into their respective markets to a level of success most writers only dream of, and regardless of what you think of their writing styles, that deserves recognition.
Whether as a hobby or to make a living, you’re writing your books to sell not to sit on the shelf. If that means compromising your writing style somewhat, so be it. Life is full of compromises. If it wasn’t I’d be living on my own island in the Pacific surrounded by turquoise waters, and sporting that tiny bikini I haven’t fit into since forever.
E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton is the fifth book of her Alphabet Series and another great adventure with Kinsey Millhone.
This book is personal to Kinsey. Not only is depression setting in because she is alone during the Christmas holidays season, but the married man that she started an affair with in the previous novel, D is for Deadbeat, has taken off with his wife and kids skiing for the holiday break. To top it off she’s framed for a crime, which she must prove her own innocence while figuring out what happened.
Nothing much happens in this book that doesn’t usually happen in every Kinsey Millhone mystery. Still, it’s an entertaining read with the usual colorful collection of characters.
FUN FACT: Sue Grafton is one of the more popular female writers, both in the UK and in the US.
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