I have been working my way through the Sue Grafton Alphabet Murder series now since March and this has been my most recent.
When i started the series i really enjoyed them, the stories are always quite simple, and may not suit those who like a very heavy and complex thriller, but are nicely written and alwas have an interesting storyline with a good dose of humour.
Fow those that have yet to try them, they are based on the private investigator Kinsey Millhone, a single lady with a gritty attitude to her work. She had previously been in the police force but left it appears because she didnt liek the dicipline.
In previous books we have had some insight into her life and background, in particular her upbringing following her parents early death,
This book gives us an insight into another time in her life - her rather short marriage to Micky, who we know very little about. Her investigation centres around an attempted murder of Micky, whom she hasnt spoken to in 15 years, however we see a far more fragile and vulnerable side of Kinsey as she deals with her guilt about the way their relationship ended, and her feelings for Micky that at times seem to re-surface.
This series of books various greatly in book size, and this is one of the thicker offerings, that give the feeling that Sue Grafton really got into her stride and enjoyed writing this one.
If you have been working through the series, and perhaps as i did been getting a little bored with the format from around about L - keep going as things seem to go uphill to this point, then giving us O for Outlaw which is probably my favorite so far.
A gripping read in which you really get to understand the leading lady!