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When Alvin Limardo walks into P.I. Kinsey Millhone's office, she smells bad news. He wants Kinsey to deliver $25,000. The recipient: A fifteen-year-old boy. It's a simple matter. So simple that Kinsey wonders why he doesn't deliver the money himself. She's almost certain something is off. But with rent due, Kinsey accepts Limardo's retainer against her better judgment… When When Alvin Limardo walks into P.I. Kinsey Millhone's office, she smells bad news. He wants Kinsey to deliver $25,000. The recipient: A fifteen-year-old boy. It's a simple matter. So simple that Kinsey wonders why he doesn't deliver the money himself. She's almost certain something is off. But with rent due, Kinsey accepts Limardo's retainer against her better judgment… When Limardo's check bounces, Kinsey discovers she's been had big time. Alvin Limardo is really John Daggett—an ex-con with a drinking problem, two wives to boot, and a slew of people who would like to see him dead. Now Kinsey is out four hundred dollars and in hot pursuit of Daggett. When Daggett's corpse shows up floating in the Santa Teresa surf, the cops rule the death an accident. Kinsey thinks it's murder. But seeking justice for a man who everyone seemed to despise is going to be a lot tougher than she bargained for—and what awaits her at the end of the road is much more disturbing than she could've ever imagined…


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When Alvin Limardo walks into P.I. Kinsey Millhone's office, she smells bad news. He wants Kinsey to deliver $25,000. The recipient: A fifteen-year-old boy. It's a simple matter. So simple that Kinsey wonders why he doesn't deliver the money himself. She's almost certain something is off. But with rent due, Kinsey accepts Limardo's retainer against her better judgment… When When Alvin Limardo walks into P.I. Kinsey Millhone's office, she smells bad news. He wants Kinsey to deliver $25,000. The recipient: A fifteen-year-old boy. It's a simple matter. So simple that Kinsey wonders why he doesn't deliver the money himself. She's almost certain something is off. But with rent due, Kinsey accepts Limardo's retainer against her better judgment… When Limardo's check bounces, Kinsey discovers she's been had big time. Alvin Limardo is really John Daggett—an ex-con with a drinking problem, two wives to boot, and a slew of people who would like to see him dead. Now Kinsey is out four hundred dollars and in hot pursuit of Daggett. When Daggett's corpse shows up floating in the Santa Teresa surf, the cops rule the death an accident. Kinsey thinks it's murder. But seeking justice for a man who everyone seemed to despise is going to be a lot tougher than she bargained for—and what awaits her at the end of the road is much more disturbing than she could've ever imagined…

30 review for D is for Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone #4)

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    Book Review 3.5 of 5 stars (rounded up!) to D is for Deadbeat. In this installment, Kinsey's rattled when a mysterious man asks her to deliver $25K to someone who turns out to be a teenager. Shortly after the check he gave Kinsey for her own fee bounces and the guy turns up dead. Cut her losses? No... Investigate to see if you can recover your money. Sometimes Kinsey... you just don't know when to talk away, but at least you're not beat up in this book like previous ones. All in all, a solid Book Review 3.5 of 5 stars (rounded up!) to D is for Deadbeat. In this installment, Kinsey's rattled when a mysterious man asks her to deliver $25K to someone who turns out to be a teenager. Shortly after the check he gave Kinsey for her own fee bounces and the guy turns up dead. Cut her losses? No... Investigate to see if you can recover your money. Sometimes Kinsey... you just don't know when to talk away, but at least you're not beat up in this book like previous ones. All in all, a solid book in the series. Everything is right in the comfy range here... a even-paced read, a few laugh aloud moments, a couple of hints of suspense. It's a joy to watch Kinsey work, as it is usually direct and without gimmicks. I love other series with gimmicks too, but sometimes you just want to focus on the crime and the resolution. And the setting is always great... Santa Teresa, California where the weather seems perfect and the people have just enough wit and charm to keep you entertained and happy. About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. [polldaddy poll=9729544] [polldaddy poll=9719251]

  2. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I notice that if you are reading this book Goodreads suggests that you might also enjoy Sara Paretsky's V.I.Warshawski series. And I am not surprised because honestly Kinsey and Vic could be twin sisters. The same brusque personality, the same disregard for personal safety and for other people's feelings - I sometimes have to remind myself which series I am reading:) Which is fine with me because I enjoy both. D is for Deadbeat is not one of Grafton's best but it is an easy read. The murderer was I notice that if you are reading this book Goodreads suggests that you might also enjoy Sara Paretsky's V.I.Warshawski series. And I am not surprised because honestly Kinsey and Vic could be twin sisters. The same brusque personality, the same disregard for personal safety and for other people's feelings - I sometimes have to remind myself which series I am reading:) Which is fine with me because I enjoy both. D is for Deadbeat is not one of Grafton's best but it is an easy read. The murderer was not obvious and the final part of the book was a bit over the top but probably the only possible solution. A fun story, written well and an ideal choice if you want an easy, entertaining mystery novel.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Sue Grafton's novels are small and yummy, like a mental Hershey's kiss. I love the way she sets up multiple potential "solutions" to her mysteries, so that you can rarely ever figure them out ahead of time. Because what a bummer that is. The best thing about this series is Kinsey Milhone. She's tough without being manly, feisty without being mean. This woman loves her independence and thinks that being single is almost as wonderful as being rich. I keep coming back just to see what she'll eat nex Sue Grafton's novels are small and yummy, like a mental Hershey's kiss. I love the way she sets up multiple potential "solutions" to her mysteries, so that you can rarely ever figure them out ahead of time. Because what a bummer that is. The best thing about this series is Kinsey Milhone. She's tough without being manly, feisty without being mean. This woman loves her independence and thinks that being single is almost as wonderful as being rich. I keep coming back just to see what she'll eat next (a brown paper bag full of peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches?) and to see if she'll pull out that one dress she has that never has to be ironed and is usually at the bottom of her bag or stashed somewhere in her VW. In D is for Deadbeat, Kinsey tracks down the murderer of her client who's check bounced. He was a drunk, a bigamist, and a killer, but Kinsey feels like she owes it to him and his daughter to figure out who offed him and why. Interesting twists, satisfying and haunting resolution. Well done.

  4. 4 out of 5

    William

    T is for Tedious R is for Repetitive K is for KMN DNF - After reading two of her books, and seeing reviews of her Kinsey books 10-15 years later, I'm done. It's clear that Grafton is never going to do more than skim the surface of noir. Mostly a waste of time. The thousand individual scenes of Kinsey's investigations are mostly carbon copies of each other, with a few words changed to pretend a variety. Kinsey is the author, Sue Grafton, as is common in writers of fiction. And Sue's immaturity is re T is for Tedious R is for Repetitive K is for KMN DNF - After reading two of her books, and seeing reviews of her Kinsey books 10-15 years later, I'm done. It's clear that Grafton is never going to do more than skim the surface of noir. Mostly a waste of time. The thousand individual scenes of Kinsey's investigations are mostly carbon copies of each other, with a few words changed to pretend a variety. Kinsey is the author, Sue Grafton, as is common in writers of fiction. And Sue's immaturity is reflected in her writing and in heroine's behaviour. Luckily, Sue has good prose, but I wish for a bit more depth to the characters and situations, and far less repetition. The whole book is incredibly linear and by halfway through, quite tedious, and I began to skim. Not good. There's probably 100 pages of place descriptions and clothing which don't advance the plot or characterisations. We read every change of outfit Kinsey wears, and details of what she eats and why, all becoming quite tedious by the 20th occurrence. Sheesh. Get a life. About Santa Teresa, a fictional city used by Ross Macdonald and Sue Grafton in their noir. Sue Grafton's is about 90 minutes' drive north of Los Angeles. Kinsey: Sometimes I stand in the bathtub, elbows resting on the sill, and stare at passing cars, just thinking how lucky I am. I love being single. It's almost like being rich. Alcoholism: "Look what he's done to me already. I think of him every time I have a drink. I think of him if I decide not to have a drink. If I even meet a man who drinks or if I see a bum on the street or smell bourbon, his face is the first thing that comes to mind. Oh God, and if I'm around someone who's had too much, I can't stand it. I disconnect. My life is filled with reminders of him. His apologies and his phony, wheedling charm, his boo-hooing when the booze got to him. The times he fell, the times he got put in jail, the times he spent every dime we had. A 37-foot Chris Craft with a flying bridge .

  5. 5 out of 5

    Quenya

    I have to admit this one was hard to listen to. Most of the characters were reprehensible and the background on the case was a very sad story. Throughout the book you are not sure about the John Daggett character and wonder all the times at his motives for doing things. Kinsey has to deal with a very diverse group of characters in this book. There are ex-cons, teenagers, siblings, multiple wives and a very anger daughter. Kinsey also finds herself just waiting for a break in the case to move to t I have to admit this one was hard to listen to. Most of the characters were reprehensible and the background on the case was a very sad story. Throughout the book you are not sure about the John Daggett character and wonder all the times at his motives for doing things. Kinsey has to deal with a very diverse group of characters in this book. There are ex-cons, teenagers, siblings, multiple wives and a very anger daughter. Kinsey also finds herself just waiting for a break in the case to move to the next clue. This is probably the first book where I actually felt some sympathy for the killer. When this book was over, I think I felt as tired and emotionally drain as Kinsey did – it just wasn’t a story with any light to dark places. Judy Kaye continues to deliver one of the most consistent narrations of a book series that I have ever listened to. You always know when Kinsey is speaking and you can easily discern the voices of the other characters without any confusion.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carol ꧁꧂

    4.5* Anyone who doesn't think this series is in decline should reread one of Grafton's older titles after the verbose "D" is one of Grafton's best & features far tighter writing & a more interesting storyline. Even though this was a reread for me, I couldn't put it down! Have knocked half a * off the rating for both the unlikely original premise & resolution. I believe the book's epilogue shows that Grafton knew the solution was weak but couldn't make it more persuasive.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ray

    These are like candy to me. Short, sweet, immensely satisfying. I won't claim that Grafton reaches new literary heights but they are largely well written and Kinsey is just a great character. For what it is worth, I thought the hook here was weak. Not really sure why Kinsey would feel so beholden to a dead ex-offender to deliver a check, but whatevs.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    I thought this one was bit more complicated than it needed to be. Even re-reading this year's later, a lot doesn't gel together very well. We do get more information on Kinsey and others. I just think it was too rushed as a whole to be really enjoyable. The fourth novel finds Kinsey in a quandry. She is hired to deliver a cashier's check, but the check to her bounces. She tracks down the man who hired her and realizes that he also lied to her about his name and past. When he turns up dead, she ac I thought this one was bit more complicated than it needed to be. Even re-reading this year's later, a lot doesn't gel together very well. We do get more information on Kinsey and others. I just think it was too rushed as a whole to be really enjoyable. The fourth novel finds Kinsey in a quandry. She is hired to deliver a cashier's check, but the check to her bounces. She tracks down the man who hired her and realizes that he also lied to her about his name and past. When he turns up dead, she accepts money from his estranged daughter to find out if he was murdered or not. Diving into this one, we find out that there are plenty of people who wanted Kinsey's client dead. I think my disconnect was why Kinsey even cared. At times she hides things she knows from the man's daughter and goes that she was feeling protective. This is after she finds out he beat one woman, was responsible for the deaths of five people, and just was generally it sounded like unpleasant. The writing was okay. My big gripe was the reveal at the end didn't work for me at all. I think Grafton wanted to add some shock value where none was needed. The flow was bumpy in this too. Probably because Kinsey kept traipsing from Santa Teresa to a town nearby. There's some movement with Kinsey and Jonah. By since I know how that turns out, I don't much care. The ending was a but of a letdown. All is revealed, and in the end, I didn't think justice was really served, even if Kinsey did.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I thoroughly enjoy these books. Kinsey is a great character. Recommended series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    15/1 - Finally, a mystery that doesn't end with Kinsey being seriously injured by the bad guy. I don't know how she could physically survive the injuries she sustained in B is for Burglar (injuries which required some time in hospital and weeks/months of physical therapy), and still be recovering when she is seriously injured again at the end of C is for Corpse. It kind of reminds me of the indestructibility of Bruce Willis in Die Hard and how impossible it would really be for either of them to 15/1 - Finally, a mystery that doesn't end with Kinsey being seriously injured by the bad guy. I don't know how she could physically survive the injuries she sustained in B is for Burglar (injuries which required some time in hospital and weeks/months of physical therapy), and still be recovering when she is seriously injured again at the end of C is for Corpse. It kind of reminds me of the indestructibility of Bruce Willis in Die Hard and how impossible it would really be for either of them to keep going after the injuries they had (the ones you could see, not even counting the internal ones you can't). But I really, really like Kinsey and so I don't care that she has the unbelievable indestructibleness of a terminator. I just want to keep reading the mysteries, none of which I've been able to solve before Kinsey does. I was pleased to learn more about the death of Kinsey's parents and the aunt who raised her. Kinsey's living arrangements and general life are the complete opposite to my life, and although I know I wouldn't enjoy the reality I do enjoy reading about her love of her tiny ex-garage apartment and her determination to go running whenever, wherever possible. I do like Kinsey's determined singlehood - I can't stand female characters who spend their books chasing men around, even in a romance I like the heroines to be sassy and independent (as much as possible within the usual romance era).

  11. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Another fast, entertaining read. Kept me engaged until the last page.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    Kinsey Millhone is hired to deliver a cashier's check of $25,000, but gets stiffed on her fee. The client tells Kinsey the money is for a teenager who had helped him out. It sounds suspicious, but Kinsey takes the job. After Kinsey realizes the check for her fee has bounced, she looks up the client to get her money. She discovers he has died, in what the police call an accident. Kinsey thinks his death is suspect, and looks into it. The 4th book in the Kinsey Millhone series. In this one, Kinsey Kinsey Millhone is hired to deliver a cashier's check of $25,000, but gets stiffed on her fee. The client tells Kinsey the money is for a teenager who had helped him out. It sounds suspicious, but Kinsey takes the job. After Kinsey realizes the check for her fee has bounced, she looks up the client to get her money. She discovers he has died, in what the police call an accident. Kinsey thinks his death is suspect, and looks into it. The 4th book in the Kinsey Millhone series. In this one, Kinsey got involved with more than she intended. For me, the case was not as interesting as some others in the series. A solid mystery, but not my favorite Kinsey book. I listened to an audio version of this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aymee

    I really do enjoy these books. Kinsey is hard-as-nails when she needs to be and yet funny and warm, too. They mysteries are interesting and the characters odd. -- Better review now that I've had time: I accidentally stumbled across R is for Ricochet several years ago while perusing the local library. Little did I know that that one book would open up a world of mystery for me. I have since gone back to the beginning and started the series in the order it was meant to be read. However, if you’re im I really do enjoy these books. Kinsey is hard-as-nails when she needs to be and yet funny and warm, too. They mysteries are interesting and the characters odd. -- Better review now that I've had time: I accidentally stumbled across R is for Ricochet several years ago while perusing the local library. Little did I know that that one book would open up a world of mystery for me. I have since gone back to the beginning and started the series in the order it was meant to be read. However, if you’re impatient, so far as I can tell, you can read them as stand-alones with only minor references to previous books. Each novel in the Kinsey Millhone series gets better as we go along. The mysteries become more tangled and the characters more devious and varied. One of the biggest draws to this series for me is is the setting. Having grown up and become a real person in the eighties, I find it fun to watch her walk around town, call everyone and even use the library resources to get the information she needs. Makes you look at today’s private investigators and think, “Man, they’ve got it easy – they’ve got the Internet!” While I had some idea of who the killer was starting about halfway through, I was still shocked at the outcome of Kinsey’s investigations. I never dreamed it would end the way it did, although in retrospect, it doesn’t surprise me much (now). Kinsey’s leaps of intuition and her cleverness, however, keep you guessing. I enjoy that seed of doubt the author is constantly planting in your mind. You’re reading along and screaming silently, “The butler did it! I know he did!” and then you turn the page and think, “Wait, maybe the maid did it…” That’s a great mystery writer for you. And who knows, maybe the butler did do it. I highly recommend this series to anyone and everyone.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tricia

    Despite enthusiastic recommendations from some highly discerning reader friends, I'd never picked up a Sue Grafton novel before this one. I started with "D" rather than "A" because that was the copy I found available at my local second-hand bookshop just before I left on a long plane trip. It's a yellowed, pulpy paperback I planned to pitch after I finished it. Who knew? In detective Kinsey Millhone, Grafton creates a character who sounds like a stereotype--hard-boiled outside, vulnerable inside- Despite enthusiastic recommendations from some highly discerning reader friends, I'd never picked up a Sue Grafton novel before this one. I started with "D" rather than "A" because that was the copy I found available at my local second-hand bookshop just before I left on a long plane trip. It's a yellowed, pulpy paperback I planned to pitch after I finished it. Who knew? In detective Kinsey Millhone, Grafton creates a character who sounds like a stereotype--hard-boiled outside, vulnerable inside--until you spend ten pages with her. Not only is she seriously funny, she's got a terrific dark streak. She had me at "Sometimes I picture death as a wide stone staircase, filled with a silent procession of those being led away." Grafton is a master of the atmospheric setting, and Millhone's tick of observing every detail of a character's dress and mannerisms does not get old. I finished the novel on a subway in Japan, no mean feat. And I brought it back home with me!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I was curious. It's a pretty decent page turner I guess, for what it is. I could write lots about it: it's curious how much detail it goes into, like a PI manual of sorts; no real character development but sexual tension; first person narrative so you can live these exciting scenes through her. Thing is, for me that jars terribly and her protagonist is definitely meant to appeal to a certain section of the population. Suburban. White. Comfortable. Ready for a little feminine emancipation but not I was curious. It's a pretty decent page turner I guess, for what it is. I could write lots about it: it's curious how much detail it goes into, like a PI manual of sorts; no real character development but sexual tension; first person narrative so you can live these exciting scenes through her. Thing is, for me that jars terribly and her protagonist is definitely meant to appeal to a certain section of the population. Suburban. White. Comfortable. Ready for a little feminine emancipation but not too much. Wants to know how other people live, poor people and Mexicans and African Americans, but without going down 'there'. People in poor apartments are imagined as an attacking swarm, Mexican kids playing pool 'squabbled among themselves like pups'. There's a lot can be said about this kind of language and has been said much better by others but bottom line I guess, my people, my apartments, it sets me off a little.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    I enjoyed catching up with Kinsey. Easy reading and great plot.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    This month my plan is to read as much Mysteries as I can leading up to Halloween so of course I had to go back to one of my most favorite Mysteries series, the Kinsey Millhone series (aka the Alphabet Mysteries series). I always say this but if you aren’t reading these books, then you’re missing out on an amazing heroine and some great crime novels. When I read about Kinsey Millhone, I feel like I’m reading about a part of myself. She has that drive similar to me where when she’s got her mind d This month my plan is to read as much Mysteries as I can leading up to Halloween so of course I had to go back to one of my most favorite Mysteries series, the Kinsey Millhone series (aka the Alphabet Mysteries series). I always say this but if you aren’t reading these books, then you’re missing out on an amazing heroine and some great crime novels. When I read about Kinsey Millhone, I feel like I’m reading about a part of myself. She has that drive similar to me where when she’s got her mind decided on something, she does whatever it takes to get it. So I find that I can relate to Kinsey’s character a whole lot. When you see a part of yourself reflected in a character, it’s easy to fall into their stories. For this case, Kinsey is hired to deliver a check to a fifteen year old boy. Sounds simple enough, right? It’s not when her own check bounces and she tries to track down the guy who hired her that she realizes things are more hairier than they first seem. I listened to this one in audio again and I have to say, the narrator does a fantastic job of doing all the various voices. In this book there’s a whole bunch of different personalities but she does such good job, you can totally appreciate the effort she’s put in. I was so in tune to this book that I actually found myself yelling at the people around me to shut up just so I wouldn’t miss a single detail of the big reveal. It got intense right around the end and that’s what makes Sue Grafton’s books so amazing. They are timeless and also highly engaging at the same time. I’m already dying to jump into the next book of the series!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    D IS FOR DEADBEAT is an odd story - Kinsey is hired to give $ 25,000 to a fifteen-year-old. Should be simple, right? Not with Sue Grafton writing the book!! When Kinsey's retainer check bounces things really start to get interesting!! Next Kinsey finds the deadbeat who wrote the check, he was dead. Now she has to find out who killed him in order to get paid! This is the fourth Sue Grafton book in this series but the first in the series that left me wanting more from the book. Although it kept a f D IS FOR DEADBEAT is an odd story - Kinsey is hired to give $ 25,000 to a fifteen-year-old. Should be simple, right? Not with Sue Grafton writing the book!! When Kinsey's retainer check bounces things really start to get interesting!! Next Kinsey finds the deadbeat who wrote the check, he was dead. Now she has to find out who killed him in order to get paid! This is the fourth Sue Grafton book in this series but the first in the series that left me wanting more from the book. Although it kept a fast pace, it left me wondering about some of the characters introduced. The plot is well developed but I think Grafton could have done more to introduce some of the characters into the story. Definitely a great book to spend some time with, but make sure you have the next book (E IS FOR EVIDENCE) ready to pick up as soon as you read the last page of this one - you won't want to stop reading!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The fourth in the Kinsey Millone series. Kinsey is sucked into a complicated situation when her client not only writes her a hot check, he winds up dead. The cops think it was an accident, but Kinsey thinks not. The victim was not a popular man and several families all had a good motive for wanting to see the man dead. All of the families investigated were sad in their own way, but one story in particular was very emotional. This was a much darker story than usual for Kinsey. Kinsey will have to The fourth in the Kinsey Millone series. Kinsey is sucked into a complicated situation when her client not only writes her a hot check, he winds up dead. The cops think it was an accident, but Kinsey thinks not. The victim was not a popular man and several families all had a good motive for wanting to see the man dead. All of the families investigated were sad in their own way, but one story in particular was very emotional. This was a much darker story than usual for Kinsey. Kinsey will have to deal with this one for a long time to come. This was another compelling mystery from Sue Grafton. Overall a A-

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl Tribble

    I was starting to get irritated about how the books were ending in such similar fashion, and she does things differently. Very nice.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Re-read as audiobook.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    2.5 stars except that Grafton does write well. I really enjoyed A-C and I was enjoying this one - a good old-fashioned whodunnit- until I realised who the killer was. Ridiculous!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nadhiah Aida

    🤔😮😮 .... totally totally .... can't believe it ...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Darlene

    Immer wieder klasse.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Somehow this story’s ending was not as satisfying for me as the others have been. I won’t give it away, however. But that’s the reason for my lower rating. I still love Kinsey and would love to meet her. Kinsey is still 32, so this is the same fictional year Grafton began in 1982 and “D” was published in 1987. But by the end it’s nearly Christmas. Unless the case in “E” begins immediately, I’d say Kinsey is moving on to a new year. I’m still engrossed in the story lines and I’ll continue with “E Somehow this story’s ending was not as satisfying for me as the others have been. I won’t give it away, however. But that’s the reason for my lower rating. I still love Kinsey and would love to meet her. Kinsey is still 32, so this is the same fictional year Grafton began in 1982 and “D” was published in 1987. But by the end it’s nearly Christmas. Unless the case in “E” begins immediately, I’d say Kinsey is moving on to a new year. I’m still engrossed in the story lines and I’ll continue with “E” next. Alvin Limbardo (not his real name) hires Kinsey to deliver a $25,000 check to a 15-year-old boy. Seem simple enough? Of course not. Kinsey’s parents were killed in an auto accident when she was a small child. Raised by her maiden aunt, Kinsey internalized her aunt’s precepts. In Chapter 12 Kinsey shares her aunt’s philosophy about female independence: “Rule Number One, first and foremost, above and beyond all else, was financial independence. A woman should never, never, never be financially dependent on anyone, especially a man, because the minute you were dependent, you could be abused. Financially dependent persons (the young, the old, the indigent) were inevitably treated badly and had no recourse. A woman should always have recourse. My aunt believed that every woman should develop marketable skills, and the more money she was paid for them the better. Any feminine pursuit that did not have as its ultimate goal increased self-suffciency could be disregarded. ‘How to Get Your Man’ didn’t even appear on the list.”

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    WOW, what an ending. Bigger surprise than Alibi. In Corpse, the client had more money than he knew what to do with. In this one, well, it's trailer time. Kinsey says to the witness/suspect, "It's just $8,000" to which the reply is made, "Do you have $8,000?" The best part of the book is when Kinsey narrates why she will miss her gun. She goes into being raised by her aunt, who wholeheartedly believed that women should always be self-sufficient and never dependent on anyone. She was an eccentric wo WOW, what an ending. Bigger surprise than Alibi. In Corpse, the client had more money than he knew what to do with. In this one, well, it's trailer time. Kinsey says to the witness/suspect, "It's just $8,000" to which the reply is made, "Do you have $8,000?" The best part of the book is when Kinsey narrates why she will miss her gun. She goes into being raised by her aunt, who wholeheartedly believed that women should always be self-sufficient and never dependent on anyone. She was an eccentric woman who was glad when Kinsey failed Home Economics and felt girls should take Wood Shop. Her aunt also brought Kinsey to her first firing range. I did have a few problems with the book, but nothing substantial. Too many suspects and the author really needs to remind me who these people are. A lot of times the suspect has a different name than, for instance, the car crash victim, or Grafton will refer to the person by a last name and later by a first name. It can get confusing on how everything is related. And there is romance for Kinsey in this one too.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Apoorv Moghe

    D is for Deadbeat | Sue Grafton | 21Jan2016 Kinsey Millhone #4 Published/Pages : 1987 | 320 pages Location : Santa Teresa (California), Los Angeles (California) Time Frame/Season : 1980s | Fall-Winter Genre : Mystery, Contemporary, Crime-Thriller Characters : Kinsey Millhone, John Daggett, Tony Gahan, Lovella Daggett, Billy Polo, Coral Polo, Ramona Westfall ------------------------------- Rating Analysis Premise : 6/10 Introduction : 7/10 Number of Characters : 6/10 Character Development : 7/10 Backup hist D is for Deadbeat | Sue Grafton | 21Jan2016 Kinsey Millhone #4 Published/Pages : 1987 | 320 pages Location : Santa Teresa (California), Los Angeles (California) Time Frame/Season : 1980s | Fall-Winter Genre : Mystery, Contemporary, Crime-Thriller Characters : Kinsey Millhone, John Daggett, Tony Gahan, Lovella Daggett, Billy Polo, Coral Polo, Ramona Westfall ------------------------------- Rating Analysis Premise : 6/10 Introduction : 7/10 Number of Characters : 6/10 Character Development : 7/10 Backup history for the story : 6/10 Fiction Quality : 6/10 Pace of the Story : 6/10 Dramatic Effect : 6/10 Climax : 6/10 Impact it made : 6/10 TOTAL : 62/100 (6.2 Stars = 3.1 Stars = ★★★) --------------------------------

  28. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte (Buried in Books)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Not bad. The ending made me rather sad though. An ex-con asks Kinsey to track down a 15 year old boy and give him a cashiers cheque for $25k. A couple of days later the ex-con is dead, after apparently drowning in a storm. But his daughter doesn't buy that and hires Kinsey to find out what really happened. The ex-con - John Daggett had been in prison for vehicular manslaughter - after killing people in an accident when driving drunk. So there are a large number of suspects and Kinsey is able to in Not bad. The ending made me rather sad though. An ex-con asks Kinsey to track down a 15 year old boy and give him a cashiers cheque for $25k. A couple of days later the ex-con is dead, after apparently drowning in a storm. But his daughter doesn't buy that and hires Kinsey to find out what really happened. The ex-con - John Daggett had been in prison for vehicular manslaughter - after killing people in an accident when driving drunk. So there are a large number of suspects and Kinsey is able to investigate without the police interfering - as they think the death is an accident. It was another quick read and I didn't really feel bad the guy was dead. However, I did feel bad when it was revealed who killed him. Didn't see that coming at all.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Sometimes you eat out, and you want a gourmet experience. Sometimes you eat in, and you want a clean healthy meal. And sometimes you're in a hurry, hungry, and just want to shovel in a Value Meal #1. D is for Deadbeat lacks nutrition, isn't gourmet, but....you know exactly what it's going to taste like. And it's easy to shovel in. Perfect for a plane ride across the country, in a middle seat, next to big fidgety people. What's it about? Oh who cares...Kinsey gets hired to look into something th Sometimes you eat out, and you want a gourmet experience. Sometimes you eat in, and you want a clean healthy meal. And sometimes you're in a hurry, hungry, and just want to shovel in a Value Meal #1. D is for Deadbeat lacks nutrition, isn't gourmet, but....you know exactly what it's going to taste like. And it's easy to shovel in. Perfect for a plane ride across the country, in a middle seat, next to big fidgety people. What's it about? Oh who cares...Kinsey gets hired to look into something that turns out to be complicated. Somebody dies. I get the cheese plate snack box and the red wine. Kinsey gets attacked for sticking her nose into things that are complicated, but eventually solves the case. The plane lands.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    I am enjoying reading this series. They are kind of like Nancy Drew books for adults to me. There is always a new mystery to be solved, the main sleuth is a female and the secondary cast of characters is familiar if you've read more than one of her books. In this story, Kinsey is a little more distracted and vulnerable. Her sixth sense tells her that she shouldn't believe or accept this new client, but she does so anyway. I did not see the twist or anticipate the ending to this one. On to "E." I I am enjoying reading this series. They are kind of like Nancy Drew books for adults to me. There is always a new mystery to be solved, the main sleuth is a female and the secondary cast of characters is familiar if you've read more than one of her books. In this story, Kinsey is a little more distracted and vulnerable. Her sixth sense tells her that she shouldn't believe or accept this new client, but she does so anyway. I did not see the twist or anticipate the ending to this one. On to "E." I hope to keep up this pace with one a month between our other book club selections.

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