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Publisher's Summary

When Laurence Fife was murdered, few mourned his passing. Plenty of people had reason to want him dead. But the police thought his wife Nikki , with motive, access and opportunity, was the #1 suspect. The jury thought so too. Eight years later and out on parole, Nikki hires Kinsey Millhone, a gutsy P.I., to find the real killer. The trail is cold, but Kinsey finds a lead that brings her face-to-face with the murderer!
This is the first in the popular series featuring California investigator Kinsey Millhone. She's 32, twice divorced, no kids, an ex-cop who likes her work...and who works strictly alone!
Don't miss the other titles in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mystery Series.
©1982 Sue Grafton (P)1993 Books on Tape
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"Grafton has created a woman we feel we know, a tough cookie with a soft center, a gregarious loner....Smart, well-paced and very funny." (Newsweek)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Gene on 11-13-05

Poorly Narrated

The narrator is no Judy Kaye. I am going to make my way thru the alphabet series on Audible as I already have in print, so this is my starting point, though I have already listened to other books in the series. This book is instructive because it shows how subtle things can trash a reading. Much of the dialog is very wooden and doesn't flow the way a real conversation does. This is very distracting and makes it difficult to focus on the plot. I love Grafton, which is really the only thing that keeps me going.

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5 out of 5 stars
By karen on 05-27-15

Vintage Kinsey. Literally.

The first in the series -- obviously -- and arguably just as good as Grafton's last books, which is the unique thing about Sue Grafton. Her books -- and her character -- deal with more complex topics as they go along, they get longer, we learn more about Kinsey's background, but in terms of providing a thoroughly satisfying mystery, the first is as good as the last.

This one wasn't read by Judy Kaye, which marks one difference -- Kaye has become, at least in my mind, the voice of Kinsey Millhone. But Peiffer does a fine job. No complaints.

A is for Alibi also kicks off one of Kinsey's more unpleasant characteristics -- as least for me: her dislike of dogs and animals in general, but more specifically dogs. That issue gets modified a bit as the books proceed and somewhere in the alphabet Kinsey finds herself getting attached to a cat. But there were many times in this book I found myself cringing at the Kinsey's dislike for - and mistreatment of, when she gets the chance -- animals. I guess it fits her tough-girl character, but I, for one, would appreciate her working out her angst on humans, not animals.

But all in all, a good listen. Having first read this book a couple of years after it came out in 1982, then again a decade later, then listened to it for the first time in 2011 and again just now, 2015, I have few doubts that sooner or later I'll listen to it again. The problem is, there just aren't enough Kinsey books available -- and good grief! What will we do after "Z is for ???" is published.

Now there's a frightening proposition.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sta on 07-26-16

Good read

Great book but ends a little abruptly. Could make the ending more detailed and finished.

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