Monday, January 30, 2006

R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton

In this instalment of the "alphabet mysteries" series, Grafton's fiesty PI heroine, Kinsey Millhone, is hired to more or less babysit the wayward daughter of a rich old man. Reba Lafferty has served nearly two years in prison for fraud and her dad is worried that she'll violate the terms of her parole if he someone doesn't keep an eye on her.

Kinsey doesn't realize that when she takes this job, she'll be drawn, by her liking for Reba and by her own curiosity, into a chain of events that is beyond her control, as Reba tries to pick up the threads of her past and exact revenge on a man who has betrayed her.

While I found this book enjoyable and entertaining, I don't think it stands out as one of the best in the series. The main player in this story is Reba, and Kinsey's detection skills are not put to much use as she is swept up into Reba's maelstrom. I hope Kinsey gets to flex her PI muscles a bit more in the next book, S is for Silence.

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