Kinsey & Me
So, if you’re not familiar, Kinsey Millhone is a gumshoe who goes around solving crime for the incredible price of thirty dollars an hour plus expenses in Sue Grafton’s alphabet series (A is for Alibi, B is for Burglar, etc). The novels started about thirty years ago, but before that, there were a few short stories.
In this book, the stories were finally bound together.
Actually, it was first an intro, then a bunch of stories about Kinsey, then a second intro of sorts, then a few stories about… I don’t know who. But I’ll get to that in a minute.
The Kinsey stories were decent. There were a couple that were too short to be really good. But the problem that I had was that Sue’s writing style doesn’t lend to a lot of story. What you get, as with any awesome cozy mystery, is a bunch of characters that you really like. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just that, in Kinsey’s world, you have some really incredible awesome characters. And I seriously missed Rosie in her dive of a restaurant, and Henry Pitts, her incredibly sweet, elderly landlord, and her interaction with cops and friends and whatever else.
Like I said, they weren’t bad, they just weren’t nearly as rounded out as the novels. And I think that was part of the problem. Had I not read the novels, I would have liked most of these stories a lot better.
Okay, next was a second prologue of sorts, a short intro by Sue before you launched into the And Me part of this book. Except here’s my issue. Some of the stories were about a character named Kit and written in third person, and some were written in third person, and even some were written in second person. And I was sort of unsure if they were all fiction, even though the book sort of leans towards them being that.
Sue is an incredible writer; I actually liked her first person stuff better as a short story, and she managed second person quite well, which most writers can’t do. I teetered between giving this book a three and a four, and in the end, when I couldn’t recall what most of the stories were about by just their title, it was clear. Three out of five pages. Worth a read, but not as good as the novels.