Excellent short stories about Kinsey. The short stories about the author Grafton were too depressing to be read at bedtime for me. the ones I read were good however.
A series of short stories featuring Kinsey Millhone fills the first half of this book and Kit Blue?s?Sue Grafton?s own persona?memoir of growing up with alcoholic parents?a functioning father and not-so-functioning mother?comprises the second.
It was fun reading Kinsey stories in short form and interesting reading of Grafton?s early life since she believes Kinsey is much like she would have been, had early marriage and motherhood not taken her life on another path.
I have read every one of her books and I think I like this one the best. They are short stories and the last ones are about her life growing up with two alcoholic parents. Very moving.
Not Grafton's best work. The Kinsey stories demonstrate a good beginning to future work, as these stories are her beginning. The Kit stories were depressing, somewhat obvious and more cathartic for the writter than enjoyable for the reader. Grafton has done much better with her alphabet series.
I loved reading the Kinsey short stories. The “and Me” part of the book was just depressing.
I'm not sure Kinsey translates well into short stories, not enough words to develop an interesting story.I didn't even finish it.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Kinsey Millhone stories, though they are definitely short stories and I really prefer her novels.
The Kit Blue stories are much more serious and are definitely more autobiographical. They feel as if they were very therapeutic for Grafton to write, and certainly gave insight into what it would be like to live with an alcoholic. I liked the background they gave me, but didn't much enjoy reading them.
Enjoyed the first half of the book that contained the Kinsey short stories. The second half was not worth the read. Book is a very fast read, I read it from cover to cover in less than 1/2 day.
Rather boring and very self serving.... I think if she wanted to write an autobiography this was not the way to go about it.
Nine short stories with Kinsey Millhone as the detective appear in half of this book. Some of these stories have been previously published in magazines, but they are not satisfying like her detective novels. They reminded me of the 5 minute mystery stories written for pre-teens I had bought for my child years ago. In Grafton's short stories, the crime, the clues, and the solution occur in a few pages. The focus is on how the crime is solved so additional characters she uses for "comic relief" in her novels are absent. There other half of the book also contains short stories, but these are about Kinsey's childhood which mirrored Grafton's own. Just not my cup of tea. Not a satisfying read.
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