A Is for Alibi

by Sue Grafton | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 033031582x Global Overview for this book
Registered by Hapireada of Farnborough, Hampshire United Kingdom on 9/8/2005
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11 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Hapireada from Farnborough, Hampshire United Kingdom on Thursday, September 08, 2005
From the back cover:

"Kinsey had been out for most of the morning and the client was waiting in the corridor.

Nikki Fife. The eight years since Kinsey had seen her had left no visible scars. But now she was looking for the help that only a detective could provide.

For whoever had killed her husband, it wasn't Nikki Fife. And if his wife wasn't the murderer, that meant someone else was ..."

This book is to be passed on to a fellow BookCrosser.


Journal Entry 2 by mellowdaisy on Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Received today from Hapireada. I'm going to try and read the whole series in order and have already signed up for a ring for 'B is for...' so thought I'd better get my skates on and find this one first!!

I'm looking forward to reading it, I've got another book that I've just started and then I'll be straight onto it!

Journal Entry 3 by mellowdaisy on Sunday, November 13, 2005
I found this very enjoyable! I didn't guess myself 'who dunnit' and I loved the way it was all uncovered at the end. I did think Kinsey would've known better than to get involved with someone connected to the case though!! I'm sure she's learnt her lesson...

Journal Entry 4 by mellowdaisy at To a fellow BookCrosser in By Mail, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Monday, November 14, 2005

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Posted to Rudifun23 as an RABCK - she's reading the series too!

Journal Entry 5 by celticstar from Denbighshire, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, February 24, 2006
Received this morning as a RABCK from Rudifun23

Journal Entry 6 by celticstar from Denbighshire, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, March 17, 2006
Excellent book I'm looking forward to reading the rest now.

This one is now going out as an International Ray

Journal Entry 7 by celticstar from Denbighshire, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, March 17, 2006
Participants for the ray:

Iojima (France)
cathepsut (Egypt)



Journal Entry 8 by Iojima from Nyons, Rhône-Alpes France on Friday, March 24, 2006
Received from CelticStar and it's at No. 3 spot on TBR.

Journal Entry 9 by Iojima from Nyons, Rhône-Alpes France on Monday, March 27, 2006
I give it a 10, even if one plot point was unbelievable. It was immaterial to the outcome and Sue Grafton is such a great writer. I've probably read this one before, but, fortunately, couldn't remember enough of it to be annoying. Guess I'll have to read the rest, again, too.

Journal Entry 10 by cathepsut from Metzingen, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Was waiting for me at my doorstep tonight, thanks so much!

Journal Entry 11 by cathepsut from Metzingen, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Friday, May 19, 2006
A Is For Alibi by Sue GraftonFrom the back cover:
"My name is Kinsey Millhone. I'm a private investigator, licensed by the State of California. I'm thirty-two years old, twice divorced, no kids. The day before yesterday I killed someone and the fact weighs heavily on my mind..."

The first one of this very good crime series. I have read 'H is for Homicide' and 'I is for Innocence', so I guess I can give up the notion of reading them in order. 'B is for Burglar' is on the way to me and C and L and R are on my shelf, so I better get busy. The books are good fun. Short and sweet. A bit like Anita Blake without vampires and werewolves would be. I keep picturing Holly Hunter in the title role, if they should ever decide to make this into a TV series... I even figured out who-dunnit for once, and why! Well, ok, only about half way through the book.

8/10: Good, solid book that I would recommend to others.

Continuing this bookray, here are the participants so far:

1. Risa29, Luxembourg, shipping Europe / International if needed
2. bluejazzyfish, UK, shipping internationally
3. candy-is-dandy, UK, shipping anywhere

Update 17/09/06:
4. Suebo, Philadelphia, USA, International shipping - didn't reply...
5. kirstymorgan, NSW, Australia, shipping Australia preferred - dropped out.....

So candy-is-dandy is last in line and has the choice.... Love the puppy story and don't mind at all! ;-)

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On its merry way to Luxembourg...

Journal Entry 13 by Risa29 from Käerjeng, Kanton Capellen Luxembourg on Sunday, June 11, 2006
The book arrived two days ago, on Friday. Thank you cathepsut for sending it.
As I have several exams to supervise next week I will probably be able to finish the book in a decent spam of time.

Journal Entry 14 by Risa29 from Käerjeng, Kanton Capellen Luxembourg on Thursday, June 15, 2006
Thanks to those exams I supervised, I've already finished the book.

I rather liked it, though it didn't have me hanging on every word. I would well have been able to put it down. The story is nice but the protagonist, Kinsey Millhone, is not somebody I would befriend in real life.
I might try the second book of the series, though, just to see, if she can capture my sympathy then.

Thank you cathepsut for including me in the ray. As soon as I have bluejazzyfish's address I will send it on.

Journal Entry 15 by Risa29 from Käerjeng, Kanton Capellen Luxembourg on Friday, June 16, 2006
The book started on its journey to bluejazzyfish this morning.

Journal Entry 16 by bluejazzyfish from Cairo, Cairo Governorate Egypt on Wednesday, June 21, 2006
It was wonderful to see this book in my postbox this afternoon- thank you Risa29- for sending- and cathepsut -for letting me join this ring. What a lovely postcard collection inside the book.

Journal Entry 17 by bluejazzyfish from Cairo, Cairo Governorate Egypt on Friday, June 30, 2006
I was not a huge fan of detective books before reading this book- I am now. I really enjoyed this book- and could not put it down during the second half.

I'm now on my way out to post it to candy-is-dandy.

Journal Entry 18 by wingcandy-is-dandywing from Great Bardfield, Essex United Kingdom on Sunday, July 09, 2006
Received from bluejazzyfish on a book spiral. Looking forward to reading it though there are a few books ahead of it currently.

Journal Entry 19 by wingcandy-is-dandywing from Great Bardfield, Essex United Kingdom on Friday, August 11, 2006
Well, I've read the first one of the series and enjoyed it. It didn't seem like a first book to me as it didn't dwell on setting the scene and spending ages filling in Kinsey's background. Instead info from her past was thread into the story quite naturally. I found her likeable and realistic, a more serious Stephanie Plum and look forward to reading more of these books (B is patiently waiting).

I seem to have got into several of these crime series at the mo - Janet Evanovich, Kathy Riech etc but they are all sufficiently different to ensure I can keep the heroines separate in my mind.

I also have an apology to make. This book is very well travelled and you would expect it to be a bit dog-eared. Well unfortunately our new cuddly, bouncy, terror puppy managed to get it down from the table and chewed one corner a bit - the cover is slightly torn (now patched) and there are little pin-pricks of puppy dog teeth in some pages but it is still entirely readable - sorry everyone.

Journal Entry 20 by wingcandy-is-dandywing from Great Bardfield, Essex United Kingdom on Sunday, December 10, 2006
After recuperating for some weeks this book has now continued its journey to another bookcrosser - Pakasanelly.

Journal Entry 21 by wingBookAmblerwing from Isle of Lewis, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, December 10, 2006
Looking forward to reading this, having read B is for Burglar recently. Then I can try to read the rest in order! Thank you Candy-is-Dandy :-)

Journal Entry 22 by wingBookAmblerwing from Isle of Lewis, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, January 07, 2007
Oh dear, I finished this several weeks ago and forgot that I hadn't journalled it!

Having read the second of the series first, it's interesting to see Millhone's character at its rawest. A pretty good first of a series, I would say, though lacking the humour of the second one. A few rough edges but still a good yarn. I didn't guess what was coming until I was spoon-fed it, but then I don't tend to try to work out whodunnit. (My work is all about analysing, so it's nice to have a break from that.)

It's a good, quick, easy read and has certainly made me want to read more of the series.

Will take to the Chelmsford and Ipswich meets to see if anyone is really keen to start at the beginning! (Keen enough to take dog-eared literally!)

Journal Entry 23 by guacamole from Unterschleißheim, Bayern Germany on Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Did catch that at the Chelmsford meet.
To start the Alphabet at the beginning...

Journal Entry 24 by guacamole from Unterschleißheim, Bayern Germany on Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Finally...
started with the first volume.
Hope to get the B for... ASAP.
Was a real page turner, but a bit disappointed by the ending as I guessed the murderer quite soon.

Journal Entry 25 by wingBookAmblerwing at Train station in Bedford, Bedfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, August 03, 2007

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I know there'a already an 'A' at Ipswich OBCZ, so releasing this further afield... hopefully someone will take pity on this delightfully (and realistically) dog-eared copy :o)

Will probably release near the station - in Woburn Road somewhere.

Journal Entry 26 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Friday, February 22, 2008
It Looks good but I havent read it yet . I look foward to

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