Monday, March 7, 2011

Sue Grafton – R is for Ricochet (2004)

So many books so little time. I love Kinsey Millhone. (Don't tell my wife!) What I learned from R may sound negative, but I don't mean it in that vein at all. Grafton shows how a novel doesn't have to be all about the action, and the overall plot.

The thread that carries from page one to the Epilogue is the least interesting facet of R. I got more than enough entertainment out of the quirky characters of Kinsey, her landlord and her boyfriend, Rose and her barman-husband, and Reba the emotional cripple.

Grafton takes us into the characters' lives, turns common curious, demonstrates the hope and agony of love, snaps every setting alive.

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  1. My dream has always been to read all the books in the series consecutively. From my own personal library of course. I had A - L but lost them in the great basement flood of 93.

  2. While I've only read one or two of Grafton's mysteries, I do think character development carries a book. Characters become more important in series, especially the secondary characters ... just like you said.

  3. Come on, Sue, what happens when you get to “Z”? Retire?