- Title: X (Kinsey Millhone #24)
- Author: Sue Grafton
- Pages: 416
- Publisher: Kindle edition
- Release date: August 25, 2015
The novel by Sue Grafton, is the twenty-fourth novel in her series of Kinsey Millhone Mysteries, more popularly known as the “Alphabet Novels.” It continues the broad narrative arc of Millhone and those with whom she interacts, focusing largely on personal concerns rather than on grand strokes.
It depicts Kinsey Millhone’s continued exploits as she follows up on the work of a deceased former colleague and ultimately works to reunite a loving couple divided by a series of unfortunate mistakes. The stakes are perhaps small in the novel, but they are nonetheless compelling as Grafton offers a detailed account of the deeds and doings of characters in a fictionalized late-1980s California city. In doing so, she works to deepen the fictional world in which her characters exist, serving to make them more authentic and thus more compelling
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*My opinions are solely my own.
* May contain spoilers.
I love reading the “Alphabet novels”. They haven’t let me down yet. Sue Grafton is incredible at weaving you into the characters lives, wether she is talking about a reoccurring character or introducing a new one.
I find this book well written and throughly enertaining. I love that the book is set in the 1980’s but that it isn’t a major plot point. By putting the series the the 1980’s it completely changes the story arc. Old school P.I.’s had it different then todays do. I don’t think I would of liked this book if it was set in the current decade.
The fact that Sue Grafton creates a new case to solve while tying in the plot from the last novel is great. She found a way to bring up the important info without making the reader feel like she was feeding them the details.
The main town (Santa Teresa) the story is located in is fictional but despite this the author is able to make you feel like the town is real. The town is located approximately 90 miles north of Los Angeles, California which means it would be near Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties. I live in Ventura County and can say that Sue Grafton did a great job of creating what some of the towns in this area can be like.
Kinsey Malhone is a strong female character that doesn’t conform to female character types and I love it. Thats part of the reason I continue to read the series. The new characters that are brought in for the individual novels are always fun and Sue seldomly brings back the same types of roles. There are always new characters to meet, with a variety of personalities.
This book put a twist on a few common themes that made me think about how I would react. I would recommend this book, and series, to bookworms and new readers alike.