I love it when authors come up with a character that is so successful that it deserves a series of books. I’ve read all 18 of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books, all 18 of Ian Rankin’s fantastic Inspector Rebus novels, and now I’ve just finished book 22 of Sue Grafton’s alphabet series featuring private detective Kinsey Millhone. I like getting to know a character so well that its almost comforting to read about them doing the things they like best (Stephanie Plum likes to eat donuts, Inspector Rebus likes to drink and listen to classic rock, and Kinsey Millhone likes to eat peanut butter and pickle sandwiches).
Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone is a twice-divorced, 38 year-old private detective (and former cop) in fictional Santa Teresa, California. Kinsey lives in a studio apartment, spends a lot of time with her octogenarian landlord, Henry, as well as his older brother William and his wife Rosie, who own the local dive tavern where Kinsey eats and drinks most nights. She doesn’t care much about how her hair and makeup look, she rarely wears anything other than jeans (she has one single black dress that has appeared in every book), and she drinks wine most nights, eats egg or peanut butter sandwiches, and tries to jog every day.
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P.S.: If you’ve never read any of the Inspector Rebus books, I can’t recommend them highly enough. They are fantastic.