Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton
(Putnam – August 22, 2017)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I have been in love with the Kinsey Millhone series since I started with A IS FOR ALIBI in the mid-90’s – this series is an absolute nostalgic favorite of mine.
Thanks to Putnam for providing me with a galley of this title for review purposes – all opinions are my own.
When you have reached book #25 in a series that you have been reading for over 20 years, writing a review isn’t really necessary. It’s more of a letter to an old friend – a friend who has been with you for decades and whom you will stick with no matter what, despite any ups and downs. That’s what this series is for me. I have been immersed in Kinsey Millhone’s private detective career and the world of Santa Teresa, CA for so long that sometimes I forget that they aren’t real. The fact that the books take place in the 80’s, and ALWAYS have, makes me so happy and I adore reading about Kinsey typing up her case reports on her typewriter and using her landline and NO INTERNET. This all just adds to the nostalgic feeling I have for the series. The funniest thing to me now is that when I started reading these books in my teens, Kinsey being 30-something was OLD…….and now she’s my age! I read her entirely differently now that we are peers and I appreciate her even more so now.
This latest mystery has a LOT going on, with a completely new case mingled with an older one, and due to the nature of the series, I wouldn’t really recommend trying to start the series with this newest book. Go back and get a copy of A IS FOR ALIBI, put away your cell phone, and immerse yourself in a simpler time…….and get ready for the entire alphabet of mysteries! It also just hit me that there will only be 1 MORE KINSEY BOOK and I just don’t know what to do with that – it’s the end of an era for sure.
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