F Is For Fugitive. Finished 6-13-19, mystery, pub. 1989
Floral Beach wasn’t much of a town: six streets long and three deep, its only notable feature a strip of sand fronting the Pacific. It was on that sandy beach seventeen years ago that the strangled body of Jean Timberlake had been found.
And then, by sheer fluke, the cops stumbled on Bailey Fowler. And a case seventeen years dead came murderously to life again.
For Royce Fowler, old and sick with not much time left, his son’s reappearance was the chance to heal an old wound. For Kinsey Millhone, the case was a long shot, but she agreed to take it on. She couldn’t know then it would lead her to probe the passions buried just below the surface of family relations, where old wounds fester and the most cherished emotions become warped until they fuse into deadly, soul-destroying time bombs. from Goodreads
A cold, cold case and private eye Kinsey Millhone on the case? Makes for some fun reading. This one had a very ominous feel with the super creepy family that Kinsey was hired by and living with and the way the town viewed the dead girl with a bit of fear. Floral Beach is not somewhere I’m adding to my travel list!
G Is For Gumshoe. Finished 9-29-19, mystery, pub. 1990
Good and bad things seem to be coming in threes for Kinsey Millhone: on her thirty-third birthday she moves back into her renovated apartment, gets hired to find an elderly lady supposedly living in the Mojave Desert by herself, and makes the top of ex-con Tyrone Patty’s hit list. It’s the last that convinces Kinsey even she can’t handle whoever’s been hired to whack her, and she gets herself a bodyguard: Robert Dietz, a Porsche-driving P.I. who takes guarding Kinsey’s body very seriously. With Dietz watching her for the merest sign of her usual recklessness, Kinsey plunges into her case. And before it’s over, she’ll unearth the gruesome truth about a long-buried betrayal and, in the process, come fact-to-face with her own mortality. . . from Goodreads
I’m enjoying this series the further along I get. Kinsey moves back into her newly remodeled apartment just in time for a death threat and a need to hire a bodyguard. She also takes a case that gets her out of town for a bit, but that doesn’t stop the attempt on her life. There’s a mystery spanning a generation and a bit of romance with a solid (and single!) guy. Can’t wait to continue on with more Kinsey adventures.