"D" Is for Deadbeat

"D" Is for Deadbeat

Book - 1987
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Kinsey Millhone discovers that many people wanted John Daggett dead, including the wife who faced an intolerable marriage, the daughter who hated her lying father, and the families of the victims of Daggett's drunken driving.
Publisher: London, England : Pan Books, c1987.
ISBN: 9780330315852
Characteristics: 229 pages


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May 18, 2019

A fun summer beach read. I like Kinsey's sense of humor and self-depreciation. The story is interesting though without any nail-biting moments, more of a "who done it" than a thriller. Even so, I enjoyed the interplay of characters.

Feb 19, 2019

An okay but very depressing case.
Kinsey is hired to deliver a cashier's cheque to a 15-year-old, but the client stiffs her on the fee so she hunts for him before delivering it.
There isn't a lot of mystery early on, just a few simple unanswered questions until a body drops. Now suddenly there's a murder to solve. The initial premise of the lying client sounded a bit familiar to one of her other novels, but not quite the same, which was good. And while Jonah features in the story, the rest of the ancillary characters are non-existent, leaving the story to run along at a decent pace.
I never really felt much sympathy or empathy for the murder victim, so it's hard to get too excited about the case. Overall, most of the characters and the outcomes are all negative, so the whole storyline is rather a downer.
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

Sarah1984 May 06, 2016

15/1 - Finally, a mystery that doesn't end with Kinsey being seriously injured by the bad guy. I don't know how she could physically survive the injuries she sustained in B is for Burglar (injuries which required some time in hospital and weeks/months of physical therapy), and still be recovering when she is seriously injured again at the end of C is for Corpse. It kind of reminds me of the indestructibility of Bruce Willis in Die Hard and how impossible it would really be for either of them to keep going after the injuries they had (the ones you could see, not even counting the internal ones you can't). But I really, really like Kinsey and so I don't care that she has the unbelievable indestructibleness of a terminator. I just want to keep reading the mysteries, none of which I've been able to solve before Kinsey does. I was pleased to learn more about the death of Kinsey's parents and the aunt who raised her. Kinsey's living arrangements and general life are the complete opposite to my life, and although I know I wouldn't enjoy the reality I do enjoy reading about her love of her tiny ex-garage apartment and her determination to go running whenever, wherever possible. I do like Kinsey's determined singlehood - I can't stand female characters who spend their books chasing men around, even in a romance I like the heroines to be sassy and independent (as much as possible within the usual romance era).

Aug 11, 2011

Good story, although I would like it if one of these books wouldn't end in tragedy. Still, Grafton is on top her game with this one. Exciting and well thought out.

Jun 02, 2010

Another day so another misadventure for Kinsey Millhone. She does seem to find herself some unsual clients but I guess she can't be too choosy. A fun read.

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