Monday, April 11, 2011

Review: T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton

T is for Trespass (Kinsey Millhone Mysteries) If you've been here before, you know I'm a huge fan of Sue Grafton's alphabet series. This is the first time I read one out of order, but I've already read and reviewed U. Then I found T at the library.

T is for Trespass is different than most of her other novels. It concerns the man who lives next door to Kinsey Millhone and Henry, her landlord. Gus is the neighborhood crank, a man impossible to like and therefore frequently tormented by neighborhood teenagers. He doesn't like anybody, but he does tolerate 88 year old Henry and sometimes even Kinsey. Then one day Gus falls in his living room, dislocating his shoulder and bruising himself all over. Kinsey hears him yelling, Henry has a key to Gus' house, and they save him.

Then the hospital won't discharge him unless he has help at home. His only relative, a niece, reluctantly comes from New York and hires a caretaker. She has Kinsey do a quick background check and the woman seems qualified and nice enough so she's hired.

Solana Rojas is not who she seems to be though. She has assumed another woman's identity complete with better nursing qualifications. Her motive? Everything Gus owns. Throughout the story the reader knows what's going on but Kinsey doesn't for a while. Meanwhile Kinsey is investigating a traffic accident which doesn't seem to have happened the way the insurance company has been told, and searching for a witness who could tell her the truth.

By the end of the book both Kinsey and Henry are in terrible danger. One scene in fact had me literally on the edge of my seat I was so frightened for her. You can never go wrong with Sue Grafton. Her novels are always engrossing, well plotted, and full of superbly drawn characters. I highly recommend T is for Trespass.


  1. It has been a while since I read a Kinsey book - I think I stopped somewhere around H. Not sure why I stopped - reading your review reminds me how much I enjoyed the series!

  2. I could have sworn I left a comment on this review. I love Sue Grafton's books and think partly because I can relate to Kinsey and her style. I've loved the whole series and look forward to V is for Vengeance which comes out in November.

  3. Sue Grafton is one of my favorites and always writes a good story. Thanks for posting this review I'll put it on my TBR list.

    PS Stop over at my blog and say hi.
    I'm having a giveaway of "The Lucky One."

  4. I'm in agreement with you on Sue Grafton. She hasn't wavered on any of these books. Very enjoyable and dependable writer.

  5. Thanks everyone. Obviously I'm completely sold on Sue Grafton. Always amused by the fact that she started writing this kind of book while trying to figure out the best way to "kill" her ex-husband. Kinsey is a woman we can all relate to (well, not Mike) and admire for her good heart.