A review by nglofile
Kinsey and Me: Stories by Sue Grafton


It pains me to rate a Grafton book as just OK, but that's what it is. The idea of pairing Kinsey short stories with autobiographical sketches is an interesting exercise, but it doesn't work in execution, especially as packaged here.

The first half is entertaining enough, but more as tide-me-overs until the next full-length mystery. I love hanging out with Kinsey, but short stories don't play to her strengths.

The personal essays, loosely packaged as Kit Blue character sketches, were unsatisfying. Perhaps it's because we don't have the same investment in this protagonist, perhaps it's due to the depressive nature of the familial circumstances, but whatever the factors we aren't given reason to care. Kit has no identity, a straw woman by whom we are to gain insight into a dysfunctional family. It doesn't illuminate as it should, and I finished only out of loyalty to the author.