B Is For Burglar

Version: Abridged
Author: Sue Grafton
Narrator: Judy Kaye
Genres: Detective Stories
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: July 2007
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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Overview

Finding wealthy Elaine Boldt seems like a quickie  case to Kinsey Millhone. The flashy widow was last  seen wearing a $12,000 lynx coat, leaving her  condo in Santa Teresa for her condo in Boca Raton. But  somewhere in between, she vanished. Kinsey's case  goes from puzzling to sinister when a house is  torched, an apartment is burgled of worthless papers,  the lynx coat comes back without Elaine, and her  bridge partner is found dead. Soon Kinsey's clues  begin to form a capital M -- not for missing, but  for murder: and plenty of it.

Winner of the 1985  Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award and the  1985 Anthony Award for Best Novel.

Reviews (10)

B is for Burglar

Written by Kris on June 3rd, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love all the alphabet mysteries by Sue Grafton and Judy Kaye is a fantasic narrator, she keeps you in suspense!

B is for Buglar

Written by Anonymous on March 26th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

If you like a good murder mystery, you can not go wrong with a Sue Grafton. Not one of her best, but still enjoyable.

good book

Written by Betsy on September 4th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was a good book. It made you want to hate Trevor because first he is like a stalker, but then you fall in love with him.

great!

Written by Lisa on April 26th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love these books. Can't get enough of the reader. She makes Kinsey come alive.

"B" is for Burglar

Written by Ettie Goldy on April 24th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is a very well written, well read book. The story took several twists and turns so it was not predictable. Well worth the time to listen to.

Not so great.

Written by Amanda Runnels on January 22nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This is not my favorite Grafton book, but it was still fun to listen to. Just not all that interesting.

B is for Burglar

Written by Michael Hilliard on July 22nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Sue Grafton does it again. Great book have listened to three of her books and all excede expectations.

"B" is for Burglar

Written by Anonymous on April 21st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I felt this book was one of Sue Grafton's more fun Kinzey books. However, it was also slightly more predictable. As always, however, I enjoyed the story and stayed very entertained on my commute.

"B" is for Burglar [abr]

Written by Nancy Smithson on April 6th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This was the first time I've read Sue Grafton. She was entertaining - the only thing I can say is it was too short. Abr. version - I am looking forward to the rest.

Great suspense

Written by Anonymous from san diego, CA on November 22nd, 2004

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Kinsey is relentless in this one. I love her character. This was a puzzle to the end. I really look forward to hearing the rest of the alphabet series.

Author Details

Author Details

Grafton, Sue

Sue Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages—including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. She’s an international bestseller with a readership in the millions. She’s a writer who believes in the form that she has chosen to mine: "The mystery novel offers a world in which justice is served. Maybe not in a court of law," she has said, "but people do get their just desserts." And like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Robert Parker and the John D. MacDonald—the best of her breed—she has earned new respect for that form. Her readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling talents.

But who is the real Sue Grafton? Many of her readers think she is simply a version of her character and alter ego Kinsey Millhone. Here are Kinsey’s own words in the early pages of N Is for Noose:

"So there I was barreling down the highway in search of employment and not at all fussy about what kind of work I’d take. I wanted distraction. I wanted some money, escape, anything to keep my mind off the subject of Robert Deitz. I’m not good at good-byes. I’ve suffered way too many in my day and I don’t like the sensation. On the other hand, I’m not that good at relationships. Get close to someone and the next thing you know, you’ve given them the power to wound, betray, irritate, abandon you, or bore you senseless. My general policy is to keep my distance, thus avoiding a lot of unruly emotion. In psychiatric circles, there are names for people like me."

Those are sentiments that hit home for Grafton’s readers. And she has said that Kinsey is herself, only younger, smarter, and thinner. But are they an apt description of Kinsey’s creator? Well, she’s been married to Steve Humphrey for more than twenty years. She has three kids and two grandkids. She loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine—not quite the nature-hating, fast-food loving Millhone. So: readers and reviewers beware. Never assume the author is the character in the book. Sue, who has a home in Montecito, California ("Santa Theresa") and another in Louisville, the city in which she was born and raised, is only in her imagination Kinsey Millhone—but what a splendid imagination it is.