P Is for Peril (Kinsey Millhone Series #16)

P Is for Peril (Kinsey Millhone Series #16)

by Sue Grafton

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Private investigator Kinsey Millhone gets entangled in a minefield of a missing persons case in this thriller that “crackles with suspense and pops with surprises” (Newsday).

Kinsey Millhone never sees it coming. She is mired in the case of a doctor who disappeared, his angry ex-wife, and beautiful current one-a case that is full of unfinished business, unfinished homes, and people drifting in and out of their own lives. Then Kinsey gets a shock. A man she finds attractive is hiding a fatal secret—and now a whole lot of beauty, money, and lies are proving to be a fatal distraction from what Kinsey should have seen all along: a killer standing right before her eyes...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735218529
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Series: Kinsey Millhone Series , #16
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 49,760
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton first introduced Kinsey Millhone in the Alphabet Series in 1982. Soon after, both writer and heroine became icons and international bestsellers. Ms. Grafton was a writer who consistently broke the bonds of genre while never writing the same book twice. Named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, her awards and honors included the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, the Ross Macdonald Literary Award, the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award from Britain's Crime Writers' Association, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Malice Domestic, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Bouchercon, three Shamus Awards, and three Anthony Awards—including the first two ever awarded. She passed away in December 2017.


Montecito, California and Louisville, Kentucky

Date of Birth:

April 24, 1940

Place of Birth:

Louisville, Kentucky


B.A. in English, University of Louisville, 1961

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P Is for Peril 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 137 reviews.
poodlemomOK More than 1 year ago
When I read the ebook, I thought the end of the book was missing. I had to borrow the audio book from the library to realize that is the way it ended. It made a little more sense to me when I listened to it. Like other reviewers, I really missed the epilogue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very disappointing. There was no ending. I kept looking for closure. I read from A to P and afraid to go on to the next book, but I read Q and just finished R . The rest of the series was great. I hope S has an ending to it. Do not understand why there is no ending to P is for Peril. What happened sure would like to know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks like I'm not the only one who wished for a better wrap-up. I actually thought I was missing a page or two. Who is the real killer/accomplice ? Makes me want to just use the library system when seeking out books with less than 4 stars.
mayasmommy More than 1 year ago
What ending???????? Thought part of the book didnt download. Weird....
kbecker More than 1 year ago
I've read all the Sue Grafton novels and am disappointed with the lack of closure for 'P'. I thought the publisher ommitted the customary epilogoue on the e-book edition! I actually went B-N to check out the paperback! All in all, if you like Sue Grafton you'll certainly want to read it but it won't leave you feeling fulfilled!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Nook version of this book had misspellings, typos and poor spacing (words ran together, some paragraphs not indented, page breaks wrong) I was very disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was certainly strange if you've read the others from the Sue Grafton alphabet series. Kinsey, her quirks, humor, usual characters - all this is there (and so the 2 stars), but where's the plot? Things seem to just drift along with nothing much happening and the ending makes you feel your copy is missing a few pages. Also doesn't help that Kinsey seems to be wrong about everything and everybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just as Claudia said...I couldn't understand the ending. All those insignificant details along the book and finally we don't know who the murderer is?? I kept reading the last pages, but I still don't know what happened. Was it Crystal, Anica, Leila?? Please, somebody tell me.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Like many other reviewers, I found the ending very lacking and abrupt. I, too, thought that pages were missing until I double checked with another book. I have read all of Sue Grafton's alphabet mysteries starting with A through P and this is the only one that I didn't like. It just left too many questions unanswered. Her other books have an epilogue which wraps things up nicely. This one did not. While all her books have the main plot and a subplot, P is for Peril seemed to be all over the place with too many characters and sidebars. I'm sad to say that I was really disappointed in this one as I have always loved Sue Grafton's work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought i got gypped out of the ending. I think next time I'll save my money and get it from the library. It deserves more than one star but there were so many bogus 5 star ratings, I thought I'd balance it out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to reread the ending because I did not catch who did it. When I did I was still a little lost. I did understand who did it and maybe why, but it was so suttle. It just did not seem finished. There was a few action scenes, but not sure how it tied into the original murder it was like there was two stories through the whole book. It was not horrible but not my favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I, too, found the ending to be unsettling. When I finished the book, I thought somebody ripped out the last few pages. I also agree that there was to much deatil in certain areas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most scattered books I have read in my life. Too many uninteresting details, and the story goes off in too many directions that didn't grab my attention. So boring! I found myself daydreaming throughout the book about what a miracle it would be to actually finish this one and begin one that I could really enjoy. This book was a struggler.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perhaps like most folks, I need to stretch my budget, and there are few authors whose latest work I buy unblinkingly in hard cover the minute it comes out. Until this tome, Sue Grafton had been one. Others, below, have said it better. Where is the last chapter? Why does the ending make no sense? How can this be written by the same author who created such magic earlier in the series? I see that a Q book is out now. I will wait for the paperback, thank you very much!
Guest More than 1 year ago
a pretty tough read... slow to pick up in term of the plot's pace and when you have made it through, you may be as clueless (in some respects) as you were at the beginning. certainly not what was expected after reading the other books in the series... feel free to skip this entry, you'll miss nothing.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Good Read
ThePolyBlog More than 1 year ago
BOTTOM-LINE: Decent mystery, too much other noise. . PLOT OR PREMISE: Kinsey is hired for a missing persons case, a retired family doctor, running a nursing home. . WHAT I LIKED: The mystery opens with a nice quirk -- it's the ex-wife who hires Kinsey, not the current wife. Like all Kinsey's cases, it gets complicated really fast -- cheating wives, messy divorced families, a search for new office space, Medicare fraud, kids who murdered their parents, etc. . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: The sub-story about kids murdering their parents and the convenience of some evidence that comes to her from Henry by coincidence really detracts from the story. . DISCLOSURE: 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.
benfulton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've made a sort of hobby out of reading lousy mysteries that I can get for a few pennies at a local booksale. I get into the habit as I read them of writing a review of the book in my head - "Oh, that character's not convincing at all", or "The language is a bit stilted here", or "Why exactly are they discussing the clown paintings of John Wayne Gacy again?"I mention this because after reading those, It becomes kind of a relief to pick up a Grafton. The alphabet series is as gimmicky as any, but the fact is, there isn't any stilted language, unconvincing characters, or discussions of serial killer art in the books. You read them, get lost in the story, and enjoy yourself for a few hours. The fact that she's managed to punch twenty or so of these books out with no real loss in quality is remarkable. The prose isn't deathless, by any means; the books aren't ever going to win a Pulitzer. They're just good, solid, quality escapist detective fiction, and that is no bad thing.
jepeters333 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A doctor disappears - ex-wife and wife suspected
DocWalt10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Have read series A to F some years ago when I borrowed them from the library. Excellent short stories. Hope to acquire the entire series and read them again.
JosiKilpack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Sue Graphton's book, but I swear this one was missing the last two chapters. I looked for years to see a reprint with the whole thing, but it never came. My theory still holds, however, because none of her books end the way this one did.
dbhutch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not the best book by Ms. Grafton. Its as if the ending is missing. It does get into some of the interesting small mob type crime that can go on when dealing with the government, in this case Medicare and Medicaid, and with the usual twists and turns of Kinsey's cases. In this case though, there is no definitive whodunnit. The reader seems to be left to pick thier own person.
aubs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Don't do this to yourself. If you are reading this series, just skip this book. I've read the entire series up to Q so far and they have been good, despite the authors overzealous and unnecessary description on anything and everything. Sue Grafton has some great characters that you come to love and twisting story plots to go with it. And to top every book off she has a letter from Kinsey to the reader, detailing the specifics of who-done-it and what happened to them. This book is longer than the others and it just seems like she got tired of writing and said "Eh. They can figure it out for themselves." I swore to myself that I must have had a bad copy of the book. I scoured the bookstores in hopes of finding this missing ending and letter from Kinsey. All to no avail. There is no ending to this book. One could probably narrow it down to 2 people that killed the poor guy, but that just doesn't seem good enough for me. Skip this book.
kaulsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another good one from Sue Grafton. You may notice that I rate 'good' those that keep me guessing! This one was so 'wet' I ending up dreaming about unrelenting rain.Interestingly, many reviewers felt there was no true ending. I suppose because she ended before the cops came and read anyone their Miranda rights. It is true it is not the neatest package...there were several side plots going on simultaneously....but I found the ending, with its "unexplained" motive clear as could be. To say more would be a spoiler.This one featured her landlord, Henry, and past cop-'friend' Jonah, but none of her other particular friends. I must say she also seemed to wear fewer turtlenecks, took fewer showers, and exercised poor tooth hygiene....
FMRox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kinsey Millhone, private eye, investigates a missing man at the bequest of the ex-wife. Lots of possible suspects. And, the ending is left hanging. Can't tell who did it. In fact the ending is not a typical ending for Grafton at all, there's no wrap-up note by Kinsey explaining her findings. I actually thought pages/ chapter was missing, until I read others reviews with the same concern. Grafton does throw in another subplot, I guess to make the story longer? This one is frustrating and not Grafton's best.