• B Is for Burglar

  • A Kinsey Millhone Mystery
  • By: Sue Grafton
  • Narrated by: Mary Peiffer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,240 ratings)

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B Is for Burglar

By: Sue Grafton
Narrated by: Mary Peiffer
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Publisher's Summary

A wealthy woman needs to find her sister to settle a will. It looks routine...boring. Still, business is slow and even a private investigator has bills to pay, so Kinsey Millhone takes the case. 

But this is not routine and the deeper Kinsey digs the trickier things get. The client tries to call Kinsey off, an accusing husband surfaces, and a double murder turns the case sinister. Kinsey feels adrift in a fog of distortion, where nothing, except danger, is quite what it seems.

Don't miss the other titles in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mystery Series.
©1985 Sue Grafton (P)1993 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"Unconventional, unsentimental, Millhone's a fine addition to the ranks of fictional private eyes." (The Houston Chronicle)

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Back again for B is for Burglar

I actually had not heard this since it was first out on Books on Tape a looooong time ago and wanted to hear it again! To me it was actually fun to hear the old Books on Tape stuff at the very start of the book.
Although still a good story the second time through, I can really see (hear) why so many reviewers were not very happy with the early books just because of the reader Ms. Peiffer.
Although she reads the story fine, as with several other readers of various books, she just doesn't seem to have the correct or expected 'tonal quality' for the character in this story, in my opinion!!!
If you're just discovering the "Alphabet" series, I'd still recommend giving it a listen, or, especially in the early stages of this series, get the abridged version and hear the reader that now has become the ONLY reader of the series for the most part, abridged or unabridged, Judy Kaye!
She IS Kinsey Millhone!

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I Did Finish It

I did finish this book, even after reading "A is for Alibi." But I won't get any of the others by this author. After reading David Baldacci's books, this is just too simple. The Andy Carpenter series by David Rosenfelt are lighter than Baldacci and much preferred over this author. But this is just my unsolicited opinion...

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Never a waste!

Anything by Sue Grafton is worth the credits or cash! Kinsey Milhone has got to be one of my all time favorite recurring characters in fiction. Thanks Sue!

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Not as strong as Number one but still a winner

Would you consider the audio edition of B is for Burglar to be better than the print version?

Audio books are a great time saver.

What other book might you compare B is for Burglar to and why?

All of the "ABC" Grafton books are about the same story line. I love the crazy cast of characters!

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B is for Boring and Predictable

I picked up this book thinking it just had to be better than "A"... nothing could be as predictable as "A" was, but I was wrong. It was even more predictable making it even more boring. Anyone with half a clue should be able to figure this "mystery" out within the first hour, making the rest of it really difficult to listen to. I started this series hoping to find a nice long series with exciting characters and even more exciting plots, but based on the first two books the only mystery I have found is how any publisher kept paying Sue Grafton to keep writing this stuff.

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fantastic narrator

I read book one and listened to this one and the narrator sounded exactly as I pictured Kinsey sounding. she's great and does so well with cadence and all the different voices. the story was good as well. at times some extra detail is given needlessly but really does add the story. this is overall a believable character and she's tough and smart. love it.

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Enjoyment!

Enjoying the alphabet. The climax comes quickly and is satisfying. Looking forward to continuing the adventure.

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I loved it. Sue is so good at bringing you in. B is for Bravo.

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narrator is not annimated but is story excellent.

narrator is not annimated but story is excellent. I have read most of the books and was looking to the audible but was disappointed.

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Hard to keep track of all characters

Next time I’ll make a map of characters so I know who’s being talked about as I read.

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  • Alice
  • 04-25-18

Great follow up.

This is the 2nd book in the series that I have listened to; I have also listened to A is for Alibi. I really like the character of Kinsey Millhone, I think she's no nonsense and extremely likeable. I bought this and binge listened to it over a couple of days. It wasn't my intention to binge listen, but the descriptions are so vivid, that it is very easy listen and the story is so propulsive, that I couldn't help myself.
I know people dislike the narrator Mary Peiffer, but I think her voice reflects the slightly cynical world view of Kinsey. I really like it when they keep the same narrator for a whole series, because that then becomes part of the character's identity for me. I'd like to know why the whole series isn't available on audio?

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  • Janette Lands
  • 09-11-16

narrator

I don't know how I managed to listen to the whole book this narrator is monotone and annoying.

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  • Florence Gaye
  • 10-12-17

Enjoyable despite disappointing narration.

I am an avid fan of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone novels and have been reading them for many years. B is for Burglar is typical fayre, encompassing an intriguing story well told, and richly portraid characters, with Grafton's usual attention to detail enabling the listener to really identify with the characters by her succinct descriptions of their physical selves, the myriad quirks and personality traits and mannerisms that define a human being. (In later novels this skill is applied with great effect to dogs and cats also, usually eliciting a tear or two of sentiment from me.)
Unfortunately, I found Mary Peiffer's narration did little to bring this story to life. Ms Peiffer gives wonderful performances of the female protagonists and puts alot of feeling and expression into the ladies' voices but when narrating dialogue from men she (generally) drops her voice very low and speaks really slowly, to the point where each man who speaks seems on the verge of a coma with no apparent distinction between any of the men in this novel. This lack of passion and animation is also evident in all the dramatic passages of the book - it literally sounds as though Ms Peiffer is describing a basic and routine domestic chore rather than an important moment of enlightenment or an exciting, near-fatal physical tussle. There is simply no evident tension at all and as such- for me at least- deflected greatly from the overall credibility of the novel and my enjoyment of it. By direct contrast, Judy Kaye's superb narration of Y is for Yesterday imbues that wonderful novel with depth and feeling and I would advise any listener who considers themself practically a friend of Kinsey's who has not already done so, to download Sue Grafton's latest book without delay; in my humble opinion, it is simply her best so far and Judy Kaye brought that book to full-on technicolour life with such rich character performances that I felt I had watched a movie instead of listening to a book.
However, despite my criticisms, I still think the other Grafton novels narrated by Mary Peiffer are enjoyable and definitely worth a listen, for established Grafton fans and newcomers alike.

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  • Roberta Downey
  • 02-01-18

great listening

really well written and extremely well read. cannot wait to read the next Kiney Mi,lhone mystery