With N Is For Noose, she’s passed the halfway mark of her alphabetical detective series, but Grafton remains fresh. Her no-nonsense, jeans-and-turtleneck-clad female PI, Kinsey Millhone, retains her smarts, narrating yet another case in the form of a written report. This year’s model takes Kinsey out of her home base of fictional Santa Teresa into a California mountain town where a police officer may have succumbed to stress. Two moments stand out in both comic and creepy relief: Kinsey’s snooping makes her the town pariah, and, in a separate incident, she accidentally downs some ”funny” brownies. B
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