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Kinsey Millhone is a California PI who is hired to bring Reba Lafferty home from prison. Kinsey thinks this will be a one-day job until one of Reba's friends from her past shows up, and Kinsey must keep Reba from going back to her old habits, as well as keeping them both alive. This is an exciting and fast paced mystery. I own all the books in the series, and enjoy re-reading my favorites. A Is for Alibi is the first book in the series.
Marcia Muller introduced PI Sharon McCone to the mystery world in 1977. Since that time, Sharon has undergone personal and professional changes. In The Dangerous Hour, Sharon is enjoying the success of her detective agency, and contemplating a marriage proposal from her lover. Then she receives a phone call that could destroy everything she has worked for. One of Sharon's new employees is charged with credit card fraud. Sharon believes Julia is innocent, and must fight to clear her name before Sharon's own success and reputation is destroyed. Muller's books are very enjoyable to read. I especially like her descriptions of San Francisco. Occasionally, she sets parts of her books in different areas of California, but San Francisco is the main setting.
V.I. Warshawski is a tough Chicago PI. One night, she almost runs over a woman lying battered in the street. V.I's search for the mystery behind the woman leads her into a women's prison, the private life of a Hollywood movie star, and a wealthy but troubled Chicago family. Paretsky's novels are gritty and and realistically describe the darker parts of Chicago. She creates a complex mystery that is intriguing and I find myself hurrying to finish her books.
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum just can't stay out of trouble. She is being stalked, is thinking about looking for a new job (one that doesn't involve dangerous situations), and is torn between her sometimes boyfriend Joe and the mysterious Ranger. After trying (and failing) at different jobs, Stephanie decides that being a bounty hunter is the best career for her, and sets out to catch her stalker. Evanovich's books are very funny. I enjoy reading about all the hilarious situations that Stephanie gets herself into. I find myself re-reading the books in the series again when I want a good laugh.
Los Angeles PI Regan Reilly is in Hawaii with her best friend Kit. It is the last girls' weekend before Regan marries Jack (no relation) Reilly. Regan is looking forward to sightseeing and relaxing, when a woman's body washes up on the beach. Regan investigates the murder, while trying to find out who stole a valuable lei from a local museum. Clark is the daughter of writer Mary Higgins Clark, and her books are full of humor and zany characters. This is a quick and fun read.