R is for Ricochet, Sue Grafton - 06.26.07 ****
At first the assignment seems simple - wealthy recluse Nord Lafferty hires Kinsey to "babysit" his daughter, Reba Lafferty, who is about to be paroled. Nord wants to make sure his daughter stays away from booze, gambling, and in general abide by the terms of her parole. But when Reba's old boyfriend, Beck, shows up, things begin to get complicated. It turns out that Reba went to jail to protect her lover from the embezzling charges, but it seems that he's more interested in using her to further his money laundering schemes, than in rekindling their relationship. When the Feds show up to try to convince Reba to help them gather information, at first Reba will have none of it - but when Becks starts trying to eliminate all evidence against him, Reba finally realizes that she's a liability, and leads Kinsey on a hilarious and suspenseful journey to out-trick the trickster.
S is for Silence, Sue Grafton - 06.27.07 ****
Violet Sullivan was the town bad girl - she cheated on her husband with half the men in town, drank outrageously, and was, in general, a wild woman. When she disappeared on the 4th of July, many assumed she'd finally made good on her many threats to runaway with a lover, many guessed she'd been murdered by her husband, and everyone sighed with relief that she was gone. Everyone except her husband and daughter, that is. Now, 34 years later, Daisy asks Kinsey to try and track down the missing mother and prove once and for all if Violet is dead or living elsewhere, so that Daisy can finally achieve closure. Of course, after so many years, memories are distorted, and many people have secrets to hide, but when Kinsey manages to discover Violet's missing car, all the clues point to murder - and the killer is still desperate to protect his identity!