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'A' is For Alibi signed by Sue Grafton 1st / 1st 1986


Macmillan, London, 1986. Hard Cover. First Edition and first print. A very good ++ copy. Nice condition wrapper that is not clipped although no price stated so most likely its an export copy. No bumps, no marks, no clips, some browning to the pages as to be expected and a previous owners bookplate to the inside board. The first UK edition and first in the series. This is a very bright, clean copy in nice condition. Inscribed by the author to the title page. 


"A" Is for Alibi is the first in the Kinsey Millhone "Alphabet mystery" series, first published in the UK in 1986.

The novel is set in the fictional southern California city of Santa Teresa, based on Santa Barbara. The choice of murder by substituting the contents of an antihistamine tablet with crushed oleander meant that an alibi held no value because the contents of the tablet could have been switched a considerable time earlier than the victim actually swallowed the tablet. Grafton says that she conceived aspects of the plot on her own "fantasies" of murdering her then-husband while going through a divorce.