A Is For Alibi is straight up mystery. I'm pretty sure they're great, if you are into that sort of thing, but I found the first half slow and the laughs few.
I also couldn't get myself to care about the main character, Kinsey, or the mystery itself. Kinsey is okay, I just didn't love her, and couldn't invest any feelings into whether she solved the case or not. At times she seemed incredibly stupid... like not bringing her gun into a house where there might be a killer lurking, because she is worried about being found over a dead body with a gun.
Like always with a mystery, I made a guess about the killer and solution during the first half of the book. While my guess was ultimately correct, I wasn't invested one way or the other. The second half of the book picked up and there were several intense, suspenseful scenes, but it never seemed to carry from scene to scene and the ending was incredibly abrupt.
One thing I did love about this book was the opening. It sets up the character and story perfectly right off the bat. A lot of people love these books. They are huge sellers, so I feel like I'm missing something. At the very least, I have discovered some things about my reading tastes: I enjoy mysteries, but only when they are incorporated into another genre. And that's okay. They put lots of different books out for lots of different readers.
This book counts toward the following challenge: 100+, Harry Potter Reading Challenge Hide and Seek mini challenge. Track my progress at my 2011 Challenges Page.