Main Character: Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone
Series: Alphabet Books, A is for... etc.
Setting: Santa Teresa, CA in the 1980s -- even though the series started in 1982, the character has only aged seven or eight years. The 80s pop culture references and lack of computer sleuthing can be a draw for some.
Point of View: First person
Style/Pacing: Slower paced with periods of action. All steps in the investigation (conversations, research, etc.) are described in detail. Some may find the writing too detailed.
Main Character Traits: Relationship shy; quirky; 80s fashion victim
Language/Writing: Detail oriented; step-by-step crime solving
Emotional Impact/Degree of Violence: Violence is kept to a minimum as are descriptive passages about gore.
Humor?: Some light humor
Vulgarity/Sex?: Occasional swearing, all sex is off the page. Rated: PG
Issue Driven?: Depends on the book. S is for Silence deals with elder abuse. She tries to go with different types of crimes for each entry in the series. In R is for Richochet Kinsey is beginning a new relationship and she deals with all the difficulties that comes with starting again.
Special Points: You don't need to start with A; author fills the reader in on Kinsey's life in each story.