Forgive me for sounding a little skeptical. I think they are nice, solid, if rather predictable, books. I think Grafton leans too heavily on her protagonist being saved by a Deus ex machina, rather than by her own skill or wit. I get frustrated by the slow timeline, and the resulting stasis of the character's life. But I read them, all the same, and will do so through the end of the series.
What do you think of the Kinsey Millhone series?