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review 2014-12-29 17:41
W is for wasted (Kinsey Millhone #23) - Sue Grafton
W is For Wasted: Kinsey Millhone Mystery (Kinsey Millhone, #13) - Sue Grafton,Judy Kaye

Two dead men changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I’d never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue.

The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He’d been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He’d been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone’s name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.

Two seemingly unrelated deaths, one a murder, the other apparently of natural causes.

But as Kinsey digs deeper into the mystery of the John Doe, some very strange linkages begin to emerge. And before long at least one aspect is solved as Kinsey literally finds the key to his identity. “And just like that,” she says, “the lid to Pandora’s box flew open. It would take me another day before I understood how many imps had been freed, but for the moment, I was inordinately pleased with myself.”

In this multilayered tale, the surfaces seem clear, but the underpinnings are full of betrayals, misunderstandings, and outright murderous fraud. And Kinsey, through no fault of her own, is thoroughly compromised.


This is the last Kinsey book published so far, and I must say, they have only gotten better. In this one, Kinsey discovers yet another piece of her family past in the course of an investigation, which also makes her have to immerse into the world of the homeless. In parallel, a crooked private eye meets his end for getting into something in over his head. Of course, both stories end up being connected and Kinsey will find out how.


Four stars!



[I'm counting this one for the Cruisin' Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2014]

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review 2014-12-11 19:03
V is for Vengeance (Kinsey Millhone #22) - Sue Grafton
V is for Vengeance (Kinsey Millhone, #22) - Sue Grafton

"A woman with a murky past who kills herself-or was it murder?

A spoiled kid awash in gambling debt who thinks he can beat the system.

A lovely woman whose life is about to splinter into a thousand fragments.

A professional shoplifting ring working for the Mob, racking up millions from stolen goods.

A wandering husband, rich and ruthless.

A dirty cop so entrenched on the force he is immune to exposure.

A sinister gangster, conscienceless and brutal.

A lonely widower mourning the death of his lover, desperate for answers, which may be worse than the pain of his loss.

A private detective, Kinsey Millhone, whose thirty-eighth-birthday gift is a punch in the face that leaves her with two black eyes and a busted nose.

And an elegant and powerful businessman whose dealings are definitely outside the law: the magus at the center of the web."


I LOVED loved loved this one!!! I think it's my favorite in the series so far. I loved the parallel storylines and I think Kinsey was such a bad-ass!


FIVE stars!!


[I'm counting this one for the Cruisin' Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2014]

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review 2014-12-11 18:57
U is for Undertow (Kinsey Millhone #21) - Sue Grafton
U Is for Undertow (Kinsey Millhone #21) - Sue Grafton,Judy Kaye

Michael Sutton hires Kinsey because 20 years ago a four-year-old disappeared and he thinks that as a kid he inadvertently saw where the little girl was buried. The problem is, he can't be sure where it was, and what's even worse, Michael has a strange relationship with the truth. Did he really see something? Will that help find the girl's killer?


I'm a little disappointed with this one because I thought it was going to make a much more interesting story. It wasn't boring, but I don't think it added anything extraordinary to the series. Three stars!



[I'm counting this one for the Cruisin' Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2014]

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review 2014-11-22 00:22
T is for Trespass (Kinsey Millhone #20) - Sue Grafton
T is for Trespass - Sue Grafton

"In what may be her most unsettling novel to date, Sue Grafton's T is for Trespass is also her most direct confrontation with the forces of evil.

Beginning slowly with the day-to-day life of a private eye, Grafton suddenly shifts from the voice of Kinsey Millhone to that of Solana Rojas, introducing readers to a chilling sociopath. Rojas is not her birth name. It is an identity she cunningly stole, an identity that gives her access to private caregiving jobs.

The true horror of the novel builds with excruciating tension as the reader foresees the awfulness that lies ahead. The suspense lies in whether Millhone will realize what is happening in time to intervene.

Though set in the late eighties, T is for Trespass could not be more topical: identity theft; elder abuse; betrayal of trust; the breakdown in the institutions charged with caring for the weak and the dependent. It reveals a terrifying but all-too-real rip in the social fabric. Once again, Grafton opens up new territory with startling results."


Sue Grafton used different POVs for the first time in her previous book, "S is for Silence" and I'm guessing she realized it made everything more interesting because she used it here, and she used it in the one I'm reading right now (U is for Undertow). It was really cool to live in the mind of a sociopath for a while, and it was a nice change of pace.

I also liked the way it addresses the issue of elder abuse. Solana was smart, frightening and evil, and although Kinsey knew it, there was no way to stop her. 


4.5 stars!!!


[I'm counting this one for the Cruisin' Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2014]


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review 2014-11-06 12:34
S is for Silence (Kinsey Millhone #19) - Sue Grafton
S is for Silence (Kinsey Millhone Mystery) - Sue Grafton

Kinsey is once again asked to look into the disappearance of a woman who vanished 35 years ago. Some say she ran away, others think her violent husband did her in. Whatever the answer, Diane, her daughter, needs to know the truth so she can at least have closure.


I loved the mystery and I loved having other people's point of view, besides Kinsey. The one thing I didn't like was that I didn't understand the connection with the killer, or their motive. It came out of nowhere and the epilogue didn't explain a thing about why that person did it.


Other than that, I liked it a lot! Four stars!


[I'm counting this one for the Cruisin' Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2014]

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