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S is for Silence (Fethering Mysteries Book 19) [Kindle Edition]

Sue Grafton
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Review

'She remains refreshingly free of the tendency towards
hand-wringing sentimentality and self-help pyscho babble'
-- The Guardian

'genuinely exciting, even alarming, climax...Grafton always paints
a vivid picture of life, scenery and climate in small-town southern
California' -- The Tablet

The Tablet

'genuinely exciting, even alarming, climax...Grafton always paints
a vivid picture of life, scenery and climate in small-town southern
California'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 723 KB
  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0330438883
  • Publisher: Pan (18 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330438883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330438889
  • ASIN: B003GK21VC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,222 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sue Grafton has become one of the most popular mystery writers, both here and in the US. Born in Kentucky in 1940, the daughter of the mystery writer C. W. Grafton, she began her career as a TV scriptwriter before Kinsey Millhone and the 'Alphabet' series took off. She lives and writes in Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky.


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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grafton does it again !! 23 Feb 2006
Format:Hardcover
Grafton has an uncanny knack of grabbing your attention from the first page. 'S' is a gutsy novel which unlike 'R' does not centre around Kinsey's own life and very little takes place around Kinsey's own neighbourhood.
At the centre of the novel is an 1950's unsolved disappearance of a small town 'totty' and the story line dives in and out of peoples experiences around the time of the disappearance.
I found I got a bit confused at times as to what we were being told and what information Kinsey gleaned from her investigations, however you can't help but get involved in the comings and goings of the characters which gives this book the 'cant put it down' appeal. Some of the plot is a bit woolly and incredible however the only significant criticism I can give 'S' is that I felt Grafton almost hurried the ending, giving the impression that she was in a hurry to get it finished and this somewhat weakened the plot overall. Even though the alleged killer shows their hand eventually, you are still left with many unanswered questions which you know will never get referred to in the 'T' book. However I cannot wait for 'T' and hope that Grafton can churn it out quick enough that I can read them all before I leave for that great library in the sky !!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cold Case Solution Is Unearthed 3 Jan 2006
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Solving a cold case is extremely challenging for a detective. Writing about solving a cold case is even tougher. You can easily get so caught up in unraveling the tattered mystery that you bore your readers silly. A particularly tricky task is to make readers care.
Sue Grafton has written one of the most satisfying cold case stories that I've ever read. She makes the missing person, Violet Sullivan, both sympathetic and off-the-wall. At the same time, Ms. Grafton shows how an unsolved disappearance leaves everyone who cared about the person wounded to the core. They are victims too. In the case of S Is for Silence, some of the victims are more sympathetic than others . . . but they are all interesting.
The book mainly succeeds because Ms. Grafton creates an interesting series of characters and plot interactions both in her flashback chapters and in her development of Kinsey's investigation.
Ms. Grafton wisely keeps the investigation short. The mystery is unraveled in five days. To have strung the investigation out would have made the book boring, in my judgment. I was very impressed to find that the flashback information wasn't a direct hint as to how Kinsey would solve the mystery. She followed her own unique path.
Those who like to focus on Kinsey and her life as a single woman won't find this book very satisfying. The cold case is the story. Kinsey's friends and family have barely cameo roles in this book.
For those who like a classic missing person's story against the backdrop of volatile relationships in a small California town, this book will, however, be the right stuff.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Kinsey book 21 Dec 2006
Format:Paperback
I have read all of the series of Sue Grafton books in the alphabet series and enjoyed most of them. This book did have some weaknesses for me , the constant flashbacks were annoying although they did fill in needed background. However I thought the ending was odd there didnt seem a motive for the murderer at least not one that was explained very well. I agree with other reviewers that i missed certain aspects of other books in the series, such as Henry, Dietz and her unique way of entering buildings. Overall a good read and not too much of a disappointment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 5 May 2006
Format:Paperback
I bought this at the airport for a holiday read and I couldn't put it down. I loved the flashbacks and could visualise a young Elizabeth Taylor as Violet. I am eagerly awaiting the delivery of more Sue Grafton novels. Wish I had discovred her years ago.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
With a long-running series like this one, it can be difficult for a newcomer to know whether you'll enjoy the most recent addition. If all the back story, regular characters and previous adventures play a prominent part in the new adventure then a first-time reader can feel a bit lost.

That's not the case with S is for Silence.

It's a great place to start if you haven't read any of the other books.

I have read all of Sue Grafton's alphabet series, and generally enjoy the adventures of private eye Kinsey Millhone. They tend to be medium-to-lightweight thrillers; almost like traditional whodunnits with a little spice of modern life. They aren't the sort which are packed full of sadistic psycho-murderers at every turn and a bodycount reaching into the dozens.

Instead, Kinsey normally has one or two crimes to resolve and while there is always a hint of personal danger (it would be dull if not!), the entertainment comes from following the clues and from the pleasant buzz of familiarity when Kinsey visits her regular haunts and meets familiar people.

Sue Grafton has changed her writing style for this book, and has veered away from the repetition of those familiar faces. So if you stopped reading the series because 'they all seemed the same' then this is a good one to pick up. The story revolves around the plot and the personalities involved in the crime -- it's much more of a whodunnit and a lot less of a soap-opera about Kinsey's personal life.

Overall, it has reinvigorated the series and leaves me much more likely to pick up T is for ??Trouble?? when it comes out.
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