Q is for Quarry (A Kinsey Millhone mystery) Hardcover – 7 Feb 2003
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Based on a homicide that took place in 1969 and was never solved, Sue Grafton has produced another of her long list of 'alphabet' crime novels featuring Kinsey Millhone, private eye. An unidentified young white woman's body is discovered near a quarry off California's Highway 1. Eighteen years have passed since the original investigation and the two men who found the body are now approaching retirement, and want one last try at solving the case. They call in Kinsey, whose career is going through a lean patch. It makes an exciting and suspense-filled story with the added thought that this could spark off a solution to a real crime. In the final pages is a photograph of a facial reconstruction of a young woman, which is hoped may lead to her being identified.
The seventeenth novel in the Kinsey Millhone mystery series, now with a stunning new look --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.See all Product Description
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It is 18 years later, and the two officers who found the body are now both ill and close to retirement. However, desiring one last crack at the case, if only just to give the poor woman a name, they turn to Kinsey Millhone for help. She is curious, and agrees to work with them. But what starts out as an investigation trying to find the identity of a dead woman, soon becomes a dangerous hunt for her killer.
Some fans who may have been disappointed by her last effort, "P is for Peril", will feel much warmer feelings towards this novel, which is one of the best books in the entire "alphabet" series. It's complex, intriguing, written in sharp, efficient prose, with a great cast of characters. Kinsey is on fine form once again, and there are some real treats in store for constant-readers of Grafton, in the shape of more insights into Kinsey's family and background. She's a likeable, resourceful hero, and I am incredibly impressed that Grafton is still able to develop her main character with each new book, whilst lesser writers tend to burn out at around the five book mark.
Grafton is adept at creating casts of likeable, essentially very normal, well-developed characters who keep her books moving and her plots flowing smoothly.Read more ›
Ms. Grafton has outdone her usual brilliance. She has taken a marvelous series and made it better by adding two new elements to her well-honed heroine and typical plot. The first new element is that you will learn a lot more about what was going on in Kinsey's family before, during and after she was born. This new information will provide the basis for many satisfying plot complications in future to expand your enjoyment. If you skip this book, the next books in the series probably won't work as well for you. The second new element is basing her mystery on an actual unsolved homicide in Santa Barbara County, California in August 1969. As a result, we can all speculate along with Ms. Grafton about what really happened. If the real case is ever solved, we can also see how close she and we came to the right answer. By including four forensic reconstructions of the real victim, readers can also potentially help identify the victim. It's one thing to make up one's own neat little mysteries. It's a much grander and exciting thing to take on the real thing. I hope that Ms. Grafton will create other reality-based mysteries in the future.
As the book opens, Kinsey is about to turn 37 in four weeks . . . and is in a little more reflective mood than usual. Soon some of that's dispelled when she takes on a new role as leg woman for Lieutenant Dolan and Stacey Oliphant, who originally investigated killing of the stabbed and dumped young female victim in 1969 at Grayson Quarry on Highway 1 in Lompoc. Stacey had retired from the Sheriff's Department eight years earlier, but is back working part time on cold cases. This one?s lack of closure has always bothered him.Read more ›
To be honest, I've found them to be better written than I expected from an American detective novel (my prejudice, I know), but I also enjoyed the humour and irony and the occasional quirky phrases and description, so much so that I had to check to see that Sue Grafton was not, in fact, British. I love the way the characters have developed over time: as well as good plots, there's good descriptive writing and character-insight. She does have a tendency to finish the stories quite abrubtly which, generally, is a refreshing change from the long drawn-out, heroine-in-danger finales of much crime fiction. Grafton does not have her heroine, Kinsey Millhone, act stupidly or unrealistically, merely to create a dramatic consequence.
I couldn't comment individually on all the novels I've read, I may have enjoyed some more than others, but there hasn't been one I've NOT enjoyed.
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Sorry not read yet but I have enjoyed quite a few books on the alphabet list. With thanksPublished 6 months ago by Mrs S Morland
Sue is a fantastic author and her books are a must read. Each one gets better and better. Keep up the good work.Published 9 months ago by Joyce Starkey
Once again another great read. Kinsey is a believable and brilliant character. Always enjoy sue's books.Published 14 months ago by D curwen