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Q is for Quarry: A Kinsey Millhone Novel Hardcover – October 14, 2002
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Sue Grafton has been married to Steve Humphrey for more than thirty years, and they divide their time between Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky, where she was born and raised. Grafton, who has three children and four grandchildren, loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine.
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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 ›
Two retired detectives call in Kinsey Milhone to assist them in reopening the cold case of an unsolved murder of a Jane Doe victim. The trail leads the trio to small town Quorum CA. On the surface, Quorum is God-fearing and conservative, but appearances are deceiving, and soon Kinsey is up to her tumbled hairdo in suspects.
The book is a bit of a slow start to get everyone in place. I question the wisdom of having two cohorts that are both dying. Not only is it depressing, a lot of time is spent to and froing to emergency rooms and discussing diets and the horrors of smoking. I do not object at all to Grafton's love of placing senior citizens in her stories, I just wish she would be sure their health warranted the tasks she sets out for them. Like many other reviewers, I could do without the ongoing soap opera of Kinsey's rediscovered family. "Quarry" is back in the familiar groove after a really fine departure in "Peril" where Grafton extended her scope and vision. She does her usual fine job of characterization and descriptions that add so much to her novels. The plotting is excellent, and the ending is nicely surprising. I'm just hoping Kinsey can soon find a friend who is under 65.
Ms. Grafton heeded her fans.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Q IS FOR QUARRY was a re-read for me. I loved the book the first time I read it, which was years ago, and still could not put it down. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Ann Dupree
Love the Sue Grafton Alphabet series! I read it years ago and started it over again because there are more books now!Published 19 days ago by Pats n Sox Fan
I really enjoyed this book. Reading the epilogue pulled into the story even more. I wonder if it would have been better to have had the information before reading the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book, finally getting back to her series and enjoying Q was a good start.Published 2 months ago by K. Ross
Another great read by Sue Grafton in her Kinsey Millhone series. I'd gotten away from the series for a while, but picked up Q is for Quarry to read while traveling. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I never get tired of reading about the antics and adventures of Kinsey Millhone. This was as always, a fun and engaging read. Can't wait to read the next one!Published 3 months ago by Domonique E. Burke