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J is for Judgment (Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries, No. 10) Mass Market Paperback – December 2, 2008
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I found the first quarter of the book to be highly promising. Kinsey is hired to identify a man spotted in Mexico who may be Wendell Jaffe, recently proclaimed dead years after an apparent boating accident where the body was never found. This section of the book contains one of the funniest moments I've encountered in the series, showing Kinsey as she's never been before.
As Kinsey returns to Santa Teresa for the last three quarters of the book, she encounters the people in Jaffe's life--most of whom are excrutiatingly boring. The primary mystery question posed at the beginning is solved fairy early on, leaving not much left to answer and Jaffe's sniveling family to play out their soap opera.
There is a side story that I found much more interesting than the main plot in the second half. We find out something crucial about Kinsey's mysterious family background. Readers of other books in the series are reminded each book that Kinsey's folks died when she was very young leaving her to be raised by a maiden aunt. In "J is for Judgment," Grafton gives us a deeper look into the tragedy of Kinsey's early years.Read more ›
In "J" she's hired by her former employer, an insurance company to find if a certain man is dead or alive. He's a tricky little sucker, having committed a Ponzi scheme, then vanishes. The company has paid out $500,00 to his wife. Is she really widowed or not? Along the way, we have one of their sons, who is in legal trouble, his ex-partner, a girlfriend, an older ex-cop. Some of the characters are developed, others not.
We also come across a good deal of dialogue involving Kinsey's lost cousin & family matters. All which have nothing to do with the story. I felt this entire section need not be in the book.
The story didn't really have punch for me. The beginning was fine, the middle bogged down to the point wherein I almost did not finish this one. The ending was fine & leaves the reader wondering, which can be fun. The character of Ms. Millhone helped this book to survive till the end more than the story
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Another great book. I love the way Sue Grafton writes--you never want to put the book down. I especially like Kinsey Millone.Published 10 days ago by Ronni Stevenson
I like the way Sue describes characters! Great twist at the end as well as a few leading up to it. Kinsey soldiers on; putting her own life at risk to bring out the truth. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dianne DiFrisco
Lots of twists & turns in this one so that you don't know until the very end. The mystery of Kinsey's family is introduced but really not intertwined in the book's plot as much as... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Theresa Buck
Sue is a gifted writer and I have enjoyed everyone of hers I have read!Published 5 months ago by lyla sprague