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Q is for Quarry: A Kinsey Millhone Novel Hardcover – October 14, 2002
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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
Wasn't overly tedious in her descriptions, no overly dangerous/improbable scenarios and included the expected epilogue the last book was lacking. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Kindle Customer
I love the series by Sue Grafton. Kinsey Milhone I such an interesting character. Always look forward to the next book.Published 11 days ago by Joan K. Shearman
This book follows the usual pattern of a Kinsey Millhone book. It's a good, fast, mindless mystery read and worth it if you've read other books by her. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Kelly M.
Since it is a murder mystery their was violence that happened and some close calls by the main character, but no horrible details. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Deborah A Mares
I've been a Grafton fan since A IS FOR ALIBI, and she continues to write interesting and gripping novels with fascinating character = always a winner!
I really liked this book. What caught my interest is that she spring boarded the idea for it from a true cold case murder where the victim has remained identified. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sha