- File Size: 1479 KB
- Print Length: 412 pages
- Publisher: Marian Wood Books/Putnam (August 25, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 25, 2015
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TY3ZKJA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I also found an easily correctable error, placing the University of Virginia in Richmond. As a Richmond resident, I found that unforgivable.
My main complaint, however, was the lack of personality in Kinsey’s character. I used to like her independence, her feistiness and her crackling conversations with Henry and the other residents of her town. In this story she seemed to be going through the motions with little real interest and very little dry humor. The main story was much too talky with very little of the darkness a serial killer should bring to a story. The secondary story of the crafty old neighbors was enjoyable but even there, Kinsey’s reactions seemed muted. Often throughout the book, the action was advanced by Kinsey’s bad decisions. I would expect better of her.
I think both Kinsey and Grafton are ready for retirement.
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Henry her landlord didn't seem himself either.
The most gripping storyline was the saga of the new neighbours (won't spoil.)
I couldn't not buy or read this but hope Y and Z revert to standard.
Reading Kinsey's journey through life, with her sassy repartee, her lavishly salted warm boiled egg sandwiches, her on / off again relationship with another Pi is complete retro escapism.
Sue manages to craft Kinsey into the woman most women thought they may be if there were no children in tow, and a firmer fitness regime!
This particular installment rattles along at a fair old pace, managing to pack more than one beautifully convoluted tale into the whole and is just as unputdownable as the others.
A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Well done Ms Grafton.
Part of the story revolves around discovering something about a character who had died in a previous book. The plot is understandable without having read that book, but the emotional impact isn't there.
A subplot with a secondary crime (a con operation) adds interest and entertainment.
Kinseys life seems very much the same but this story introduced a very nasty villain - he is still on the loose!