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U Is for Undertow (Kinsey Millhone Series #21)

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14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

U is for Undertow is one of Sue's Best!!

U is for Undertow is Sue Grafton's 21st adventure starring the unsinkable Kinsey Millhone and it's one of her best. In this chapter of Kinsey's life and career she's faced with a 21year old unsolved crime that seems to lead to nothing but dead ends. And she's facing a f...
U is for Undertow is Sue Grafton's 21st adventure starring the unsinkable Kinsey Millhone and it's one of her best. In this chapter of Kinsey's life and career she's faced with a 21year old unsolved crime that seems to lead to nothing but dead ends. And she's facing a family reunion with her long estranged family.
Sue Grafton is an amazing storyteller and mystery writer and it definitely shows in this dramatic and nail biting page-turner. She keeps us up to date on all our favorite returning characters and introduces us to a supporting cast of many, some of which are solid citizens but many who are not and all are eclectic in their relationship to each other. Her dialogue in unmistakably hers, but in this volume it just flows better than I've seen for a while. Her story line/plot is as always interesting and exciting and I like how she incorporates past events with what's happening now. And now just happens to be 1988. I sometimes have a hard time reading contemporary fiction that's set in the near past, without today's technology it seems somehow jaded, but I have no problems of that sort with this series. In fact what it does is make me scratch my head and wonder what we did before cell phones and high speed internet access. The mystery is quite a puzzle and who better to solve it than our own Kinsey Millhone with her unique and always moral attitude toward crime and her profession. And in this episode she seems much more content with herself then in some of the previous reads.
You cannot go wrong with this novel, it's all that you remember about Kinsey and better. If you enjoy a great mystery especially with a strong woman heroine who knows what she wants and who she is then you'll love this book. If you just love a great who done it then look no farther. If you're a lover of crime or PI fiction this fills the bill. I guarantee this will satisfy any lover of mystery or just great fiction. If this is your first foray into the series it does fine as a stand-a-lone, but you'd be missing out on a great deal of information and finding out what makes Kinsey tick. My suggestion is after you finish reading this, go back and start with A is for Alibi.

posted by dhaupt on December 10, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Not Her Best Work

I agree that this isn't Sue's best work. I too missed the Kinsey of earlier books and really struggled to complete this one.

posted by DawnOH on December 14, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2009

    Not Her Best Work

    I agree that this isn't Sue's best work. I too missed the Kinsey of earlier books and really struggled to complete this one.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

    Disappointing

    I have read every book Sue Grafton has written and thoroughly enjoyed all of them. I am still struggling to get through this book. It is slow and cumbersome and not up to Grafton's usual ability to catch one's interest and keep you captivated. Perhaps she is trying a new writting style?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    Okay

    More about details, the private detective, rather than the plot and other characters.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    Not one of her best

    I found this a difficult read. Too many characters to follow. Went back in forth in time too often. I hope she gets back on track for V.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    Disjointed Storyline

    Don't quite know why I purchased another novel from this author? It is an extraordinarily difficult read. It has little flow and is not the typical easy, flowing read that I am used to seeing in this category.

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