Q Is for Quarry (Kinsey Millhone Series #17)

Q Is for Quarry (Kinsey Millhone Series #17)

by Sue Grafton
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Q Is for Quarry (Kinsey Millhone Series #17) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Good but not the best in the series. Like many of the reviewers, I found myself struggling a bit to get through much of the book. There were just too many characters to try and keep track of. It was quite repetitive in parts. That being said, I didn't see the ending coming. The killer was not one on my list of suspects. I thought the ending was great and the epilogue really wrapped things up just in case you were still a little confused. This book contains quite a bit of insight into Kinsey's personal history. As other reviewers stated, there were times when I hoped Kinsey would forgive and forget and move on. However, the character is who she is and for readers to give the book a bad rating because they don't agree with Sue Grafton's development of her charater's personality is ridiculous. Book reviews should be about the writing technique and not about readers' personal values. I've seen this complaint in several reviews of this series: readers complain that the book isn't up to date - no cell phones, etc. Readers, remember this entire series takes place in the 1980's. Technology was rather limited to the general public at that time. Don't give a book a bad review because it took place in an era that you don't understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a lot better then the last. It had a good ending and broght me back to why I love these books. Even though the murderer was obvious after it was disclosed for some reason I was suspecting someone else and was impressed how it played out. I loved that the idea behind this book was a true story. This is probably my favorite so far.
Slim20 More than 1 year ago
The core tale, based on fact, is as unsettling as it is gripping: Eighteen years ago, the unidentified body of a young girl was discovered decomposing in Grayson Quarry of Santa Teresa, California. Detective Stacey Oliphant and Lt. Con Dolan, two driven cops who've hung with the case for most of their careers, have never been able to learn who the woman was or catch her killer. Battling age and health issues, they ask Kinsey to take a crack at solving the "Jane Doe" mystery. Although all leads are long-cold by now, Kinsey follows every one of them up, interviewing witnesses whose memories of events have either dwindled or become wholly fictitious with time. One of her only clues is the woman's prominent teeth, which she hopes will spark someone's recollection. At the center of the puzzle lies not only a killer but also a link to Kinsey's own troubled past. Q Is for Quarry eases you into its plot with Grafton's smooth writing style and swift plotting. Grafton knows her characters and their situations and explores them thoroughly -- it's those relationships that become the cornerstone of the novel as the mystery grows more intriguing and the investigation progresses. This is an author who understands how to let police procedure form the gist of the story while never allowing it to overshadow the humanity of her cast. The result is another impossible-to-put-down Grafton mystery.
mayasmommy More than 1 year ago
Each book gets better. Love this book series
lindianajones More than 1 year ago
This Alphabet Series by Sue Grafton just keeps getting better and better. Worth the read.
rebekahjames More than 1 year ago
Q is for Quarry. In my ongoing re-read /inspiration/learning quest (and in anticipation of the soon to be released V is for Violence in November of this year) I picked up Q is for Quarry over the weekend. This is 17th book in the Kinsey Milhone series and while I adore Sue Grafton's work, this was not exactly my favorite of the series. Grafton is a master of pacing, giving both Kinsey and the reader just enough time to catch our breath in between scenes. I found this one just a tad slower than the usual pace of the books. That being said, this is still excellently crafted. The plot is complicated, with players coming and going throughout, but no end is left loose. Misdirection and mounting frustration build throughout the book until I wanted to throw it around the room (fortunately calmer senses prevailed and I didn't propel my Nook across the room.). Even if I had though, I would have picked it right up again. Only one complaint, there is a subplot involving Henry that seems a little less gracefully worked than usual. The answers are found later in the series, but it is a bit confusing if you were a first time reader. I also found myself getting a little annoyed with Kinsey and her attitude toward family. She has questions and there are living relatives to answer them. Perhaps I am projecting my own adoption issues onto Kinsey, but I wanted to tell Kinsey, stop whining, just sit down and have a talk already, it won't kill you. Fortunately, 17 books into the series, I think that Grafton has earned the right to extend her questions across books, and even let her characters while just a little bit. My review: 4 of 5 tars this time.
happie78 More than 1 year ago
I have read all the other books in this series, this one is amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read that a few readers are really upset about "Q" is for Quarry. Well I must say that I am too excited and going out to buy "Q" today. I am a loyal reader and can never wait for the next letter. I've read most of the books in one day! I understand you guys want Kinsey to have a "good man" and be happy. But if you think about it, how often does a girl find true love? This is real life, you go thru life meeting different men that teach you different things about yourself and life. I believe that Kinsey is at the prime of her life and career. A man would really only slow her down. She will find love, like we all do. I'm sure that is a plan of Sues in the near future. But it's usually a long road to happiness. Sue keep up the good work, you're the best. And I must say that out of 21 books, there's bound to be one that isn't as exciting or fast-paced as the one before. But to have caught national attention and keep the same character going for so long....is truly talented!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Grafton is the ultimate mystery writer. She blends intrigue with a twist here and a turn there and I love her gimmick! Very clever lady. What's up after the alpabet series???
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was the slowest read of any of the 'alphabet' books. The end seemed machinated to me. I liked the idea of linking the story to some real open case, but the character development was poor and the story lagged. I guess even a great series of books (and I love this one) has a clunker now and then.
HaveninFla More than 1 year ago
Outstanding, even for Sue Grafton, who is consistently among the best mystery writers.
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Kinsey Millhone- A private detective in California who is still trying to find out what exactly she wants to do with her life. She has an office in the area of Santa Teresa and is starting to settle down when Con Dolan asks her for help with an old case that had never been solved. Con Dolan- A lieutenant who was out for a health disability after a series of heart attacks had knocked him out. For most of this professional life, he had headed up the homicide unit of the Santa Teresa Police Department. He still smokes and drinks a lot even though his doctors have told him specifically not to. Stacey Oliphant- An old partner of Dolan who was diagnosed with cancer in the beginning of the book that hinders him throughout the book. He was the original detective on the case of the body in the quarry and was never able to solve it or identify the body and it has haunted him ever since. "He placed the curling sheaf on the table in front of me. I finished my sandwich in one last bite and wiped my hands on a napkin before I reached for the papers. I knew at a glance it was a copy of a Sheriff Departments' file. The cover page was marked 187 pc, indicating it was a homicide, with a case number following. The pages were held together with a fastener, 65-70 sheets in all, with a set of handwritten notes inserted in the back. I returned to the cover page." Victim: Jane Doe Found: Sunday, August 3rd, 1969 Location: Grayson Quarry, Highway 1, Lompoc I chose this passage because it is one of the most important parts of the book. Dolan and Kinsey are sitting in a restaurant eating when Dolan tells Kinsey of the idea he has to surprise Stacey to get him feeling better. Dolan presents Kinsey with this big folder of the homicide that Stacey was never able to solve or even identify the body. This is a turning point in the book because before this the characters in the story are not connected at all but this gives them a common goal to share. Kinsey immediately goes for the idea because she is struggling with her business and with what she wants to do with her life. The point of this book is the fact that two old detectives and one young one are trying to solve a homicide that went cold many years ago with one hope being that Stacey will benefit from it and recover. I agree that people should help their friends when their in need of it because we all need some help sometimes. There are no serious errors in the book that I picked up on while reading. The new ideas are that when older people need help they can ask and not feel threatened. Kinsey is an extraordinary help to Dolan and Stacey throughout the book with the work in the field because sometimes they end up in the hospital and can't be out there. This bo
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