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Q is for Quarry: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery | [Sue Grafton]

Q is for Quarry: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

Sue Grafton is back with her quirky, quintessentially cool detective Kinsey Millhone. Two retired detectives bring a quandary to Kinsey: identify the victim in a cold case murder. When she takes on the quest, it turns into a high-risk hunt for a killer.
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Publisher's Summary

She was a "Jane Doe," an unidentified white female whose decomposed body was discovered near a quarry off California's Highway 1. The case fell to the Santa Teresa County Sheriff's Department, but the detectives had little to go on. The woman was young, her hands were bound with a length of wire, there were multiple stab wounds, and her throat had been slashed. After months of investigation, the case remained unsolved.

That was 18 years ago. Now, the two men who found the body, both nearing the end of long careers in law enforcement, want one last shot at the case. Old and ill, they need someone to do the legwork for them, and they turn to Kinsey Millhone. They will, they tell her, find closure if they can just identify the victim. Kinsey is intrigued by the challenge and agrees to work with them.

But revisiting the past can be a dangerous business, and what begins with the pursuit of Jane Doe's real identity ends in a high-risk hunt for her killer.

©2002 Sue Grafton; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"An intriguing plot, fully drawn characters, and wry humor prove why Grafton's series is one of the best." (Library Journal)

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    Kindle Customer ROYAL OAK, MI, US 11-09-04
    Kindle Customer ROYAL OAK, MI, US 11-09-04 Listener Since 2004
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    "Always A Great Simple Listen"

    It's such an easy listen. Perfect length for a trip. I can never wait for the next letter!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Orosi, CA, United States 01-09-04
    Louise Orosi, CA, United States 01-09-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Loved it!"

    Kindsy Millhone has become a comfortable, old friend. I can think of no reader other than Judy Kaye to portray her. Never boring. The sound person may have been asleep at the switch, but it wasn't bad. Certainly wasn't Judy Kaye's fault. Her reading, as always, was flawless. I loved the book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Erik D Plumber Kenmore, WA, US 01-14-03
    Erik D Plumber Kenmore, WA, US 01-14-03 Member Since 2013
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    "the formula"

    Sue Grafton is a wonderful writer and her story lines always move right along. This book is no exception, but it is wearing a little thin now. Q is for Quarry is filled with the delights of Kinsey, however the details are getting to be to much and the plotline is a little over developed in my opinion.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia Ocala, FL, USA 05-29-03
    Marcia Ocala, FL, USA 05-29-03
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    "narrator is awful"

    I have read or heard all of the Sue Grafton books, and always look forward to the latest adventures of Kinsey Milhone. The plot of solving an old, cold case was a good one, but I found I missed any references to the personal or emotional life of Kinsey. The older detectives she worked with in this case really started to depress me with all their health and eating problems!
    But my main problem with this audio version is the distracting, shrill voice of the narrator, especially when she tries to capture the voice of older people, they end up all sounding (or shrieking)the same! I would rather read the print version....

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Maurine SANDY, UT, United States 09-13-13
    Maurine SANDY, UT, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Finally - Judy Kaye narrating"
    What does Judy Kaye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Judy Kaye is much better than Mary Pfeiffer. I was very happy that starting with Q she is the narrator on Audible again. She does a great job of bringing the alphabet mysteries to life.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William ballston lake, NY, USA 09-05-09
    William ballston lake, NY, USA 09-05-09 Member Since 2002
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    "not fast enough"

    these just don't come out fast enough for me, read or heard them all and i always eagerly await the next.

    the stories are always solid and not so easy that you guess from the beginning.

    Grafton doesn't disapoint in this one either. Judy kaye is my favorite reader, she meters out the lines like you would yourself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter LondonUnited Kingdom 12-13-03
    Peter LondonUnited Kingdom 12-13-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Nice, but boring in the middle"

    I have read most of the Alphabet Queen's novels, and many of them are absolutely brilliant. Not this one, though, and it seems that Grafton is loosing her touch.
    There are many lengths in the novel, and the plot is not as gripping as in some of her earlier work. The true crime angel and the great showdown make up for some of the shortcomings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Joliet, IL, USA 09-26-03
    James Joliet, IL, USA 09-26-03
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    "A great friend"

    Kinsey has become an old friend and continues on her way with another submission that is better than the last. Sue Grafton continues to weave the history of Kinsey and friends which is getting pretty difficult while telling a different mystery in each book. Does anyone else catch the 1 to 3 unusual word choices that are in every book? She must do some real digging to come up with them.

    My only regret is that we are getting close to "Z" and I don't think there will be an "AA". I have been re-reading her earlier works and they are just as much fun each time I read them. Sue Grafton is the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle of our times.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Cheshire, CT, USA 04-13-03
    Joan Cheshire, CT, USA 04-13-03
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    "Q is for Quarry"

    I've just started listening to Q is for Quarry and find the writing to be very enjoyable, as I have in all the previous Sue Grafton books that I have read featuring Kinsey Milhone. However, I don't care for the narrator, and find she detracts from my enjoyment of the book. I have read all the previous books, and like the way Sue Grafton develops plot and character. I expect this will not disappoint.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Matthews, NC, USA 03-23-03
    Brian Matthews, NC, USA 03-23-03
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    "Q is for Quarry"

    Enjoyed this book, it was intresting to retreat to a late 60's murder and solve it in modern times. Some of the tie in's after 30 years seems a bit far fetched. Sue Grafton seems to detour from the main plot in an effort to tie in previous book sub-plots of Kinsey's past. The two retired and feable policemen did not add much to the book cast of charactors. I do like the idea of using an old unsolved murder as the basis for the novel, it keeps you thinking even after you've finished the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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