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S is for Silence: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery | [Sue Grafton]

S is for Silence: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

Thirty-four years ago, Violet Sullivan put on her party finery and left for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. She was never seen again. In the small California town of Serena Station, tongues wagged. Some said she'd run off with a lover. Some said she was murdered by her husband.
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Publisher's Summary

Thirty-four years ago, Violet Sullivan put on her party finery and left for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. She was never seen again.

In the small California town of Serena Station, tongues wagged. Some said she'd run off with a lover. Some said she was murdered by her husband.

But for the not-quite-seven-year-old daughter Daisy she left behind, Violet's absence has never been explained or forgotten.

Now, 34 years later, she wants the solace of closure.

Don't miss the other titles in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mystery Series.

©2005 Sue Grafton; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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"This novel...presents strong character portrayals, a mosaic of motives, and a stunning climax" (Booklist)

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    Teresia southeast TX, United States 01-21-08
    Teresia southeast TX, United States 01-21-08 Member Since 2013
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    "B O R I N G!!!!"

    In the years I have been a member of audible.com [almost 200 books from them] I do not believe I have ever "read" a more BORING book. This book drags so bad that I stopped and started at least 20 times. I probably should have just chucked the entire book...perhaps by the time I reach old age I will be able to grow out of the character flaw of HAVING to finish what I start. I kept thinking, because of how much I love Sue Grafton's other stories, that it SURELY had to get better. It never did! When it was finally over I felt drained, like I had run a marathon through molasses. I am starting to listen to T is for Trespass, which is exciting as I know nothing can possibly be as painful as reading S is for Silence!! Don't waste your money...the synopsis is that a lady disappeared 30 years ago and the entire book goes back and forth between some of the most boring characters imaginable -- what happened to them then and now....the only part that was even the tiniest bit exciting was at the very end. For those of you who only have a few hairs on your head...DON'T read this or you'll pull them all out!!! I gave this one star because the system will not accept a review without at least one. Boring, BORING, B O R I N G!!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne Tulsa, OK, USA 05-11-07
    Jeanne Tulsa, OK, USA 05-11-07 Member Since 2007
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    "A Good Read"

    Good mystery, but no development of other regular characters and relationships. Well read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Ann Berkeley, CA, USA 09-10-06
    Jo Ann Berkeley, CA, USA 09-10-06 Member Since 2004
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    "S is for Stereotype and sophomoric"

    I really enjoyed the earlier Kinsey Milhone books, especially in audio form. Judy Kaye is a good reader. But the characters in this episode were shallow and artificial. Violet is so typical as a sexually-irresistable vamp, and all the men fall like dominoes at her feet. She is the typical portrayal of the calculating woman with no other dimension or interest. Yet she is the catalyst of the story.
    I like graphic sexuality if it is well-integrated. Here, it just seemed gratuitous. I was quite disappointed in this book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Miller 03-29-06 Member Since 2001
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    "S is for Silence"

    I've enjoyed quite a few of Sue Grafton's books, but this one is just too XXX rated. Way to much sex and to much graphic sexual details that don't really enhance the story. I hope "T" tones that emphasis down...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Redwood City, CA, United States 02-14-06
    Carrie Redwood City, CA, United States 02-14-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Fell Short"

    I really enjoyed this book up until the ending. What was the killers motive? Throughout the entire book we were taken back in time and given a look inside what happen with each character. But the author failed to complete the story by taking us back to exactly what happen in detail to Violet the night she was murdered. All I have to say is there are a lot of unanswered questions and a good story doesn't leave you hanging. Sorry, to the author because I always enjoy her books and this one look very promising, but I still want to know what was the motive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra St. Louis Park, MN, USA 04-01-06
    Sandra St. Louis Park, MN, USA 04-01-06
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    "90% Up to Grafton Standards"

    This was a well-planned and intriguing story that I really enjoyed 90% of the way through, but I got the impression the author was rushing to meet a deadline at the end. I will continue to read and listen to the alphabet series, but hope the next one continues with hard-hitting, complex mystery all the way through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniele Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-06-06
    Daniele Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-06-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Best so far"

    I have read every one of Sue Grafton's books and this was the best so far

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Keller, TX, USA 12-23-05
    Tony Keller, TX, USA 12-23-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Great Listen!!!"

    Kinsey hasn't changed one bit. I can't wait to see if she gets a new car in "T" is for ??? Oh, I'm sorry. Did I leave you hanging? Then download this book and you hear what I'm talking about.

    Only one drawback for me in this listen: there were too many characters in this story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Santa Cruz, CA, USA 01-01-06
    Jennifer Santa Cruz, CA, USA 01-01-06
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    "Grafton does it again!"

    Grafton does not disappoint in the lastest installment of her alphabet series. Her use of flashback storytelling was quite compelling. Her characters were intriguing and it was an all-around great listen. The narrator was great too. She used different voices and I almost forgot that it was one person doing the reading. Highly recommended!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Montclair, NJ, USA 06-20-10
    Eileen Montclair, NJ, USA 06-20-10
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    "Good, as expected"

    This was a good Sue Grafton book. I've read all but 1 of them over the years, and found this one to be particularly satisfying. It's what you'd expect from a good Grafton novel, with a little extra thrown in, in my view. I thought the characters were particularly well formed in this book, and enjoyed the relationships that Kinsey formed with the women involved in this small-town mystery.

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