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W Is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery | [Sue Grafton]

W Is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.
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Publisher's Summary

Of the #1 New York Times best-selling Kinsey Millhone series, NPR said, "Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters."

Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue.

The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.

Two seemingly unrelated deaths, one a murder, the other apparently of natural causes.

But as Kinsey digs deeper into the mystery of the John Doe, some very strange linkages begin to emerge. And before long at least one aspect is solved as Kinsey literally finds the key to his identity. "And just like that," she says, "the lid to Pandora's box flew open. It would take me another day before I understood how many imps had been freed, but for the moment, I was inordinately pleased with myself."

In this multilayered tale, the surfaces seem clear, but the underpinnings are full of betrayals, misunderstandings, and outright murderous fraud. And Kinsey, through no fault of her own, is thoroughly compromised.

W is for…wanderer…worthless…wronged….

W is for wasted.

©2013 Sue Grafton (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Michael Seattle, WA, United States 09-13-13
    Michael Seattle, WA, United States 09-13-13
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    "Worth the wait!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    After being a little disappointed after the last two books in the series, In was very pleasantly surprised with "W is for Wasted".

    It is full of the mystery and humorous bits that make all of the alphabet books so entertaining, but this one is also full of heart and touches on some of the major problems facing too many people these days. This is a can't miss book - I'm just sad that we only have three more in the series.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely read them in order, of course!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara Kanab, UT, United States 10-09-13
    Tamara Kanab, UT, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    ""W" is for Whiny"
    What did you like best about W Is for Wasted? What did you like least?

    I don't remember Kinsey being so whiny in the past. The character was so bad this time I almost didn't finish it.


    Would you recommend W Is for Wasted to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I wouldn't recommend the book. Overall, it was pretty boring.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator is too old for Kinsey's voice.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Depends on who played Kinsey.


    Any additional comments?

    I've always enjoyed these books in the past but this one was really hard to get through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David HULL, MA, United States 09-25-13
    David HULL, MA, United States 09-25-13 Member Since 2005
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    "You have to be over 65 to enjoy"
    What disappointed you about W Is for Wasted?

    Incredibly boring, incredibly predictable. Why would Sue Grafton keep writing for the 1980's? Because she doesn't know anything newer? Every phrase was painfully outdated. Characters were cliche and annoying. Get a ghost writer to write X, Y , and Z!


    Has W Is for Wasted turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I will be more careful to be sure they are writing in this decade.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Voices for many characters were just plain annoying. Like fingernails on a chalkboard.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from W Is for Wasted?

    too many to count.


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously, unless you are 65-70+ and have never kept up with the times - i.e. still in love with the 80's, then don't read this book. you will find it as painful as i did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia NOLENSVILLE, TN, United States 09-24-13
    Patricia NOLENSVILLE, TN, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "W is for waited for this awesome book"
    Would you listen to W Is for Wasted again? Why?

    Yes, because I like the way Sue Grafton writes and I may have missed something the first time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Kinsey has found more family in a crude way. And the way she finds out what she is looking for in an investigation.


    Which character – as performed by Judy Kaye – was your favorite?

    Kinsey


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    More like laugh and fuss.What I mean by fuss is when you knew the answer and Kinsey would leave you hanging to wait til she got around to what she wanted you to know.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait til the next books come out to finish the alphabet X, Y & Z. Then on to more of Kinsey Millhone in a different setting at least I hope she keeps going. I have all of this series so far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Lincoln, MA, USA 09-24-13
    Elizabeth Lincoln, MA, USA 09-24-13 Member Since 2005
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    "W is for Waste of Time"
    What disappointed you about W Is for Wasted?

    This is a shadow of Grafton's previous books -- it's tedious, wordy, the mystery is not very compelling . . . the characters are flat.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sue Grafton again?

    Maybe. I am a long time fan. In the past, I've been quick to purchase her mysteries.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from W Is for Wasted?

    The scene where the lawyer strips in her office and then dresses in business attire. Why? If a lawyer walked into her office and took off all her clothes I'd run for the hills!


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Ms. Grafton wakes up and writes a better book next time!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lamagna Tempe, AZ, United States 09-18-13
    Lamagna Tempe, AZ, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Love, love, love Kinsey!"

    This book has once again reminded me why I adore this series! Kinsey is someone I want to know and a friend I want to have. The details are perfection, and the narrator is perfect. Thanks you Sue Grafton for bringing Kinsey into my life once again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Walker IN 09-14-13
    C. Walker IN 09-14-13 Member Since 2005

    CWalker

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    "Slow"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have always loved SG's book but this was painfully slow. And Kinsey's lack of a spine is annoying. Have read or listened to all the Alphabet books but this is the last I'm buying. Could listen to Judy Kaye forever, though.


    What was most disappointing about Sue Grafton’s story?

    Slow development. Uninteresting characters. Sue being taken advantage of w/o question.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't think of any. Difficult to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry, really looked forward to this but disappointed.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 10-03-13
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2006

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    ""W" is for "Why?""

    Grafton rejuvenated her Kinsey Millhone series during the past few entries. That momentum kind of gets lost in "W".

    Although the story lines are cleverly brought together, there's a sluggishness to this one. Kinsey puts up with a lot of stuff that Kinsey just wouldn't put up with - and that results in some frustration for the reader. I kept wanting to just "smack her upside the head"! There is one particularly obvious (and pointless) red herring. And, although Grafton presents a realistic and nonjudgmental view of the homeless, other seemingly-important characters and topics just sort of disappear along the way.

    Hopefully, we'll see Kinsey rebound again at the very last of the alphabet.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Longmont, CO, United States 09-20-13
    Bob Longmont, CO, United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Sue's too famous for an editor."

    I went back read some of Grafton's earlier work. The stories were nicely plotted, pleasingly intricate and punchy. Those "Kinsey moments" we all love were pithy and somewhat surprising.

    However, W and, frankly, maybe the last 10 or so mysteries are just bloated with more "Kinsey moments" than I ever needed or cared about.

    The stories are about the same in terms of plot and intricacy, so what fills up the extra 100 pages? Instead of a hard bitten, hard nosed Kinsey, we get an introverted, self absorbed, self doubting detective who lets events control her instead of the other way around. We get long, completely unrealistic sequences of conversation and events.

    It's been pretty obvious, ever since the Millhone series started to break the 200 page limit, that Sue is tired of Kinsey. It's time for Grafton to re-hire her editors so that they can re-invigorate and harden up the series for the final episodes.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli REDDING, CA, United States 09-13-14
    Kelli REDDING, CA, United States 09-13-14 Member Since 2011

    spa wench

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    "wasted my time"

    I have been reading these books for 20 years. I am not sure if it is me that is tired of them, or Ms. Grafton. Kinsey just never seems to move forward. In this book she makes the same bone-headed choices and lets another batch of people take outrageous advantage of her, for NO APPARENT REASON other than this book needing to words on a page. Everyone is this book is crabby, if not downright bitchy. Even henry is put out.

    So much of this book is filler. "I took out my overnight bag and set it on the counter in the bathroom. Grasping the small blue zipper tab, I pulled it to the right, revealing my toilette in miniature. So as to be prepared in the morning I removed form the bag my toothbrush, a small minty-smelling container of floss, a travel sized tube of toothpaste with a dent int he middle from previous usage, deodorant, foot powder to ward off any nasty fungus i might pick up from the grimy carpet, moisturizer, mascara..." aaaaarrrgggggghhhhhh!!!

    it is also a bit jarring to adjust to the shoehorning in of a 2000=era problem to 1988. As far as remember, bums at off ramps wasn't really an issue at that time. i just didn't find the premise believable. but maybe i'm just crabby =)

    If you are a diehard fan, then you might like it. Dietz and Cheney make appearances, wiggling their eyebrows, Kinsey does her stuff, kinda. I almost feel like Kiinsey is tired of herself too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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