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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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    John S. Johnston Magnolia, TX 11-10-13
    John S. Johnston Magnolia, TX 11-10-13 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Way too Long"
    What disappointed you about W Is for Wasted?

    One no need to know how to make a cheese sandwich which take about 5 minutes in this book. Way too many times in this book she goes way too much description of an event or memory.


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

    Not at all but I'll read all reviews before finishing this series.


    What about Judy Kaye’s performance did you like?

    She always does a good job.


    What character would you cut from W Is for Wasted?

    Too many to mention.


    Any additional comments?

    For the professional Kinsey looks pretty awful most of the time in the last several books. She is active in criminal activities and then complains about what she has done. Like I said before after N it been all down hill.

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    Marla Independence, MO, United States 11-04-13
    Marla Independence, MO, United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2014

    I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.

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    "This Book is Anything But a Waste of Time"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh yes, I love Sue Grafton and Kinsey's books. If you love a good mystery set in the present (almost), this is a great series. W is one of her best books of late. Grafton does an excelent job of weaving 3 stories together into one. At first you haven't a clue as to how these story lines tie into each other, but you find yourself hooked to read more. As you do, you begin to think you may know how the tie in will be, but not so sure. It is not until the end of the book do you have the whole story and are satisfied with the ending. There are not many writers out there who can hook you into such a complexed story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is always Kinsey. I just love the way she thinks.


    What does Judy Kaye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Judy brings all the characters alive and for a reader she makes you feel less guilty for listening to Grafton's books rather than reading them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    How Grafton brought you a new understanding of the Homeless people. Even Kinsey's mind and bias were changed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DLM 10-31-13
    DLM 10-31-13 Member Since 2012

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    "W is for Why?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. While the story itself had merit, there was just too much pointless filler. Why did the attorney who made only one brief appearance strip naked in front of her new client, Kinsey? Why was it necessary to explain in excruciating detail the way a salad spinner works? And why did we have to hear "Grabber Blue" more than a trillion times? Why wasn't this book edited? Why did the author get so preachy about how how the homeless chose this way of life?


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Finally!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voice is somewhat grating and her inflections make all the characters sound sarcastic. This was not the voice I expected for Kinsey, but I eventually got used to it. It did not make me like Kinsey very much. What really distracted me the most was that all the male characters sounded like Bart Simpson.


    Do you think W Is for Wasted needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. This was more than enough.


    Any additional comments?

    Sue Grafton is a talented author, but it seems as if she is tired of Kinsey. Shouldn't Kinsey be growing as a person? We'll see what X brings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth BUTTE, MT, United States 10-30-13
    Ruth BUTTE, MT, United States 10-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not exactly a Waste but close..."
    Any additional comments?

    Kinsey and Henry are like cozy friends. I'm always happy to visit with them again, but this time they were the only likeable characters. Perhaps Grafton was trying too hard to make the deadline for W. Kinsey wasn't the savvy, smart detective I'm used to and Henry's judgement was somewhat impaired.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennie 10-29-13
    Jennie 10-29-13 Member Since 2003

    Crazy about legal thrillers!

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    "Needs to get back to writing enjoyable books."
    What would have made W Is for Wasted better?

    I used to love these ABC books and Kinsey was a real pleasure to read. Author needs to get off her bandwagon and just get back to writing enjoyable books. This was a real bore as have been the last several. As soon as she started writing about causes, the stories became slow and boring. I'm not sure anything could have made this book worth the waste of time - it's only saving grace was Judy Kay's narration. She is wonderful!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Sycamore Row by John Grisham.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end.


    What character would you cut from W Is for Wasted?

    This storyline was too boring to get into the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Please make Kinsey interesting again with the x,y,z books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    steve pritchett Lancaster, CA 93534 10-28-13
    steve pritchett Lancaster, CA 93534 10-28-13 Listener Since 2002
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    "Great book"
    If you could sum up W Is for Wasted in three words, what would they be?

    interesting but long


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The epilogue was one of the best parts of the book.


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

    Oh yes, Judy Kaye is Kinsey.


    Any additional comments?

    Some people have complained about how the third person narrative is tedious but it does help with the story. It tended to drag in some parts but this was one of the better books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Billerica, MA, United States 10-26-13
    Paul Billerica, MA, United States 10-26-13 Member Since 2010

    paulov

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    ""W" for weak"
    If you could sum up W Is for Wasted in three words, what would they be?

    Not her best


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really. Was too predictable and ending a bit to quickly.


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

    Annie


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    As with all of Sue Grafton books it was an enjoyable listen. However I felt this one to be a bit weak in the writing with a too quickly contrived ending.
    Even though I felt this not to be one of her best, I'll still be looking forward to the next one.

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    Lorna Michigan, United States 10-24-13
    Lorna Michigan, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Better read than listened to"

    I did not enjoy the narrator of this book. Words were sometimes drawn out syllable by syllable in a pronunciation that was totally contrived. The ironic, sometimes irreverent, attitude of Kinsey was lost in the stilted portrayal of the narrator. I almost stopped listening but forced myself to continue because I've read all of the other Kinsey Millhone books. I'm sure that I would have enjoyed just reading the book rather than listening to this audio version.

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    aneetra ATLANTA, GA, United States 10-24-13
    aneetra ATLANTA, GA, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "What a great story line"
    What made the experience of listening to W Is for Wasted the most enjoyable?

    The way the author switched back & forth between the two characters' deaths. If it hadn't been done this way I'm not sure I would've enjoyed it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of W Is for Wasted?

    When the boggarts got their revenge. I totally forgot abou twhat happened until they retaliated.


    What about Judy Kaye’s performance did you like?

    The sarcasm & well thought about characters in her voice, but I didn't think from her voice she was the age the main character was supposed to be. She sounded a lot older.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end. I always like a good ending so I don't feel like I wasted my time listening;-)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Oakland, CA, United States 10-23-13
    Paula Oakland, CA, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Kinsey's at it again"
    Would you listen to W Is for Wasted again? Why?

    No, once is enough.


    What other book might you compare W Is for Wasted to and why?

    It is most similar to other Kinsey Millhone novels by sue grafton. Kinsey is a very unique character.


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

    Kinsey Millhone


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Actually, I enjoyed the reflections and the end eulogy about the homeless.


    Any additional comments?

    Judy Kaye is always fabulous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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