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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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    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.

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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
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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

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    John Houston, TX, United States 10-20-13
    John Houston, TX, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great! Never a dull moment!"
    If you could sum up W Is for Wasted in three words, what would they be?

    It's about time for Kinsey!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kinsey, she works hard.....and finally for the money!


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

    Grat narrator


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

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    A good story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frederick Naperville, IL, USA 10-19-13
    Frederick Naperville, IL, USA 10-19-13 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the Best of The Alphabet Series"
    Where does W Is for Wasted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best of the Kinsey Milhon series


    What did you like best about this story?

    Big plot twist 1/3 into the story.


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    Sofiya Turkey 10-15-13
    Sofiya Turkey 10-15-13 Member Since 2015

    Sofiya

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    What made the experience of listening to W Is for Wasted the most enjoyable?

    I have liked Kinsey Millhone stories for a long while, starting from "A" (for Alibi). In my opinion, the character is really attractive and the stories are pretty enjoyable. This one has not been disappointing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kinsey, of course.


    Any additional comments?

    I am willing to complete the alphabet. Unfortunately, only 3 letters left.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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