J Is for Judgment

A Kinsey Millhone Mystery
Narrated by: Mary Peiffer
Series: Kinsey Millhone Mysteries, Book 10
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (621 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Once again, Kinsey Millhone, America's favorite female P.I., embroils herself in a complex and entertaining Alphabet Murder Mystery.

When Wendell Jaffe, mastermind of a real-estate scam, disappeared at sea, no body was found. Now, five years later, he's declared legally dead, and California Fidelity has to pay up on his life insurance policy, to the tune of half-a-million dollars. Soon after, the tune slides off-key when Jaffe is spotted in Mexico and Fidelity hires Kinsey Millhone to sort things out. Oddly enough, Kinsey's investigation of the con man's past triggers a surprising inquiry into her own family history. And, as the two stories intertwine, our favorite P.I. finds herself facing dangerous consequences.

Don't miss the other titles in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mystery Series.
©1993 Sue Grafton (P)1993 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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Narrator oopsy

The only one that should narrate the Kinsey Millhone Mystery is Judy Kaye. Did not like the narrative with Mary Peiffer.

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One of her best.

I've read the preceding books in the series - and found them a good way to unwind at the end of the day, throughout the week - or weeks. This one I fnished in a couple of days and was sad to see (hear) it end. I played it every chance I got. I didn't predict who the killer was, but it also wasn't a case of there was no way you could've seen it coming - I realized that I should at least have suspected the person (except that I'm not actively trying to solve the case - I'm enjoying the tale). Kinsey's suspisions seem natural for an experienced detective (in my non-detective opinion).

regarding narration: I think I am a picky person as far as narrators go- I've quit unfinished books from being so irritated by the voice actor - and not purchased others. I actually think I have some auditory sensitivity that makes more easily annoyed than most. I like this narrator. She has a good voice for narration, and I can easily distinguish changes in characters - without the male voices sounding weird or creepy. She's subtle and her voice is pleasant.

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Many production errors...

Story and performance on par with A - I, but many production errors. Several places with repeated text, awkward chapter breaks. Story is still followable, but the production causes a minor irritation in an otherwise enjoyable listening experience.

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A worthwhile addition to the series.

I enjoy this series, even if some of Kinsey's behavior is inconsistent. I really like Mary Pfeiffer's narration. These are always a great palate cleanser between heavier stuff like Clancy.

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Reliable

I like this series. Always interesting and never a let-down.

I also like her slightly sarcastic style - makes me smile.

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One of Sue Grafton BEST'

Of all the Alphabet mystery books written by Sue Grafton this is one of my absolute most favorites! Great mystery, great plot, good suspense, excellent character development and perfect narration. I love this book and highly recommend it to anyone Listening to this story the past couple days made me miss Sue Grafton. I so wish there were more writers like her. I’m constantly looking for books as easy to listen to and be entertained by as these and almost nothing compares. Thank you Sue for sharing your talent with us.

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My Personal Favorite Thus Far

This is a very good story and read in a very professional manner. I have been reading Sue Grafton stories in order. This is a standalone novel, but there are ongoing story lines that make me glad that I am reading them all, in order, without skipping any. In case that it matters, this, along with the "D is for Deadbeat" Story are my personal two favorites thus far. I very much like the way Sue Grafton describes scenery with words. Therefore I always read along an actual book. When I get to scenery, I often need to pause, read, and re listen. I have had readers tell me that they really don't care about scenery descriptions. Therefore that may not matter to such a reader and may also affect one's appreciation of Sue Grafton. Thank You...

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Not Everything Is As It Seems

Nice surprise for Kinsey comes about while investigating. Quicker pace, couldn't put it down. (Actually, couldn't stop listening.)

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Lived it!

Great book, I have enjoyed all the ABC misteies. Great sense of humor, very smart and warm style.

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Really prefer Judy Kaye as your narrator! Anxious to read your next book. Great reads and plots.