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When Tom Newquist, a tough, honest, and respected detective in the Nola Lake sheriff's office died suddenly, the townsfolk were not surprised: Newquist worked too hard, smoked too much, and exercised too little. That plus an appetite for junk food made him a poster boy for an American Heart Association campaign.

Newquist's widow didn't doubt the coroner's report. But Selma couldn't accept not knowing what had so bothered Tom in the last six weeks of his life, and the only way she'd get closure was if she found out what it was that had made him prowl restlessly at night, that had him brooding constantly.

Kinsey should have dumped the case. It was vague and hopeless, like looking for a needle in a haystack. Instead, she set up shop in Nota Lake, where she found that looking for a needle in a haystack can draw blood. Very likely, her own.

Don't miss the other titles in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mystery Series.
©1998 Sue Grafton (P)1998 Random House, Inc.

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  • Nina
  • Arlington, VA, USA
  • 11-02-04

Quite good until the very end

yes, we all know she has to write 26 books and some have been disappointing, but this one was really one of her much better efforts -- you don't know what's going on until almost the end (even tho you might suspect), but she blows it with a really limp ending in the last paragraph or 2. Oh well...................... still worth a listen.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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N is for Noose

I have listened to all of Sue Grafton's books to date. As usual I can't wait for the new one to come out. They just get better and better!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fabulous

Kinsey is at the top of her game. Edge of you seat excitment.

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Great book! Not a good reading voice

I’ve listened to many of these Kinsey books now. All ready by Judy Kaye. I do not enjoy this reader’s voice at all. She sounds like a computer. I kept hoping I’d get used to it, but I dislike it more and more. I started this series backwards and I’m upset to see that this reader is the voice for many of the books at the beginning of the series. I wish you could choose which reader for each book.

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Suspenseful

This is a good story that is filled with action. I enjoyed guessing the villan and the bit of humor that pops up in the story.
Mary Pfeiffer's narration is spot on with my mental picture of Kinsey. Highly recommend.

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Narrator awful

I think that all books that are narrated by Mary Peiffer should be redone with Judy Kaye. Kinsey Millhone just is not the same without the voice from Judy Kaye.

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Best PI Novel Series I've Found

I love this series and this is the last one narrated by Mary Peiffer. I enjoy listening to her voice and her comic description of certain events dappled throughout the story lines has made me laugh out loud with every Alphabet Novel by Sue Grafton thus far.
I don't know what happened with The narrator Mary Peiffer but I do know I'm really gonna miss hearing her voice keeping me company in the car throughout my long road trips.

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Loved It!

Love this series and this book! Mary Peiffer is a great reader to listen to.

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Great storyline

Mary Peiffer does a great job of staying true to the original text. My only issue, and this may just be me, is that the recording of her voice sounds very much like iPhone's Siri voice. That odd robotic twang you get when using one of those text-to-speech readers. I have not noticed it in books read by other narrators.

Aside from the text-to-speech sound, I loved the book.

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Kinsey is Her Own Worst Enemy (Again)

This is the usual Kinsey Millhone fare: an entertaining enough story with a little artificial drama manufactured by Kinsey's startling incompetence when it comes to her personal safety. These would not be novel-length stories if Kinsey were more conscientious about carrying her pistol. They would all end with, "...and then I held him at gunpoint while I called the police." She places herself (or rather, Grafton places her) in totally unnecessary danger reminiscent of a horror film where the cheerleader inevitably takes the wrong door and trips. Just dumb.

A note on the performance: the cover image says that it's read by Judy Kaye, but it's actually read by Mary Pfeiffer, just like all the others. I've always enjoyed Pfeiffer's performances, but I never noticed how hard she hits the "wh" sound (think of the Family Guy "Cool Whip" bit). I only noticed it here because of the astonishing number of occurrences of the word "white".