• Q is for Quarry

  • A Kinsey Millhone Mystery
  • By: Sue Grafton
  • Narrated by: Judy Kaye
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,252 ratings)

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Q is for Quarry

By: Sue Grafton
Narrated by: Judy Kaye
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Publisher's summary

She was a "Jane Doe," an unidentified white female whose decomposed body was discovered near a quarry off California's Highway 1. The case fell to the Santa Teresa County Sheriff's Department, but the detectives had little to go on. The woman was young, her hands were bound with a length of wire, there were multiple stab wounds, and her throat had been slashed. After months of investigation, the case remained unsolved.

That was 18 years ago. Now, the two men who found the body, both nearing the end of long careers in law enforcement, want one last shot at the case. Old and ill, they need someone to do the legwork for them, and they turn to Kinsey Millhone. They will, they tell her, find closure if they can just identify the victim. Kinsey is intrigued by the challenge and agrees to work with them.

But revisiting the past can be a dangerous business, and what begins with the pursuit of Jane Doe's real identity ends in a high-risk hunt for her killer.

©2002 Sue Grafton (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

Critic reviews

"An intriguing plot, fully drawn characters, and wry humor prove why Grafton's series is one of the best." (Library Journal)

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    3 out of 5 stars

the formula

Sue Grafton is a wonderful writer and her story lines always move right along. This book is no exception, but it is wearing a little thin now. Q is for Quarry is filled with the delights of Kinsey, however the details are getting to be to much and the plotline is a little over developed in my opinion.

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    5 out of 5 stars

Loved it!

Kindsy Millhone has become a comfortable, old friend. I can think of no reader other than Judy Kaye to portray her. Never boring. The sound person may have been asleep at the switch, but it wasn't bad. Certainly wasn't Judy Kaye's fault. Her reading, as always, was flawless. I loved the book.

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    3 out of 5 stars

narrator is awful

I have read or heard all of the Sue Grafton books, and always look forward to the latest adventures of Kinsey Milhone. The plot of solving an old, cold case was a good one, but I found I missed any references to the personal or emotional life of Kinsey. The older detectives she worked with in this case really started to depress me with all their health and eating problems!
But my main problem with this audio version is the distracting, shrill voice of the narrator, especially when she tries to capture the voice of older people, they end up all sounding (or shrieking)the same! I would rather read the print version....

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    5 out of 5 stars

Always A Great Simple Listen

It's such an easy listen. Perfect length for a trip. I can never wait for the next letter!

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    5 out of 5 stars

A great friend

Kinsey has become an old friend and continues on her way with another submission that is better than the last. Sue Grafton continues to weave the history of Kinsey and friends which is getting pretty difficult while telling a different mystery in each book. Does anyone else catch the 1 to 3 unusual word choices that are in every book? She must do some real digging to come up with them.

My only regret is that we are getting close to "Z" and I don't think there will be an "AA". I have been re-reading her earlier works and they are just as much fun each time I read them. Sue Grafton is the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle of our times.

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    4 out of 5 stars

Q is for Quarry

Enjoyed this book, it was intresting to retreat to a late 60's murder and solve it in modern times. Some of the tie in's after 30 years seems a bit far fetched. Sue Grafton seems to detour from the main plot in an effort to tie in previous book sub-plots of Kinsey's past. The two retired and feable policemen did not add much to the book cast of charactors. I do like the idea of using an old unsolved murder as the basis for the novel, it keeps you thinking even after you've finished the book.

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Wow

As always with this series the book was incredible. To find out at the end it's based on a real Jane Doe and all that's been done to try to identify her is chilling and amazing all at once.

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Slow moving

Especially as an audiobook the story gets tedious. I feel as dragged down by the slowness of finding out things as the police. I know the narrator is good and has to do many voices, but the gruff male police voices are grating. I feel I better read the rest of the series rather than listen to them.

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Finally - Judy Kaye narrating

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

Judy Kaye is much better than Mary Pfeiffer. I was very happy that starting with Q she is the narrator on Audible again. She does a great job of bringing the alphabet mysteries to life.

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  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

not fast enough

these just don't come out fast enough for me, read or heard them all and i always eagerly await the next.

the stories are always solid and not so easy that you guess from the beginning.

Grafton doesn't disapoint in this one either. Judy kaye is my favorite reader, she meters out the lines like you would yourself.

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