W Is for Wasted

W Is for Wasted

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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Of the #1 New York Times bestselling 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...
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780307704344
0307704343
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (17 hr., 13 min., 36 sec.)) :,digital
Additional Contributors: Kaye, Judy

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Russ_A
May 28, 2015

I’m a huge Sue Grafton fan; I’ve read the entire alphabet series in order. W did not disappoint. It’s nice to be able to give five stars to something, since the last few mysteries (by other authors) I’ve reviewed were . . . well, less than five stars.

All the books star Kinsey Millhone, a tough cookie of a private eye characterized by a skeptical attitude and a raft of snappy comebacks. Three story lines emerge early on in this book, and as any Millhone fan knows, they will eventually merge, always in a creative, if implausible way. Kinsey is named as the sole beneficiary in the will of a distant relative she’d never met or heard of. A private eye she once worked with is found murdered. Some homeless people get involved in a deadly dispute with a camp of panhandlers. And that doesn’t count the cat.

As always, the charm of the books is Kinsey’s irascible personality combined with her low-key investigative style. I love the realism with which the life of a private investigator is portrayed, although, in deference to the demands of the genre, you can be sure she somehow ends up amid murder and danger. The realism is in the straightforward and simple way she approaches the rather mundane tasks that face her, not in the believability of the deaths. If you ever thought it would be fun to be a private eye, read Grafton first.

If you’re interested in the series, start with with the first one: A is for Alibi. That book was published in 1982 and the technology and pop culture has only progressed a few years throughout the entire series, so be prepared for a rather nostalgia-inducing storyline.

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synchdoc
Mar 02, 2014

Extremely disappointing Sue Grafton Novel-- I think she was being paid by the word. She spends so much time elaborating on irrelevant details (like a detailed description of the cat) that I finally gave up. I have enjoyed her other books immensely. Too bad.

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catecaffrey
Jul 09, 2013

Why do you have an audio CD but no books? Shouldn't you be encouraging reading?

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