A Review of W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton

W is for WastedW is for Wasted (Kinsey Millhone Mystery)

by Sue Grafton

This is, possibly, the best book in the Kinsey Millhone series. Ms. Grafton is at her very best in W is for Wasted. She has crafted an intricate tale involving a dead homeless man, who turns out to be Kinsey’s distant relative, a disreputable private investigator who is murdered by an unknown assailant, and a trio of homeless characters.

Ms. Grafton gives little bits from her previous novel, just enough so that her fans can smile and remember what had happened, but not enough that any first time reader would know what had happened. The Kinsey series is winding down. There are only three more letters left after this book. Anyone picking up this book as their introduction to the series, can feel right at home and then go back and read some of the earlier books as they are waiting for the next installment in the series.

I give this book 5 Stars out of 5, and a Big Thumbs Up! Anyone who hasn’t read Sue Grafton’s mysteries should take this opportunity to jump right in. You can use the next year to catch up. All of Sue Grafton’s fans will be very happy to read one of her finest novels yet.

I purchased this book from Amazon.com

Book Description

Publication Date: September 10, 2013 | Series: Kinsey Millhone (Book 23)

Of the #1 New York Times–bestselling Kinsey Millhone series, NPR said, “Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters.”

Two dead men 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.

Product Details

Hardcover: 496 pages

Publisher: A Marian Wood Book/Putnam; First Edition edition (September 10, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0399158987

ISBN-13: 978-0399158988

Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.5 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

About the Author

New York Times-bestselling author Sue Grafton is published in twenty-eight countries and twenty-six languages–including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. Books in her alphabet series, begun in 1982, are international bestsellers with readership in the millions. And like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Grafton has earned new respect for the mystery form. Readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling prowess. She has been named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America (2009) and is a recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award (2004).

Sue Grafton has been married to Steve Humphrey for more than thirty years, and they divide their time between Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky, where she was born and raised. Grafton, who has three children and four grandchildren, loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine.

The book description is from Amazon. W is for Wasted (Kinsey Millhone Mystery)

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