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K is for Killer

by Sue Grafton

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Series: Kinsey Millhone (11)

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In Santa Teresa, California, PI Kinsey Millhone is hired by a mother to investigate her daughter's death, which police are unable to solve. As Millhone probes, there emerges a picture of a two-facetted woman, simple receptionist during the day and porno queen at night. By the author of A Is for Alibi.… (more)



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SG continues to write characters who are really credible. KM really develops a strong friendship in this book, and there’s one character I think will reappear in subsequent stories... let’s see if they do!
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  Vividrogers | Dec 20, 2020 |
Sigh. I needed a comfort read and even though I have read this book many many times, I was happy to re-read it again. I have this book in hardcover so it was perfect to read as I sat by the pool on Sunday afternoon. Grafton takes Kinsey through the nightlife in Santa Teresa. She feels adrift as she investigates who could have killed Lorna Kepler. With Henry being away visiting his siblings she feels even more adrift. I liked how Grafton chose to end this book and the introduction of the character of Cheney Phillips.

"K is for Killer" is the 11th Kinsey Millhone mystery. Kinsey is paying the bills and doesn't have much going on job wise at the beginning of this book. She gets pulled into looking into the murder of Lorna Kepler after her mother comes to Kinsey asking for her to investigate what happened to her daughter. Lorna's mother, Janice believes that her daughter may have been forced into a life she didn't want or the police were using her to go undercover. Instead Kinsey finds out that Lorna was living a double life where she mostly seemed to exist at night. There's a lot of twists and turns before Kinsey figures out what happens to Lorna.

Kinsey was great in this one. Determined to get to the bottom of what happened to Lorna she does what she does best. She interviews people, puts together notes, and starts linking things together. Without Henry around she's a bit adrift though and misses the way he made things homey. We already know that Kinsey was orphaned and raised by her aunt who seemed to bear no maternal instinct at all. However, we get to see that she does like her routines like going to Rosie and really loves her little house that was renovated.

Grafton has Lieutenant Dolan appear in this one. She also introduces the character of Cheney Phillips who is working vice in Santa Teresa. It's not to see Kinsey have someone to play off against as she investigates Lorna's death. We get to see his character get further developed in future books.

The book also introduces the character of Danielle who Kinsey becomes close to and who leads Kinsey to doing something that she didn't think was in her nature to do. I remember reading this for the first time and being shocked and then when the book leaps towards the end I was left open mouthed. Grafton I thought did a good job pushing Kinsey to a darker side in this one.

Looking forward to L. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
My book review can be found at my Youtube vlog at this link... enjoy!:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWN16Jjb5q0 ( )
  booklover3258 | Dec 2, 2019 |
The worst of the series so far.
A mother attending a support group for grief-stricken parents in Kinsey's building hires her to look into the death of her daughter who died at home with no known cause of death.
Cheney is involved as the original investigating officer, and it's fun to see a bit of a dance between them. There's lots of different characters running around, and lots of possible plots. It's definitely not a quick case for her.
There is a giant plot hole in the case, namely a messed up timeline for a recording device, as well as a ton of interesting elements that go NOWHERE. Their purpose in the story is so obvious, they fall into the story very bluntly.
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media. ( )
  polywogg | Mar 3, 2019 |
First, read Mar. 12/17 to April 5/17. Reading again starting Dec 22/18. As always, a great read. Never a dull moment. Her books could be read in one seating if one had the time. I never tire of Kinsey Millhone, the main character in Sue Grafton's books. She is an independent young woman, self-employed, doing what she loves to do and is good at it. As a private investigator, she is a minority in her field. If you enjoy suspense, this is book and series for you ( )
  DocWalt10 | Dec 22, 2018 |
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Grafton exhibits a sharp ear for dialogue and a quarter-horse pace. Her characters are as real as any this side of Elmore Leonard. K Is for Killer offers further proof of Grafton's growth as a writer. This is one mystery series that gains strength with each passing letter.
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For Mary Lawrence Young and crew...
Richard, Lori, and Taylor,
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The statutory definition of homicide is the "unlawful killing of one human being by another."
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In Santa Teresa, California, PI Kinsey Millhone is hired by a mother to investigate her daughter's death, which police are unable to solve. As Millhone probes, there emerges a picture of a two-facetted woman, simple receptionist during the day and porno queen at night. By the author of A Is for Alibi.

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