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K is for Killer by Sue Grafton

K is for Killer

by Sue Grafton

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Series: The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries (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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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 |
Lorna Kepler was beautiful and wilful, a loner who couldn't resist flirting with danger. She has also been found dead in mysterious circumstances and her death pulls Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone into a netherworld of deception, betrayal and unavenged murder.

This story is all about Kinsey’s investigation and she talks with many different characters including police as she gathers information. I always enjoy Kinsey and her approach and I like that the story is told in first person. The ending was a little abrupt and left me with a few questions. Otherwise, I thought it was a solid story. I’ve read a number of books in this series and I continue to enjoy them. ( )
  gaylebutz | Oct 5, 2018 |
I found this a sad read. A cold case which let us into the minds of parents, friends, siblings of the murdered girl but left us still not knowing who she really was. Like life really. Do we ever know, really know the people closest to us?

Kinsey soon finds that investigating this ten month old mystery is dangerous. The police suspected murder but could prove nothing. Kinsey is sure Lorna was killed and by a vicious man who kills again and looks to escape justice. Not if Kinsey can help it!

Another well written Kinsey tale to add to the series. ( )
  p.d.r.lindsay | Sep 6, 2018 |
I experienced K is for Killer as an abridged audio book. This work is of course part of Sue Grafton’s “alphabet series” (A through Z) of mysteries, all starring private detective Kinsey Millhone. Here, Kinsey is asked by a grieving mother to investigate the death of her daughter, Lorna. Kinsey finds that Lorna had a secret life, having been working as a call girl and porn actress. Kinsey’s investigation takes her into a complex web of plots involving business shenanigans and family dysfunction, culminating in a frightening scene in the gloomy underground of a water treatment plant where Kinsey nearly meets her demise. I found this to be an above- average mystery, and having listened to the abridged audio tape, would be glad to read the entire book. ( )
1 vote danielx | Jul 20, 2017 |
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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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Grafton, Sueprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holleman, WillemTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kaye, JudyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Mary Lawrence Young and crew...
Richard, Lori, and Taylor,
and Mary Taylor,

and, of course, the dogs...

Sadie and Halley,
Toto and Emmy
Oz, Bob, Dee, Lily, and Tog,

and cats...

Yukio, Ace, Karmin, and Kit,
and beloved Charmin, much missed.
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The statutory definition of homicide is the "unlawful killing of one human being by another."
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