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S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton

S Is for Silence

by Sue Grafton

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Series: The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries (19)

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    readafew: Laugh out loud funny book. Lola is a PI as well in Southern California
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    readafew: Lola is a cross between Kinsey Milhone and Stephanie Plum
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    christiguc: Hannah Wolfe is a tough, intelligent PI like Kinsey Millhone. The mysteries are enjoyable.

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I like these books so much I have been re-reading all of the audiobooks this year. LOVE them, and would recommend the audio as well. ( )
  Cfo6 | Mar 19, 2018 |
A woman named Violet goes missing in the '50s and is never found. Thirty years later Violet's daughter hires Kinsey to try to discover what happened. This was the first time Grafton used a rotating POV. We usually only see the case through Kinsey's eyes, but this time we flash back into the past and see the case from a few different characters. We still see it through Kinsey's eyes in the present day, but I liked getting inside the head of all the suspects and other players. Plus, Kinsey hits it off with the daughter and it's nice to see her gain another friend. Definitely a fun addition to the series. ( )
  bookworm12 | Sep 5, 2017 |
One of the more interesting Millhone tomes. Grafton going back and forth between time felt new and interesting though the basic formula of her Alphabet Series books was still there (once it hits 90% you know something's going down). I thought the forward by Grafton was kind of weird and bitchy. I don't think there are many authors that complain about their fans taking enough interest in a series to actually write in. Even if you don't end up reading the more monotonous for the sake of sanity.

Still, since the book was more interesting than the usual- I'm going with three stars. At least Millhone wasn't an idiot about needing a gun this time around. Although getting in your car and driving down a dark road when you know a killer is trying to mess with you (or at least probably is) when you could just stay in a house with an albeit drunk and dimwitted old lady until it's light out seems to smack plenty of the typical idiocy that imbues Millhone. Okay... I'm rethinking the three stars. However, I did end up being wrong on the whodunnit which is always a good thing when reading a mystery/suspense fic. I really wanted it to have been Kathy because that little psychopath got on my nerves to no end. It just ended up seeming predictable that it was one of the guys. Which is pretty sad if you think about it. That it would be predictable in fic and in reality that it would more than likely be one of the guys she was in a relationship with especially when you saw that her sleeping around and drinking were her only real defenses against how horrible she felt about herself and how dismal her options were. It might have been a defense but that doesn't mean there wasn't some trust lying around in those dalliances, some little notch of self worth blooming with the recognition of being wanted even if it didn't amount to being cared about. ( )
  lamotamant | Sep 22, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this episode in the Kinsey Millhone series. I say this every review, but this is my favorite so far! I liked that the plot alternated between the past and the present. Each chapter from the past would give the perspective of one of the characters in the story. The mystery was explained through each characters' eyes. These chapters were alternated with Kinsey's detective work from the present. It was a really neat way to have the mystery unfold. This techniques doesn't always work (it can be too repetitive if not done right), but Sue Grafton got it perfect! ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
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When Liza Mellincamp thinks about the last time she ever saw Violet Sullivan, what comes most vividly to mind is the color of Violet's Japanese silk kimono, a shade of blue that Liza later learned was called "cerulean," a word that wasn't even in her vocabulary when she was fourteen years old.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425212696, Mass Market Paperback)

S is for silence: the silence of the lost, the silence of the grave, the silence of oblivion.

Thirty-four years ago, Violet Sullivan put on her party finery and left for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. She was never seen again. In the small California town of Serena Station, tongues wagged. Some said she'd run off with a lover. Some said she was murdered by her husband. But for the not-quite-seven-year-old daughter Daisy that she left behind, her absence has never been explained or forgotten.

Now, thirty-four years later, she wants the solace of closure.

In S IS FOR SILENCE, Kinsey Millhone's nineteenth excursion into the world of suspense and misadventure, S is for surprises as Sue Grafton takes a whole new approach to telling the tale. And S is for superb: Kinsey and Grafton at their best.

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"Thirty-four years ago, Violet Sullivan put on her polka-dot sundress, freshened her lipstick and left for the Fourth of July fireworks. She was never seen again. Now her daughter wants to find out what happened, and she wants Kinsey Millhone to help..." -- Back cover.… (more)

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