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"J" is for Judgment (Kinsey Millhone #10)

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"J" is for Jaffe: Wendell Jaffe, dead these past five years. Or so it seemed until his former insurance agent spotted him in the bar of a dusty little resort halfway between Cabo San Lucas and La Paz.

"In truth, the facts about Wendell Jaffe had nothing to do with my family history, but murder is seldom tidy and no one ever said revelations operate in a straight line. It wa
Hardcover, First Edition, 288 pages
Published May 15th 1993 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published 1993)
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Benjamin Thomas
This 10th book of the “Alphabet” series is the first one I’ve rated with 5 stars. I’m having a hard time pin-pointing exactly why though. It’s not specifically because Ms. Grafton has “stepped it up a notch” in her writing although the writing has gotten better and better over the series and she is now content to let her characters interact naturally instead of forced into a plot. It’s also not due to our heroine Kinsey Millhone becoming an even more interesting character, even though I find mys ...more
in which kinsey visits mexico on the lookout for wendell jaffe, a ponzi schemer who staged his own suicide before leaving the country.

the thing that struck me yet again is that, for a self-alleged misanthrope, kinsey is really good at getting people to talk to her and trust her. she's constantly showing up unannounced at people's homes demanding information and they all invite her in for coffee and a chat, and allow her to come back even after she pisses them off. i know that this stuff makes th
Sep 21, 2014 Alondra rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
3.5 Stars

Pretty good, drama-filled story; with Kinsey being on the slightly bitchy side. I know her job is to get at the truth; but she is NOT a cop. Her self-righteousness, and her being hell-bent on getting at the truth irked me something fierce. She has no right going into other peoples lives. No one has to tell her a damn thing. She is persistent to the point of bullying. People aren't able to grieve, because she is right there saying, "Hey, give me what I want!"

I still love her spunkiness;
Jan 15, 2014 Marsha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Well, after reading ten of them, I'm reasonably certain that Sue Grafton does not know how to write a bad book. I feel a bit repetitive, but J is for Judgment is terrific. Well written, strong characters, emotional roller coasters, suspense and mystery. Such a great detective series. Kinsey is fantastic, and I love seeing her adapt and grow. I also love the lack of technology and how she always makes it work for her.
Jan 03, 2015 Em rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Beth (Ducky)
Originally seen on my book blog!

I knew from the beginning that this had a great story line and was hopeful that it would be a promising book. It was. From the beginning we are thinking a lot of things, for one, why did he fake his suicide? For two, what is now going to happen to his widows insurance money? And for three, is he going to get caught?

The only thing that doesn’t thrill me about these books is that there are always new characters and it can sometimes be hard to keep track of who is wh
Apr 05, 2014 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, usa
Kinsey is contacted by Mac Vorhees, a former co-worker from her days at CF Insurance, regarding a case from five years ago. Wendell Jaffe had disappeared off his boat having left a suicide note but the body was never recovered. His wife Dana had finally collected on the life insurance policy. Problem was that Wendell had been spotted down in Mexico a few days ago and CF wanted its money back. Would Kinsey follow up and confirm that Wendell was alive and well? She agreed and, basically she found ...more
Nov 24, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the first book in the series I gave a 5 star rating too because it was that good. I love that Kinsey stuck it to her old employer and office provider and that she learns some things about herself in the process.

The scene where she sneaks into the hotel room of a suspect is one of the best in the series and I loved the book from beginning to end.

I can't believe how good this series is.
Jul 15, 2014 Jaret rated it liked it
This episode in the Kinsey Millhone series was somewhat lackluster in comparison to the rest of the series. I enjoyed the story, but it just wasn't as exciting as I've come to expect from Sue Grafton. The mystery held promise (a man who faked his own death), but the ending was rather plain. Grafton tried to save the ending in the epilogue, but the ploy was very contrived. I did like learning about Kinsey's family story and that saved the book from a 2 star rating. Plus, since I read out of order ...more
Jul 01, 2012 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hits the spot

So, here I am reviewing an 18 year old Sue Grafton novel. What does this tell me? It could be telling me that I need to find more current things to read, but I remember 1993 just fine so this book did not feel old to me. What it really tells me is that I have not come anywhere near reading this series in alphabetical order and have never went out of my way to find them. Not that I don't like them - I have liked all but a couple. It is more like they have been my backup books when I'
Michelle Beteta
May 28, 2016 Michelle Beteta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm partial to this series because I went to school near Santa Barbara and lived in San Luis Obispo, CA for five years. The author does a fair job of describing costal living while weaving murder and intrigue along the way. The main character is whimsical and I enjoy her relationships as they are unconventional and unpredictable.
Jan 03, 2015 Jeannette rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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All of Grafton's books are starting to blend together. This one didn't do much for me, and I will most likely forget most of the plot by tomorrow. The lull in the middle was rough to get through where she was grasping at straws trying to move forward in the case. I didn't like the cliffhanger at the end- but maybe she'll come back to it in a later novel? Or that person may come back? It seems to me that Kinsey's character was completely unnecessary in the story. Nothing that she did changed the ...more
Aug 09, 2011 Bungz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like to read a bit before bed, those who enjoy a slower paced mystery
This was a good bedtime book for me. It wasn't fast-paced or racy like the usual whodunits. Nonetheless it had a pace which did not slacken.

This is the first Sue Grafton book i've read. And yes, i started out in the middle. It doesn't matter though as it is like the crime shows on telly. While there are threads of continuity in among the books, each one is a stand-alone story as well.

The story wasn't a typical locked-room mystery, and the plot evolved as we go along. The real highlight of the
Aug 08, 2016 Lynetta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
Kinsey Millhone continues adventures with this tenth book in the series. Many characters/plots also continue but always a few are added. In this one while working on a case someone she contacts recognizes the name and comes from the same town as her family of origin. She has never known she had one, so I'm looking forward to how this plays out.

Her landlord Henry is still baking, she's in the same office, and Mac Voorhies (who has changed from cigar to cigarettes and is putting the ashes in his
Jan 31, 2016 Juanita rated it liked it
Review: J is For Judgment by Sue Grafton.

Another amazing book from the Kinsey Millhone Mysteries. Someday I 19ll get to the end of this detective series but right now I 19m enjoying every last one of them. A good fast pace well written story to glide along and unravel a murder case or cases as it may be.

This one features Kinsey Millhone searching for a man who was presumed to have committed suicide because of financial reasons. Years later he is spotted in Mexico.

Kinsey now flies to Mexico. Sh
Brick ONeil
Jan 20, 2015 Brick ONeil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone is quirky, fun and a great detective. The protagonist is a fully rounded person, with strengths and foibles just like a real person. She's not perfect, which makes her perfect for detective work. Personally, I would love to see Sue's file on Kinsey. We learn a little bit about Kinsey with each book that comes out as she works on the case (that usually corners her into accepting).

In "J is for Judgement", she is asked to investigate a dead man that was seen thousands o
Dec 28, 2012 Hobart rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
Another solid, solid outing from Grafton and Millhone. Standard boilerplate stuff to say on the mystery front, didn't blow me away, but was fully satisfying. The personal story is potentially great, will have to see how it develops over the next book or so, but I really liked the angry, careful, confused way that Kinsey's approaching this . . . seems honest. Moreso than is standard for this kind of story.

It's reads like this that make me bound and determined to catch up on this series next year.
Nov 05, 2012 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-2012-books
Another fun and easy Kinsey Millhone mystery. Wendell Jaffe committed suicide 5 yrs earlier, but the insurance company still isn't convinced he is dead. This is the first time I'd heard the word "pseudocide". Kinsey explores the circumstances leading up to Wendell's pseudocide and the effect it had on his family. At the same time, she discovers, with mixed feelings, some family of her own. Good tale, lots of action, some more insight into Kinsey's brain. Now on to "K".
Paula Dembeck
Aug 09, 2016 Paula Dembeck rated it liked it
This is the tenth book in Grafton’s Alphabet series featuring Santa Teresa based private investigator Kinsey Millhone.

It has been seven months since Kinsey was fired from Fidelity Life, but Mac Voorhies reappears in her life, asking for help with the case of Wendell Jaffe, a man they are pursuing for fraud.

Wendell Jaffe and Carl Eckhart were partners in a Ponzi based real estate investment business. When the market went bust and the business was about to collapse, Jaffe disappeared, unable to f
Jul 08, 2016 Tiffany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If I'm really invested in a novel, I will stay up all night to finish it. Not the case with J is for Judgement. I read this book in installments over this past week. I just was not interested in the storyline. The book dragged on- it could have been condensed quite a bit.

The Kinsey family subplot was interesting but it felt rather abandoned by the end of the novel. Perhaps it will be continued in the K novel.

A general note: I am so sick and tired of Kinsey bashing people about their weight! Fo
Maybe it was the mood I was in, but I just couldn't get interested in this book. It took me forever to finish it, just little bits at a time. I can't say anything specific I disliked about it, except that a lot of the time the protagonist's behavior and choices just made no sense to me, I just never felt any enthusiasm and had to force myself to persist to the end. I am usually a big Grafton fan, but this one was far from her best.
The thing I really like about Sue Grafton writing in this book is her humor sprinkles thrown into the context with serious but not violent mysteries. Maybe someday I will get through the complete alphabet. I think it of her being creative to comes up with such great names based on each letter. Am eager to read more, but not as a steady diet.
Oct 09, 2014 Carol rated it liked it
WHAT?!? No cell phones; phone tag was the order of the day in this 20+ year old, early Nineties mystery... jeez, its refreshing to remember that people actually used their brains/skills without using "an App for that." P.I. Kinsey Millhone, a feisty pain in the butt kinda gal, drags the reader along on her quest to locate a possibly not-so-dead by suicide scoundrel. With a half-million Insurance payoff at stake, most of the major players involved are into a bit of lying and deceit, including our ...more
Jul 29, 2014 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok - I quite enjoyed the plot, the story and the concept were interesting.

Unfortunately, I found that the author spent too long describing things which didn't affect the plot and I felt that this distracted from the story itself.

But, don't let this put you off. I would have preferred to read the ABC series from the start, as I think that there is a full back-story there for the character that it would be interesting to delve into in detail. Also, I started at J, and it sounds like there will be
Oct 09, 2014 Leew49 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
This slow-paced mystery makes up for that shortcoming with a surprise ending that is clever and memorable.

Female private eye Kinsey Milhone is asked to look into the possible re-appearance of Wendell Jaffe, a notorious Ponzi scheme criminal who was thought to have committed suicide by drowning himself at sea. Jaffe might have been seen in Viento Negro, Mexico; so Kinsey heads there on the first leg of her investigation. Eventually she makes contact with Jaffe, but there is an attempt on his life
Aug 09, 2016 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Kinsey. I love you more and more and more.

Much like Kinsey herself, I was a little torn by the introduction of her estranged family. I don't tend to be a big fan of the surprise family trope (as I was just discussing with Ann yesterday!) and I was almost relieved that the story focused more on the mystery than this. I'll be all right with it if/when Kinsey inevitably pursues it, but for now, I liked that she was a little angry and torn about their existence. (Although really, how could she j
Dec 27, 2015 LadyCroft86 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Kinsey Millhone mystery that I enjoyed. This one was a little more interesting to me since it was more than just a murder mystery. There ended up being a murder in the book but the main focus was a man that was considered dead that turned up alive. It was a more interesting to see how Kinsey tracked down someone who was still alive. Kinsey ends up working for the insurance company that fired her in a previous book and I wonder where else that might go.
I also liked that we learn a little
Duncan Mandel
EDITORIAL REVIEW: 'On the face of it, you wouldn't think there was any connection between the murder of a dead man and the events that changes my perceptions about my life...' For Kinsey Millhone, the investigation started with a surprise visit from an ex-colleague at California Fidelity - the company that had fired her nine months previously. Fives hours later she was on a plane to Mexico, hot on the trial of a suicide who'd allegedly just come back to life. After a five year wait, Wendell Jaff ...more
Aug 24, 2016 Weaverannie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inmiddels het tiende deel van deze alfabet serie gelezen. Ze lijken steeds beter te worden. Kinsey moet iemand opsporen, die een aantal jaren geleden verongelukt scheen te zijn met zijn boot. Zijn vrouw streek het geld van de levensverzekering op, zijn collega moest de gevangenis in voor fraude. Hun bedrijf ging failliet. Het jongste zoontje van de vermiste gaat het verkeerde pad op.
Dan wordt de doodgewaande man gespot in een vakantieoord in Mexico. Kinsey moet op onderzoek uit.
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Father: C.W. Grafton, born 1909, third son of Presbyterian Missionaries, born and raised in China, educated Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina; practicing attorney in Louisville, Kentucky with a 40-year specialty in municipal bonds. Au
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