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S Is For Silence (Kinsey Millhone #19)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  13,397 ratings  ·  622 reviews
A New York Times Bestselling AuthorIn 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.Simultaneous Publication with G. P. Putnam's Standard Print edition.
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Published December 1st 2005 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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E.M. Lynley
2.5 but I'll round up to three stars.

It's been a few years since I read one of Grafton's books. I read R is for Ricochet when it came out, then nothing till last week.

I liked all the flashbacks, even though it felt a bit like whiplash moving between POV characters. But once I got used to it, I decided it was nicely done. I think Grafton managed to capture a lot of interesting characters and keep them fairly well defined. My favorite was Kathy, who starts off as a rich, selfish meddling teen and...more
LARRY
As posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:

Ever since *A is for Alibi*, I've been hooked to the Kinsey Millhone series. Therefore, Sue Grafton became one of my favorite authors. Throughout the series, some were great and some were not so great. Nonetheless, I was extremely excited to get the paperback edition of *S is for Silence*. I read this book every opportunity I could take advantage of.

It's 1987. Kinsey has been hired by Daisy Sullivan to find out whatever happened to her mother, Violet, who di...more
Jo Ann Sharkey
Oct 01, 2007 Jo Ann Sharkey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves mysteries and Sue Grafton
Shelves: favorites
I love Sue Grafton! I bought this book a few weeks ago and have been saving it as my plane read for my trip to Scotland. Grafton never disappoints. The style of this book was different from her typical writing in that Grafton uses flashback techniques to tell her story. While many writers might reveal too much or give us clues to enable the reader to figure out "who did it," Grafton keeps us hanging with just enough information. I was in suspense until the very last chapter.

I will say that I mi...more
Hallie
By far and away my least favourite of the Kinsey Millhone books. (All right, to be honest, I have only the vaguest of memories of all except the last. Still, I can't believe that I'd have read all those other books if they'd been like this one.) This had problems in several ways, and probably just one of them would have been enough to make me dislike the book, but combined it was pretty terrible. Digital audio loan from the library, thankfully, and at first I kept reading because I thought the p...more
Pris robichaud

"S" Is For Super, 6 Jan 2006


"When Liza Mellincamp thinks about the last time she saw Violet Sullivan, what comes most 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."
Kinsey Millhorne is asked to help solve a thirty-four year old mystery. "What happened to Violet? She just disappeared." by her daughter, Daisy. Daisy has been unable to get past this loss...more
Randee Baty
Fans of Sue Grafton will say that she never writes the same book twice and I agree with this but in S is Silence she definitely harkens back to a couple of her previous stories. The story immediately reminded me of Q is for Quarry and N is for Noose. That is not to say that I didn’t enjoy the book. I did. But for the first time I felt she was recycling ideas.

Kinsey is hired to find out what happened to Violet Sullivan 30-some years ago. She disappeared without a trace leaving a 7 year old daught...more
Anne
What a hoot...when the murderer was revealed ....geesh...I had to think about who that person was!!! Perhaps a bit too much wine!! LOL Another good read!!
Una Tiers
I enjoyed this book, it packed with lies, unfairness and greed. This was a re-read and Kinsey's getting on my nerves.
punxsygal
As a long time follower of this 1980s time frame alphabet series, I was glad to have an excuse to pull out the next volume (for me) from my TBR. And Ms. Grafton did not fail me. In this one, PI Kinsey Millhone is asked to look into the disappearance of Violet Sullivan from her rural California town in 1953. The request is from Violet's now grown daughter, Daisy, and the tale encompasses Violet's wanton behavior and her abusive marriage. Kinsey begins the search by speaking to the people who reme...more
Shelly - The Illustrated Librarian -
I am not a fan of mysteries. I have to state that up front. I had to read this book for a book club meeting I will be moderating.

I found "S" to be boring, and formulaic.

I did find the tragic figure of Violet somewhat interesting, however. She was a spark of life in an otherwise dull town. The spark disappeared one fine evening, and thus ensued the cycle of secrets that Kinsey Millhone has to sort out. Among them are love affairs, Violet's then-abusive husband, decades-old hurt feelings and brui...more
Karolyn Sherwood
On what basis do we "grade" books? Literary merit? Writing level, e.g., absence of unnecessary adverbs? Plot strength and suspense? Sympathetic character development?

If you're reading this review, I'm guessing you fall into one of two categories: Those who like Sue Grafton novels and want to know how this one compares to the rest, or my goodreads friends who follow my reviews because you think I'm brilliant. If you fall into the first group, I won't be of much help. In my previous life (about 15...more
Sandie
If the weather is cold and the wind is howling outside, why not settle down with a cup of hot chocolate and Sue Grafton's S is for Silence, another clever contribution to the Kinsey Millhone series. This pleasant little romp has Kinsey investigating the 1953 disappearance of a woman, Violet Sullivan, local legend and "town harlot" who was loved by few and despised by many. Everyone in town, it seems, has had some sort of involvement with Violet........and has their tale to tell.

The story is set...more
Genie
It was the evening of July the 4th, 1953 and a big fireworks celebration was scheduled in the small town of Serena Station, California. Violet Sullivan, dressed to the nines and carrying Pomeranian dog in the straw travel bag, blew her seven-year-old daughter (Daisy) a kiss, climbed into her brand new Chevy Bel Air, backed out of the driveway and was never seen again.
Violet's husband filed a missing persons report. Local police investigated and discovered Violet had emptied a safe deposit box...more
mitchell dwyer
It’s been thirty-five years since Violet Sullivan, a California housewife, disappeared. Residents of her small agricultural town of Santa Maria have different theories about what happened: some believe her abusive husband finally did her in, while others believe she picked up and left with one of her many lovers. None of the speculation has been of help to Daisy, Violet’s now-middle-aged daughter whose personal life has been tumultuous largely as a result of her mother’s disappearance. She hires...more
Susy
My last Kinsey Milhone was read by the end of 2003. At the time I was a bit fed up with the PI roaming South California in the 80s. Some friend got this book for me and I was pleasurably surprised. In fact a cold case, S sports many characters in the search of a woman who disappeared with her dog and a new car in 1953. Characterization is excellent; the mystery unfolds easily, with some chapters being reminiscences of what everyone was doing at the time. As always, Grafton is heavy on details bu...more
Ann
Sue Grafton writes a solid mystery. How could anyone not enjoy time spent with private detective Kinsey Millhone? I haven't read one of Grafton's books for a long while and I did have a bit of trouble keeping all the male characters straight although that could reveal my lack of attention to details. I also suspect that this is the only book I have EVER read that used the word 'cattywumpus' in a sentence. That alone makes it special.

Still on my book shelf is "T is for Trespass". Since "V is for...more
Afsana
This was told slightly different from her usual.

Firstly this was a book regarding the dissapearance of a women over 30yrs back. Kinsey is hired by the daughter who needs to know what has happened to her mother

It seems that no one really liked her and alot of the men slept with her.

This was told partly through flashback from certain mens point of view when they had a event with the her ( but not as them telling Kinsey ) just for us readers so we had facts which showed us the lies that thes men we...more
Amy Marbach
I have finally started back up with the alphabet books- having finished R years ago. I finally picked up S and am hooked on the Kinsey Millhone mysteries all over again.

The plot for this book has our favorite female gumshoe investigating a missing person case...only it's a missing person case from the early 1950s. Kinsey reluctantly agrees to find Daisy's missing mother- who went missing after the 4th of July fireworks in a small town. Violet wasn't your ordinary 1950s house mother- and this wa...more
Stephen
S is for Silence was a real page turner and a far better read than R is for Richochet. The only thing I don't like is the jumping back and forth with the present and the flashbacks to fill in the story background. I feel it would have been better if it started with the background and continued from there. Violet Sullivan while not the ideal wife and mother is handsdown the most beautiful women in her small town. One fourth of July she suddenly goes missing. Some townspeople say she was killed by...more
Carly Thompson
One of the later books in the Kinsey Millhone series. In this book, Kinsey is hired to investigate a thirty year old disappearance of a young mother in Serena Station, California. The chapters move between Kinsey's investigation in 1987 and chapters about the characters in 1953. The chapters set in 1953 have a noirish tinge and help the reader understand the characters Kinsey is investigating better.

I listened to the book on audio and felt that the reader, Judy Kaye, did a very good job with th...more
Alice
I started out really liking the style that Grafton used to tell this story--taking us back every few chapters so we could see what actually happened to the people she was investigating decades later. Unfortunately, the story of these people was too racy (tawdry) for my taste. I also felt like she left the story with way too many unanswered questions and I don't think it was clear why the murderer did it! Annoying.
Kendra
So I'm not entirely sure if I honestly liked reading this book. I'll give Sue Grafton her props for entangling me in her web so that I was desperate to find the resolution to the story. But I felt like there were errors in the time frame...could be me but I have no interest in going back and finding out...and I felt the book was too provocative for my taste in language as well as sexual references.
Deb
Jun 04, 2010 Deb rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: mystery-thriller
If Grafton had been on the next letter, she could have called it T is for Trashy. I wanted a lighter, familiar read, what I got was a trashy, predictable read. You'd think by this point in the alphabet Grafton would have gotten the hang of character development. Not one character shows growth or redemption. Around page 200 I was ready to quit, I should have.
Mollie
Occasionally I read a book that I'm embarrassed to post to my goodreads...this is one.

Sex (date rape (no means...ok?), philandering husbands, town floozy), Violence (abusive husband, murder), Language (all of the swears)

The mystery made me finish, but I am returning T for treason to the library and moving on.
Martha Groeber
Grafton takes a different approach with this Kinsey Millhone novel. Kinsey is investigating the disappearance of Violet Sullivan 34 years ago. This time, Grafton intersperses Kinsey's first-person narration with narratives set in the '50's, when Violet disappeared. She narrates these flashbacks from the point of view of several key players in Violet's life. For once, the reader gets information that Kinsey never finds out.

This approach freshened up the series of books for me. Trying to keep trac...more
Jamey
I always enjoy reading Sue Grafton's books and find the descriptions of the English countryside intriguing.

A mother disappears and her daughter hires PI Kinsey Millhone to find out what happened to her.
James Sajo
I do like Sue Grafton's style. This particular book had a cast of thoroughly unlikable characters, thus a frighteningly realistic story.
She adds plenty of small detail -- not so much in the description of trees and smells and that kind of thing so many authors (me included) try to incorporate -- but in processes such as digging very large holes with a bulldozer (something I guess most of us have never done). These sidebars of detail don't really add to the story, but are evidence of her terrific...more
Laura
Just arrived from Germany through Bookmooch.

She did it again, even when we do not expect anything new or original in this surprisingly series.
Ed
The story line brought me in and kept me wondering who did the murder. It was so good that I would have given it a four star. But when I find out who did the act at the end, I am baffled. I figure what did I miss. I went back and looked. This is the second time I felt like she didn't tie up lose ends at the end of the book. I think I am going to color code the book according to characters next time to stay in touch with everything. This said, I thought there was too much sex to skip in the book....more
Maria
Sue Grafton is my "go to" when I just need something that I know will be adequately written and will maintain my attention without needing to concentrate too much.

This shifts both point of view from first (Kinsey's) to third (everyone else's) using flashbacks to show the past. It helps to reveal the truth as Kinsey searches for it.

I wished to know more about Kinsey's usual circle of friends and connections instead of the book focusing solely on the case, but it's still well written and interesti...more
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievement award) in 2003.

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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...more
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