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Q Is For Quarry (Kinsey Millhone #17)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,864 Ratings  ·  586 Reviews
She was a "Jane Doe," an unidentified white female whose decomposed body was discovered near a quarry off California's Highway 1. The case fell to the Santa Teresa County Sheriff's Department, but the detectives had little to go on. The woman was young, her hands were bound with a length of wire, there were multiple stab wounds, and her throat had been slashed. After month ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Berkley (first published 2002)
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Kittenshhhhh
Mar 06, 2009 Kittenshhhhh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Grafton fans and those who are looking for a great mystery/suspense series
Shelves: sue-grafton
Sue Grafton is the sweetest smartest woman that you'd ever hope to meet. When she comes for book signings she takes time with EVERYONE who wants to have a moment to talk to her. Also, she signs any books that people bring from home..I have seen her sit for over an hour pulling book after book out of a cardboard box that some fan brought. With Q she stepped a little out of her usual format to base this novel on a true story. She also spent her own time and money to help identify a woman whose bod ...more
Randee Baty
Jun 10, 2013 Randee Baty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, mystery-pi
I first read this book several years ago and it has stuck in my mind ever since then. I think about it often. I was really happy to read it again when it came up this time in my reread of the series and it still has the same appeal it did the first time. When a book can keep you thinking about it for years, the author is definitely doing something right!

Kinsey is contacted by Con Dolan, a police detective that has come up in many of the previous books, to help him with a cold case. He has a frie
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Dana
Feb 03, 2016 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Quarry" is loosely based on a 1969 Santa Barbara murder with a victim who remains unidentified to this day. Grafton became interested in this unsolved case and sponsored a forensic sculptor to do a likeness of the victim, which she included at the back of this book in hopes that someone will recognize the picture. This seems to be the year for big time mystery writers to take a hands-on interest in unsolved crimes what with Patricia Cornwell's six million dollar investment in the Jack the Rippe ...more
Zoey
4.5

Q is for Quarry is the 17th book in Sue Grafton's excellent Kinsey Millhone (alphabet) series.
One of my favourite in the series so far, made all the more interesting as it is based on a real 1969 Jane Doe Murder that I believe is still unsolved today.
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notgettingenough
Mar 05, 2013 notgettingenough rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
What a stark contrast 'P' and 'Q' make, having read these back to back. The former is no more than a business-like version of her model, whereas the latter is so much better. Read to the end of 'Q' to find out why, I wouldn't want to spoil it by explaining it here!
Bill
Jan 30, 2013 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-us, detective
Most enjoyable. I've enjoyed every one of the series to - date. I liked the characters in this one; the two old cops, Dolan and Stacey who involve Kinsey in their cold case. They are like a bickering old married couple. The cold case was interesting; I did think at times that there were great leaps in the solving of the case, but hey, it's a mystery story. Ms. Grafton also makes the peripheral characters interesting. Nobody is totally unlikeable, even the suspects. All in all, another good story ...more
Benjamin Thomas
This 17th novel in the Kinsey Milhone series is a nice return to form after a disappointing and frustrating ending to P is for Peril. In fact I would rank this one among the very best that I have read so far in the series. This time around author Sue Grafton was inspired by a real life cold case involving a teenage girl’s murdered body being found, never identified, and of course never solved. Kinsey teams up with a couple of retired detectives, both with significant health problems who alternat ...more
Curlyhair
I loved this from the beginning. A good solid story to get your teeth into. Kinsey and friends end up solving an old murder case and it kept me interested the whole way.
Mansuriah Hassan
Mar 16, 2016 Mansuriah Hassan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book that got me hooked on the alphabet Kinsey Millhone series. Inspired by a still unsolved murder in Santa Barbara County, Sue Grafton weaves a compelling and suspenseful story that is filled with clever twists and turns. The book was awesome and kept me wondering who the murderer would turn out to be right till the end.
Beth Peninger
3.5 stars
When I first started reading this installment in Grafton's Alphabet series I thought, "What the heck?! Why is this book 580 pages?!" But then as I read some background Grafton provided for this particular title I could see why it was longer than some of her others. Grafton caught wind of a real life Jane Doe case and using a mix of fact and fiction wrote Q. Grafton was given access to the actual case files and built a lot of her story around fact. The outcome is fiction as are character
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Elizabeth Quinn
This is my first Kinsey Millhone mystery in a couple of years, and a discovery I made while reading it may explain why I've kind of lost my taste for this series. Grafton is in good form here, teaming up Kinsey with a couple of retired cops working a cold case -- the murder of a Jane Doe found dumped in a quarry 18 years before. A subplot involving Kinsey's long-lost grandmother, aunts, and cousins appears promising but ultimately goes nowhere. The fact that Grafton's murder is patterned on a ac ...more
Nancy
May 01, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third or fourth book in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet series that I've read. I think Sue Grafton does a good job of allowing you to enter the series at any point without having read all or most of the previous books.

Q is for Quarry involves a cold case handled by two retired/disabled cops. They bring Kinsey in to help. The most interesting part of the book for me was the cops' personal stories: their ongoing and serious illnesses handled in the midst of dealing with the case and thei
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Rebekah (Silver Lily) James
Q is for Quarry.
In my ongoing re-read /inspiration/learning quest (and in anticipation of the soon to be released V is for Violence in November of this year) I picked up Q is for Quarry over the weekend. This is 17th book in the Kinsey Millhone series and while I adore Sue Grafton’s work, this was not exactly my favorite of the series. Grafton is a master of pacing, giving both Kinsey and the reader just enough time to catch our breath in between scenes. I found this one just a tad slower than t
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Heather
This is the 17th book in Sue Grafton's "alphabet series" about private investigator Kinsey Millhone. This was also a selection for the 2012 World Book Night, which occurs every year on 4/23. Contrary to what the status bar showed as I was marking my progress, this book has 350 pages, not 618.

I was intrigued that unlike the other books in this series, this was based on an actual unsolved case. In the summer of 1969, the body of Jane Doe was found in a quarry in Lompoc, CA. Somewhere between the a
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Aaron
May 01, 2013 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Small town gossip takes center stage as Kinsey Millhone dives into her 17th adventure. She is still settling into her new office space as two soon-to-be retired police detectives contact her about working on a cold case related to a young woman whose body was found almost 20 years prior. Not only was the murder not solved, but no one ever identified this poor Jane Doe.

While Lieutenant Con Dolan and Detective Stacey Oliphant want to close out the case, they also would like some help because each
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Robert Olsen
My mother was a big fan of detective novels in general and of Sue Grafton's fiction in particular. Partly as a gesture to Mom, I suppose, I selected "Q Is for Quarry," as my second beach book of the trip, from the bookshelf at a B & B on St. Croix last month. (The other beach book was "Buddenbrooks.") It was my first exposure to Grafton.

For a popular writer, she is surprisingly good at holding the interest of readers of literary fiction. There is enough of Trollope, Dickens, Austen, and eve
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mitchell k dwyer
Jul 15, 2012 mitchell k dwyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, reviewed
In Q is for Quarry, the seventeenth Kinsey Millhone mystery, Sue Grafton again moves most of the action away from Santa Theresa, this time (mostly) into a nearby Arizona town where she and Santa Theresa Police lieutenant Con Dolan work on identifying a murder victim from 1969, fifteen years (or so) past. Kinsey, Con, and Stacey Oliphant from the Sheriff's department hope that by identifying the victim, they will also figure out who committed the murder. They acquaint themselves with the usual as ...more
Amanda Patterson
Dec 05, 2009 Amanda Patterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seventeen down, nine more to go.
When Sue Grafton created a female detective in 1982 with "A Is for Alibi," she committed herself to 26 books.
I jumped at the chance to review this Kinsey Millhone novel. I bought my first Sue Grafton book when she was on the E (is for Evidence) of the series. I promptly bought A – D and have invested in every letter of her alphabet up to and including P.
Eighteen years ago police officers, Stacey Oliphant and Con Dolan found a decomposing body near a quarry. Jane
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Edward Creter
Quests, questions, queries, quibbles, quivers, quakes, an those awesome Quarter Pounders with cheese! Kinsey Millhine is the quintesssential female detective that has all others quarantined with queasies! In this one a young woman in 1969 is brtally murdered and stuffed in a quarry, No one knows her name, where she comes from, or how come she had bad teeth when her corpse was found. Lt. Conrad Dolan, who figures intermittently in the seeries, now gets fully involved in the case and snags Kinsey ...more
Ariel
Apr 29, 2015 Ariel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
I'd say that Grafton did a much better job with this book of the series all round. Especially in the mixing of Millhone's family history and the mystery. Usually the books seem a bit jumbled to me whenever personal stuff is thrown in, like she's cramming too much in and doesn't really know how to balance it. This was a much better read in my opinion.
Writerlibrarian
This was like meeting an old friend by chance on the street that you haven't seen in 10 years. My last Kinsey Millhone was the letter J or K. Q like Quarry kinda picks up where I left off because we get a glimpse of Kinsey's family on her mother's side again. The case in itself is not that hard to guess, based on a true case of an unknown young woman stabbed to death and left in quarry near Santa Barbara. Grafton imitates life but also creates or fleshes out two characters that I grew to like : ...more
Suzanne
I haven't read a Sue Grafton in about 5 years, but I picked up Q, R and S in a used books store and after starting Q, I remember why I had read A through P...The main character, Kinsey Millhone, is so interesting. She's a Private Investigator in Santa Teresa, California and she is ultra cool in every way I like: smart as a whip, energetic, relaxed about the details of daily living, her own person in every situation (or laughing at herself for not being herself), unaffected, I could go on and on. ...more
Jennifer
I'm not sure I often think of Sue Grafton's series as film subjects but this one was very visual. Not especially remarkable in the whodunnit and a slightly odd detour into Kinsey's family history which surely didn't need to disappear quite as totally as it did (I am sure it will be back). However, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read, with Kinsey teaming up with two sick cops, each trying to give the other a reason to live and to take care of themselves. Bodies that are not identified always make ...more
Domonique
Nov 02, 2015 Domonique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in the series

I never get tired of reading about the antics and adventures of Kinsey Millhone. This was as always, a fun and engaging read. Can't wait to read the next one!
Lisa
May 05, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of thrillers, mysteries
This was my first Sue Grafton book. I liked her main character, Kinsey Milhouse, who is flawed enough to be interesting but not a bad person.

The only distracting part -- and this isn't Grafton's fault -- is that the book is now old enough that the lack of certain technological advances (e.g., cell phones, broadband internet) is noticeable by their absence.

I bought four of her novels for Kindle (Q, R, S and T) and have now read Q and R. I'm happy to pass the time reading them, but they're not lif
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Marlene Chabot
Dec 27, 2015 Marlene Chabot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent tale by Sue Grafton. What did happen to Jane Doe? Who was she? Why didn't anyone say she was missing? Questions our law enforcement people in real life when a unidentified body shows up in the woods or another area.

In this story Kinsey Millhone tries to find the answers to those questions as she gets pulled into a case that had been cold for twenty years by two cops-one supposedly dying and the other on health leave. As time ticks away and the three keep hitting dead ends you
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Em
Jan 01, 2015 Em rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Dale Safford
Oct 16, 2014 Dale Safford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With photos of the facial reconstruction of a real teenage Jane Doe who was murdered in California in 1969, the author develops a fictional story of what the girl's situation might have been. That personal involvement with the case and the explanation at the end of the book of the author's actual personal involvement make this an especially interesting murder. This was a good story, and I could easily listen to all the alphabet murders and enjoy them. The narrator has just the right businesslike ...more
Ariadne
My least favourite in the series (reading them in order). It was still good, because Kinsey will always be dear to my heart, but it's not representative of the series, and not one of the best.

That "based on a true story" thing... yeah, either write a non-fiction about that true story, or distance yourself if you're gonna write a fiction inspired by it. It's obviously something that meant a lot to Grafton, but that in itself doesn't make for an interesting mystery.

I'm also not quite sure where sh
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Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: She was a "Jane Doe," an unidentified white female whose decomposed body was discovered near a quarry off California's Highway 1. The case fell to the Santa Teresa County Sheriff's Department, but the detectives had little to go on. The woman was young, her hands were bound with a length of wire, there were multiple stab wounds, and her throat had been slashed. After months of investigation, the murder remained unsolved. That was eighteen years ago. Now the two men who found the body, b ...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
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Other Books in the Series

Kinsey Millhone (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1)
  • B is for Burglar  (Kinsey Millhone, #2)
  • C is for Corpse  (Kinsey Millhone, #3)
  • D is for Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone, #4)
  • E is for Evidence (Kinsey Millhone, #5)
  • F is for Fugitive (Kinsey Millhone, #6)
  • G is for Gumshoe  (Kinsey Millhone, #7)
  • H is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone, #8)
  • I is for Innocent (Kinsey Millhone, #9)
  • J is for Judgment (Kinsey Millhone, #10)

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