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Q Is For Quarry (Kinsey Millhone #17)

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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
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    Kittenshhhhh
    Mar 06, 2009 Kittenshhhhh rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
    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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    Bill
    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
    notgettingenough
    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!
    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
    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
    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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    mitchell k dwyer
    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
    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 (mot_avant)
    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
    Kathy Warren
    Have read all of her alphabet books. This read while based on a true murder was way to wordy, long and boring. Too many details on nothing that mattered.
    Lisa
    May 05, 2010 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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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    Em
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    Dale Safford
    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
    RollingT
    Getting harder and harder to stay with series. If not for a touc of OCD I'd probably give up.
    Joyce
    This novel was a fictionalized accounting based on a cold case that was thirty some odd years old. The Author took the idea of unidentified remains and ran with it. Having read all of Grafton's previous works, I was somewhat disappointed by this novel. I expected more and didn't get it. I also found myself indifferent to the characters, including Milhone, a surprise for me. This is not to say that the novel wasn't well written, it was. It is simply one person's opinion.
    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
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    Eighteen years earlier an unidentified woman's decomposed body was found near a quarry. The investigating officers are nearing the ends of their careers, and want one more crack at this case before retirement. Old and ill, they need someone to help with their legwork and they turn to Kinsey Millhone.

    "Q" is for Quarry is based on an unsolved homicide that occurred in 1969, and Grafton's interest in the case has generated renewed police efforts. During the past year, the body was exhumed an
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    Donna
    I enjoyed returning to a Sue Grafton book after several years. This was a worthy reintroduction to her recurring P.I., Kinsey Millhone who lives in Santa Thresa, California, in the 1980s. Kinsey becomes involved in a 1969 cold case with two retired police officers, Dolan and Stacey, that takes them to southeast CA, near the Arizona border.

    A young woman's body had been dumped near a quarry outside of Lompoc, north of Kinsey's tiny home and close to family members of whom she had only become awar
    ...more
    Tiffany
    Eh. Definitely not my favorite Sue Grafton novels. Kinsey seemed a bit out of character and I didn't quite get into the story until three quarters of the way through. Much more like a police detective novel than a PI one. Plus I figured out the ending less than halfway through, which wouldn't have been so bad if the book weren't already boring me. Oh well. On to "R".
    Tanisha Peck
    A nice recovery fro "P is for Peril". I enjoyed getting to know Dolan and Stacey and was pleased that Grafton didn't kill them off. Grafton has a gift for creating realistic, imperfect characters and I wish that she would spend more time on peripheral character development. Of course, this doesn't apply to all her characters, but when she puts her mind to it, Grafton gets great results. I wonder if the fun is in creating the character and that's why she kills them off so often? Anyway, I digress ...more
    Ron
    This series isnt really that great, but Ive invested enough time in getting through the alphabet to Q that I feel obligated to finish it off. This one's a little different in that it is based on an actual disappearance, but other than that, its indistinguishable in my memory from the rest.
    Alison
    Mar 13, 2009 Alison rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: Kinsey Milhone fans
    It's certainly not one of Grafton's best, most exciting books in the Kinsey Milhone series. The plot drags at times and you never quite reach a real pinnacle of suspense like you do in some of her books. But if you're a fan, it's worth reading. It's hard to go wrong with Kinsey.
    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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    Kenna
    I really loved Kinsey when I first met her, but have to admit that her self-enforced loner lifestyle is wearing thin. I have trouble getting into her relationship with her family - the entire scenario seems far-fetched.

    Still love the mysteries, though!
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