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N is for Noose (Kinsey Millhone #14)

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'Still sassy, still the smartest lady detective out there on the beat' Daily Express
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 20th 2008 by MacMillan General Books (first published January 1st 1998)
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DISCLAIMER... Kinsey Millhone is my favorite character ever and I couldn't find fault with a Sue Grafton book even if the alternative was a root canal. Having said that, it should come as no surprise that I loved 'N'. I read 'M' in a pre-published form so it's been nearly two years since I've had a chance to visit with Kinsey - way too long. She picks up a client who's husband is quite dead by natural causes (heart attack). But, the wife wants to know what was bothering him before he died. See, ...more
Sorry, I'm a nit picker!

First let me say I love the Alphabet Series. Kinsey Millhone is one of my all time favorite characters. As in many similar series, I picture the the main character as the author. (Think Michael Connelly/Harry Bosch. Or Patricia Cornwell/Kay Scarpetta.) I really dig Sue/Kinsey! I think of her as Nancy Drew for big girls.

HOWEVER....I have this bad habit, I guess, of noticing errors in books and it drives me nuts. I often wonder how books make it to the publisher with mistak
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So glad this book is over! One of the worst books I have ever read. The characters were flat and nearly unemotional. There was absolutely no plot. The story just drug on indefinitely. This was no page turner. Ugg now I have to read the next few because someone gave them to me. There is no way I would ever spend my money of any of these books. This book is something that you just endure and get it over with, not enjoy. I almost felt like it was taking off a bandaid, you just have to get it done f ...more
I honestly didn't find this book too memorable. The parts that stick out to me are the relationship with Dietz and the small town she investigates her mystery in. I found the relationship with Dietz sort of soured for me in this book. And as for the town Nota Lake - how they treat her is something that speaks to that deep fear in a person. When she tries to buy gas at a gas station and they just pretend she isn't there - the writing in that scene haunts me a little bit. I think anyone who has be ...more
Una Tiers
Nice plot tie in at the end.
Barbara ★
I liked the story itself but hated the narrator, Mary Peiffer. She mispronounced the city names, read too fast and provided zero inflection so everything was flat and monotone. She was unable to vary her voice so all female characters sounded the same which made it difficult to follow conversations. I could tell male from female characters but that was it. I must have picked up a cut-rate production from the library because the audio listed on GRs shows Judy Kaye as the narrator but this wasn't ...more
Kirsty Darbyshire

I think I like Kinsey more as the series goes on and I'm probably stuck with this series up til 'Z' now, providing Grafton manages to take her all the way there. After reading several of the early books in quick succession I got rather burnt out but I've been going steadily since about 'H' and I think the books are all the better for it.

Although this book begins the second half of the series little has really changed since 'A' but I don't especially want it to. For much of this book Kinsey is a

I love the Sue Grafton Kinsey Milhone books and the alphabet series. WHY? N for Noose is a fun easy read. As other reviewers noted:
1) Grafton's books are not "memorable". 2) Many were written before cell phones, etc. 3) They may contain bad words and have mistakes. 4) Not a ton of romance. That is ok with me. If I forget them ten minutes later? So what. The important thing is I had a great time reading them. I like books that are entertaining and upbeat. Sue Grafton's Alphabet series fills the b
N is for "Not much happens", amirite? I mean, I can definitely see how there would be a market for these, and if I had started with the A, I might be more invested. But this one, unfortunately, just wasn't for me.
An Odd1
(one review for series) ***** for the first book because I like the series enough to last till about R, now want more to find new authors, and finish another year. The rest get 3-4* because I cannot remember my favorites. I like strong, brave females who make choices and deal with consequences successfully. I like mysteries. I like funny eccentric, her odd sandwich and cute old landlord choices. Southern California feels warm and dry on a long cold Canadian winter. She always seems to go alone i ...more
I read Sue Grafton for when I am stressed out with school stuff. Currently in end of the semester stress. The plot moves quickly and there is plenty of action. Little depth which is perfect at 3 a.m.
Another good installation in the Kinsey Millhone saga, the alphabet mysteries by Sue Grafton. I found this story surprisingly slow given that I had read a review saying that it was the best so far. I liked it well enough, but I prefer a bit more action. Kinsey is true to character in this book, and far more tenacious than I would have been given how "nice" the town is and how much she doesn't enjoy the case (never mind the painful things that happen along the way). Every time I read one of these ...more
Another delightful read. Now on to O for....Outlaw....mmm my kind of book!!! :)
Rugg Ruggedo
I picked this book up right after reading the M book. Kinsey was in such an emotional state at the end of Malice that I just had to know what was going on,so of course Ms Millhone is avoiding all that stuff by taking a job and going right to work. She does kind of deal with the whole Robert Dietz part of hr confusion. She takes care of him after his knee surgery,but as soon as she gets a chance she takes off on a job that was offered to him, he recommends her, and she leaves mostly because she w ...more
I normally love Kinsey books, but in this one, Kinsey seems kinda dense! She misses a lot of clues.

This is a flash back to a time gone by.
She types on a Smith Corona, no cell phones, (phone booths) and no computer available with all information, one may now pull up at a touch of a button on our world wide web. It is interesting to see how hard Kinsey has to work to get info that would now be readily available from the web site.

Kinsey is a P.I. in California, and a prior policewomen, and she sh
I had read it before but didn't remember it so that is OK. I read it while lying here very sick, maybe that put a damper on it somewhat. It kind of put me off small towns in the mountains and the cops who work in them.
Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: Tom Newquist had been a detective in the Nota Lake sheriff's office--a tough, honest cop respected by everyone. When he died suddenly, the townfolk were sad but not surprised. Just shy of sixty-five, Newquist worked too hard, drank too much, and exercised too little.Newquist's widow, Selma, didn't doubt the coroner's report. But still, she couldn't help wondering what had so bothered Tom in the last six weeks of his life. What was it that had made him prowl restlessly at night and brood ...more
This story did not seem as good as others in the series which might be because I read an abridged version. The way that the town people treated her, especially at the gas stations and by the town cops, gives small towns a bad reputation. I liked the descriptions of Selma, the wife that hired her and the nice guy her husband seemed to be before his death. The plot seemed more disjointed with more characters than were needed and I wished there was more of the humor that Kinsey normally has. Liked ...more
Another winner for Kinsey and Grafton.
The tiny Sierra foothills town (clearly Crowley Lake or Bishop)of Nota Lake has a lot to hide, and red herrings are liberally scattered throughout. As always, even the minor characters are well-fleshed out, from the hotel desk clerks to waitresses. Kinsey struggles to maintain her high standards among mounting BS and excuses for behavior as the plot gets increasingly convoluted.
I loved it how the entire crime is solved in the last few pages--but not after
In the 14th of the Kinsey Millhone mysteries we find our inquisitive PI doing a case that was that she was recommended . Kinsey has been playing nursemaid for her boyfriend Robert Dietz,who is recovering from knee surgery.Though she didn't mind helping (in her grudgingly sarcastic way) she's anxious to get home and itching to start a new case. Kinsey meets with her perspective client who wants her to investigate her late husband's secret that he kept from her and might be the cause of his massiv ...more
Beth Pearson
I been making my way thru Sue Grafton's alphabet series for several years, but I've been on hold for many months. I didn't have the "N" book. After reading several unsatisfying books lately, I decided it was time to reacquaint myself with one of my favorite private investigator characters--Kinsey Millhone. I broke down and put out the effort to get "N is for Noose" from the library. I would probably give this specific story 3 stars, but I was just so happy to be back in a comfortable book again ...more
Kinsey seems back in stronger stride in this book, which has her being hired by the widow of a police officer who died of an apparent heart attack while driving one evening. While at first glance, it would seem that their were no signs of anything other than a natural death tied to an unhealthy lifestyle, but as is so often the case with Kinsey, she finds out there is a lot more to the story.

Selma Newquist brings Kinsey Milhone to Nota Lake County in California. She accepts that he probably died
Interesting that Grafton took a tiny break, publishing “N” in 1998 after “M” in 1996. But again, real time in the story does not match with real time in the real world. Here, the story is still in the same year as “M” (1986) and Kinsey has just left Robert Dietz in Carson City, Nevada, after nursing him through his knee-replacement surgery. Kinsey will be 36 in seven weeks when this story begins, and her birthday is in May. Kinsey tells us Dietz’ surgery was “uneventful” and then launches into h ...more
Rosalind Mitchell
Poor Sue Grafton! Such a good idea to come up with a book for each letter of the alphabet, but by the time she got to the unlucky thirteenth it was M for Motions, Going Through The. I bet she wished she could hurl Kinsey Millhone down the Reichenbach Falls.

What she does seem to have done is take a different tack. In this fourteenth in the series she takes her heroine away (mostly) from her habitat on the southern California coast and up into the forests of the Sierra Nevada. There's no more than
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Lara Tambellini
It was great in the beginning and middle, but the end confused me. I re-read it a few times and still didn't make sense of it. It's the first time that this has happened with this series.

Kinsey Millhone should have done something else--she should have turned the car in the direction of home. Instead, she was about to put herself in the gravest jeopardy of her career.

Tom Newquist had been a detective in the Nota Lake sheriff's office--a tough, honest cop respected by everyone. When he died sudden
mitchell dwyer
In a way, N is for Noose doesn't quite deliver what I expected upon completion of the excellent M is for Malice. M, which involved Kinsey Millhone in a story that developed Kinsey's personal story far more in one installment than any since A is for Alibi, pointed her fans toward several interesting possibilities. Between the return of Dietz, the interesting dynamic between Kinsey and Guy Malek, and hints that Kinsey might be ready to become more involved in the lives of her cousins, I thought M ...more
By this point the alphabet series by Sue Grafton have settled into a very comfortable zone. If you have been reading the whole series you are very familiar with Kinsey and her friends and family. Her methods and attitudes are predictable and reading the stories are like sitting at the dinner table listening to a spouse telling about their day.

N is for Noose is a scary story in which a simple case about a widow wanting to know what was bothering her late husband turns into an ugly secret and Kins
N is for Newquist, Tom Newquist, who was found dead of a heart attack on the side of the road. Tom worked for the police department and was working a cold case when he died. His wife is certain that there was something really bothering him, which caused his demise, so she hires Kinsey to investigate and find the truth. Kinsey soon finds herself in a very small town, where it seems everyone is related to someone else, and past histories influence current events.

I enjoyed my visit to the Mono Lake
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievement award) in 2003.

Family History:

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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A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1) M is for Malice (Kinsey Millhone, #13) J is for Judgment (Kinsey Millhone, #10) K is for Killer (Kinsey Millhone, #11) B is for Burglar  (Kinsey Millhone, #2)

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