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N is for Noose (Kinsey Millhone #14)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  24,192 Ratings  ·  452 Reviews
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 suddenly, the townsfolk were saddened but not surprised: Just shy of s
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 20th 2008 by MacMillan General Books (first published January 1st 1998)
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Aug 02, 2010 Mary rated it really liked it
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
Jun 27, 2011 Hayley rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, fiction
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Jan 14, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 07, 2011 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-fiction
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 am not surprised that Sue Grafton received the Ross Macdonald Literary Award in 2004, which is given to "a California writer whose work raises the standard of literary excellence."

4* A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1)
4* B is for Burglar (Kinsey Millhone, #2)
4* C is for Corpse (Kinsey Millhone, #3)
4* D is for Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone, #4)
4* E is for Evidence (Kinsey Millhone, #5)
4* F is for Fugitive (Kinsey Millhone, #6)
4* G is for Gumshoe (Kinsey Millhone, #7)
4* H is for Homicide (K
Aug 10, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
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
May 11, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Different structure, certainly an amusing ending. I like this Kinsey adventure but I was also glad when it was over. Had me reaching for the next one (almost every one does) but I was happy this particular cast of characters I wouldn't have to read about any more.
Jul 22, 2015 Dana rated it liked it
I have read nearly all Sue Grafton's books in this series and find that this is a little slower than the others and not nearly as exciting. The widow of a small town policeman asks Kinsey Millhone to find the reason for her husbands fretfulness and ill-ease just before he dies of a heart attack. While this appears at first to be a fruitless exercise, Kinsey obviously disturbs someone during her rooting around into his life and begins to wonder who is upset enough to harm her. Two related murders ...more
Benjamin Thomas
Starting into the second half of the alphabet now and I have to say, reading these books at the rate of one every three months or so is just right for my tastes. Coming to each one of them after a short break like that is like visiting old friends. It’s a comfortable fit.

This time around, Kinsey Milhone, former cop turned private detective, takes a side journey to the small California mountain town of Nota Lake where a well-loved and highly respected member of the sheriff’s department, Tom Newqu
Nov 28, 2008 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, sue-grafton, 2002
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
Jan 01, 2015 Em rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Aug 02, 2015 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mystery novel's series almost never work out in my opinion. The main reason being they go one of two ways, either they don't make sense as a series and are just stand alone book in which the main character learns the same "Deep" lesson over and over again. Or they become a long running series with a ton of events you need to know, so much so it becomes a soap opera and the murder goes to the background. You can get two to five good books out of a series but once you reach Harry bosch or Alex Cro ...more
Jun 06, 2016 Kelli rated it did not like it
Ok, so my enjoyment for this series has dropped progressively through the past few books and I think I've finally dawned on the reason why: I hate Kinsey.

Kinsey is a rude, judgmental bitch who's greatest pleasure in life is lying to people. Every time she offers up some snarky remark (which is basically constantly) I find myself rolling my eyes and grinding my teeth. She's just a horrible person. And because I'm still irritated with her, I'll offer you several reasons why.

-We're reminded in eve
Dec 26, 2015 Alondra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
4.5 Stars

This was really good, and old Kinsey wasn't so bitchy. Probably because she was scared.

Kinsey is getting to close to the truth and the killer is none too happy about it. Nice pacing after the initial set-up; and before you can spur Kinsey on, things get a little scary.

I didn't see this one initially; but had an inkling mid-way through, had it taken away and then confirmed.

Mar 10, 2016 Lorena rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller-mystery
N is for Nothing happens.

I gave this book two stars only for the writing style. Otherwise, there were no characters whom I could find interesting and the plot was not much eventful.

I will start reading T is for trespass cause it has been in my to-read pile of books for months and I hope will like it.
Apr 02, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it
This one kept me guessing! And fearing for Kinsey's safety. A slightly different format for the series, but still a very good mystery. Found a quote in the book that I really identify with - "I am never as happy as when I am close to deep water. Please understand, I don't go in the water...but I like to look at the water and spend time in its immense, ever changing presence." Love that, even if Kinsey's reason was fear of the creatures of the sea, and mine is -can't swim! One of my favorite all ...more
Una Tiers
Dec 19, 2013 Una Tiers rated it liked it
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

Sharon Thrasher
I reallllllly struggled to finish this book. I think I'm done with these now. and for gods sake why would a PI not carry a cell phone! it was just so boring I had to skip pages and pages
Oct 16, 2014 Stephanie rated it did not like it
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
Jun 04, 2011 An Odd1 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
(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
May 11, 2014 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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.
Oct 29, 2013 Judy rated it liked it
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
May 03, 2014 Anne rated it it was amazing
Another delightful read. Now on to O for....Outlaw....mmm my kind of book!!! :)
Apr 07, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Solid entry, different location than most of the stories
Kinsey Milhone takes a case in a small town. Dead is a cop, apparently of a heart attack. But his wife, unloved by the community and perhaps deservedly so, knows that something had been bothering her husband before he died, and now she wants to know what, for her own piece of mind. So she hires Kinsey to find out what was going on, but not everyone shares the wife's desire to know. Kinsey finds out relatively qu
Review: N Is For Noose by Sue Grafton.

This book is a fast pace read and keeps the reader interested throughout to the surprising end. I enjoy reading about Kinsey Millhone and all her adventures. The story has a lot of plot twists and scary situations to keep you reading.

Once again Kinsey Millhone, the private investigator in this series finds herself in a different place having to deal with different people, in different situations where she is not use to being in. Grafton makes it so that Kins
Rugg Ruggedo
Aug 24, 2014 Rugg Ruggedo rated it really liked it
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
Feb 11, 2016 LadyCroft86 rated it liked it
Another successful mystery from Kinsey Millhone. This one was not one of my favorites, but it could be time to take a break from these for while. I was not that interested in the story for this one. Kinsey is in a strange small town trying to find out something that was bothering a dead guy. Seems really vague and no one helps Kinsey out which gets really frustrating after awhile. It feels like more and more of these mysteries are filled with people that are rude to Kinsey for no reason other th ...more
Still enjoying this series and still thinking it was a good idea to wait to read it (so I don't have to wait for the next one - and I can enjoy revisiting the 1980s!) This isn't my favourite - the actual job of finding out what was possibly troubling the recently deceased policeman was a bit vague to begin with and then eventually became all too unpleasant. (Some readers don't seem to like the descriptions of the places, but that's one of the things I do really like about this series, as Califor ...more
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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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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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