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Preview — N is for Noose by Sue Grafton
N is for Noose (Kinsey Millhone #14)
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Selma Newquist brings Kinsey Milhone to Nota Lake County in California. She accepts that he probably died ...more
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 ...more
I generally enjoy these books, but this is not one of the author's better efforts. I have three basic problems with the book and am gradually developing a problem with the series. The problem with the series is that the books are inconsistent, not in terms of writing quality but in terms of characterization. The primary character seems to change too much from story to story.
My first problem with this book is that Kinsey is simply not very effective. It may be a function of the pl ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I enjoyed my visit to the Mono Lake ...more
Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievement award) in 2003.
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