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Q Is for Quarry (Kinsey Millhone #17)

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We're up to "Q" in Sue Grafton's alphabet mystery series, and the bestselling author continues to build momentum as Kinsey Millhone gets caught up in a case already two decades old.

The core tale, based on fact, is as unsettling as it is gripping: Eighteen years ago, the unidentified body of a young girl was discovered decomposing in Grayson Qua

ebook, 368 pages
Published September 30th 2003 by Penguin Group US (first published 2002)
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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 ...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
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 ...more
May 14, 2016 Alondra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
4 Stars

Consistent goodness... does that make sense. We get a nice little break from the mess that is Kinsey's life. No one is trying to murder her...(kinda), in this story. She has had some close calls in the last few books; so I guess the author figured she needed a break.

Kinsey is working a cold case with a former colleague and his partner; of a young girl from 1969. What the get is the small-town mindset of secrets kept and held tightly.

Like I said earlier; consistent story and plot througho

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.
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!
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
Maureen Grenier
Jul 06, 2016 Maureen Grenier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of author Sue Grafton, and re-reading "Q is for Quarry" inspired me to re-read all her books from "A" to "W." I can't select a favourite because the author never seems to run out of steam and I enjoyed all of them. If you like murder mysteries with a quirky, interesting, clever, female, private investigator, I suggest you start at "A" and read all of them. The books are "stand-alone" stories, and you can begin anywhere in the alphabet and Grafton will put you in the picture right ...more
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.
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.
Oct 04, 2016 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alphabet Murders

I just love Sue Gratton and her character, Kinsey Milhone. The setting, backing the '80s is a reminder of how technology had spoiled us. The mysteries are always well written.
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
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
Jul 23, 2010 Jerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Grafton/Millhone we know and love are back !!

After a "perilously" weak outing with "P", a book with which even her ardent fans were disenchanted (mostly for the many loose ends at the conclusion, atypical of our leading lady...}, Sue and Kinsey are back not only in fine form, but maybe in one of the best stories to date of this 17-book series. A fairly straightforward plot links private eye Kinsey with two older cops -- one retired (Stacey Oliphant) and one on medical leave (Con Dolan) -- w
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 ...more
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
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
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
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
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
This Installment in the alphabet series was a little more slow moving but just as satisfying in the end. I had narrowed down the perpetrators to about 3 people (2 of whom really were involved) but fully expected to be surprised at the end. I wasn't surprised exactly, but still satisfied with the overall tale and the interplay between Kinsey, the suspects, and her partners. I try to imagine being as pushy and persistent as she is, but I don't think I could do it. It's one of the things I admire ...more
Оценката ми е около 2,5, но може би съм несправедлива. Трудно е съдиш 17-та книга от поредица, ако си чел само нея. Главната героиня, която разследва престъплението, не ми беше особено интересна и сипматична, а пространните описания на личния й живот и проблемите й ми дойдоха в повече. За почитателите на серията това обаче едва ли ще е проблем.

Криминалната история е интересна, още повече, че е базирана на истински случай на жертва на убийство, която така и не е идентифицирана. Авторката успява
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
Jun 11, 2014 Joyce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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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)
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