Q Is for Quarry (Kinsey Millhone, #17)
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Q Is for Quarry (Kinsey Millhone #17)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  12,926 ratings  ·  434 reviews
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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

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ebook, 368 pages
Published September 30th 2003 by Penguin Group US (first published October 14th 2002)
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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
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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...more
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...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...more
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...more
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...more
mitchell 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
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
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...more
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
Steven Walle
Sue Grafton a very gifted murder mystry author, has done it again with this book. This novel is based on an unsolved murder mystry in Santa Barbara CA, but all of the events are ficticious out of respect for the Jane Do and the people who loved her. There are many twists and turns and Sue Grafton keeps you at the edge of your seat. I finnished the book in a single sitting and I rarely do this. A big 2 thombs up for Sue Grafton!
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
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.
Jesher
I picked this up longing for a "series" to get in to. Perhaps I would have liked it more if I'd started on A, but my issues were more with her writing style (predictable and sounded a lot like a voice-over in a bad police drama).
Peggy Johnson
I read this book for our book club. For the life of me, I don't get the fascination with Grafton. I thought the book was poorly written and boring. The characters were not interesting to me. In short, it was a slog to get through it.
Lee {ℎℯℓ℘}
Quarry, n. An open excavation
Quarry, v. Transitive: To dig up or take from. Intransitive: To delve into.
Quarry, n. An object pursued or hunted; prey.

Q is for Quarry
was a very unique and intriguing mystery book about an old case in the town of Santa Teresa, which two detectives wish to try once more before the end of their lives, with the help of private detective Kinsey Millhone. Together, the two retired policemen and the detective quarry all over town, interviewing, researching, revisiting an...more
Roxane
Has been years since I read Sue Grafton - I think the last was 'L is for Lawless'. So little has changed with the characters it felt as though I had not missed a single book in the series...very weird.
Kevin
Great to see Kinsey working in partnership with two old guys to solve an 18 year mystery.
Connie
Mar 20, 2014 Connie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes simple, cozy mysteries
This is the first book by Grafton that I have read, so coming in at "Q" feels like the author has just run out of steam. There were many things about the book that I enjoyed. Grafton's writing is terrific. She really brings her readers into the setting. This was both good and bad. What I did not like was her over focus on detail. I felt that she was trying to fill up pages because she could not spin a tight tale. Still, I loved the fact that the book was based upon a real murder case. That fact...more
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...more
Kris
Oh my a five star rating! I'll be honest though, I really loved this book because it took place in an area I know and love - the desert of Southern California. I grew up there and the descriptions brought back so many memories. Not only that - we played one of the towns she talked about in football. Yeah, I'm being sentimental for sure!

Other than the fond memories of baking in the desert I enjoyed this story because it was based on a true crime that still remains unsolved. Working around true fa...more
Jerry
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...more
Jim
The alphabet mystery series by Sue Grafton is predictably enjoyable. After reading the previous sixteen you look forward to seeing what private detective Kinsey Milhone has gotten involved in this time. The book finds Kinsey helping two retired cops revive the investigation into an unsolved murder that they had investigated eighteen years before, a young girl whose body had been dumped into a quarry wrapped in a tarp. Very little is known about the victim. She is a Jane Doe.

Several factors make...more
David
The 17th book in Sue Grafton's bestselling alphabet crime fiction series. This one was published some 20 years after the first A is for Alibi novel (1982), but in female PI Kinsey Millhone's world it is still the 1980's, a time before widespread computer use, mobile phones or social media. Research had to be done in libraries, phone calls made from payphones and investigations required immense amounts of legwork.

In this case, a Jane Doe was found murdered in an old quarry and never identified. N...more
Julianne
This is a great, but extra long Kinsey Millhone story! Somebody was murdered eighteen years ago and her body was found near a stone quarry. Who was she? Two of the original detectives, now long retired, ask Kinsey to help them find out, and answer some questions about this case. They start out in Santa Teresa and Lompoc, two coastal communities of Southern California. But quickly the action takes them to the desert communities near Blythe, and the clues begin to pile up.

I counted at least thirty...more
Susan
Uh…no…I was looking for Grafton to tie up the loose ends from “P” at the beginning of this book. She doesn’t. She makes a passing reference to problems Kinsey had while looking to rent new office space, but she doesn’t resolve the cliff-hanging ending at all. Perhaps in “R.” We can hope.

Despite this disappointment, Grafton spins a reliably engrossing tale in “Q,” based on a real-life unresolved murder in Santa Barbara County in 1969. She even funded exhumation of the real body and facial reconst...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...more
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