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K is for Killer (Kinsey Millhone #11)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  30,709 Ratings  ·  437 Reviews
Features the wisecracking female PI Kinsey Millhone. Lorna Kepler was beautiful and wilful, a loner who couldn't resist flirting with danger. The police cannot establish neither motive nor suspect for her death. So before Kinsey can expose a murderer, she must prove murder.
Paperback, 364 pages
Published 1994 by MacMillan General Books
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Maybe it's pointless to jump into reviewing this series midway through, but K is the first book in Grafton's alphabet so far that's seemed much different than the others. I've thoroughly enjoyed the highly devourable mysteries A-I; J is for Judgment left a sour taste in my mouth only insomuch as it trespassed into non-mystery territory at the end, when (spoiler!) protagonist detective Kinsey Millhone discovers, basically out of nowhere, that she has family living not too far away. Her reaction t ...more
Sep 16, 2010 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
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Sep 11, 2010 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Except for the a little puzzling ending, this was a corker of another read. The procedural parts to the homicide investigation were in-depth and added to the appeal. Kinsey a tough-minded private eye with a sardonic wit makes for a sturdy protagonist throughout the alphabet series.
As soon as I read Sue Grafton's earlier Alphabet Series books, Grafton became one of my favorite writers of light chick-lit detective fiction. She can be a terrific storyteller. After being badly disappointed by the skimpy, disorganized "G" and "H" stories, and buoyed by the more substantial "I" and (to a lesser extent) "J" book, I was looking forward to "K." When picking up "K," you have to wonder where the story can go, as Millhone herself admits: how in the world after all of this time is she ...more
Mar 16, 2010 Dianne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-american
One of the Alphabet series in which Kinsey Milhone is asked to investigate a cold case, the death of beautiful Lorna Kepler.

I have read most of the series, and find them light relaxing reading. There is a little too much of Kinsey's life style at the expense of the plot, which can become repetitive. Is there an element of autobiography in her novels ?
May 31, 2013 Gina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would have given this book 3 stars based on the whole book but I gave it two for the ending. It was the worst ending for any of these Sue Grafton books I have read. It was very anti-climatic.
Dec 10, 2014 Jaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5-star-books
Another good episode in the Kinsey Millhone series. The storyline was interesting and didn't have a lot of distractions taking away from it. I enjoyed following the cold case clues along with Kinsey and Grafton did a great job of sticking to the point. The ending was not what I expected, but gave a great view into Kinsey's developing character and I really liked it. My only complaint was that the motive behind the murder was not crystal clear and if you blinked you missed it. (Not good when your ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Em rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Nov 11, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery readers
"K" was a fun mystery, maybe the only one so far that left me feeling like I needed another chapter at the end. It did not detract from the story at all, but there were so many characters, suspects, and unknowns in this book, and I wanted to see a few more pieces of info, that's all. A really good read, and Kinsey definitely got involved with some characters in this tale of the nighttime world.

**SPOILER ALERT** I had wondered whether something might happen between Kinsey and Cheney.....
Ashley FL
This one was four stars for me all the way to the end . . . and then it just ended. No explanation for why the murder had been committed. Many of the plot threads were left hanging, and they weren't things that will come up again in later books. So I'm going with three stars: would definitely have been four if there had been a few pages that explained rather than just naming one of the characters as the killer.
The 11th book with Kinsey Millhone. This one has a lot of classic crime detective elements to it.

A mother comes to Kinsey's office and begs her to take the case of her dead daughter. Dead daughter had a secret life where she was a prostitute. Kinsey has to submerge herself in the night life of said prostitute in order to find out what happened.
Janice Keppler can't believe her daughter Lorna met such an end and can't rest without getting to the bottom of what caused Lorna's death. Kinsey's heart goes out to Janice and soon she is off to end one mothers suffering. The series itself is rather by the numbers with no real surprises to the format. This entry however starts with a film noirish quality in how the case comes to Kinsey. It seems as if this is going to be a great twisty read but it seems there is where we parted ways and it actu ...more
Feb 27, 2013 Francie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been slowly making my way through Sue Grafton's alphabet mysteries, which I initially read as I cared for my infant daughter through middle of the night feedings almost three decades ago. Since I don't remember anything other than how much I enjoyed Kinsey Millhone, I've returned to this series to reacquaint myself with the delightful and determined PI and follow her through to the end of the alphabet. "K is for Killer" is a deeper, darker book than its predecessors. As Kinsey wrestles with ...more
Mike Mcnamara
May 22, 2012 Mike Mcnamara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm addicted to these books lately, having read a couple when I worked as a summer librarian years ago and picked up E is for Evidence at a used book sale a few years back, and starting again at G once I got my Kindle. Though they're "easy readers" and I've been mainly reading them as my "airplane"/"relaxation" fiction , there's something about Grafton's style that puts her more than a cut above other popular genre authors. I can't quite nail what it is, but if I could, maybe I'd be the successf ...more
Debra Kaitschuck
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Jan 02, 2016 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A friend recommended Sue Grafton for easy, relaxing, mystery reads. She knew I liked Nancy Drew as a kid, and she said these mysteries are Nancy Drew all grown up. Sue Grafton writes the A to Z mysteries (A is for Alibi, B is for Burglar, etc.). Her last novel to date is V is for Vengeance. I must say, I picked K is for Killer, # 11, first because it had 4 stars or higher on Goodreads. As I picked it up to read, the murdered victim’s name popped right out at me – Lorna Kepler -- Oh, my – my maid ...more
Rosabelle Purnama
This is my first Sue Grafton book that I read. Her book starts with the alphabet A, but I wasn't able to get my hands on the first book, so I started with this one, to get a feel of whether I like her books or not.

The story is about a private detective, Kinsey Milhone. In this book, Kinsey was approached by a mother whose daughter was found dead and would like to hire a private investigator to find her daughter's murderer.

The book started out okay. I quite enjoy it actually. It's kind of diffe
Randee Baty
May 02, 2013 Randee Baty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, mystery-pi
Another home run for Sue Grafton. I loved this book but I almost hate to gush over it because that feels like it would go against the atmosphere of the book.

Kinsey has been asked to by a mother to investigate the death of her daughter on which the police have not been able to make much headway. From there Kinsey gets sucked into the life of the night people in Santa Teresa. She meets hookers, night djs, nurses that work the night shift and waitresses that work at night. Her own life gets turned
Kaykay Obi
Feb 06, 2013 Kaykay Obi rated it liked it
This is my first Sue Grafton read, an interesting one. I liked the story, however, I wasn’t much drawn into the book. Somehow it lacked the kind of suspense I expected from a detective book. The pacing wasn’t too fast; it felt more like the recounting of an event, like reading a diary rather than a story. If anything disappointed me in the book, it was the end. Maybe I expected too much, maybe I expected action, but I wasn’t satisfied by the end. Questions were left unanswered. Like the reason f ...more
Dec 25, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whirlwind of a mystery/thriller. truly did not know who our culprit was and am still trying to puzzle out all the intricies of everyone involved and the motive. I've enjoyed J and K more than I remember enjoying the precious books, I felt the side characters were better fleshed out.
This would have been a 4 but for the ending. It just kind of dropped off, like the author got tired of the story so she just ended it. So many loose ends and unanswered questions. Love the series but not my favorite book in it.
Oct 07, 2015 Darren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed this book from my local library. I enjoyed reading it. It was full of action/adventure.
Grace Allen
May 25, 2015 Grace Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast and tight thriller.
Brick ONeil
Jan 20, 2015 Brick ONeil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this installment of the quirky gumshoe, Kinsey the perpetually perky detective with the fast tongue and faster gun takes on a Mother's quest to solve her daughter's murder.

As Kinsey delves into the young woman's recent history, she uncovers a seedy past that would make her mother blush. Prostitution, high stakes money and the mafia round out this tale, not to mention sibling jealousy and possible unfaithfulness.

This is what Sue does best: fully rounded characters, even if they only share a fe
Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: Lorna Kepler was beautiful and willful, a loner who couldn't resist flirting with danger. Maybe that's what killed her.Her death had raised a host of tough questions. The cops suspected homicide, but they could find neither motive nor suspect. Even the means were mysterious: Lorna's body was so badly decomposed when it was discovered that they couldn't be certain she hadn't died of natural causes. In the way of overworked cops everywhere, the case was gradually shifted to the back burne ...more
K for Killer was as exciting and interesting as the other alphabet books, with one exception, the end. I still really like Kinsey as a character and enjoy reading about her job even if her life is a little bit boring. It would be great to introduce a love interest that sticks around for longer than a single book just to spice things up in her life.
The ending of this book was pretty bad, it felt rushed and was not explained very well at all. The murder of Lorna was not wrapped up very well and
Apr 16, 2014 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again....most enjoyable!!! :)
Missy Spady
Oct 17, 2014 Missy Spady rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourite Kinsey stories so far. Grafton had me guessing whodunnit until the last pages. I liked seeing Kinsey take on a maternal role and seek out the company of another female, especially one as young as Danielle. It was really sweet to see and I was bummed to see her lose that connection so quickly. I know Kinsey is a lone wolf and it makes telling her story difficult if she has to spend her time worrying about other people's feelings, but it really humanized her character for her t ...more
Nov 16, 2014 Alondra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 Stars

Another satisfying mystery with our favorite busy-body, nosey, wise-ass; Kinsey Milhone.

I must say, this ending was most satisfying. Nice twists and turns throughout the story, with most of the characters being less than desirable and unrelatable... at least to me. I like tidy endings, especially when murder is involved. :)
Jun 28, 2014 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was an utter disappointment. So many questions were left unresolved at the end of the book and so many transitions and characters were dealt with so roughly... it felt like the author just wanted to be DONE with the story. She dropped me with this weak attempt. I loved the books right up through J - J was odd, dark, interesting... but was a clue as to what was coming in K. Where J was ended abruptly and with questions hanging, so was K. When I have time I will come back and add to this ...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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