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V is for Vengeance

(Kinsey Millhone #22)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  28,205 ratings  ·  2,618 reviews
A spiderweb of dangerous relationships lies at the heart.

A woman with a murky past jumps off a bridge, or was she thrown? A spoiled kid awash in gambling debt thinks he can beat the system. A lovely woman whose marriage is about to splinter into a thousand fragments. A professional shoplifting ring working for the Mob, racks up millions from stolen goods. A wandering husba
Hardcover, 437 pages
Published November 14th 2011 by Putnam Adult (first published November 1st 2011)
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Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Alphabet Series is usually pretty strong.... we're now in our 22nd book and it's still good but getting a little bored with the series :( Perhaps 20 is the max! :)

Kinsey is 38. And she's hit on her birthday. Deals with a case about suicide and/or murder.
Normal shenanigans.

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Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Oh yeah. V is for Victory baby. I'm almost done!!

So, Kinsey sees someone shoplifting when she is at the store to buy new underpants. As we all know by now, Kinsey is obsessed with underpants. And, she calls them underpants as if she is a grandma in a nursing home instead of a young woman in California. She talks about underpants almost as often as she talks about going to the bathroom. In every book, you can be assured that she will tell you every single time she pees. I really have to wonder if
James Thane
May 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
P.I. Kinsey Millhone is taking a break and reluctantly catching up on some shopping in a Nordstrom's department store, when she sees a pair of shoplifters helping themselves to the store's merchandise. Kinsey alerts a clerk who in turn calls security. One of the shoplifters, a middle-aged woman named Audrey Vance, is caught and arrested. Her younger companion escapes, but not before attempting to run over Kinsey in the parking garage.

Vance is released on bail and shortly thereafter is found unde
Feb 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
I'm so disappointed. One of my reliable sources of relaxation has been wrested from me. Or it could be that I am just tired of the formula. As I read the 22nd book in this series, I was aware of every little plot contrivance. The prose was creaky and almost staccato (and then I got in the car...and then I put my keys in the ignition...and then I turned the key...). The whole by-play of horrible food at Rosie's wasn't cute; it was boring. The whole shabbiness of her turtleneck and jeans; ouch. An ...more
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller, own
YAY! I love these books..but I hate how it takes FOREVER for the next book to come out. I should probably stop reading the books so quickly.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A 4.5 star book!

I am a big Sue Grafton fan since the onset of her alphabet series; I thoroughly enjoy her main character, Kinsey Millhone as well as her band of neighbors, acquaintances, and tactics, and I was very saddened to hear of her passing.

I adored grabbing an alphabet book in between heavy literary books, Tudor non-fiction, or psychological thrillers that had become too graphic and disturbing, and I would kick back and relax with a Grafton book. I felt nice and comfy; however, over time
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I’ve read by this author. I enjoyed it! The writing style is a little old fashioned somehow which was nice for a change. I’m having a little trouble settling to the thought of Dante, but that’s ok—gives me something to think about.
Sue Grafton is amazingly keeping this series at a level of excellence in this her 22nd novel of the Kinsey Millhone thrillers. The story had great rhythm, moving the story along without any lag. The characters were exciting and well-developed, new ones and old ones. The different characters' storylines came together beautifully. The only complaint I have is that Henry is away looking after his 99-yr-old sister for the duration of the book. A very satisfying read. ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Truth be told, V for Vengeance was a mixed bag for me. Sometimes I felt intrigued with the mystery; other times, not so much.

I guess I have a somewhat different perspective in that this is the only one in the alphabet series that I’ve read (as it was chosen for a book club read). Maybe this is part of the reason that I had a difficult time getting into V is for Vengeance.

I think the initial set up in the first few chapters was engaging, but there were portions of the novel that were rather so-s
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Weird. I read this last year and I don't know why my rating did not go through at the time.

Either way, a quick and fast review was that this was really good. We once again have Grafton not only following Kinsey, but the head of a criminal organization trying to go good, and a woman who realizes that her marriage is not what it seems anymore. You wonder how things are going to fit together, but they do in the end. I have to say that I liked the ending and was surprised how things came together wi
aPriL does feral sometimes
In 'V is for Vengeance', #22 in this series, Kinsey Millhone, private detective, gets in a lot of trouble after her new grieving client gets her involved with the mafia! She could have quit when the case began to spin out of control - after all, accepting a fee for solving mysteries does not normally include getting herself killed - but she is unable to walk away when friends put themselves in the line of fire! Besides, in a way, it was her own pigheaded police instincts which led her into this ...more
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-as-arc
I love Sue Grafton, and "V" may be one of her best. I couldn't put it down and Kinsey was just as relatable and real as we've all come to expect. I still smile every time she visits the microfiche machine in the library to do research - the lack of technology is quaint while the story is quick moving and contemporary. ...more
Diane S ☔
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book started out relatively slowly, at least for me, with Kinsey on the outskirts of the story, at least for the first 100 pages or so. Many different threads of the story than began to come together with Kinsey taking a more active role. Considering Grafton is now on "V" she manages to keep her story lines interesting and well written, and her characters fresh. Entertaining and well written, dreading the thought that she will soon be on "Z'. ...more
Maureen Casey
Jan 13, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was OK, I don't think its even close to the best in the series. I'm disappointed because I thought very highly of "U is for Undertow" and in this one, I think most of the characters were shallow, one dimensional, particularly Nora. Most of Nora's actions were borderline unbelievable. Even Dante, who was better fleshed out than the rest, wasn't developed well enough to support some of his behavior- particularly in relation to Nora. I think a few more chapters dedicated to character deve ...more
Patricia Williams
I finished this book last night. It's the April pick for my Mystery book club which meets tomorrow night. I must say this was a very trying read and I have loved all Sue Grafton's novels. I love all the characters she has followed through her books and may she rest in peace. We won't be getting any more of the books. This one was a little bit of a trial for me. Lots going on. I knew she would tie everything up and bring it together but it took a while. I will certainly read the rest of the alpha ...more
May 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
I'm not sure if this is the worst in the series or if it's barely edged out by R is for Ricochet. Both were so bad that it's hard to split hairs on them. ...more
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Probably my least favorite of the series. Some of my reasons are endemic to the series and some are specific to this letter.

To start, I get it that the food is awful at Rosie's. This was obvious from, oh, about the eighth book. It is just getting annoying to have to read the details all over again, and, frankly, it leads one to question Kinsey's judgment that she continues to eat there. Is there no other cheap restaurant in all of Santa Teresa?! This is a common problem to the series - we have t
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Aug 23, 2011 rated it liked it
I'll probably write a more fleshed out version of this mini review when the book comes out publicly. For now let me just say this while
it's fresh in my mind:
Sue Grafton books are always interesting - having worked her way from A to, now, V, she has done a great job of developing her protagonist,
Kinsey Millhone.
The plots - well, some grab me more than others. But I have to say having read some but not all of this series that she's definitely
gotten better as an author fleshing our characters more,
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Benjamin Thomas
It’s hard for me to believe I’ve now read 22 of these Kinsey Millhone books but they keep on holding my interest and, in fact, have really hit their stride in these later novels. I’ve heard that the author, Sue Grafton, at some point decided to quit trying to please all her readers with how Kinsey should act, speak, dress, etc. and just write her how she is. If that means her potty mouth expresses itself from time to time then so be it. That’s fine with me and I’m happy to see a fully consistent ...more
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
I think W, X, Y, and Z will end this series. Maintaining a series must be one of the most difficult experiences for a writer, or possibly the easiest. It's not difficult to understand why Doyle killed Holmes, and why he brought him back, but in today's world no author would ever consider killing a cash cow series character. Really, Evanovich, Cornwell, Sanford, Block, Burke, Patterson et al. The books aren't good , but what the heck, as it is proved over and over and over, readers aren't discrim ...more
Jean Carlton
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
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I have read all of Grafton's book in this series. This one made me want to go back and read A is for Alibi to see if I am right in thinking the early ones are better. (which i will do)
The story is okay, Kinsey Milhonne is still an interesting character but I felt myself wanting to be done and that's not a good sign. I noticed lots of places where fewer words could have said the same thing. Lacks conciseness. Her relationship with Henry, her elderly neighbor was sidelined and there
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love Kinsey and this visit was write enjoyable with the expected trademark mentions: the all purpose black dress - this time in the back of the closet, Rosie's diner, the apartment, her car, Henry's house, etc. The visuals are vivid from only the merest mention, and I think I know what I love the most about the series. I love how Kinsey is hands on with her investigations, I like how she really connects with the people she encounters and how even as a loner, she ends each case with more friend ...more
Oct 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Part of the rereading efforts of our travels to the Yellowstone the series!!!...Kinsey inadvertantly disrupts a professional shop lifting ring and confronts a crime organization as it disintegrates...the usual cast is here with some new twists...keep 'em comin'!!! ...more
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Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was very exciting and fun but Kinsey is a dingbat and does ridiculous and silly things. Still you can't help but like her. I will have to read some more of these. ...more
Alondra Miller
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, mystery
4 Stars

Mobsters, mayhem, murder, marriages and Milhone. LOL
James Joyce
Unfortunately, I'm experiencing an ambivalence in my appreciation for Grafton's Kinsey Millhone Mysteries, nowadays. And it's because of a marked change in Grafton's style, staring with "S is for Silence".

From Alibi through Ricochet, the novels are Kinsey's first person tales, covering various cases. Great! I love Kinsey's voice. I've enjoyed the experience. Starting with "S", though, Grafton has decided to do a mix. Some chapters are Kinsey and some chapters are other characters who are involve
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sue Grafton fans
This is the latest book in the Kinsey Millhone series by Sue Grafton. I have enjoyed reading this series and have followed it off and on for several years. I still have a few letters of the alphabet to go before I'm completely caught up, but I look forward to each new book.

This was a quick, engaging read and I liked the story. And since I've read so many of the stories in this series, reading another book about Kinsey is like hearing from an old friend. The plot was rather involved, with a comp
Judy Alter
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
This must be Sue Grafton's 22nd outing in her alphabet series of mysteries featuring P.I. Kinsey Milhone. This one took me a little longer to read--partly because I had a lot of other things, like Christmas, going on but also because it was slow to draw me in. But once I got into it--and once Kinsey appeared on the scene, I was hooked as usual. This is a suspense novel in the classic sense--the reader knows the good guys and the bad guys--and what they're up to. It's just a question of when thei ...more
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Sue Grafton was a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She is best known for her “alphabet series” featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. Prior to success with this series, she wrote screenplays for television movies. Her earlier novels include Keziah Dane (1967) and The Lolly-Madonna War (1969), both out of print. In the book Kinsey and ...more

Other books in the series

Kinsey Millhone (1 - 10 of 25 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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