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Y is for Yesterday (Kinsey Millhone #25)

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The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy tu ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published August 22nd 2017 by Marian Wood Books/Putnam
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Mr.B Although there will be no final novel in the series, Grafton had chosen a title for the final book and was researching it before she passed: Z Is for…moreAlthough there will be no final novel in the series, Grafton had chosen a title for the final book and was researching it before she passed: Z Is for Zero. Inasmuch as the last volume will remain unwritten, I think the chosen title is quite fitting!

R.I.P., Sue Grafton. Thank you for many years of enjoyment from your work.(less)
Deborah D. Not really, but to appreciate the personal challenges and growth of both Kinsey and some of the supporting characters through A through Y.

I agree with…more
Not really, but to appreciate the personal challenges and growth of both Kinsey and some of the supporting characters through A through Y.

I agree with Alasandra A. At least read X to really experience the creepy villain Ned. (less)

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Robin
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
**Update, December 2017** The alphabet sadly ends at Y, with the news of much beloved writer Sue Grafton's death, after a 2 year battle with cancer. A loss for her family and her many, many devoted readers.

This, the penultimate book in Sue Grafton's series, reminds us that the 'respectfully submitted' tales of Kinsey Millhone's 1980's adventures, have almost reached their alphabetic conclusion.

Reading Kinsey is a guilty pleasure, a visit with an old friend. "Y", a particularly dark instalment in
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Susan Johnson
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I only gave this three stars out of respect for my long time relationship with Kinsey. I have been reading her books for a hundred years now since "B is for Burglar". We have a long and rich relationship and this book was a disappointment. There is no other word for it. It was a let down. There were so many discrepancies and errors that it's hard to believe a book editor even glanced through the manuscript.

Where to start? Well, the characters were a washed out version of themselves. Kinsey is h
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Karl
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
It all started with “A is for Alibi” and Kinsey Millhone (our PI heroine) was 30. The year was 1982, and she was a refreshing addition to the male dominated P.I. genre. I enjoyably read the series up to “L is for Lawless” when I lost interest in the family drama that had become most of the books plots at this point. I also discovered Marcia Muller.

Now that “Y is for Yesterday” became a 2018 Shamus award nominee it has compelled me to jump back into Kinsey’s world, in the deep end of the pool. Th
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Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Sorry, but when you wait two years for a book it should be pure perfection. Sadly this was far from it.

Clearly the author is out of touch with the 80s.

1) the teenage characters all sound like 30 yos. You can have one be so introspective, but not all of them.

2) Personal computers and car phones were a thing by 1989, especially the wealthy. While the author might try to ignore technology, she can't. At least not in this book. It's conceivable that Kinsey doesn't have these things, but honestly we
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James
It is bittersweet to draft this final review for the 25th book in the Kinsey Millhone / Alphabet series written by Sue Grafton, who passed away in December 2017 shortly after publishing this book, Y is for Yesterday. Unfortunately, there will be no final 26th book, as the author told her family before her death that she didn't want anyone to ghost write the final one if she passed on... which I respect. After ~30 years of entertaining readers, this dynamic and wonderful woman deserves tons of pr ...more
Thomas
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars
My wife and I have been reading Sue Grafton's alphabet series for 25 years and have enjoyed every one, some more than others. This is her last book and there will be no Z, since she has passed.
The book opens in 1979, with high school students Iris and Poppy, who are friends. Poppy is having a hard time making her grades and Iris helps her by stealing test answers. This cheating is exposed by an anonymous note. Fingers are pointed at Sloan Stevens as the tattletale and she is shunned by c
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Katie B
I almost didn't want to read this one knowing it ultimately ended up being the last book in the series because I wasn't ready for Kinsey's story to be over. I was a little late in discovering the series having only started about 5 years ago but these books very quickly became my comfort reading when life was stressful. I rarely reread books but I probably will revisit these books when I need a Kinsey Millhone fix.

So Y was not my favorite in the series. Something just felt off. The plot involved
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Monnie
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you'd asked me around the 30% mark how much I was enjoying this book, my answer would have been that it would make a great last entry into the author's celebrated trip through the alphabet - titled Z is for Zzzzzzz. But somewhere around the halfway point, things started to pick up noticeably; by the end, it was considerably better than half bad - prompting me to bump up my rating to 4 stars from the 3 I'd expected.

So what accounted for my initial reaction? Right off the bat, I was put off by
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Barbara
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it

In this 25th book in the series, private investigator Kinsey Milhone deals with the aftermath of a cheating scandal at Climping Academy, an expensive prep school in Santa Teresa, California. Ten years ago, in 1979, a Climping freshman named Iris Lehmann stole a standardized test to help some upper class friends. The theft had serious ramifications, and eventually led to the shooting death of Sloan Stevens - the girl accused of ratting out the miscreants.

Four juniors were implicated in Sloan's d
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Sherri
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
First off let me say I have read all the books in this series and loved them. But this particular book just bored me to tears. I usually go through them in a couple of days but I had to force myself to read this because I won my copy in a Goodreads Giveaway and knew I had to give a review. I would have given 2 and half stars if I could.

I just didn't care for any of the characters; a bunch of bratty rich kids with no moral compass who became young adults with no moral compass. They could have al
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Obsidian
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, tbr-2017
Please note that there are spoilers for all previous events from prior books. Do not read if you have not read up to X by Sue Grafton.

You may recall my review for X and how frustrated I was with that book. I thought that the majority of that book was just filler. Kinsey felt off and Henry drove me nuts. It also seemed to have two stories smashed into one and neither of them worked. But with "Y is for Yesterday" Sue Grafton hits everything on such a pitch perfect level I have no qualms about say
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Jean
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ah, those old, comfy jeans are on their last legs, but I can eke out a couple more wash ‘n wears. Sue Grafton’s A is for Alibi was published some thirty-five years ago; now she is nearing the end of the alphabet, having recently published Y is for Yesterday. Sadly, even the most familiar, pleasurable things in life tend to fade over time.

Ms. Grafton’s newest novel, featuring 39-year-old PI Kinsey Milhone, takes us from “today”, which is 1989, back to “yesterday”, which is ten years earlier. I wa
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Anita
I've read all these books and am looking forward to ending this series in a big way. I want to see Kinsey find her HEA, come to terms with her parents and extended family and, of course, solve a mystery. This case is eerily similar to an actual case from the OC about 10 years ago. It will be interesting to see Sue Grafton's take on it. The story shifts between May, 1979 and September, 1989 (present time for Kinsey). Exactly what the "mystery" is takes a while to develop. There is a lot of backgr ...more
Lisa Vegan
Well it was fun to be back reading the series. I’m very eager to read Z. Its publication is still 2 years away.

This book felt more like 2017 (sans computers, voice mail, cell phones, etc. technology) than it does 1989 & 1979, the 2 years when the action takes place. Otherwise it felt too modern with one of its central issues and some others. Similar events have made recent news but I don’t remember them from those previous decades.

It took me almost a full 3 weeks to read this, more my issue
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Gordon
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ick! I usually read the Kinsey novels cover to cover and can't put them down. This book is the exception. Way too many flashbacks and flash forwards for my taste. One chapter we go back to around the time of the crime. One chapter, we flash forward to Kinsey. It gets tedious after a while.

Lots of secondary characters (and I mean lots) that I'm supposed to keep track of and give a hoot about too. Seems like every chapter introduces another five names to the plot.

Ms. Grafton is very, very wordy wh
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Kristy
The 25th book in Sue Grafton's formidable Kinsey Millhone series actually kicks us back to 1979, where a group of male teens at a private school in Santa Teresa are found responsible for killing a female classmate. Several went to prison and now the one deemed responsible for the murder, Fritz McCabe, has been released. His parents hire Kinsey to assist them with a blackmail case--apparently these juvenile delinquents also made a sex tape before the murder, and it's turned up with Fritz's releas ...more
Karen
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's been awhile since I've read a Sue Grafton but it's like going to your book closet and picking out a favorite pair of comfortable shoes. Great storytelling. It's always fun to see phone booths and technology from 1979-1989.
Una Tiers
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Sue Grafton has been a huge influence on me since a friend loaned me one of her books over 15 years ago. When I can't find an interesting audio book from the library, I return to my favorites, A, B and J and T.
I like Kinsey because she's normal, she doesn't have mind rocking intimate relations, didn't reach for the million dollar anything and is happy living day to day. The other regulars are nice folk. Kinsey doesn't have more than her career on her plate and perfection isn't an issue for her.
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Cheri
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sue Grafton has done it again. You definitely have to read this one very slowly and pay attention. It may go at a slow pace, but be patient. It does flip back and forth between 10yrs, but its part of the whole plot. Previous characters are involved. Some good and some bad. One I'm very disappointed in. One I'm taking a better look at. Pearl and her new friend crack me up. Good ole Henry seems to be left out in this one. He's still baking though. Kinsey is still Kinsey. Still drinking Rosies's na ...more
Amy
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: favorite-authors
Didn't love this one. Waaayyyy too much swearing. I also didn't love the back and forth between 1979 and 1989. It was too much. I had a hard time relating to these kids - they were just horrible people except for the one who was killed - but I had a hard time with her as well. I missed more of the interaction between Kinsey and her friends. And the Ned Lowe thing should have been it's own story or wrapped up differently.

I've read all the books and have loved the series. This just didn't work for
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Bonnie
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of the previous Sue Grafton novels and thus have progressed to the letter Y. Y is for Yesterday. The novel opens in 1979 at an elite private school for young men. With absentee parents and all the money they need to make mistakes disappear, they can make their own rules. But, when four of the boys assault a fourteen-year-old girl and video tape the attack. The tape goes missing and the suspected thief is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state evidence an ...more
Ralph Strong
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
quite wordy...could do without some of the detail
Melissa
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
2.5 GASSY stars rounded up to 3, but ONLY because I have adored Kinsey Milhone since I read A is for Alibi once upon my early 20's. This was definitely NOT one of my favorites in this series. (For the record, S is for Silence was my favorite.) Y is for Yesterday is part new mystery (which was strange, loopy, and unsatisfying) and part leftover business from previous installments in this series. The leftover business left me struggling to remember who was who and where things were left at the end ...more
Jackie
Aug 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Scott
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This time around our 80’s based private investigator, Kinsey Millhone, faces two major challenges. One is a ten-year-old mystery that is told in parallel timing with her current day investigation. The other is the return of Ned Lowe, the psychopathic killer from Kinsey’s last adventure, who is back and looking for personal revenge. Both are intensely delivered plots with strong emotional impacts.

Writing this review was not as easy as it usually is for a Kinsey Millhone mystery. Most of the time,
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Darinda
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1979, four boys sexually assault a girl and video it. Soon after, the tape goes missing, and the classmate they suspect of taking the tape is murdered. The boys are the main suspects in the murder, with two of them being convicted and one disappearing. Fast forward 10 years. One of the killers is released from prison, and is sent a copy of the missing video tape. The sender is demanding a ransom, or the video will be released to the police. Kinsey is hired to find out who is behind sending th ...more
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
This episode is the standout in the series- PI fiction doesn't get much better than this. I wonder what Z will offer?

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This episode is the standout in the series- PI fiction doesn't get much better than this. I wonder what Z will offer?
This episode in the Kinsey Millhone private investigator series is action packed, tension filled and takes us on a different journey with Kinsey – a journey where she is apprehensive (and rightly so we soon discover) and not in control of events surrounding
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Susan
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Sue Grafton. I will be sad when her series is over! Next one is Z.
Oscar
Estamos en 1989, en Santa Teresa, California, donde la detective Kinsey Millhone es contratada por los McCabe. Hace diez años una chica fue asesinada y el hijo de los McCabe sentenciado a diez años de cárcel, condena que acaba de finalizar, ya que Fritz ha salido libre. Este, y sus padres adinerados, han sido chantajeados: si no pagan veinticinco mil dólares, un video bastante turbio de Fritz saldrá a la luz. Este es el caso que se le presenta a Kinsey, que además tendrá lidiar con un agresor qu ...more
Diane Challenor
The thing about the Alphabet Murders is that each one contains a new adventure, and they maintain the same tone and pace throughout the series, so you know what you're going to get". This doesn't mean for a minute that one is bored, it just means the readers who love this series know that they can rely on the author to meet their expectations. For me, the pace and tone was just right, and Kinsey Millhone, well, you've just got to love her. The other thing that runs through the book is the geogra ...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
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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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