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K is for Killer

(Kinsey Millhone #11)

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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  37,716 ratings  ·  777 reviews
When Kinsey Millhone answers her office door late one night, she lets in more darkness than she realizes. Janice Kepler is a grieving mother who can't let the death of her beautiful daughter Lorna alone. The police agree that Lorna was murdered, but a suspect was never apprehended and the trail is now ten months cold. Kinsey pieces together Lorna's young life: a dull day j ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published June 23rd 1997 by Ballantine Books (first published 1994)
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James
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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3.5 out of 5 stars to K is for Killer, the 11th book in the "Kinsey Millhone" mystery series, written in 1994 by Sue Grafton. In this one, Kinsey's life is relatively calm, which she is enjoying... until someone shows up begging for help in solving the death of her daughter. Kinsey doesn't think she can do much, given the police haven't found anything in the months-old trail. But the woman is convincing and Kinsey needs the money. Unfortunately, the case turns out to be br
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Jilly
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Gah, have I mentioned that I don't like Kinsey? She's such a bitch! And, a loser. She is one step up from a bag lady in the social hierarchy and yet she judges every woman she meets with the attitude of a mean girl from high school. Her impressions of a teenage girl:

"Trinny was barefoot, wearing an oversize white T-shirt and a pair of ragged blue jean cutoffs. Judging from the size of her butt, she'd conjured up quite a few homemade cakes in her day."

Nice. That is how she describes every fem
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Luffy
Feb 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Characters in the book are forgettable. That's unforgivable in a utilitarian book. I didn't know who the murderer was in the book. I felt that I had paused reading this book for a couple of weeks before reprising it again around the whereabouts of the climax.

There isn't even pity for the murdered. The links between me as a reader and the main victim was tenuous at best. The culprit evaporates into thin air. "Respectfully submitted" my foot. Kinsey Millhone stops running in this book. She instead
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Phrynne
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-books
This was another good entry in this enjoyable alphabet series. It was a litle bit darker than usual and involved some really serious heavies. Fortunately Kinsey chose to be discreet and let the bad guys sort out the even worse guy!

Prior to this though she carried on in her usual manner, knocking on people's doors at all hours of the night and asking the most pointed questions. Her methods seem to work because she discovers all sorts of information and usually solves the case. I enjoy her attitud
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Jenn
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Tina
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is where Kinsey was hired to help prove who killed someone's daughter. This book took Kinsey so many places. I really enjoy this book, but it was not has good has the book 10 in the series for me.
Ed
Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Fiona
Not a great read. The build up is very slow and the outcome isn’t particularly thrilling. A really quite pedestrian whodunnit. I’ve still got another two from this series on my bookshelves but I don’t think I’ll bother reading them.

Better than 2 stars but not quite 3.
Dana
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Karl
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shamus_award
This hardcover copy is signed by Sue Grafton.
Mark Baker
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2018
PI Kinsey Millhone’s latest case is a cold one. Lorna Kepler has been dead for 10 months, and when she died she had been dead for two weeks before she was found, so the police couldn’t even determine the cause of death. As Kinsey begins to investigate, she realizes that Lorna had a completely secret life, and the investigation causes Kinsey to become a night owl like Lorna was. Will following her footsteps lead to her killer?

This is another great mystery. The cold case quality leads to some inte
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Lexy
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was very interesting it was a detective novel
Gina
May 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
Tom Mc Kenna
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars rounded up to 4 Stars. Ending was a little too loose ended. I didn't feel as if Kinsey had tied things up to a more satisfactory ending. Too many questions left dangling.
Obsidian
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Sigh. I needed a comfort read and even though I have read this book many many times, I was happy to re-read it again. I have this book in hardcover so it was perfect to read as I sat by the pool on Sunday afternoon. Grafton takes Kinsey through the nightlife in Santa Teresa. She feels adrift as she investigates who could have killed Lorna Kepler. With Henry being away visiting his siblings she feels even more adrift. I liked how Grafton chose to end this book and the introduction of the characte ...more
Darinda
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Kinsey Millhone is looking for who killed a young woman. The death occurred 10 months prior, but the grieving mother shows up at Kinsey's office because the police haven't found the killer. The young woman led a much seedier life than she led some to believe, and Kinsey gets a look into this life during the course of her investigation.

The 11th book in the Kinsey Millhone mystery series. This one was a little different than some of the earlier books, mainly because Kinsey no longer worked as an i
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Lisa
Sep 12, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
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Beverly
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, a-to-y-reread
This was crazy good. Grafton gets a bit twisty and dark in this installment. Kinsey has to make some hard choices, and then live with the consequences.

4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

On to L!
Quenya
I admit I have a soft spot for “cold” case mysteries and this book did not disappoint. From the first meeting Kinsey has with the victim’s mother, I was completely enamored with the case and couldn’t wait to see Kinsey get into it. Kinsey delves into this world of the “night” and it has a definite impact on her both emotionally and physically. She seems almost manic with times of extreme energy to times of extreme exhaustion but the big impact is on her emotions and her trip into the darkness. T ...more
Lydia Richards
Apr 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Well, it all was going well until the ending. Very disappointed how it turned out, automatically docks 2 stars just for that.
Linda
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good Kinsey Millhone story. I love how she never gives up and keeps nosing around until she gets somewhere. I didn't remember anything going in but did have an aha moment in the middle with who did it (and I was right! last time I had that moment I was wrong). As always good story telling and it was fun seeing Kinsey turn into a night person in this book.
Rishi Prakash
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After finishing my last book over a month, I had picked this book with one simple hope/expectation- the story/pace should be fast and furious!! It turned out exactly that so full marks to it on that account for bringing me out of boredom :-)!!

The language is fluid and eye for details in every thing is very impressive all through the book. The various characters developed leaves a mark for sure in their own way.

The book has all the elements to keep us engaged and build the excitement as it prog
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Dianne
Mar 16, 2010 rated it liked it
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 ?
Tad
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was really enjoying this book. I found the central mystery very compelling and liked that this one took Kinsey to my home of San Francisco, even if just briefly. Plus, there's some really great characters in this one. And of course, Kinsey herself continues to be a most fascinating character and one that I always enjoy spending time with. My problem with this book? The ending is so abrupt. It was like Grafton ran out of time and just decided to end it. There's no real conclusion here. Things j ...more
Elyse
I listened to this over 2 days and fell asleep at one point when Danielle got beat up. I lost about 20 minutes and decided not to go back. I didn't like this one as much. The subject matter wasn't really a big deal but I just didn't want to pay attention to it. I didn't like a lot of the characters and I also didn't like the deceased. And it ended VERY abruptly. It was just a weird kind of story. Dietz is briefly mentioned! I would like him to come back! Next book won't be for 6 weeks unless I A ...more
Steve Shilstone
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
D is for the life-giving detail Grafton supplies for her characters and settings.
Scoats
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another rock solid noir-ish one from Sue Grafton. I've read most of the series so far (well the ones my wife has) and have only been disappointed once.

Like reading an Erle Stanley Gardener Perry Mason novel, with Sue Grafton and Kinsey Millhone you know what you are going to get and that it will be a good ride.

We have a gap in the series; the next book we have is Q. Guess I'll have to renew my library card today.
PepperP0t
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
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
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Jaret
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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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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