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She heads off to meet Dietz's former client, Mrs. Selma Newquist, a devastated widow whose makeup tips seem to come from Tammy Faye Baker. Her husband Tom Newquist, a detective himself, had been working on a mysterious case when he abruptly died of a heart attack. Selma suspects foul play, but bless her, she isn't the brightest star in the sky and can't figure out what Tom was working on even though he's left behind enough paper to fill a recycling truck. Kinsey digs right in and roams the sleepy, one-horse town of Nota Lake for clues, interviewing a colorful cast of in-laws and locals. Beneath the quaint, quiet, country veneer, she unearths a bubbling hotbed of internal strife and familial double-dealing. Was Tom covering up for his partner? Is Selma protecting someone? Grafton's knack for gritty details and realistic characters ("[Selma's] skin tones suggested dark coloring, but her hair was a confection of white-blond curls, like a cloud of cotton candy"), coupled with the fast-paced, believable story line, makes for another delightful, entertaining read. --Rebekah Warren, Bestsellers editor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In "N" is for Noose, Kinsey is letting herself in for more than she can handle. Selma Newquist lost her husband in an untimely heart attack as he was driving home. Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by J. Kirkman
By now, Grafton's heroine, Kinsey Millhone, is well established amongst the ranks of female detectives. This book possibly isnlt the best of the series. Read morePublished on April 4 2004 by saliero
Kinsey has just come back from playing nurse to her sometime-lover Dietz who has undergone knee replacement surgery. Read morePublished on May 5 2003 by Karen Potts
Unlike the preceding 13 novels in this series, Millhone is having a week of rather bad hair days in this one and it shows. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2003
I think most of us here rate a book on the basis of our own tastes--what kinds of books we personally enjoy reading. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2002 by "mom2bacall"
I actually like the slow and frustrating investigation by Kinsey. The plot pulled me right in - all the agonizing twists and turns. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2002 by Puneet Tanwar
(audio version)That about sums up my reaction to most of this book. It was slow, overly descriptive (I fastforwarded through large sections without missing plot details... Read morePublished on July 29 2002
In this one she dumps the decrepit Dietz in Nevada and holds up her return to sunny Santa Theresa to solve a mystery in a hick town in the Sierra Nevada. Read morePublished on May 16 2002 by D. P. Birkett