5.0 out of 5 stars Where Fact and Fiction Meet
Sue Grafton has taken an unsolved murder from decades ago and used it as a basis for her latest alphabet mystery. Q deserves its place of honor in the Grafton alphabet. It is a terrific mystery with a complicated plot and the excellent characterizations readers have grown to expect from this writer. Q IS FOR QUARRY is a amazing accomplishment and I hope it helps solve...
Published on Nov 7 2002 by Ceci Marti
3.0 out of 5 stars MY FIRST GRAFTON DISAPPOINTMENT
EVERY YEAR, I EAGERLY AWAIT ANOTHER ENTRY IN SUE GRAFTON'S ALPHABET SERIES, BUT THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT THIS WAIT ENDED IN DISAPPOITMENT."Q IS FOR QUARRY" DRAGGED FROM THE VERY BEGINNING...IN FACT, IT WAS ALL I COULD DO TO JUST FINISH IT. WHEN IT ENDED, I REALIZED THAT I DIDN'T EVEN CARE WHO THE CULPRITS WERE...I JUST WANTED THE WHOLE THING OVER! I WILL...
Published on Oct 25 2002 by Pat Saylor
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Addiiton to the Alphabet Series,
This review is from: Q Is For Quarry (Mass Market Paperback)A worthy addition to Grafton's series and an interesting change of pace. Although it starts out slow, by the end of the book I was fascinated with the plot and characters and was sorry to see it end. I would not recommend this one to an uninitiated Grafton reader, but "A is for Alias" is the natural starting point anyway. The sideshow parts of the these novels such as Henry, Rosie, Diehl (when will he come back?), and Kinsey's lost family add a lot of charm and familiarity for the return reader. Kinsey Millhone continues to be an enigma that I enjoy getting to know better with each installment. I also find the historical timeline of the series very appealing. My being almost the same age as Kinsey makes the mid-eighties setting of the books and her late sixties coming of age a sentimental trip down memory lane for me.
4.0 out of 5 stars Q is for Quarry,
This review is from: Q Is For Quarry (Mass Market Paperback)I enjoyed this book. It isnt one of my favorites basically due to the "too tidy" ending. It wrapped up way to quick and easy in my opinion. I was hoping for a bit more on her family ties, yet those were left far behind about midway through the book. More will come up in her next novels, I am sure. I liked the idea of the cold case. It was interesting to go along for the ride on what little evidence they had and such a huge gap in time from the scene of the crime until present time.
4.0 out of 5 stars Q is For Quite Good!,
This review is from: Q Is for Quarry (Audio Cassette)Kinsey Milhone is up to her old tricks...eating at Rosie's, visiting with Henry and jogging in the wee hours. This time she has taken on two old "gentlemen" and they search for the killer of a young girl. The case is "cold" from 1969. The two men are a lesson plan in how not to live. Drinking, smoking and eating badly...they are a hoot. Kinsey's Aunt and cousin have entered her life and her grandmother looms large. as with all of the alphabet books, it's a delight. Kinsey is an original character and after all these years I feel she's a friend.
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing story that will have you wanting to read "R",
This review is from: Q is for Quarry (Hardcover)Americans have had a long long love affair with Kinsey Millhone, private investigator. The Sue Grafton creation has graced bestseller lists since her A IS FOR ALIBI premiere 16 letters ago. While other detectives have moved on to cell phones and Internet searches, Kinsey's still hacking away on pay phones and typewriters, her life frozen in the 1980s. She's a 37-year-old PI who comes pretty close to hardboiled, if that's possible in Santa Teresa, California. She's proven remarkably durable through books that tend to blend together in a nonetheless satisfying mix.
If you haven't already heard, here's the lowdown on Kinsey. Orphaned at age 5, divorced twice by her mid-20s and happily on her own these days save for dinners with her feisty octogenarian landlord, Kinsey pretty much does as she pleases. In Q IS FOR QUARRY, she accepts an assignment from a pair of near-retired police officers, Lieutenant Con Dolan and Detective Stacey Oliphant, who want to reopen a Jane Doe case left languishing for the last 18 years. Quicker than you can say "the butler did it," KinseyÂ¹s enmeshed in another adventure. The trio's legwork eventually leads them to the tiny town of Blythe, where the auto-shop-owning McPhee family becomes the center of the inquiry. Once the body has been identified, Kinsey sets about cracking the case, with another fatality to deal with along the way.
WhatÂ¹s grown familiar about Kinsey's tales --- well, aside from her frequent forays to McDonaldÂ¹s, refusal to accept her recently discovered extended family and general bull-headedness --- is the utter everydayness to them. Grafton doesn't have the gift for words of a Jonathan Franzen or a Sandra Cisneros, but she'll detail them to the death. We literally watch Kinsey's every move during the seven to 10 days it usually takes her to solve a case.
We're there when she brushes her teeth or brushes off suitors. We watch as she dresses for dinner or drools in her sleep. Unlike your garden-variety detective, Kinsey does laundry and "uses the facilities," as Grafton puts it. It's about as close to a slice-of-life as you can get.
The mystery element is always interesting in the Millhone books, which are clearly plot-driven. Many of the minute details Grafton includes as Kinsey observations turn out to be important; for example, the prison-standard tattoos on a lying inmate's arm. As Kinsey spends yet another few days in a strange town (she tends to frequent fleabag hotels in cities with 10 or so streets), she makes her share of friends and enemies. What helps keep this book amusing is the interaction between the introverted Kinsey and the two older detectives, both of them ill but still blustery. Their old-married-couple interaction has a true ring to it.
Grafton spends just enough time cracking Jane Doe's identity, not drawing it out too long. Once we know who the girl was, the suspect list narrows, but not by much. One problem I've always had with these books is that there sometimes aren't enough clues to turn you on to the killer --- "clues" that become clear only in retrospect or were never given to the reader in the first place. ItÂ¹s not really unsatisfying, but it is mildly annoying. Kinsey always ends up getting her man (or woman) in a bloody, life-endangering climax. Grafton cleans up the details in the books' epilogues.
What's unique about this book is that an actual corpse, an unsolved Santa Barbara homicide from 1969, inspired it. Though Grafton explains in the author's note that the characters are completely fiction, much of the material evidence is not. It's the first time Grafton's worked such a nonfiction angle in her book, and the story turns out intriguingly enough.
Will Kinsey Millhone ever join the cannon of great literary detectives like Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Javert, even Spenser? Nah. But that doesn't make her any less entertaining. Q IS FOR QUARRY satisfies all the Kinsey necessities, with a neatly wrapped finish and sass in between. HereÂ¹s hoping that R is for "Real Soon."
--- Reviewed by Toni Fitzgerald
1.0 out of 5 stars Description,
This review is from: Q is for Quarry (Hardcover)This book took me 4 days to plough through. Of over 380 pages don't think there was dialogue on 200. I felt it was a history of a lot of small towns in southern California and certainly didn't need the information about all the bars and restaurants.The same goes for the description of the characters, i.e. facial hair, etc as well as clothing and the conditons in their living quarters. The story line was weak and certainly not of the caliber of previous books. A disappointment.
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Fact and Fiction Meet,
This review is from: Q is for Quarry (Hardcover)Sue Grafton has taken an unsolved murder from decades ago and used it as a basis for her latest alphabet mystery. Q deserves its place of honor in the Grafton alphabet. It is a terrific mystery with a complicated plot and the excellent characterizations readers have grown to expect from this writer. Q IS FOR QUARRY is a amazing accomplishment and I hope it helps solve the actual unsolved murder at its base.
5.0 out of 5 stars "An entertaining series",
This review is from: Q is for Quarry (Hardcover)"O Is for Quarry" by Sue Grafton is an another entertaining story in this unique series. The characters are fun, the dialogue sharp and fast-pace, and, the plot exciting. A wonderful combination.
4.0 out of 5 stars Q is For Quarry,
This review is from: Q is for Quarry (Hardcover)Having read all of the Grafton books, I would say this is one of her better efforts. Perhaps, because it is based on an actual event. The reader will guess the culprits before Kinsey does, but she is busy learning about her own family back ground and maybe not paying enough attention to the investigation. She seems very trusting of the female characters she encounters which seems out of character for her.The two older policemen are an intersting addition to the book and very believable in their quest to close the file on this case. The book does not move as fast as other Grafton books, there is a lot of information about desert area in which the story is set, which is immaterial to the story; but interesting to know.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Q is for Quarry" worth waiting for,
This review is from: Q is for Quarry (Hardcover)"Q is for Quarry" by Sue Grafton
"Q is for Quarry" by Sue Grafton, is the seventeenth in her alphabetical series that began back in 1983 with "A is for Alibi." I think I might have broken some kind of record reading through them when I first discovered her books 3 years ago. I read them as I could get my hands on them...some in sequence and some out of sequence.
3.0 out of 5 stars MY FIRST GRAFTON DISAPPOINTMENT,
This review is from: Q is for Quarry (Hardcover)EVERY YEAR, I EAGERLY AWAIT ANOTHER ENTRY IN SUE GRAFTON'S ALPHABET SERIES, BUT THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT THIS WAIT ENDED IN DISAPPOITMENT."Q IS FOR QUARRY" DRAGGED FROM THE VERY BEGINNING...IN FACT, IT WAS ALL I COULD DO TO JUST FINISH IT. WHEN IT ENDED, I REALIZED THAT I DIDN'T EVEN CARE WHO THE CULPRITS WERE...I JUST WANTED THE WHOLE THING OVER! I WILL CONTINUE TO BUY ANY BOOKS WRITTEN BY SUE GRAFTON...AS DISAPPOINTED AS I WAS IN THIS ONE, SHE HAS A GREAT TRACK RECORD!
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