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on January 31, 2001
Lorna Kepler was found dead in cottage - probably murdered, but this cannot be easily established as it was weeks before her body was discovered and most evidence had been destroyed by then, decomposed. Janice, Lorna's mother comes to Kinsey Millhone looking for answers.
At first glance Lorna seems to be an ordinary sort of girl, early 20's, had a job at the Water Treatment plant - but then Janice pulls out a tape which she has been sent - it seems Lorna led a darker life for the tape is a pornographic and there is Lorna in it, large as life. Not only that, it seems that for someone who worked just 20 hours a week in a clerical job she had amassed quite a fortune, half a million dollars no less. Janice is convinced her daughter didn't die of natural causes, and now she wants to find out. And who sent her the video? and why?
It seems Lorna liked living on the edge - she was a high-priced call-girl and Kinsey must start her investigations in the seamy world of adult movies, and with Lorna's friend Danielle, another prostitute.
Kinsey has to sift through the evidence, the two older sisters who clearly didn't like Lorna much; there is Lorna's landlord and his jealous wife; perhaps someone who made the pornographic film; or even one of Lorna's clients. The evidence constantly conflicts and Kinsey must sift through the evidence and alibis to find out just what happened to Lorna and why. Behind all this is there seems to be a darker element lurking, the hint of something underworld.
Kinsey is definitely my favourite female detective, she makes addictive reading.
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on February 11, 2003
Lorna Kepler has been dead for 10 months and the police have not come up with any answers as to why that will satisfy her mother Janice. There is no proof of murder, but also there's no other evidence as to how she died. Janice goes to Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone to find out what really happened to her daughter. As Kinsey probes into Lorna's past, she finds out that she was involved in a lot of unsavory activities. She also suffered from some health problems that might have contributed to her death. Kinsey places all of Lorna's associates and friends on her list of suspects and her investigation takes her into some pretty seedy places and situations. The reader remains as puzzled as Kinsey as to who the actual perpetrator is. When the killer's identity is revealed there are a few interesting plot twists and Kinsey begins to wonder what true justice is. Also all of the loose ends are not tied up neatly as in most of the Kinsey Millhone books, and some questions remain, even after the last page. This is an interesting addition to Sue Grafton's widely-read series.
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on May 20, 1999
Kinsey finds herself taking a new case- the death of a beautiful, young woaman named Lorna Kepler. The death occurred almost a year before her mother asks for Kinseys' assistance, and the "trail" is certainly not hot, but she offers to take a look around. The mother hands Kinsey a video, believing it has something to do with her daughter death. The movie is "pure smut" as the mother describes it. She travels to many places to uncover the truth, and when the truth finally is revealed, it makes some unexpected truths.
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on February 27, 2000
I liked this Grafton book quite a bit. I have only been reading her books for a year or two, because I'm only 12, but this is easyly one of my favories, because the story was so interesting, and, for once, her case gets her to feel something for some of the other people. And the charactures she creates are really interesting also. I would definetly recomend this book to ANYONE who likes mysterys, with a twist.
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on December 12, 1998
I am a big fan of Sue Grafton's mystery novels. This is a book that was very hard to put down. The plot is very deep and unpredictable, it will keep you asking questions right through to the last few pages. As always, the witty Kinsey Millhone keeps you amused with her sarcasm and cleverness.
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on September 13, 1998
Ever since I got a chance to read the 'A' I just can't wait to read the next one and because of the easy writing-style, the books are also fun to read on holiday, even for the 3rd or 4rd time! This book is just as amusing and with just an unexpected ending like any other one!
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on October 12, 1998
This book shows Kinsey at her smart, tough best, and throws in sensitivity and introspection. The characters are well-developed. The 'night world' that Kinsey explores is almost a character in itself. Only a too-quick resolution keeps this from 5 stars.
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on May 13, 1997
The book is really interesting. It's exciting and scary. The author has a way of making it an interesting book to the reader. She wants the reader to keep on reading with a lot of suspense. I would recommend this book to a reader who likes mystery books
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on March 31, 1999
I thought this novel took Kinsey in an interesting, darker directions than the other novels. The mystery was also very compelling. It was a nice change in the usually light-hearted series.
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on October 8, 2015
Very good read.
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