Q Is for Quarry Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Unabridged
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Private investigator Kinsey Millhone has served Sue Grafton well through 16 letters of the alphabet in a perennially popular series that occasionally breaks new ground but more often traverses familiar territory, as is the case here. Two old, ailing cops--one retired, the other disabled--try to breathe some life into an 18-year-old mystery that haunts them both for different reasons. They enlist Kinsey's help in identifying the victim, a young woman who was murdered and left for dead in the old quarry of the title. Neither they nor Kinsey expect that reopening an old case will incite the killer to strike again--not once, but twice. And while the real case of the still-unidentified victim that inspired this fictionalized scenario continues to languish in the cold case file in the Santa Barbara sheriff's office, Grafton's solution is as plausible as any. While the unlikely trio of Millhone and her cranky geezer sidekicks offers a few chuckles, the inner reaches of Kinsey's soul remain largely inaccessible to her as well as to the reader, which will probably not bother most of Kinsey's or Grafton's many admirers. --Jane Adams --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Although this latest Kinsey Millhone novel features all of Grafton's tried and true elements of suspense and humor, there's something unusual here: the story-of an unsolved homicide that occurred in 1969-is based on a real event. Grafton became interested in this case, of an unidentified white female whose decomposed body was discovered near a California quarry. While Grafton was writing the novel, Jane Doe's body was exhumed and a forensic artist did the facial reconstruction, in the hopes that seeing the victim's image might trigger someone's memory. Kinsey is pulled into working on the case when her old friend Con Dolan asks for her help as a favor, to help Stacey Oliphant, an aging, ailing policeman, fulfill his dream of solving the mystery of Jane Doe's murder. There's not much to go on, as the case has been cold for years, yet the trio-Kinsey, Dolan and Stacey-persevere; slowly, leads begin to turn up. Kaye gives a fine performance. While she's well accustomed to reading Kinsey (she's been the audiobook reader for the entire series) and performs that part with gusto here, she also deftly handles the craggy old voices of Dolan and Stacey (although at times it's hard to distinguish between them). By turns sassy, professional and heartbreaking, her portrayal of Grafton's beloved heroine will delight fans.
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Actually, there are quite a few departures from the typical KM story. Very little action takes place in Santa Teresa (the Santa Barbara of Grafton's fictionalized Southern California). Instead, the reader is treated to exotic locales like Lompoc and Blythe (real cities, and the reader would do well to follow the action with a AAA map). Kinsey's family makes another appearance, with another layer of onion skin being removed (if you like her family you probably enjoy the revelation of each new layer; if you don't care for them you probably wish Grafton would take a more "yank the band-aid off" approach instead of this delicate approach). It seems to me that Kinsey was missing a lot of her spark; given the number of people who lie to her, she remains oddly calm throughout the story (she doesn't even make a sarcastic aside about what the "Oceanview Motel" is doing in the middle of the desert).Read more ›
Teamed ironically with two elderly cops, the ones who had originally found the woman's body, Kinsey sets out to discover both the identity of the victim and her killer who dumped the body in an old quarry.
Sue Grafton's 17th suspense novel in the `alphabet series' is filled with unexpected twists and turns, not to mention infused with Grafton's wry sense of humor. I loved the quirky relationship between the two old cops, Dolan and Oliphant! Amidst a story of tragic death and horrific murder, they were a great addition and added definite comic relief.
I would have like to see Kinsey's past delved into a bit more, but Grafton is the Queen of `dangling the carrot'. I'll be sure to read the next one (although I'm a bit behind in my reading as I'm busy writing my own novels). It's going to be a sad day when Sue Grafton finally gets to the letter `Z'.
~Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Kinsey's still too much "lawn-order" for my sensibilities, but I suppose that's consistent with what she does for a living. At least she acts intelligently in this book, not with the abysmal stupidity of P IS FOR PERIL, and it's a good read, with a plot based loosely on an unsolved case of the 1960s. I'm sure I wasn't the only reader who felt compassion for the unknown real-life Jane Doe, murdered so many years ago, and the family from whom she permanently disappeared.
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“Q is for Quarry” has many of the enjoyable elements of the other books in the alphabet series. They evoke a great sense of time and place (the crime in Q takes place in the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by westcoast
I've recently re-read books M through Q, and have to say Q is for Quarry is a favourite. The second time around I noticed all the Q words Grafton sprinkled through the pages, from... Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2009 by La Raine
I've read all of these except the new one, "R", at this point. Obviously, I like them. I think "Q Is For Quarry" is a perfectly respectable specimen of the... Read morePublished on July 19 2004
I've mostly enjoyed the Alphabet series, but Sue Grafton's last few books have been darker and darker. Read morePublished on June 24 2004 by L. Baumgartner
I read a lot. I enjoy mysteries. After finally getting around to reading a book by Sue Grafton, I have to say that I'm utterly disappointed. Read morePublished on June 10 2004
*****WARNING: THERE MAY BE A SPOILER*****
First, the good things about this, the 17th outing for Kinsey Millhone:
* the setting is excellent. Read more
I really enjoyed this mystery. It's been a while since I enjoyed an American female writer's series... Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by K. L Sadler
...and Q is for Quarry is not the best of the best of this Grafton series, but it's pretty darn good. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by Mary Smithers