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"W is for Wasted" - latest Kinsey Millhone story

Updated on September 22, 2014

W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton

Cover Art of the Book
Cover Art of the Book | Source

Sue Grafton has produced another "winner" in her much-awarded series of Alphabet Mysteries starring one of my favorite private detectives, of all time: Kinsey Millhone. As we approach "the end" of the series, we find Kinsey becoming more involved with the family from which she has long been estranged.

"W is for Wasted" provides yet another curious twist in the way Grafton presents her story here. While much is the same, the approach is always fresh, and usually refreshing. This story is really "two stories in one" we are promised. Two dead men are found, seemingly totally independent. We are promised the two stories will come together. I won't spoil that for you here.

The coroner at the Morgue in Santa Teresa calls Kinsey to identify one of the bodies - because it had her name and phone number in his pocket when they found him, a homeless man, in a sleeping bag, on the beach. She does not recognize him, but agrees to do some sleuthing to attempt to establish an identity. Her curiosity moves her forward where her better sense says to step away - anything familiar here?

A tentative identity is reached, with the aid of some fellow homeless, and a key to a safe deposit box is located that is his. On opening the box, with all legal requirements met, among other things, is his will - leaving Kinsey a substantial amount of money while cutting out his own children - and two photos of the man, as a child, with his favorite uncle: Kinsey's father.

I'd better stop here. You will want to read it for yourself. Especially if you are a Kinsey fan - like I am!

Sue Grafton's prior book...

V is for Vengeance is also excellent… you will like it, as well.

V is for Vengeance: A Kinsey Millhone Novel
V is for Vengeance: A Kinsey Millhone Novel

The last Alphabet Mystery before W. Have you read it yet?


I always enjoy seeing Sue talk about her books

Even more about Sue Grafton, the author.

The first alphabet book is still a great read!!

Do you have a favorite among the Alphabet Mysteries?

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    • DrBillSmithWriter profile image

      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Joanne Reid: Me too! ;-)

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      Joanne Reid 4 years ago from Prince Edward Island/Arizona

      I loved Grafton from the very first page of A is for Alibi.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I have loved all of these books ... and I haven't read this one, yet. I'll have to get it!

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      Wingersiow LM 4 years ago

      Sue Grafton, alongside Ian rankin, is my favourite author.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      It sounds like the type of mystery novel I could really delve into.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This does sound interesting and I have heard of Sue Grafton. Maybe I'll pick up one or two of her books.

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      ayannavenus 4 years ago

      Had never heard of this author, thanks for sharing will be adding the series to my book list!