Friday, September 5, 2014

Review: W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton

Title: W is for Wasted
Author: Sue Grafton
Year Published: 2013

Genre: YA fiction
Pages: 433
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2014 Google Reading map): USA (California)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): The first victim was a local PI of suspect reputation who'd been gunned down near the beach in Santa Teresa. The other body was found on the beach six weeks later--a homeless man with Kinsey Millhone's name and number written on a slip of paper in his pants pocket. Two seemingly unrelated deaths: one man murdered, the other apparently dead of natural causes.

But as Kinsey digs deeper into the mystery of the John Doe, some very strange links begin to emerge. Not just between the two victims, but also to Kinsey's past. And before long Kinsey, through no fault of her own, is thoroughly compromised....

Review: Kinsey Millhone mystery number 23!! I always know what I am getting into when I begin one of Sue Grafton's books; I know Kinsey Millhone, the main character; I know Santa Teresa (it's based on Santa Barbara where I live); and I know the peripheral characters. This is comfortable and I like it.

Kinsey is smart, interesting, and tenacious. She is also casual and honest. Her mysteries always end up intertwining with other things that are going on in Kinsey's life and the author manages to incorporate real stuff going on in Santa Barbara.

This mystery is a good one involving the issue of homelessness, drug testing, drug trials, and whistle blowers. If you enjoy a good mystery, snap this one up and enjoy!

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