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3.00027455012853 out of 53.00027455012853 out of 53.00027455012853 out of 53.00027455012853 out of 53.00027455012853 out of 5 3.00 (19,450 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sue Grafton Narrator: Judy Kaye Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries Release Date: April 2004 ISBN: 9780739316269
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Wendell Jaffe looks great for a dead man! He’s been six feet under for five years ago—until his former insurance agent spots him at a dusty resort bar in Mexico. Now California Fidelity wants its insurance money back. Can P.I. Kinsey Millhone get on the case?

Just two months earlier, Jaffe’s widow pocketed $500,000 in insurance benefits after Jaffe went overboard. Was his “pseudocide” a last-ditch effort to do right by his beloved wife? Perhaps. But how would that explain the new woman in Jaffe’s second life?

Kinsey is in for the long haul as she delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Jaffe’s life and death…and discovers that, in family matters as in crime, sometimes it's better to reserve judgment…

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 9/22/2016

    " It's one of my favs "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Park | 2/18/2014

    " Grafton has a talent for coming up with a lot of different twists in plots. This one was a very good read that held to the end, which was nothing like I expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Engram | 2/16/2014

    " I am really enjoying this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grandma | 2/12/2014

    " The Kinsey Millhone mysteries are fun reads. Kinsey is a private investigator with a sense of humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasha | 2/1/2014

    " I really like her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 1/30/2014

    " Enjoyable light read. Grafton adds a bit more depth to this one with the theme of family and alienation within one's own family. We get to know Kinsey a bit better here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/25/2014

    " I thought this was one of the better Kinsey Millhone books. The story line is more complex than some of the books in this series and there is a nice parallel with Kinsey examining her beliefs about her own family while investigating her case that also has a lot to do with family and relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/19/2014

    " So sad - I'd caught up to the rest of the public who has to wait 1-2 years between books! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Renee | 1/12/2014

    " Mediocre at best. I think this is the one I read. It was a gift. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 1/3/2014

    " Liked the ending of this one. You never know ............maybe???? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April Adkins lemmert | 12/26/2013

    " I love series. I can't help it, I get sucked in. I was at my daughter's swim meet and a mom was reading V for Vendetta. Well, I knew I couldn't start there and so it started. I read A for alibi and was hooked. Kinsey is a relatable hero and even when I finally got to V- I wanted more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 12/24/2013

    " Kinsey searches for a man who supposedly died 7 years ago. She finds him in Mexico and has to track him to California. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 12/24/2013

    " Good escapist reading. I enjoy Grafton's writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elvis | 12/22/2013

    " This is really a good one. Loved it loved the storyline HATED THE ENDING! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 12/9/2013

    " Typical Sue Grafton mystery. Always easy to get into the story and a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/7/2013

    " I love Kinsey! She's hilarious!!! Can't wait to see what happens next! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peg | 10/22/2013

    " Good summer reading - always fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 8/5/2013

    " Not as action-packed or suspenseful, but still an enjoyable read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 7/25/2013

    " I have been working my way thorugh Sue Grafton's A to U mysteries featuring Kinsey Millhone detective for a while and think this is one of the best I have read. I still like quirky Kinsey, and liked the plot, and characters in this novel plus we find out more about Kinsey. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard | 5/25/2013

    " What can I say - the reason I like this book will remain a mystery. This is the one where she finds out she has cousins and with the nicely named boat "The Lord Stanley". Read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helena | 2/2/2013

    " Another one in the series where there are no mobile fones and she is sort of in love with here very elderly landlord.Charming .A quick happy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 11/21/2012

    " As with all of the others, I loved this one. Kinsey is such a likeable character, and the stories are so believable. I can not wait to start the next one! I worry about what will happen when she finishes the alphabet...hope she keeps Kinsey alive in other books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kendra | 1/21/2012

    " This by far has been my least favorite of this series. It was actually kinda boring and took A LONG time for me to get through compared to the others I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharal Hunter | 9/7/2011

    " Good story but didn't end at all the way I expected it to. I enjoyed the offshoot into Kinsey's family history and expect more on this will develop in future books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 9/1/2011

    " Very good book!!!!! Once again she has done it....... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Van Slyke | 8/24/2011

    " My first Grafton book and my last. I was disappointed. In particular I didn't like the fact that she made up her locations. Seemed lazy to me rather than doing the research to find out what these places were really like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley FL | 5/27/2011

    " this feels like a shift in direction for this series, somehow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 5/8/2011

    " Kinsey embarks on another interesting mystery, but my favorite part is actually about her own life and family. There are some interesting developments in this book.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 4/11/2011

    " Another Sue Grafton classic. I am so caught up in Kinsey's p.i. work and then her mysterious family surfaces much to her surprise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 4/7/2011

    " Very good book!!!!! Once again she has done it....... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meredith | 3/27/2011

    " Not too crazy about this one, although I am a fan of the series...maybe she is losing her edge as she edges down the alphabet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 3/26/2011

    " I have been working my way thorugh Sue Grafton's A to U mysteries featuring Kinsey Millhone detective for a while and think this is one of the best I have read. I still like quirky Kinsey, and liked the plot, and characters in this novel plus we find out more about Kinsey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 3/4/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this book but each time I put it down, I'd end up thinking about one character or another who up to something that seemed really improbable. Sometimes improbable actions tie in at the end, but not here. Still, it was a fun read, perhaps better all at one gulp. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Readstoomuch | 2/20/2011

    " Every one of Grafton's books is my new favorite of hers. Loved J is for Judgment . . . terrific and masterful plot!

    Ummmm . . . I wonder what she is meaning in her epilog???? Guess that I will find out as I continue into the alphabet!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 2/13/2011

    " Liked the ending of this one. You never know ............maybe???? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thenerdmom | 12/31/2010

    " I read all the books in this series. They are nothing earth-shattering and after reading a few, you can see the formula. But I like the Kinsey character and they are easy and fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 12/28/2010

    " Audiobook-
    "J"ust gotta "K"eep on with this series ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 12/27/2010

    " Yet another wonderful Sue Grafton mystery. Love to listen to Kinsey's thought processes as she solves her cases. There is also very little violence in this one so a good read for those who don't care for blood and gore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 12/18/2010

    " Book #119 for the 2010 52 Books in 52 Week Ravelry Challenge.

    What a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curlyhair | 12/14/2010

    " One of the best stories so far I think "

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About the Author
Author Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton is a New York Times bestselling author published in twenty-eight countries and twenty-six languages. She began her alphabet series in 1982, and they have become international bestsellers, with readership in the millions. Like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Grafton has earned new respect for the mystery form. Readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling prowess. She has been named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and is a recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award.

About the Narrator

Judy Kaye is a singer and actress best known for her long runs in Broadway musicals, including The Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, and Mamma Mia! In 2012, she earned a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway musical Nice Work If You Can Get it. She has also appeared in numerous plays and operas.