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3.00010398505604 out of 53.00010398505604 out of 53.00010398505604 out of 53.00010398505604 out of 53.00010398505604 out of 5 3.00 (16,060 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sue Grafton Narrator: Mary Peiffer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9780739359136
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Lorna Kepler was beautiful and willful, a loner who couldn't resist flirting with danger. Maybe that’s what killed her.

Her death had raised a host of tough questions. The cops suspected homicide, but they could find neither motive nor suspect. Even the means were mysterious: Lorna’s body was so badly decomposed when it was discovered that they couldn’t be certain she hadn’t died of natural causes. In the way of overworked cops everywhere, the case was gradually shifted to the back burner and became another unsolved file.

Only Lorna’s mother kept it alive, consumed by the certainty that somebody out there had gotten away with murder.

In the ten months since her daughter’s death, Janice Kepler had joined a support group, trying to come to terms with her loss and her anger. It wasn’t helping. And so, leaving a session one evening and noticing a light on in the offices of Millhone Investigations, she knocked on the door.

In answering that knock, Kinsey Millhone is pulled into the netherworld of un-avenged murder, where only a pact with the devil will satisfy the restless ghosts of the victims and give release to the living they have left behind.

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  • “Grafton has brought back the warm wit, idiosyncratic charm, and high-speed energy that made Kinsey Millhone such a hit.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 aPriL MEOWS often with scratching | 2/17/2014

    " Kinsey has always pushed the envelope, but this time she fully departs the light for darkness. While heading towards her departure gate from playful imp to angry nemesis she meets people who all could have done it. Unusual for the author, this was curiously heavy handed and sparse in plotting, more like a first book. Still, it's a pretty good overall series, and this is a pivotal case for Kinsey, I think, in her self-development. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 2/14/2014

    " Live Kinsey Milhone.....will read every one. A fun read with characters you met in the beginning of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/13/2014

    " Really got sucked into this. Love Kinsey Millhone. Love the universe. Love the normalness of the mystery and the detective work. Very human and relatable. Abrupt ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marsha | 2/11/2014

    " I couldn't keep up with it. This one was a little disappointing to me. I usually love her books. Maybe the next one will be better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 2/1/2014

    " I started reading this series over 15 years ago and they have been competently written throughout and while there was a dip in quality around 'P' or so, it is back up to snuff. Kinsey has changed in some ways over time, as you would expect given her aging, but also remained true to her values. Not getting irritating either, which is a risk for this type of series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 1/30/2014

    " As usual, Sue Grafton, writes a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 1/22/2014

    " Late one night Kinsey Millhone lets Janice Kepler into her office. Janice wants someone to look into the death of her daughter Lorna Kepler. Janice was sure Lorna was murdered, but the police never came up with any suspects. This investigation has Kinsey becoming noctural and rubbing elbows will all sorts of people while she tries to reconstruct the life of Lorna in order to shed some light on her death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francie | 1/16/2014

    " I've been slowly making my way through Sue Grafton's alphabet mysteries, which I initially read as I cared for my infant daughter through middle of the night feedings almost three decades ago. Since I don't remember anything other than how much I enjoyed Kinsey Millhone, I've returned to this series to reacquaint myself with the delightful and determined PI and follow her through to the end of the alphabet. "K is for Killer" is a deeper, darker book than its predecessors. As Kinsey wrestles with untangling the many threads of the cold case of Lorna Kepler's murder, she must also wrestle with the limitations of our justice system vs. the obligation to seek justice on behalf of the dead. Grafton's prose is richer in this novel as she delves into the moral dilemmas Kinsey faces. Rosie and Henry are practically absent from this novel, but the people who dominate the night life of Santa Teresa show Grafton's talent for creating fascinating and full-bodied minor characters while continuing to develop her main character. I'm looking forward to the next books in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 1/15/2014

    " Not so much, but Kinsey is always entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thenerdmom | 1/14/2014

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denise | 1/7/2014

    " Horrible ending...it's like she ran out of time & didn't finish the book properly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/6/2014

    " This was a good book to listen to on CD. I always enjoy the antics of the spunky PI, Kinsey Milhone. Investigating a murder after dark though led to lots of insomnia both for the author and me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 12/29/2013

    " Another good read by Sue Grafton. I never saw this ending coming. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tucki Bailey | 12/29/2013

    " This is the last one I read. Too redundant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kricket | 12/19/2013

    " in which kinsey investigates the murder of lorna keppler, a high class prostitute. her friend danielle finally gives her a decent haircut. kinsey may or may not get involved with the mob. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mishka | 12/4/2013

    " Really enjoyed this one...sad to think that I only have one more before I am caught up on the series... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 10/24/2013

    " This was a good enough continuation of the series, but I didn't find the mystery quite as engaging, nor did I feel the ending really came together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 9/28/2013

    " Entertaining and a quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kacie | 9/17/2013

    " I just couldn't get into this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarra | 3/14/2013

    " Originally read in the 1990s; re-read in November 2007. Aside from the rushed and unsatisfying ending, this is one of my favorite Kinsey books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae | 2/19/2013

    " We learn a bit more about Kinsey's family background in this alphabet mystery. I'm getting tired of the series, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerald Nusbaum | 1/17/2013

    " I was reading this one to catch up on the alphabet stories. it is as good as her other ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 1/7/2013

    " Kinsey becomes a night owl to investigate the death of a night owl. The passage when she talks finance with a teenage hooker and the other passage with a hooker that only speaks in rhymes are to laugh out loud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 8/27/2012

    " Reread this and loved it. Grafton is so amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 4/10/2012

    " See A is for Alibi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K | 3/7/2012

    " Kinsey hits another home run. Love "the alphabet books". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 2/11/2012

    " One of my fave Milhone's. Very Twin Peakish in that a popular high school student is murdered and then found to have had secret life. In investigating, Kinsey slowly becomes a creature of the night, sleeping all day and hanging with people working during night shifts (radio DJs, hookers, etc.). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayle Kee | 1/23/2012

    " This read a little slower than her others. There was not much going on in this book and I was disappointed as she is such a good writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 12/26/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 10/8/2011

    " This is a good, suspense-filled detective series. Be aware the series has strong language and adult situations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margiek2000 | 5/24/2011

    " I thought the title should be "K" is for Kirkendall — but since she's the author, she got to chose Killer. Great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 5/6/2011

    " This was a good enough continuation of the series, but I didn't find the mystery quite as engaging, nor did I feel the ending really came together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/30/2011

    " With the exception of one, I have loved all these Kinsey Malhone books. Looking forward to the next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 4/17/2011

    " I sarted with Sue Grafton's A is for Alibi and now K is for Killer....always entertaining and keeps me guessing right to the end. I plan to keep going with the alphabet and the Kinsey Millhone privite investigator series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/11/2011

    " This series is a wonderful escape into mystery and getting to know our Kinsey Millhone's family drama. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 4/8/2011

    " Kinsey seems to just stumble on the solution to one murder after another, and to move through life without connection to another human being. The ending to this book was a little abrupt and not very satisfying in my opinion. "

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

    " I had a hard time trying to figure out who the killer was... Damn good book!!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C | 3/26/2011

    " ok. Nothing astounding. Quick read with likable characters.

    Female private investigator is hired to investigate the death of a young woman who was a part time admin assistant and a high end escort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Readstoomuch | 3/3/2011

    " Another great read from Sue & Kinsey! Thanks girls!! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/18/2011

    " This was a good book to listen to on CD. I always enjoy the antics of the spunky PI, Kinsey Milhone. Investigating a murder after dark though led to lots of insomnia both for the author and me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/21/2011

    " Another good Kinsey Milhone murder mystery. Didn't know who did it till the very end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 1/3/2011

    " Audiobook-
    "L"ittle "l"ight at the end , but "L"ove Kinsey ! "

  • 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 Nancy | 12/18/2010

    " Book #121 for the 2010 52 Books in 52 Week Ravelry Challenge.

    What a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loren | 12/12/2010

    " Reading Sue Grafton never, ever gets old. "

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