Review: W is for Wasted
The police contact private investigator Kinsey Millhone after they find her name and phone number in the pocket of a homeless man who’s been murdered. She doesn’t know him and, at first glance, doesn’t see a connection between the two of them.
An old PI friend comes to visit Kinsey, upset because someone Kinsey referred to him hasn’t paid his bill. Kinsey didn’t refer the man to her friend, though, and now he’s turned up dead. With her personality, Kinsey can’t leave things alone and starts looking for answers. What she finds surprises her and changes her life.
I’ve been reading Sue Grafton‘s Kinsey Mllhone books for over twenty years so it’s always a treat when a new one comes out. Reading them is like visiting with old friends because I’ve developed a fondness for Kinsey, her landlord Henry, and many of the other characters in the “Alphabet Series.” Having said all of that, W is for Wasted wasn’t my favorite book in the series. Maybe I was anticipating it too much, but I thought it got bogged down in details and it took too long to tie the two cases together. I still liked the book a great deal but have enjoyed others in the series more. If you’re a fan of the series, you’ll want to read this book; if you’ve never tried the series, I recommend starting with another title.