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Review: W is for Wasted

October 11, 2013

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.

Review copy provided by Penguin Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
22 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2013 4:58 am

    I like Kinsey Millhone, but I won’t miss it when it comes to an end. The last few books have been too dull.

  2. sandynawrot permalink
    October 11, 2013 6:32 am

    I went on a bender when Grafton was around P I think…read them all. And I loved them! But I kinda lost steam, and honestly I think I may be behind a couple at this point. it is hard to keep up the momentum after so much time. Grafton needs to change things up, shock us a little I think.

  3. October 11, 2013 6:59 am

    I have yet to read a Sue Grafton book but have several on my shelf to start! I’ve read about her pushing all the way to Z and how hard it is…perhaps she’s having a hard time keeping the momentum going.

  4. October 11, 2013 7:21 am

    I read them as they came out through H or I and then I stopped. Not for any reason — I like Kinsey and Henry and the others, but I got distracted. I want to read the last few in the series.

  5. October 11, 2013 8:27 am

    Haven’t read any of these, but always loved the “alphabet series” idea!

  6. Beth Hoffman permalink
    October 11, 2013 10:30 am

    It must be a daunting task for a writer to commit to 26 novels. I can’t imagine it. I’ve read a few of Sue Grafton’s books and really enjoyed them, but for some reason haven’t picked one up in eons.

  7. Patty permalink
    October 11, 2013 10:55 am

    I wonder what she will do next…people didn’t seem to really love this one.

  8. October 11, 2013 12:13 pm

    I’m listening to this on audio right now, and I’m glad to hear the two cases do eventually converge!

  9. lab1990 permalink
    October 11, 2013 1:26 pm

    It’s kind of cool you’ve read these books for such a long time!

    Lauren from

  10. October 11, 2013 3:17 pm

    I have never read her books…thanks for the advice.

    Nice review.

  11. October 11, 2013 5:08 pm

    I just couldn’t get into these.

  12. October 11, 2013 5:17 pm

    Kathy, thanks for your honest review. I’ve never read anything by Sue Grafton, but I’ve seen her name on many covers.

  13. October 11, 2013 6:08 pm

    I really liked this one. I wasn’t fond of the one dealing with elder abuse, or the one about the “Jane Doe” — found those too disturbing. I think my favorite ones, and I’ve read them all, were way in the beginning: “B” and “D”. Once she’s finished, it would be fun to see them in a couple of seasons on television. 🙂 – beth beth’s book-nook blog

  14. October 11, 2013 10:08 pm

    Ooh, Sue Grafton! Her books are always on my list – this sounds like a fun series to read and follow.

  15. October 11, 2013 10:17 pm

    I am just over half way through V is for Vengeance and it’s been a while since I’ve read a Kinsey novel so I am having fun with it. I didn’t realize that she had already released W! For me the books are extra fun since Santa Teresa is really Santa Barbara, the town where I live. It’s great to know the approximate part of town she is referring to as the street names are definitely versions of our real streets, parts of town, etc

  16. October 11, 2013 10:17 pm

    I wonder what “X is for _” will be! It’s hard to keep these long running series fresh.

  17. October 12, 2013 8:24 am

    I had the same thing happen as Candace. One of these days I’ll start again!

  18. October 12, 2013 6:25 pm

    I’ve never read a book by Grafton, and since I’d have to start at “A”, I’d have a lot of catching up to do.

  19. October 12, 2013 7:07 pm

    honestly, I read one of her novels early on because my dad swore by her but I just couldn’t get into the series

  20. October 14, 2013 12:36 pm

    I’ve never been interested in this series, but I know some people who love it. I can imagine it would be hard to produce 26 must-reads, so I’m not surprised there are some winners and losers in the bunch.

  21. bookingmama permalink
    October 17, 2013 6:41 am

    I had very similar feelings about this one. Won’t stop me from reading X though!

  22. October 22, 2013 9:57 pm

    I read A last year and liked it, Maybe I need to do a Kinsey marathon 🙂

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