Sue Grafton’s “W is for Wasted” Offers Something Different for Millhone and Readers

Written by on September 17, 2013 in Mystery Book of the Month, Mystery Series with 2 Comments

Sue-Grafton-W-is-for-WastedThe latest in the Kinsey Millhone alphabet mysteries is finally here. W is for Wasted offers the readers something different. Even though we are still following the independent private investigator through a murder, we see a different look.

Sue Grafton and the Alphabet Mystery Series

Starting this series in 1988, author Sue Grafton promised 26 mysteries involving the tough, independent private investigator Kinsey Millhone. Although, the author struggled a bit in mid-alphabet, she came back strong. Now, we are up to W and nearing the conclusion of the series. If you are one who has followed the entire series from the beginning like I have, the latest installment will be a bit different than you are used to.

W is for Wasted Review

I have followed Sue Grafton and Kinsey Millhone from the beginning. I may not have found every single one of the series to be fabulous, but I have enjoyed each. W is for Wasted is different. Yes, Kinsey Millhone is still the independent private investigator, but she faces a new challenge in this installment. She faces some of her own shortcomings, in particular her lonely life.

Sue Grafton goes deeper in this novel. Millhone is asked to identify the body of a John Doe who has her name and phone number in his pocket. A man she has never seen in her life. That’s not the only body she;s asked to identify at the morgue. The other is a shady PI that she knows well, but has little respect for. So the mystery surrounds the John Doe, but in her investigation, Millhone delves into the world of the homeless, seedy and unfortunate fringes of society.

Although we are looking at a bleaker world, and go without the usual wise-cracking humor of Millhone, Sue Grafton does not disappoint with her incredible characterizations, great settings and wonderful attention to detail. She still weaves a plot that grabs us from beginning to end.

For me, the dip into this world was both interesting and alarming. Millhone faces her own loneliness as she sees the world of teenage runaways, homeless people and the suffering of the lonely. We get more than just a murder, but a look into the emotions of Millhone. W is for Wasted was a great advancement for the series.

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About the Author: Avid reader of all in the mystery genre for more than 30 years. Over the past several years, I have been part of the review team for pre-release mystery fiction. My experience includes review and evaluation of mystery genre manuscripts for new authors. Clearly, mysteries are my passion when it comes to novel reading. .


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  1. Mandee says:

    Okay, I’m hooked! As soon as I finish my current book from a series, I will check out Sue Grafton and the alphabet series! This one sounds great but I will need to start at the beginning!

  2. Cynthia says:

    Sounds like a gripping plot. I am quite intrigued by your review.

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