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November 7, 2013

Book review: W is for Wasted feeds demands

NORMAN — Book: W is for Wasted (2013, Penguin Group)

Author: Sue Grafton

Why you should read: Author Sue Grafton is certainly no stranger to the limelight. Her flair for mystery has made her an international bestseller, and her readership spans across the world. Her latest and 23rd installment in the Kinsey Millhone series, “W is for Wasted,” feeds the demands of Grafton’s current fans while inviting newcomers at the same time. Santa Teresa, Calif., P.I. Kinsey Millhone is experiencing a lag in her work, until a dead man is found with a note in his pocket with her name on it.

To make matters more intriguing, the dead man, Terrence Dace, has left her his life savings — over half a million dollars. Soon, Millhone is on the hunt for answers, which leads her to three grown children the man disinherited, and all of whom want the money he left behind. Adding to the plot, a morally questionable fellow P.I. was murdered six months prior, and both deaths are initially figured to be unrelated. While incorporating Millhone’s own personal background into the story, the author takes readers on a slow-building journey to a satisfying end.

Grafton began writing this alphabet series in 1982. The first book, “A is for Alibi” began a continuing journey that is set to conclude in 2015. In “W is for Wasted,” Grafton provides everything previous readers will enjoy while expanding and exploring the main character, who is an engaging and likeable character. Grafton knows how to deal with the many layers of the story while keeping to the main issues at hand. “W is for Wasted” is an enjoyable read for any and all mystery lovers, and current fans of this long-running series will love Grafton’s latest work. For more information on this series, visit

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