Thelynx, March 11, 2007 (view all comments by Thelynx)
S is for Silence – Sue Grafton: Thirty-five years ago, an abused and promiscuous wife disappears. Her dysfunctional daughter hires a detective to learn the truth. Is her mom alive or did her father kill her? Detective Kinsey Millhon begins a search into the past which proves for good train reading. The chapters are divided by the names and accounts of those interviewed and the story flashes from past to present. While an interesting story, the breaks in action help obsessive reads wait until their next “sitting” to continue the tale. 352 pages.
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Cheryl, December 24, 2006 (view all comments by Cheryl)
I have just about read all of Sue Grafton's books and it seems I can never put them down long enough to get anything done. She keeps my mind involved and interested til the end! What a great library of books to read and have by a wonderful author who has it all in her books.
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S Is for Silence (Kinsey Millhone Mysteries)
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Kinsey Millhone has kept her appeal by being distinctive and sympathetic without craving center stage. While some mysteries that provide the PI's shoe size or most despised food create a forced and intrusive intimacy, a master like Grafton makes the relationship relaxed and reassuring. Millhone's life is modest and familiar, though her love life, now featuring police detective Cheney Phillips, tends to be oddly remote. This 19th entry (after 2004's R Is for Ricochet) adopts a new convention: Millhone's customary intelligent and occasionally self-deprecating first-person reportage is interrupted by vignettes from the days surrounding the Fourth of July, 34 years earlier, when a hot-blooded young woman named Violet Sullivan disappeared. Violet's daughter, Daisy, who was seven at the time, hires Millhone to discover her mother's true fate. Violet had toyed with every man in town at one time or another, so there's no shortage of scandalous secrets and possible suspects. Constant revelations concerning several absorbing characters allow a terrific tension to build. However, the utterly illogical and oddly abrupt ending undermines what is otherwise one of the stronger offerings in this iconic series." (Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Grafton brings every corner of Serena Station, past and present, more deeply alive than your own hometown."
by Library Journal,
"The climax that results...will leave readers breathlessly awaiting the next installment."
by Los Angels Times,
"As S is for Silence arrives at its satisfying conclusion, the only mystery left unanswered is whether Grafton purposely placed her heroine in the middle of a typical Christie setup or if this undeniably entertaining novel is...one more example that the more plots change, the more they remain the same."
by Entertainment Weekly,
"S Is for Silence gets it right. Grade: A-"
by Washington Post,
"[T]he 19th novel in Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series, is one of her best and also one in which she makes an interesting departure."
by Detroit Free Press,
"I almost wasn't sure Grafton had it in her to refresh the series to this degree....But in reading S if for Silence, I'm struck again by her talent."
"Although she gives us a bit too much of Millhone's eating and living habits (probably in response to fan enthusiasm), this novel also presents strong character portrayals, a mosaic of motives, and a stunning climax."
by Philadelphia Inquirer,
"This latest Kinsey Millhone novel may not be Grafton's best, but it does deliver a solid, satisfying mystery."
Private detective Kinsey Millhone feels a bit out of place in Nordstrom’s lingerie department, but she’s entirely in her element when she puts a stop to a brazen shoplifting spree. For her trouble she nearly gets run over in the parking lot by one of the fleeing thieves—and later learns that the one who didn’t get away has been found dead in an apparent suicide. But Audrey Vance’s grieving fiancé suspects murder and hires Kinsey to investigate—in a case that will reveal a big story behind a small crime, and lead her into a web that connects a shadowy “private banker,” an angry trophy wife, a spoiled kid with a spiraling addiction, and a brutal killer without a conscience…
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