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A Kinsey Millhone Mystery).

A Kinsey Millhone Mystery). I'm a licensed California private investigator, working out of Santa Teresa, which is ninety-five miles north of Los Angeles. My association with CF Insurance had been terminated the previous December, and I hadn't had much occasion to return to 903 State. For the past seven months I'd been leasing office space from the law firm of Kingman and Ives.

J is for Judgment book. Kinsey Millhone is one of my favourite fictional detectives. I read several books in Sue Grafton's 'Alphabet' series some years ago, and loved them. J is for Jaffe: Wendell Jaffe, dead these past five years  . It was a pleasure to reacquaint myself with Kinsey this time, with the letter J, which I had not read previously. As always, Kinsey is an endearing mixture of gauche and genius, as she darts around, following leads and munching on junk food.

J is for Judgement (Sue Grafton). Give it some time, it will bounce back. ‘Like us, eh?’ Brant gave him a look as if he were only now really seeing him, asked, ‘You were sick?’

J is for Judgement (Sue Grafton). Naw, nothing worth mentioning. Then he added, ‘Falls is ou. ‘Out where?’ ‘The force, she resigned.

J is for Judgement is the tenth in the Kinsey Millhone mystery series by Sue Grafton. For Kinsey Millhone, the investigation started with a surprise visit from an ex-colleague at California Fidelity - the company that had fired her nine months previously.

I was beginning to think the real definition of Hell was this endless loop between Santa Teresa and Perdido.

I was beginning to think the real definition of Hell was this endless loop between Santa Teresa and Perdido riff’s Department car parked in front of her house. I parked across the street and down a few houses, watching the front porch for signs of life

Sue Grafton is my go to author for vacation reads. The dry humor and the 1980's setting with big macs and walkmans just makes me grin. J is for Judgment is the 10 book in the Kinsey Millhone series.

Sue Grafton is my go to author for vacation reads. Not to mention phone books and answering machines. well thought out, IGrafton gives you clues along the way but doesn't shout out "here's the bad guy". This is where Kinsey learns of and meets some of her long lost relatives. It came about by chance while Kinsey was working on a case for her old firm Fidelity.

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Praise for "J" is for Judgment. Book for book, this may be the most satisfying mystery series going. Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal. Grafton is setting a standard that is going to prove difficult for others in her crowded field to match, let alone surpass. Lorenzo Carcaterra, People.

Sue Taylor Grafton (April 24, 1940 – December 28, 2017) was an American author of detective novels. She is best known as the author of the "alphabet series" ("A" Is for Alibi, et. featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. The daughter of detective novelist C. W. Grafton, she said the strongest influence on her crime novels was author Ross Macdonald. Before her success with this series, she wrote screenplays for television movies.

The next in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet mystery series from bestselling author Sue Grafton.

"J" is for Jaffe: Wendell Jaffe, dead these past five years. Or so it seemed until his former insurance agent spotted him in the bar of a dusty little resort halfway between Cabo San Lucas and La Paz.

"In truth, the facts about Wendell Jaffe had nothing to do with my family history, but murder is seldom tidy and no one ever said revelations operate in a straight line. It was my investigation into the dead man's past that triggered the inquiry into my own, and in the end the two stories became difficult to separate."

Five years ago, when Jaffe's thirty-five-foot Fuji ketch was found drifting off the Baja coast, it seemed a sure thing he'd gone overboard. The note he left behind admitted he was flat broke, his business bankrupt, his real estate gambit nothing but a huge Ponzi scheme about to collapse, with criminal indictment certain to follow. When the authorities soon after descended on his banks and his books, there was nothing left: Jaffe had stripped the lot.

"Given my insatiable curiosity and my natural inclination to poke my nose in where it doesn't belong, it was odd to realize how little attention I'd paid to my own past. I'd simply accepted what I was told, constructing my personal mythology on the flimsiest of facts."

But Jaffe wasn't quite without assets. There was the $500,000 life insurance policy made out to his wife and underwritten by California Fidelity. With no corpse to prove death, however, the insurance company was in no hurry to pay the claim. Dana Jaffe had to wait out the statutory five years until her missing husband could be declared legally dead. Just two months before Wendell Jaffe was sighted in that dusty resort bar, California Fidelity finally paid in full. Now they wanted the truth. And they were willing to hire Kinsey Millhone to dig it up.

As Kinsey pushes deeper into the mystery surrounding Wendell Jaffe's pseudocide, she explores her own past, discovering that in family matters as in crime, sometimes it's better to reserve judgment.

"J" is for judgment: the kind we're quick to make and often quicker to regret.

"J" Is for Judgment: Kinsey Millhone's tenth excursion into the dark places of the heart where duplicity is the governing rule and murder the too-frequent result.

"A" Is for Alibi"B" Is for Burglar"C" Is for Corpse"D" Is for Deadbeat"E" Is for Evidence"F" Is for Fugitive"G" Is for Gumshoe"H" Is for Homicide"I" Is for Innocent"J" Is for Judgment"K" Is for Killer"L" is for Lawless"M" Is for Malice"N" Is for Noose"O" Is for Outlaw"P" Is for Peril "Q" Is for Quarry"R" Is for Ricochet "S" Is for Silence "T" Is for Trespass"U" Is for Undertow "V" Is for Vengeance "W" Is for Wasted "X"

  • Hugifyn
What can you say about Sue Grafton other than she is a great mystery writer. Kinsey Milhone is an ex-cop and has her own detective agency and never much of a sex life if that what your looking for, go elsewhere. This is a traditional gumshoe story with action and danger for our heroine. After some spotty success writing books, Grafton changed to writing screenplays for TV and movies. With the success of her first Alphabet series book ' A is for Alibi' in 1982 it has continued to date. I first discovered her books when I came across 'G is for Gumshoe' (pub 1990) in a recycle center in 2000, I proceeded to local bookstores and Amazon to acquire all of this series up until the current at the time 'O is For Outlaw'. It's always great when you come across a great series in progress as it's a joy just reading book after book from a great writer. Much like 'binge watching TV series on Netflix nowadays. Only problem with an ongoing series is waiting for the next book. Grafton has done only a couple of yearly books and mostly every other year since 'P is for Peril' in 2001. It is now up to just plain 'X' in 2015 and will end with 'Z is for Zero'. I'm hoping she has Y & Z completed as she is 75 now and I'm 70 and don't want to miss the conclusion of this great series.
  • Modifyn
I find some in this series very good; others to be so-so. This is one of the latter. No matter what alphabet letter, I like Kinsey Millhone. As a PI she's very real, not a superwoman. As a person, she's enjoyable.
In "J" she's hired by her former employer, an insurance company to find if a certain man is dead or alive. He's a tricky little sucker, having committed a Ponzi scheme, then vanishes. The company has paid out $500,00 to his wife. Is she really widowed or not? Along the way, we have one of their sons, who is in legal trouble, his ex-partner, a girlfriend, an older ex-cop. Some of the characters are developed, others not.

We also come across a good deal of dialogue involving Kinsey's lost cousin & family matters. All which have nothing to do with the story. I felt this entire section need not be in the book.

The story didn't really have punch for me. The beginning was fine, the middle bogged down to the point wherein I almost did not finish this one. The ending was fine & leaves the reader wondering, which can be fun. The character of Ms. Millhone helped this book to survive till the end more than the story
  • Fog
One of her best in the alphabet series!

I love the politically incorrect lady PI in this book. She is tough and she gets the job done. She is somewhat dysfunctional, which makes her all the more believable and likeable. After reading this series, I got my mother hooked on the series.

After my mother read all the "Kinsey Millhone" stories, she discovered the Joe Gunther Mystery Series, which she loved. The first book is: Open Season (Joe Gunther Mysteries)

If you are looking for exciting adventure books for kids / teenagers, my mother recommends Jake Johnson And The Half Bloods (Quest 1) (Jake Johnson And The Greek Gods) and its sequel Jake Johnson And The God Of War (Quest 2) (Jake Johnson And The Greek Gods).
  • Jode
All of Sue Grafton books put Kinsey without a gun. This one shows her getting a gun at least when she needed it.
She kills when necessary but to be a detective and have an aversion to guns seems weird to me. Is she just cheap or is it her mode of dress?
  • Impala Frozen
Bizarre story but worth it to get a glimpse of unfinished familial business on Kinsey. You can never go wrong with these books. I will be said to see the series end,but you can always go back and re read them!
  • Alsath
Good book in this artful series of A-X with Z probably on its way. The J book was a little predictable. I am presently reading the K is for Killer book and it is making up for all that somehow was lacking in the J is for Judgement book. All in all I believe all of the books are well worth the time and I recommend everyone to complete the series.....also one after another works fine and in fact keeps the context flowing.
  • Kearanny
I enjoyed the story, and Kinsey comes through as usual. The ending was a little disappointing, perhaps a bit of a sell-out, and it paled in comparison to this new revelation in her life: She has cousins! Suddenly her identity as an independent, lone wolf becomes precarious. It seems that Kinsey-being-Kinsey is what has made her so good, and I am curious about Ms. Grafton's plan for the future. As good as this author is, and as much as she cares about Kinsey, I doubt this new revelation is simply incidental.
I enjoyed this book, and i am enjoying catching up with the series. The plot has sensible twists without being predictable, and the characters are interesting. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.