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"A woman with a murky past who kills herself. A dying old man cared for by the son he abused. A lovely woman whose life is about to shatter. A professional shoplifting ring. A brutal gangster. A wandering husband. A spoiled kid awash in debt. A lonely widower desperate for answers. A ruthless business man: the spider at the center of the web. And Kinsey Millhone, whose thi"A woman with a murky past who kills herself. A dying old man cared for by the son he abused. A lovely woman whose life is about to shatter. A professional shoplifting ring. A brutal gangster. A wandering husband. A spoiled kid awash in debt. A lonely widower desperate for answers. A ruthless business man: the spider at the center of the web. And Kinsey Millhone, whose thirty-eighth birthday present is two black eyes and a busted nose."...

Title : V Is for Vengeance
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ISBN : 9781410440648
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Number of Pages : 659 Pages
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V Is for Vengeance Reviews

  • James
    2019-03-23 11:11

    The Alphabet Series is usually pretty strong.... we're now in our 22nd book and it's still good but getting a little bored with the series :( Perhaps 20 is the max! :)Kinsey is 38. And she's hit on her birthday. Deals with a case about suicide and/or murder.Normal shenanigans.About MeFor those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

  • James Thane
    2019-04-13 10:36

    P.I. Kinsey Millhone is taking a break and reluctantly catching up on some shopping in a Nordstrom's department store, when she sees a pair of shoplifters helping themselves to the store's merchandise. Kinsey alerts a clerk who in turn calls security. One of the shoplifters, a middle-aged woman named Audrey Vance, is caught and arrested. Her younger companion escapes, but not before attempting to run over Kinsey in the parking garage.Vance is released on bail and shortly thereafter is found under a bridge, apparently having committed suicide--perhaps because of the shame? Kinsey feels a bit guilty for her role in all of this, even though the woman was clearly wrong and deserved to be arrested. But in spite of the evidence suggesting otherwise, Vance's fiancé refuses to believe that the love of his life could have been a career criminal. He thinks the whole thing was a minor mistake that got blown way out of proportion and he hires Kinsey to investigate. As always happens in these cases, Kinsey is soon up to her neck in trouble.Meanwhile, a wealthy society woman grows suspicious of her husband while a young man with a gambling jones foolishly borrows ten grand from a loan shark and heads off to Vegas. The loan shark has family, romantic and legal problems of his own, and all of them are on a collision course with Kinsey Millhone at the center of the impact. The early books in this series were comparatively brief and were all narrated by Millhone in her first-person voice. This book, the twenty-second in the series, is longer and more complex than the earlier entries. Much of the story is still narrated by our intrepid heroine, but much of it is also told from the third-person POV of several other characters.It's a fun read, but the problem with the book, at least for me, is that the other characters are a lot more interesting than Millhone. And the tone of the book suggests that, subconsciously at least, the author may feel the same way. The book really comes to life when the story focuses on the other characters. Grafton has created some very complex and interesting roles here and it's fun to watch their stories unfold. When Kinsey takes over the story, though, things seem to drag a bit. Perhaps this is because over the course of the earlier twenty-one books in the series, we've seen Kinsey go though her routine over and over again. A long-time reader of the series can pretty much predict every move she's going to make and the character no longer seems to contain any surprises. This is perhaps inevitable when the series has been as long and as successful as this one, but it's probably a bad sign when the reader sighs every time the main protagonist takes over the story again.My other concern about the series as a whole is that Grafton decided early on that Kinsey Millhone would not age in any practical sense and that the stories would stay rooted in the 1980s. Kinsey does celebrate her 38th birthday in this book, but that's not bad for a character who first appeared in 1982. (This book is set in 1988.)While this spares Grafton from having to deal with all of the changes that have occurred over the last thirty years, it does limit her as well. Kinsey Millhone is essentially stuck in a time warp. She hasn't grown or changed very much since A is for Alibi and neither has the world around her. For a long-time reader, this means that the character and her surroundings have become awfully static and predictable and thus, perhaps, somewhat less interesting.Still, it's hard to argue with success, and Grafton has created here one of the most enduring characters and one of the most successful crime fiction franchises in this history of the genre. She still spins a fun tale but one wonders how much better these books might have been had she brought the character forward into the modern era.

  • Roberta
    2019-03-25 04:09

    I'm so disappointed. One of my reliable sources of relaxation has been wrested from me. Or it could be that I am just tired of the formula. As I read the 22nd book in this series, I was aware of every little plot contrivance. The prose was creaky and almost staccato (and then I got in the car...and then I put my keys in the ignition...and then I turned the key...). The whole by-play of horrible food at Rosie's wasn't cute; it was boring. The whole shabbiness of her turtleneck and jeans; ouch. And if she trotted one more place, I was going to have to toss the book. The character of Marvin was uneven and illogical - at one moment he comes across as a patient mediator foil to Kinsey's bad temper and the next he's a sleazy 50's style man about the skids. Then he vanishes without a trace. Just dumb! Grafton has four more chances to redeem her name and recover her fun Kinsey. I hope she manages it.

  • Francie
    2019-04-13 08:23

    YAY! I love these books..but I hate how it takes FOREVER for the next book to come out. I should probably stop reading the books so quickly.

  • Lorrie
    2019-04-13 04:35

    This is the first book I’ve read by this author. I enjoyed it! The writing style is a little old fashioned somehow which was nice for a change. I’m having a little trouble settling to the thought of Dante, but that’s ok—gives me something to think about.

  • Kathy
    2019-04-02 05:32

    Sue Grafton is amazingly keeping this series at a level of excellence in this her 22nd novel of the Kinsey Millhone thrillers. The story had great rhythm, moving the story along without any lag. The characters were exciting and well-developed, new ones and old ones. The different characters' storylines came together beautifully. The only complaint I have is that Henry is away looking after his 99-yr-old sister for the duration of the book. A very satisfying read.

  • Novelwhore
    2019-04-07 12:36

    I love Sue Grafton, and "V" may be one of her best. I couldn't put it down and Kinsey was just as relatable and real as we've all come to expect. I still smile every time she visits the microfiche machine in the library to do research - the lack of technology is quaint while the story is quick moving and contemporary.

  • Scott
    2019-04-02 04:20

    I'll probably write a more fleshed out version of this mini review when the book comes out publicly. For now let me just say this whileit's fresh in my mind:Sue Grafton books are always interesting - having worked her way from A to, now, V, she has done a great job of developing her protagonist,Kinsey Millhone.The plots - well, some grab me more than others. But I have to say having read some but not all of this series that she's definitelygotten better as an author fleshing our characters more, having plots that are full of more depth and interesting details.There's at least two types of the vengence from the title going on, possibly more.As the book starts Kinsey catches a lady shoplifting fancy clothing. She realizes there'a second person involved but the second persongets away. The first is arrested and then either is killed or kills herself depending on who you believe. What transpires is the two arepart of a much larger scheme and are affiliated with a shady character named Dante. This book becomes more of a thriller than I remembersome of Grafton's books being, or at least it is for the last 100 pages or so. The first half is more of what I remember - lots of talkingand frustration from Kinsey as, for example, she is hired by the boyfriend of the woman who died who is convinced she is innocent ofdoing anything more than maybe a small shoplifting incident, certainly not part of a larger criminal enterprises. But Kinsey's investigationsoverturn other rocks and you know what happens then? That's right - mayhem ensues.While Grafton's books sometimes disappoint me in not having the depth of, say, Laura Lippman's recent books maybe it's unfair to complainabout what they are not and I should instead just focus on what they are - interesting books that entertain and intrigue and at times fun.(While I entertained hopes of interviewing Grafton it's unlikely to happen for this book - here's an index of my interviews with other authors includingmany of her contemporaries and colleagues including Lippman.)http://sbutki.newsvine.com/_news/2011...

  • Diane S ☔
    2019-04-12 06:33

    This book started out relatively slowly, at least for me, with Kinsey on the outskirts of the story, at least for the first 100 pages or so. Many different threads of the story than began to come together with Kinsey taking a more active role. Considering Grafton is now on "V" she manages to keep her story lines interesting and well written, and her characters fresh. Entertaining and well written, dreading the thought that she will soon be on "Z'.

  • Maureen Casey
    2019-03-29 04:15

    This book was OK, I don't think its even close to the best in the series. I'm disappointed because I thought very highly of "U is for Undertow" and in this one, I think most of the characters were shallow, one dimensional, particularly Nora. Most of Nora's actions were borderline unbelievable. Even Dante, who was better fleshed out than the rest, wasn't developed well enough to support some of his behavior- particularly in relation to Nora. I think a few more chapters dedicated to character development would have made the story a lot more real. Oh and finally, I wanted to know more about how they make so much money on underwear theft- electronics, or baby formula, or medication would be believable- but the explanation that they make the money selling underwear, stripped of its name brand at flea markets doesn't work for me. Expensive underwear NEEDS the name brand to be expensive, once the labels are stripped, it would be worth like a dollar at a flea market- and then only to people who are willing to buy questionable possibly used underwear. Why send important cogs in your theft machine out to steal something so trivial and risk getting caught (as Audrey did??)

  • Anne(Booklady) Molinarolo
    2019-04-07 07:22

    2.5 StarsI love Kinsey Millhone and have read all of Sue Grafton's books, but this was my least favorite novel in her alphabet series. Something was just off and I can't quite figure out just what the "it" was that threw me off. Like U is for Undertow, V is for Vengeance is told from multiple POVs. That did not bother me, though changing to Kinsey's 1st person voice seemed jarring at times - not as seamless as is usual from Grafton. I kept on reading only because I wanted to find out what happened to Millhone's poor battered face.Grafton introduces quite a few mini-stories that eventually all tie together, but it is not until about a 1/3 way into the novel that we readers see the possible connections. And maybe, that is my problem with not quite liking V is for Vengeance.In the opening scene, a young man with a gambling problem borrows money from a loan shark, loses said money, and for his sin of nonpayment, the kid is thrown off the roof of a Las Vegas parking garage. Now we jump to 2 years later on Millhone's 38th birthday. Her face is swollen and battered, her nose has been reconstructed. She tells us that we need the back story and tells us that it is long and complicated. Boy, was she right! It starts when Kinsey spots a couple of shoplifters in Nordstroms. She helps catch one while the other woman evades capture. Kinsey follows the younger woman to the parking lot and is almost runned down by the thief. Odd that the fleeing Mercedes has no plates. She'll let the police handle the incident, though she believes she has stumbled upon an organized theft ring. She leaves the case alone until she sees in the newspaper that the older woman, Audrey Vance, is dead. The 63 year old had jumped from a bridge and her fiance is not buying that version and hires Millhone to find out the truth. Loan sharks, theft rings, Pinky, and a possible dirty cop stand in the way of our beloved PI - not to mention Diana Alverez is printing some nasty things about Kinsey. We know Kinsey survives, but will she get the bad guys? Or is her battered and bruised face the result of her failure to get them?

  • Mary
    2019-04-20 08:25

    I enjoyed this book but definitely don't think it is as good as some of Grafton's previous work. There are some parts of the plot that just don't seem to stick together well. The story opens up with Kinsey Millhone witnessing an act of shoplifting. And, even getting involved in reporting and trying to apprehend one of the suspects. Kinsey goes on and on about how bad shop lifting is and the cost to the industry and the consumer. Yet in the end she is befriending the mobster Dante who is the head of the mega shoplifting ring. How does this happen? Yes, Dante is developed into a character that you have empathy for because of his childhood and we find out his father killed his mother. But Kinsey never was privy to any of this information so why did she like him?How about the accomplice that tried to mow Kinsey down with her car? She tries to hunt her down but then later in the book when she has had an encounter with Dante he tells her that she is upsetting one of his workers by her pursuit of her ... and Kinsey doesn't even tell him off and tell him that the woman almost killed her with her vehicle. Weird plot in that regard.Also, I missed having Henry being more prominent in the book. Having phone conversations with him just wasn't the same. Also, it was very tiring hearing about the bad food and the bad wine at Rosie's. If this was supposed to be funny, I just didn't get it.And Nora ... finally decides to run off with Dante in the end. When Dante really had as much responsibility in her son's death as his brother did. Really? If someone killed my son I doubt highly I would ever get romantically involved with someone whose gangster family was responsible for killing him in cold blood. I don't care if Dante did not mean for it to happen.When I first started writing this review I gave the book 3 stars but now I think I'm going to change it to 2 stars. The more I think about the plot the more irritated I get with Grafton.

  • Jean Carlton
    2019-03-29 10:26

    Edited 2-17-14I have read all of Grafton's book in this series. This one made me want to go back and read A is for Alibi to see if I am right in thinking the early ones are better. (which i will do)The story is okay, Kinsey Milhonne is still an interesting character but I felt myself wanting to be done and that's not a good sign. I noticed lots of places where fewer words could have said the same thing. Lacks conciseness. Her relationship with Henry, her elderly neighbor was sidelined and there was no personal romance involved. Not even a tidbit.I did Wikipedia to find out more about her because even though this was written recently the story takes place in the 1980's and mentioning typewriters, carbon paper, wall phones etc. seemed so odd. I discovered, however, that she had planned when she started the series to have Kinsey age one year for every 2.5 books - she did not want to portray her in menopause. That explains things - and tells us she intended from the beginning to write 26 books and that Kinsey would be turning 40 in the last book. It's understandable if an author is writing about the same decade and the same character in 26 books that it could be forced and become a chore to keep it fresh.

  • Benjamin Thomas
    2019-04-17 08:07

    It’s hard for me to believe I’ve now read 22 of these Kinsey Millhone books but they keep on holding my interest and, in fact, have really hit their stride in these later novels. I’ve heard that the author, Sue Grafton, at some point decided to quit trying to please all her readers with how Kinsey should act, speak, dress, etc. and just write her how she is. If that means her potty mouth expresses itself from time to time then so be it. That’s fine with me and I’m happy to see a fully consistent Kinsey in action.Another trend in these novels lately, which I welcome, is plots that combine the best of traditional mystery/whodunits and thriller plots. That makes it a “thrilling mystery”, I suppose, or perhaps a “mysterious thriller”. In this novel, Kinsey witnesses a shoplifting incident which leads to a complex plot with an apparent suicide and a resulting case from the fiancé who is convinced there is more going on here, perhaps even murder. Ultimately, Kinsey gets wrapped up in a mob-like criminal enterprise with pretty high stakes. We readers see what is going on from the first couple of chapters, who the victims and perps are, and how the crimes are committed. Kinsey, of course does not, so the story is about how she figures out what we already know. Or do we? I love it when Kinsey figures out even more to the story than what we thought we knew. We get several chapters from other points of view but it is always nice to come back to Kinsey’s first person POV. It’s a tricky balancing act for an author when the story is partly told from a bad guy’s perspective, especially when that character is sympathetic.I enjoyed this one a lot but it did seem a bit too detailed in some places and dragged a bit here and there. It was a good primer on shoplifting, fences, money laundering, etc. so if I ever decide to take up a second job, this knowledge might come in handy.

  • ~☆~Autumn♥♥
    2019-04-09 05:33

    This was very exciting and fun but Kinsey is a dingbat and does ridiculous and silly things. Still you can't help but like her. I will have to read some more of these.

  • James Joyce
    2019-03-25 05:17

    Unfortunately, I'm experiencing an ambivalence in my appreciation for Grafton's Kinsey Millhone Mysteries, nowadays. And it's because of a marked change in Grafton's style, staring with "S is for Silence".From Alibi through Ricochet, the novels are Kinsey's first person tales, covering various cases. Great! I love Kinsey's voice. I've enjoyed the experience. Starting with "S", though, Grafton has decided to do a mix. Some chapters are Kinsey and some chapters are other characters who are involved. And I frequently don't care as much about those character's journeys.It's worse, though. The non-Kinsey chapters (NKC) tend to cover background, character growth, etc.. To the extent that I feel less like I'm reading subplots and more like I'm reading two or three different novellas, tied together (loosely, in some cases) by a murder. And the murder just isn't sufficient to make all those back stories and side details worth the effort.It's worse, still, though. If you took all those NKC's out, it seems like you'd have a book around the length of the earlier books, which were tighter and faster-paced. Essentially, most of the new stuff feels like padding. And I get the strong feeling that, if I skipped all NKC's, I would still have a fully-functional mystery novel. I really get the feeling that Sue Grafton is tiring of Kinsey and wants to write other, non-mystery, stuff... and I wish she would. I wish she'd finish off the Kinsey books as straight-forward first-person mysteries, as they were and write other, more mainstream, novels, to satisfy that urge. I can't say that I'd read them, but I can say that I'd be much happier with the Alphabet books.I miss the old Kinsey books. I miss the pacing. I miss sinking into Kinsey's world. And I can't do that, when I'm constantly being ping-ponged amongst the rest.I know that if the Alphabet series had always been like this, I'd have never gone beyond A or B. And I'm kind of glad there are only a couple left. And that makes me kind of sad.

  • Lormac
    2019-04-01 05:26

    Probably my least favorite of the series. Some of my reasons are endemic to the series and some are specific to this letter.To start, I get it that the food is awful at Rosie's. This was obvious from, oh, about the eighth book. It is just getting annoying to have to read the details all over again, and, frankly, it leads one to question Kinsey's judgment that she continues to eat there. Is there no other cheap restaurant in all of Santa Teresa?! This is a common problem to the series - we have to hear all over again about how robust Henry's family health is, his cinnamon-scented kitchen, Kinsey's limited wardrobe choices, etc. Actually in this volume, the rest is toned down, except for Rosie's cooking.Of course, Kinsey's judgment is usually questionable, but especially so in this book - she fails to notice she is being tailed, runs after a shoplifter with no means of stopping her, falls asleep on a stake-out, doesn't pick up the suspicious packages being dropped into the charity bins, marches into a loan shark's office without knowing what she will do or say, and inserts herself, unarmed, into several gun fights. It's like she forgot how to be a PI.I also had trouble with the character of Dante. It is clear that Grafton wants the reader to like Dante. We read all about how handsome he is, how fit, how faithful to family and employees, how generous - what a great guy. But the fact is that he is a criminal. He tells a story about how when some Columbians came to Santa Teresa (his 'turf'), the gas heater blew up in their motel room, killing them, and then later, he tells Nora, "I have never killed anyone or ordered anyone to be killed." OK, so he is a murderer AND a liar. Look, Grafton is no Jonathan Franzen with his complicated anti-heroes. In her series, she has always provided the reader with good guys and bad guys - sometimes a cop (Len) is a bad guy - and sometimes a criminal (Pinky)is a good guy - but you can always tell who is who, so giving the reader a good guy who is clearly a bad guy, albeit with mommy issues, is a misstep, and leaves me confused.But nowhere near as confused as I was about Nora... SPOILER AHEAD....Look, I am a mother with a teen age son, and no matter what a loser my son might turn out to be, I would never even consider running off with a man who played a part in my son's death. That is a promise you can hold me to. I doubt any mother would. Well, except the character of Nora, who seems charming and lost in her life, but ends up seeming to be merely self-involved, and able to overlook the fact that this man is a criminal who set up her son just because the guy is rich, sexy and infatuated with her. I end up with nothing but contempt for this character - why did Grafton do this?Finally, I think Grafton was planning to surprise me, the reader, with some thrilling plot twists, but really, if you don't see them coming a mile a way, you are just not paying attention. Did you really not know the blond at the poker table was a plant? The identity of Nora's son? What happened to Dante's mother who goes missing the same night that her violent husband drains the pool? None of these are so surprising when they are finally revealed - so why the big build-ups?Anyway, I have stuck with Grafton from A to V so I am in it for the final four. I just hope they are better than V.

  • Patti
    2019-03-30 09:36

    This is the first time that I can honestly say that I wish Sue Grafton had stopped a few letters short. I have read her books since I was in my 20s and I turned 40 on my last birthday; in other words, you could say that Kinsey has "seen" me through law school, law jobs, grad school, teacher school, teaching jobs, marriage, divorce, new relationship, and the purchase of three houses. She has been with me longer than just about any of my friends, and so I appreciate Kinsey, Ms. Grafton and these book. Therefore, I write this review wearing a big sad face.On the positive side, I do like the way that Grafton has started branching off and letting other characters narrate. I especially liked the Dante character in this book. He was (or at least seemed) faithful, mildly bothered by his line of work and cursed (or blessed) with a conscious. What could have been a one-note "gangster" in other authors' hands became someone much more complex and ultimately likeable. The story itself failed to grab me. I'm not sure who wrote the summary for the book, but I found it odd. For instance, of the people who are supposedly connected by this web, one is dead, another's malfeasance doesn't come out until near the end (although I guessed it early on), the "wandering husband" is completely ancillary, the "sinister gangster" is likewise rarely seen and I wouldn't really describe Nora as a "lovely woman"...I don't know. I expected to get to know these people better, given that they were highlighted in the book jacket. That summary just really struck me as bizarre.Next, I found the Nora character irritating. I have often wondered about women who have no talent, no skills...nothing but a hot ass. How the hell do they get men to take care of them? This bitch was up the creek when her first husband died, yet found an uber rich guy to "take care" of her. That just (as it always does) hit me the wrong way...it could be that I'm jealous, but I'm also honestly curious. How do women DO that?!?Besides that though, I just didn't find her interesting or worthy of so much focus. I guessed the connection between her and the kid with the gambling debt as soon as she said she lost a child. That made me even less interested in her.Overall, I just didn't see the "vengeance". From who? The "sinister gangster" who we only saw in passing (until the ending). I also found Grafton's writing dry and tedious. In some parts, she added so much detail that I found myself wondering if she was being paid by the word or needed to stretch the manuscript out.This is the first book in this series that I can honestly say that I will not read again. I hope that this was just a bad one for me and not indicative of how the final four books will play out.2.5 stars.

  • Joe
    2019-04-02 08:33

    I think W, X, Y, and Z will end this series. Maintaining a series must be one of the most difficult experiences for a writer, or possibly the easiest. It's not difficult to understand why Doyle killed Holmes, and why he brought him back, but in today's world no author would ever consider killing a cash cow series character. Really, Evanovich, Cornwell, Sanford, Block, Burke, Patterson et al. The books aren't good , but what the heck, as it is proved over and over and over, readers aren't discriminating.Having said all this, Grafton succeeds in much the same way as the aforementioned authors- Familiarity. She also has created an interesting alphabetical shtick with the books. So what's good or bad in my opinion- well, here goes. Books, especially this one, start out well and catch some interest. She proceeds by introducing new characters with some interesting developments and soon we have all these seeemingly unrelated plots going on. As the connections develop, the main plot becomes more apparent. However, the price the reader pays for this knowledge is reading tedious, boring pages of narration that left me gasping and speed reading like a demon to get through the book. Like many of those other authors, this is hardly an example of good writing. It's that familiarity that readers like-friendly faces and nice places to visit like Santa Teresa and Rosies's crap Hungarian food.As for me, I'm asking Kinsey and Rosie for the check. My next read will be F is for finished.

  • Angela
    2019-04-18 12:12

    Reading a Kinsey Millhone book is like relaxing and have a glass of wine with an old friend.

  • Oscar
    2019-03-30 04:29

    ‘V de venganza’, de Sue Grafton, reanuda las andanzas de la detective Kinsey Millhone en lo que es la vigésimo segunda novela del Alfabeto del Crimen. Este nuevo caso comienza con una Kinsey que acaba de cumplir 38 años y tiene la cara amoratada y con la nariz rota. ¿Cómo nuestra detective favorita ha llegado a este punto? Todo empieza cuando Kinsey se encuentra comprando ropa en unos grandes almacenes, hasta que de repente observa un hecho delictivo. Quién iba a decirle a Kinsey que un acto tan usual iba a provocarle tantos quebraderos de cabeza.Como es habitual, la historia está narrada por la propia Kinsey, pero en este caso también hay varios capítulos narrados por dos de los protagonistas: Lorenzo Dante, un gángster elegante que se dedica entre otras cosas a prestar dinero, y Nora, la esposa de un abogado. Este recurso, que Grafton lleva utilizando en sus últimas novelas, funciona perfectamente y dota de diferentes puntos de vista a la historia.En esta novela aparecen de nuevo esos secundarios de lujo, como Henry, el casero de Kinsey, o el hermano de este, William, esposo a su vez de la temible cocinera húngara Rosie. Como siempre, K., armándose de paciencia, irá encajando todas las piezas del puzzle. Novela fresca y de agradable lectura, ‘V de venganza’ gustará a quien conozca las historias de Grafton.

  • Ann
    2019-04-13 04:35

    I love Kinsey and this visit was write enjoyable with the expected trademark mentions: the all purpose black dress - this time in the back of the closet, Rosie's diner, the apartment, her car, Henry's house, etc. The visuals are vivid from only the merest mention, and I think I know what I love the most about the series. I love how Kinsey is hands on with her investigations, I like how she really connects with the people she encounters and how even as a loner, she ends each case with more friends. (And a satisfied reader!)

  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    2019-04-19 09:28

    In 'V is for Vengeance', #22 in this series, Kinsey Millhone, private detective, gets in a lot of trouble after her new grieving client gets her involved with the mafia! She could have quit when the case began to spin out of control - after all, accepting a fee for solving mysteries does not normally include getting herself killed - but she is unable to walk away when friends put themselves in the line of fire! Besides, in a way, it was her own pigheaded police instincts which led her into this hornets' nest. There she was, checking out a sale at Nordstroms for clothes, when she spotted a pair of women who were shoplifting. Did she mind her own business? NO. After notifying a Nordstrom clerk about what she saw, and security employees catch one of the women, Kinsey chases the other, younger, woman, who gets away. Later, down in a parking garage, the same young woman tries to hit Kinsey with a car! Well. Kinsey did not get the license plate, so she lets it go. Until the fiancé of the woman who was caught drops into Kinsey's office to hire her! He is convinced there has been a mistake because the woman he knew would NEVER shoplift! Can Kinsey help him get to the bottom of this? YES! However, it might cost her a friend's life...I strongly suggest starting with the first book, as I think the fun of this series is lost if the books are read out of order. The series as a whole is a very satisfying escapist entertainment for mystery fans. The author Sue Grafton wrote A is for Alibi in 1982 and 'V is for Vengeance' in 2011, with books from B to U in between, but only five years has passed for the character of Kinsey, who is now 38 years old living in 1988. Although each book reflects past and current front-page news stories that were ongoing during the actual year when the author wrote her latest fictional Kinsey novel, Grafton sticks to the 1980's context overall for Kinsey's life. The character was married in her past and she has had love affairs during the series, but the ups and downs of her life, including in earlier novels where Kinsey, an orphan, learned about her mother and father, has not changed her much as a person. She is a feisty talented woman who despite being a bit of a loner and a maverick, never allows the blindness of the law or the evil of bad guys get in the way of her finding justice for the people who hire her.

  • Dolly
    2019-04-10 09:34

    This is the latest book in the Kinsey Millhone series by Sue Grafton. I have enjoyed reading this series and have followed it off and on for several years. I still have a few letters of the alphabet to go before I'm completely caught up, but I look forward to each new book. This was a quick, engaging read and I liked the story. And since I've read so many of the stories in this series, reading another book about Kinsey is like hearing from an old friend. The plot was rather involved, with a complicated web of interconnectedness between the characters that had my head spinning by the end of the book. I liked that there were 'bad' characters in the tale who garnered my sympathy and there were 'good' characters who had bad days and displayed poor judgment, gaining little ground in my esteem. This is in sharp contrast with some authors (ahem, Fern Michaels) whose characters are either all good or all bad, with no shades of gray. (no pun intended) I was satisfied at the ending and felt that justice, if not legal justice, would find a way to prevail. It drives me crazy that she's in the 80s, with no cell phone, wireless, GPS or internet, but I suppose that's part of the charm. I find it humorous and maybe a little bit alarming that as time passes, this series will be considered 'historical fiction', offering a snapshot into a period of time that is rapidly approaching a quarter of a century ago. How time flies! Overall, I was quite pleased with this latest installment in the series. It seems that the story only gets better with time. interesting quotes:"For the record, I'd like to say I'm a big fan of forgiveness as long as I'm given the opportunity to get even first." (p. 35)"Seeing someone you dislike is almost as much fun as reading a really bad work of fiction. It's possible to experience a perverse sense of satisfaction on every clunky page." (p. 149)"Grieving is like being ill. You think the entire world revolves around you and it doesn't." (p. 299)new words: dudgeon, cabochon

  • Judy Alter
    2019-04-19 10:32

    This must be Sue Grafton's 22nd outing in her alphabet series of mysteries featuring P.I. Kinsey Milhone. This one took me a little longer to read--partly because I had a lot of other things, like Christmas, going on but also because it was slow to draw me in. But once I got into it--and once Kinsey appeared on the scene, I was hooked as usual. This is a suspense novel in the classic sense--the reader knows the good guys and the bad guys--and what they're up to. It's just a question of when their paths will converge--and Grafton is a master at building complications and suspense. Just when you think there's no relation between this character and that, a small fact makes you realign your thinking. It's finger-nail-biting, read-into-the-night stuff.Kinsey Milhone doesn't seem to change--if she ages, it's not obvious; she still eats at Rosie's and hangs out with Henry, her spry elderly neighbor who's a great cook. But in this volume Grafton creates some characters of real depth, like Pinky, the petty thief who can't seem to reform and can't seem to win at anything he tries. He's a loser but the reader soon feels Kinsey's concern and, yes, affection, for him. Perhaps the most interesting is the mastermind criminal Dante--don't call him a gangster because he resents that. But he's efficient, almost ruthless, and runs a huge smoothly operating resale business--as in reselling shoplifted and stolen goods. He's also charming, ethical in his own way, and an entirely sympathetic villain if there is such a thing. Dante is the kind of bad guy you find yourself rooting for.The novel opens, as most suspense novels do, with a series of apparently unrelated scenes. Grafton soon links them, so that you sense what's going on. What bothered me was that I couldn't relate the first scene to the rest of the action until late in the novel--perhaps a more astute reader would pick up on it, but when I finally read what linked it to the plot, I'd almost forgotten that opening scene. Puzzled me a bit. But Grafton remains a master of her craft. I think she and Kinsey will make it safely through the alphabet, and I look forward to the last letters--Z is for ?????

  • Lynda Kelly
    2019-03-28 08:11

    Dear oh dear. My jaw hit the floor at the customary sign-off by Kinsey in this book because the author spelt her surname wrong !! Yep, 22 books in and this happened. Easily knocked it a star down for me and if this had been letter A in the series I'd have finished with it. I'm still reeling. I find it unforgivable, actually.Once again there are loads of differing editions/publishers/covers and you're telling me NOT ONE spotted that oversight ???? Shocking.....And all of a sudden the stories are subtitled The Fethering Mysteries-since when ? And what's THAT in reference to ??Once again it's full of hyphen and spacing errors throughout as well which I've complained about since I started reading the series in digital format. Each one on the Kindle has been the same. Chan-ning/she'dbeback/Hollo-way/sherealized/Phil-lip's/Pin-ky's...It's sloppy and I'd have expected better considering I've now paid for 22 of these stories, too. There were of course apostrophe mistakes as well. Plus mention of an alcohol-detecting flashlight which I'd never heard of so Googled. But they don't seem to have been in existence in the 80s-another oversight.This has taken me a week to plough through...I got bogged down with it at the beginning when we had all this superfluous card-playing "stuff" to wade through. It really didn't warrant as much detail as it had and I could feel my interest waning. Made it hard to pick it up again.I still like Kinsey a great deal but I'm none too impressed with Sue Grafton right now.

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-04-13 04:15

    Loved it from beginning to end. I’m still in love with Henry. It’s sad that I’m now getting closer to being old enough for him, though thankfully, not quite, and not even in the approximately 8 years when Z will be out.I was hoping his departure and temporary absence wouldn’t be long/too many pages in the book, but there was not enough Henry, but it was nice to see Cheney again. Very satisfying complex plot with many characters, which I never doubted would be all neatly tied together. Just brilliant!I love these books. I especially appreciate how I can root for some of the “bad guys” and detest some of the “good guys” and how nothing is in black and white but is in many shades of gray; this has gotten more and more true as the series has gone on.I love Kinsey and I fervently hope Henry is a large part of the last 4 books in the series. The use made of Henry’s empty house for such a very few hours and the subplot with Nell, well I’d rather have had Henry have a bigger role here. But when he was there, in any way, I loved him just as much.The books in this series, despite not really being cozy mysteries and containing some violence and danger, are some of my all time best comfort reads. I can’t wait for W, X, Y, and Z.This book was not my absolute favorite but it was excellent, and it continues the trend of the series overall getting better and better.

  • Mark
    2019-04-02 08:15

    Well, Grafton has improved somewhat as a writer as she has trudged through the alphabet. Here she gives us multiple points of view and some omniscience (alternating by chapter), which provides relief from the oppressive first-person narration of EVERY DETAIL IN THE DAY of the ever-perky and often-implausible Kinsey Millhone, gal detective. This one turns out to be acceptable light entertainment. The lack of plausibility is as usual the glaring weakness of the book. Grafton insists on making her hero do things that simply do not make any sense so that the story will be forced to work out according to the author's plan. This one is especially nonsensical as Millhone is forced by her creator to rush to the scene of the climax of the novel, even though she has no plausible reason for doing so and is only marginally involved in the events leading to the climax. But, hey, she is the narrator of the series and has to be there, right? Who cares if it makes no sense? I do.I am also really tired of the cast of cartoonish "cute old people" that Grafton has built up and keeps expanding as Kinsey's main social set, as well as the meals served to her by one of them at a restaurant that specializes in inedible Hungarian meals of sheep thymus, pigs' feet, etc., etc. So cute. Kinsey apparently gags over this offal at dinner after dinner, yet she still goes there for every meal? And the place is still in business? Oh, if only she would get really, really sick. X is for Ex-protagonist?

  • Randee Baty
    2019-03-22 05:09

    This book shows really shows the continuing evolution of Sue Grafton and Kinsey Millhone. Gone are the days when the stories were told simply by Kinsey narrating her investigations to us. Ever since S is for Silence, we have been getting multiple points of view which some people enjoy and some people don't. I do. In V is for Vengeance, we have a number of story lines that intertwine to create a story with a lot of depth. Kinsey's part in the story begins because she just happens to shoplifter while she is at an underwear sale in the local department store. When she reports this to store security, things start to escalate. The shoplifter is arrested but after her fiance gets her out on bail, she turns up dead. Because there are a number of story lines and quite a few characters, at times you wonder how this is all going to tie together. I found each story line to be interesting on it's own and more so as they began to come together. The one thing that I found a bit out of character was Kinsey's going to the mob boss and trying to negotiate his help for another character in the story. Kinsey has often made a point of saying she is not brave so this seemed like an awfully daring thing for her to do. It didn't quite fit her personality to me. I still loved the story, however. I will now patiently wait until September 10th for W is for Wasted to be published.

  • RebeccaS
    2019-04-08 08:11

    I just love Kinsey Milhone (even though sometimes I seriously question her actions/ideas because I worry for her!) I greatly missed Henry in this book, but I'm sure he will be back for the next one. This was such an interesting book because we were getting Kinsey's investigation, but also the POV of someone on the "other" side, Dante. And I grew to really like Dante and even root for him and Kinsey at the same time, which was strange for this type of book. It was also different because we knew most of the details about what happened, before Kinsey put it all together. However, some were carefully pieced together so we didn't get the whole story until the end, just about when Kinsey did. (view spoiler)[ I loved the ending. I was so sad for Pinky's wife and I really hoped he could find some happiness. But I was just hoping that Dante could get away with Nora and that they would find happiness. Even though he was the "bad" guy, he just didn't seem so bad. I'm also glad Kinsey figured everything out and was such a good friend to Pinky; but so worried when she went after him KNOWING there was a police raid! Ugh.(hide spoiler)]This mystery was just perfectly put together and I enjoyed it so much. Sue Grafton must do so much research for these books and I definitely learned a lot. I cannot wait until the next one!