John Parker is a Graduate-qualified English/Spanish Teacher, owner and director of CHAT ENGLISH, an English Language Centre in Avilés on the north coast of Spain . A voracious reader, he has particularly loved horror fiction for many years.
is the 24th Kinsey Millhone mystery. The story starts with Kinsey taking on a
seemingly routine job to find the son of a client who had been put up for
adoption more than thirty- years previously.
easy two hundred dollar assignment soon becomes complicated when our heroine
finds that she has been paid with marked banknotes and her client has seemingly
disappeared. Kinsey discovers that said client may well have had something to
the same time, whilst helping the widow of her old friend Pete Wolinsky
(tragically murdered in the novel W is for Wasted) with some paperwork demanded
by the IRS, she discovers an unexpected clue about his past and his demise some
six months previously: a coded list of the names of six women. This list leads
her into conflict with an extremely unpleasant individual by the name of Ned
Lowe. Will Kinsey live long enough to make it to the letter Z in this series?
close to five hundred pages, I must admit that I found the novel a bit
overlong. The subplot involving her good friend and landlord Henry who lives
next door and some bad neighbours is amusing enough yet distracts
from the main story.
course, there is a resolution to the story but it is not the most satisfying of
endings. I found it a bit flat after all the build-up. I am sure that the
majority of Grafton’s fans will be satisfied but a first-time reader like me
may be disappointed.