Book Review: W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton

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When Sue Grafton passed away about 3 months ago, and her family said they wouldn’t be publishing the final 26th book of the Alphabet series, I was very disappointed. The world lost a fantastic writer, creator and author, not to mention human being and literary supporter. Grafton’s books kept me sane for a decade… I immersed myself in the world of Kinsey Millhone and Santa Teresa, California. It’s one of the most vividly drawn series of books I have ever found. I hadn’t finished the last few books in the previous five years, so I bought the remaining three and started W is for Wasted last week. It was like coming home again… I really missed the characters and found the book quite good. It wasn’t her best, certainly not the worst, but somewhere in that middle comfort zone. I can’t wait to read X and Y, but I know they’ll be the end. All good things have to embrace it sometimes…

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In this story, we see the perspective of the dead investigator for whom Kinsey needs to re-trace some steps. How did he get himself killed? Throw in a great plot (and sense of humanity) in talking about the life of the homeless in a balanced way (not just throwing shade at them)… Grafton provides keen insight into the minds and thoughts of people stuck in a situation with nowhere to turn. I enjoyed this style, found myself with eyes opening wider, and laughed out loud way too many times.

It’s a strong book in the series, and I think it shows a lot of the early reasons why I feel in love with the stories and characters. The only thing that pushed my buttons a little bit was an excessive amount of sideline backstories that really had nothing to do with the main stories… meaning 3 or 4 pages would be devoted to the history of some building that had little to do with the plot. Solid writing, interesting, but not connected. Not enough to be painful, but it crossed the line a few times where I found myself taking breaks at times I would normally just plow right through the story.

Kudos to another solid plot and re-introduction of past characters we hadn’t seen in a long time. Thx!

 

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37 thoughts on “Book Review: W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton

    mainepaperpusher said:
    March 17, 2018 at 1:38 PM

    So sad that Z will never become a reality, but if she never got the finish it, it would be disappointing. No one else would be able to do it justice.

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    Carrie Rubin said:
    March 17, 2018 at 1:44 PM

    This is one of my favorite series. So sad that the author passed away. As I recall, I didn’t enjoy W as much, but I still wanted to make it to Z. Kinsey will always be one of my favorite characters. Henry too.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 17, 2018 at 1:53 PM

      Henry is adorable. I do enjoy when his siblings show up. William was present in this one, which I liked. And Kinsey met her father’s family, so that was why it appealed to me. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend.

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    Avonna said:
    March 17, 2018 at 1:52 PM

    Great review, James! I need to catch up in this series. I am in complete agreement with your comments and sentiments.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 17, 2018 at 1:53 PM

      Thank you! Where did you leave off? Hope your weekend is going well!

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        Avonna said:
        March 17, 2018 at 1:59 PM

        I stopped after “Q” and just haven’t gotten back. When I saw she passed, I decided to try and catch up. Still working to fit it in.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 17, 2018 at 2:08 PM

        so many books, so little time

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        Avonna said:
        March 17, 2018 at 2:26 PM

        Soooo true! 😁

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    cindy knoke said:
    March 17, 2018 at 1:53 PM

    Yep. I read ’em all. I think they did get a bit weaker over time but I still enjoyed them. I am sad that Sue Crafton died.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 17, 2018 at 1:55 PM

      Yes 😦 I’m worried about X and Y based on everyone’s feedback.

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    E. Michael Helms, writer said:
    March 17, 2018 at 2:41 PM

    From what I read about the situation after her death, it was her wish that “Z” not be ghosted. According to family, she had not started the book, but if I recall correctly, she planned to call it “Z” is for Zero. Sad that she won’t be able to complete the series, but what an accomplishment and legacy she leaves behind!
    –Michael

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 17, 2018 at 3:15 PM

      Thank you for sharing. I think it’s the right decision. Definite legacy. 🙂

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    bleuwater said:
    March 17, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    I was fortunate to meet and have lunch with Sue Grafton at a writer’s conference. She was so down to earth, personable and someone I’d have liked as a friend. She gave me practical advice for living life as a writer. She reminded me of her character Kinsey to a tee.

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    I’m so glad this was another great entry. I need to make the time to catch up on this series. Wonderful review Jay!

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    Lashaan (Bookidote) said:
    March 17, 2018 at 8:01 PM

    I remember hearing about this tragedy and your mentions of it on Goodreads. It’s pretty crazy and really sadenning. It’s nice to hear that it’s still a wonderful series (that will unfortunately never completed huh?). Hope the next 2 books will prove to be a great finale. 😉 Great review, Jay.

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    Carrie said:
    March 17, 2018 at 11:30 PM

    Lovely review! I have to say I was also quite sad when the family was quoted at saying that as far as they were concerned the alphabet would now end at Y although I admit life got in the way years ago and I only made it to J myself and have been thinking for years I ought to go pick the series back up again.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 19, 2018 at 8:04 AM

      Hi. Thank you so much for stopping by. I will finish the next two… hope you pick the series up again. 🙂

      Also, sorry for the delay in responding. This was caught in spam and I just found it this morning. Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

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        Carrie said:
        March 19, 2018 at 6:44 PM

        Eek, no worries on taking too long but it’s not the first time I’ve heard I’ve been sent to spam so it’s a tad worrying that I don’t even comment that often and WordPress still dumps me into oblivion. 😦

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 19, 2018 at 10:23 PM

        Silly WP!

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        Carrie said:
        March 20, 2018 at 2:00 AM

        I suppose in a way it’s good someone reminds me to check spam every now and then when they find mine since I’ve just fished out a few from my own spam folder. *sigh*

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 20, 2018 at 2:01 AM

        Ha! Spammers are so frustrating. They cause us extra work! Sorry.

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        Carrie said:
        March 20, 2018 at 2:06 AM

        Very true. I have two of my old posts that seem to attract them for some reason to the point I almost want to go delete those reviews and see if it stopped or if they switch posts.

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    Book Club Mom said:
    March 18, 2018 at 12:34 PM

    A nice tribute to catch up with her books – I haven’t read them, but my sister-in-law is a big fan. I often read what she recommends. Should I start with A?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 18, 2018 at 5:11 PM

      It is the kind of series you want to read in order, but if you only wanted to sample a few, you’d be fine to skip around. None of the books are connected in a way you need to read in order or you’d be lost. You’d just understand a few more connections if you read in order. A was good… a few around C to F were stronger as she settled into the character. Thanks!

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    b0rn_2_read said:
    March 18, 2018 at 1:17 PM

    I haven’t read this series, will add to my TBR

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    Lisa@LismorePaperCo. said:
    March 18, 2018 at 4:56 PM

    So sad she passed away. I will have to read this series sounds brilliant!

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    Diana said:
    March 20, 2018 at 7:30 AM

    Sad to hear that the author passed away. This does sound like a great series and I hope to read it soon. Great review.

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    mrsnnnlight said:
    March 20, 2018 at 8:53 AM

    Great review, Jay! 🙂

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    carhicks said:
    March 21, 2018 at 8:45 AM

    I only have Y to read, but I have been putting it off. Maybe knowing it is the last time I will visit with Kinsey, Henry and the rest of his crazy family. I agree the last ones were not necessarily the best, but still very enjoyable.

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