V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton #atozchallenge

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge  is for bloggers who wish to participate by publishing a blog post every day in April except for Sundays. Each blog post will focus on a letter of the alphabet. For example April 1 will be A, April 2 will be B and on it goes. By the end of April, a blog post for every letter of the alphabet will have been posted.

V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton


Another in Sue Grafton’s series of novels that are named after each letter of the alphabet. Investigator Kinsey Milhone, known by regular readers of this author, is based in a fictional city in Los Angeles and ready to solve the latest mystery.

In Las Vegas, a young college graduate is murdered when he is unable to pay back a loan funded by nororious criminal Lorenzo Dante.

Two years later, private investigator, Kinsey Millhone, finds herself assisting to apprehend a shoplifter – Audrey Vance. Events take a much darker turn when Audrey’s body is discovered beneath the Cold Spring bridge, a local suicide spot. Unable to believe she took her own life, Audrey’s fiance, Marvin Striker hires Kinsey to investigate. It soon emerges that the shoplifter had become caught up in a much larger operation. Meanwhile, Lorenzo Dante, has begun to grow weary of his life in organized crime, and is ftustrated with his violent and impulsive younger brother Cappi. While the police net begins to close in on him, Dante meets the beautiful Nora, who exerts a powerful pull over the gangster.

As Kinsey’s inquireies reach a dramatic head, it becomes clear that she and Dante have one thing in common – they must be careful who they trust…. – from the blurb

My Thoughts

I’ve only read one previous book in this epic series, and I enjoyed it as much as I did the first. Kinsey Milhone is an easy to like character who always seems to get her man. The story is written to a winning formula, however, I found it very enjoyable. This book is a very quick and easy read but with a ‘who dunnit’ storyline that had me turning the page.

I can’t help wondering how this series endures, for those fans who have read all books. I’m not so sure that I could read an alphabet of stories about one character.


“Sue Grafton’s mysteries are so consistently enjoyable you have to wonder what her secret is” – New York Times

“As the master of suspense continues to demonstrate in superb mystery after superb mystery, there are more ugly twists in the human heart that there are letters in the alphabet.” – Entertainment Weekly

Star Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

About the Author

Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton was a number One international bestselling and very prolific author of mystery and detective novels. Her books have been published in many languages and have appeared on The New York Times Bestseller lists many times and for many weeks each time. She passed away in 2017 before Z for Zero was published and so the alphabet series ends at Y.

Published in 2011 by Mantle, Pan McMillan
Paperback, 437 pages

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4 thoughts on “V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton #atozchallenge

  1. I’ve been reading Sue Grafton since the start of the series and always enjoy them. Yes, they can get a bit formulaic but she’s done a masterful job of keeping true to era eg Every time a phone box can’t be found It comes as a surprise.

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  2. I’m another Grafton fan – have only been reading them since 2007 – mostly read out of order although A was the first I read. I buy a new to me title when I see a secondhand copy.

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