Q Is for Quarry

Version: Abridged
Author: Sue Grafton
Narrator: Judy Kaye
Genres: Detective Stories, Women Detectives
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: February 2018
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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A Kinsey Millhone mystery. . .

She was a "Jane Doe," an unidentified white female whose decomposed body was discovered near a quarry off California's Highway 1. The case fell to the Santa Teresa County Sheriff's Department, but the detectives had little to go on. The woman was young, her hands were bound with a length of wire, there were mulitple stab wounds, and her throat had been slashed. After months of investigation, the case remained unsolved.

That was eighteen years ago. Now, the two men who found the body, both nearing the end of long careers in law enforcement, want one last shot at the case. Old and ill, they need someone to do the legwork for them, and they turn to Kinsey Millhone. They will, they tell her, find closure if they can just identify the victim. Kinsey is intrigued by the challenge and agrees to work with them.

But revisiting the past can be a dangerous business, and what beings with the pursuit of Jane Doe's real identity ends in a high-risk hunt for her killer.

Reviews (10)

Written by Sherry S. on August 26th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Another great novel by Sue Grafton! Only Judy Kaye does Ms. Grafton's stories justice.


Written by Amy F. on May 22nd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved it! Love Judy Kaye!


Written by Jerry D on May 3rd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed this book. Judy Kaye is so entertaining!

Written by N Brockelman on December 31st, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great books. Cleverly written.


Written by Anonymous from Atlanta, GA on June 25th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Average book. Her novels are very predictable and all seem the same

Q is for Quarry

Written by Kathy B on March 27th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was an enjoyable, easy-to-listen-to Kinsey Milhone. I have only read a few of her books, but I enjoy her style and method of detecting. Although she is self-deprecating at times, she still manages to do almost everything right. I also enjoy the narrator's 'voice of Kinsey' and will work my way through the series.

Q is for Quarry

Written by Christina Clay on November 8th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I imagined Kinsey Milhone's voice deeper, but the reader, whose name I do not know, had everything else so close that I forgot about that after awhile. Kinsey stopped growing as a character many books back, so the stories are driven by how likeable she is and the interest of the plots. This one had enough twists and turns to keep me interested and Kinsey is as engaging a person as always.

Sounds familiar

Written by Claire on September 7th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This is my fourth Grafton alpha series book. They are all beginning to sound the same.

Q is for Quary

Written by Piper Dixon on January 28th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This again was a winner. Sue Grafton is a wonderful writer and a true word smith. She takes us in with her detective Kinsey Milhone so real and honest, then gives us the ride of our lives. We are kept on the edge of our seats till the very end. I can't wait till I listen to "S" is for Silence.

Q is for Quarry

Written by Nanette on July 20th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is the best Sue Grafton book ever!! Having read every book since "A", this has to be my favorite one!! I must for any fan of Kinsey!!

Author Details

Author Details

Grafton, Sue

Sue Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages—including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. She’s an international bestseller with a readership in the millions. She’s a writer who believes in the form that she has chosen to mine: "The mystery novel offers a world in which justice is served. Maybe not in a court of law," she has said, "but people do get their just desserts." And like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Robert Parker and the John D. MacDonald—the best of her breed—she has earned new respect for that form. Her readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling talents.

But who is the real Sue Grafton? Many of her readers think she is simply a version of her character and alter ego Kinsey Millhone. Here are Kinsey’s own words in the early pages of N Is for Noose:

"So there I was barreling down the highway in search of employment and not at all fussy about what kind of work I’d take. I wanted distraction. I wanted some money, escape, anything to keep my mind off the subject of Robert Deitz. I’m not good at good-byes. I’ve suffered way too many in my day and I don’t like the sensation. On the other hand, I’m not that good at relationships. Get close to someone and the next thing you know, you’ve given them the power to wound, betray, irritate, abandon you, or bore you senseless. My general policy is to keep my distance, thus avoiding a lot of unruly emotion. In psychiatric circles, there are names for people like me."

Those are sentiments that hit home for Grafton’s readers. And she has said that Kinsey is herself, only younger, smarter, and thinner. But are they an apt description of Kinsey’s creator? Well, she’s been married to Steve Humphrey for more than twenty years. She has three kids and two grandkids. She loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine—not quite the nature-hating, fast-food loving Millhone. So: readers and reviewers beware. Never assume the author is the character in the book. Sue, who has a home in Montecito, California ("Santa Theresa") and another in Louisville, the city in which she was born and raised, is only in her imagination Kinsey Millhone—but what a splendid imagination it is.