Publisher: Random House Audio

Audio: Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

Posted September 1, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , | 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audio: Y is for Yesterday by Sue GraftonY is for Yestterday by Sue Grafton
Series: Kinsey Millhone #25
Narrator: Judy Kaye
Published by Random House Audio on August 22, 2017
Genres: Mystery
Format: Audiobook
Length: 17 hours, 11 minutes
Source: Publisher
Audio | B&N | Goodreads
four-stars

The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state’s evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.

Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find…

 

          

I have read all the books in the Kinsey Millhone series   starting way back in the 1980s. Mystery is a favorite genre of mine, especially as a palate cleanser because of its action and facts. Of course, emotions get involved as well, but Kinsey is very straight forward. She leads an organized, simple life. Her relationships are few and somewhat limited. The only other audio I have listened to was the short stories, Kinsey & Me. So I decided to try this on audio, too.

I really love Kinsey and recommend you read  the books in order. The writing of characters and world is generally excellent, although since this series is set in the 1980s there was a slip-up with airport security here. There are three layers to the story and one of the layers has more than one story. Kinsey has various happenings in her personal life. She has fallout from her previous case, which means she has to watch her back.

Her new case has many aspects: extortion, an old murder, and people who are missing. The characters of this are not appealing. At all. The clients, the victims, the witness are all not very nice. It’s true some of them had a bad situation dealt to them but that doesn’t mean they have to treat others poorly. I enjoyed Kinsey’s process and the various puzzle pieces working around to solutions.

Judy Kaye is the narrator for Y is for Yesterday and the short story anthology. I didn’t feel like her voice was a fit to my inner voice for Kinsey, probably since I’ve had my own mindset for (gasp) 30+ years. She sounds too old to me. Of course, Kinsey is 39 in the books now and was 20s at the beginning. The narrative was clear and easy to understand. I just didn’t like the tone. It was somewhat flat and didn’t bring forth emotions, but then Kinsey is not highly emotional. I listened at 1.25 speed to keep it moving and it was fine at this speed.

I am curious to see what happens next with Z is for Zero. (2019) Will there be more Kinsey stories? Will Sue Grafton do something new or retire in her success? I highly recommend this series if you like an old school mystery with quirky characters and action. It is set in the 1980s so the cultural feel is different. Reading or listening is enjoyable.

 

Listen to a clip here:

About Sue Grafton

New York Times-bestselling author Sue Grafton is published in twenty-eight countries and twenty-six languages–including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. Books in her alphabet series, begun in 1982, are international bestsellers with readership in the millions. And like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Grafton has earned new respect for the mystery form. Readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling prowess. She has been named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America (2009) and is a recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award (2004).

Sue Grafton has been married to Steve Humphrey for more than thirty years, and they divide their time between Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky, where she was born and raised. Grafton, who has three children and four grandchildren, loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine.

Review Breakdown
Writing
five-stars
Characters
four-stars
Narration (Audio)
three-stars
Overall: four-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:


Audio Review: The Chosen by J. R. Ward

Audio Review: The Chosen by J. R. Ward

Posted May 8, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

  Wow. What a crazy, train wreck ride! What else would you expect from the Brotherhood?   I have to come clean and admit I’ve never been a Xcor fan and have hated Layla’s duplicity about her relationship with him. Because these stories have a multitude of storylines, I wasn’t concerned about these two characters being the major focus as I was counting on the others to hold my interest. Xcor launched into to this series as a cruel and brutal man, no way was there any possibility he could redeem himself in my mind and it irritated me that Layla betrayed the Brotherhood by continuing to see him. *sigh* I caved.   Layla’s revelation was received explosively, much more than I ever anticipated and […]


Audio Review: A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold

Audio Review: A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold

Posted April 5, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    When the Columbine massacre occurred in April of 1999, I recall judging the parents. After all, there had to have been some extremely obvious signs for their sons to be able to do something like this. Or, they were so disengaged in their lives they were just plain oblivious. If nothing else was accomplished (and there definitely is more), this book has changed my outlook. I’ll never, ever again “assume” anything close to this kind of thinking or judge.   I was most interested in hearing from the parents of Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris and always wondered why they maintained their silence. Sue Klebold bravely tells her story and explains why, making no excuses and proving that she used her time wisely […]


Staked by Kevin Hearne

Staked by Kevin Hearne

Posted October 8, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | 4 Comments

    read it, track it is a way for me to track books for my reading challenges and the reviews will be super short. Staked is a great addition to the Iron Druid Chronicles. It wraps up a few things as a next-to-the-last-book in a series should but still leaves some meat on the bone for us to chew in the last installment. The story is told through three POVs, Atticus, Owen and Granuaile just like the previous book, Shattered. Staked delivered some action, humor and a touch of sadness. Then gives us an ending with hopefulness for the future. I cannot wait to see how Hearne wraps up the series with Scourged, until then I’ll listen to The Purloined Poodle, the novella told through OBERON’s POV. […]


Shattered by Kevin Hearne

Shattered by Kevin Hearne

Posted September 9, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | 6 Comments

    read it, track it is a way for me to track books for my reading challenges and the reviews will be super short. Things I loved Owen – He was a great addition to the cast of characters. I loved that we got his POVs Oberon – He is always a favorite of mine and when he has more page time it’s an outstanding addition to the humor. Yetis! Luke Daniel’s narration! He really showcased his talent in Shattered! He did every role perfectly!   Things I didn’t love (didn’t hate but could have been different) Multi-POVs for every chapter. I liked that we got Owen and Granuaile’s POVs but I would have like a little less of Granualie as her story felt like a […]


Audio Review: Trapped | Hunted by Kevin Hearne

Audio Review: Trapped | Hunted by Kevin Hearne

Posted April 1, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | 6 Comments

       read it, track it is a way for me to track books for my reading challenges and the reviews will be super short. Wow. We jumped 12 years and Granuaile has completed her training. Tons of Oberon Killer clowns bow bow chicka chicka (but off page) for three sun rises! I know this series is not a romance but it would have been nice to have something. There’s been sexual tension for 12 years. Just kissing would’ve been enough. But Oberon’s reaction was fun.   The plot thickens and a chase across Europe. Oberon breaks my heart with his strong loyalty to Atticus Loved getting Granuaile’s POV There’s a death of a secondary character. It was sad and that character will be missed. I […]


Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Posted March 31, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 8 Comments

     I don’t think of myself as liking fantasy very much but Jessica from Rabid Reads had a high opinion of this and we seem to like some of the same things, so I read it.  There are limited humor and romance so why did I like it?   The characters and world-building detail are so rich, so well written.  It is detailed without being boring or overwhelming.  The point of view belongs to Agnieszka. She is totally likable. She’s a bit messy and not always perfect in her plans and judgments. She is young but so compassionate.   The setting is historical, a time with swords and canons and magic.  This is a dark story with battles between peoples.  There are many deaths […]