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H Is for Homicide by Sue Grafton

H Is for Homicide (edition 1997)

by Sue Grafton

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Title:H Is for Homicide
Authors:Sue Grafton
Info:Ballantine Books (1997), Edition: First Edition, Paperback
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H is for Homicide by Sue Grafton

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I’ve been reading this series for a few months and I love it. I love starting a new Kinsey Millhone novel because I know it’s going to be great. Some of them are harder to pick up and some are gripping from the first page. This one was slower to get into. It took about 50 pages before I really was into it, but then I was sucked in. The plot didn’t come out until about 25 pages in and even then I didn’t really know where or how it was going to go. I didn’t think it would be a great story and was worried this would be the first that I didn’t really like. But it ended up being in top 3 by the end. There were twists and turns along the way but the biggest blow came in a huge plot twist at the end that caused me to actually set the book down so I could process it. Grafton brought in a new type of mystery. Kinsey, for the first time in her career, did undercover work. Because of that, it was a different flow to the story and didn’t writing because she had to be someone else. Once I got used to the differences, it was a great book. I would recommend it to every mystery lover. ( )
  beearedee | Feb 16, 2015 |
Rereading the next letter in Grafton's alphabet series, Kinsey finds herself with a new case--looking into insurance fraud--and goes undercover to find the truth. This one was fast-paced and had little of the characters we have come to love: no Henry, Rosie, with limited Vera and Con Doyle. Step back into the eighties where we wore mini-skirts, ratted our hair, and didn't run around with cell phones and internet. It adds a layer of complexity to her investigations that we wouldn't find with our technologically-advanced PIs of today.

Kinsey's always fun to read, and "H" doesn't disappoint, but doesn't necessarily delight, either. Having read them when they were new releases, though, they have stood the test of time for me. Still one of my favorite detective series. ( )
  GovMarley | Oct 7, 2014 |
Grafton's Kinsey Alphabet Mysteries series continues to be a great 'change of pace' read for me with a reliable lead character and a retro setting that I always enjoy bouncing in and out of. I found H is for Homicide to be a little different from the previous books in the series. While Grafton's books always go into detail about the characters and their environment, this was the first time that detailed focus has been on the insurance fraud Kinsey was investigating. While the whole 'infiltration into the fraud ring' didn't quite work for me, the information on how the frauds were being perpetrated was quite interesting. Having a character with Tourette syndrome was another interesting twist to the story. The middle part of the story started to drag for me and even some of the bits that were probably supposed to be suspenseful really didn't come across as such. Maybe because I have been reading too many Scottish police procedural of late, but for me it was almost as though Grafton was being a bit tongue-in-cheek about part of the story, especially when our fraud ring kingpin Raymond Maldonado's point of view of the world and morals are at discrepancy with his character. While I was starting to worry that this was going to be my most boring Grafton read to date, Grafton managed to spice up the last 3-4 chapters and brought the story to a close with her usual suspense as we wait to see what happens. I love the curve ball ending - I do enjoy it when an author is able to sneak a plausible surprise into the story - and I am looking forward to dipping into the next book in the series the next time I am in the need of a change of pace story. ( )
  lkernagh | Jul 27, 2014 |
The situation that Kinsey Millhone finds herself in is completely different than other stories in the series. That's one of the things that keeps it interesting! The characters are well developed. I feel like I know exactly who they are by the end of the book. The situation keeps the tension high while you try to figure out how she can extricate herself from the trouble she's found herself in.

It begins with the death of a insurance adjuster that Kinsey is familiar with. Kinsey is asked by the insurance company to investigate some traffic accident claims as there seems to be a fraud ring involved. By the time it's all over, Kinsey has gotten herself thrown in jail to stick with her suspect and then, when released, smack dab in the middle of the fraud ring herself. She needs to get away from these guys and get back to her own life but it will be a dangerous situation to try to get away from.

If you've never read a Kinsey Millhone story, I wouldn't start with this one. You need to read a few others so you know who she is but if you've read some of the others, you'll enjoy this one!

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  Mrsbaty | Jan 15, 2014 |
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For the Women's Group in all its incarnations:

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Looking back, it's hard to remember if the low morale at California Fidelity originated with the death of one of the claims adjusters or the transfer of Gordon Titus, an "efficiency expert" from the Palm Springs office, who was brought in to bolster profits.
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She chases a fraud
And finds her life in danger.
She still gets fired, though.

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Any reader who needs a smart and sassy P.I. would do well to hire Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone. . . . H' is for Homicide continues to show the author in strong storytelling form. . . . [It] finds Kinsey Millhone working on a case involving the death of a claims adjuster for a California insurance company. The story takes her into the Los Angeles barrio in pursuit of a violent criminal, into jails and hospitals, and into a grungy bar named the Meat Locker. . . . Count on Millhone not only to corner the murderer but also to make a statement against the foibles of the insurance game."
--The New York Times

"The eighth in Grafton's bestselling series is perhaps the wildest ride yet. . . . Grafton's skill with dialogue, her vivid characterizations and California scenery are priceless. . . . There are moments when the tension becomes so unbearable that you are tempted to skip paragraphs out of self-preservation."
--USA Today

"One of the best . . . A vivid, funny portrait of life in an ethnic underworld, viewed without judgment. Suspense there is, plentifully, and a final suggestion that Kinsey will be exploring different mischiefs next time. Outstanding."
--Los Angeles Times

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Kinsey Millhone working on a case involving the death of a claims adjuster for a California insurance company. The story takes her into the Los Angeles barrio in pursuit of a violent criminal, into jails and hospitals, and into a grungy bar named the Meat Locker. . . . Count on Millhone not only to corner the murderer but also to make a statement against the foibles of the insurance game.… (more)

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