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H is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone #8)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  21,147 Ratings  ·  473 Reviews
After a three-week-long investigation, Kinsey couldn't wait to get home. What she needed most was a few quiet days by herself--but two things happened to change all her plans.

First, she ran into a murder case. Then Kinsey met Bibianna Diaz, and before the night was over they were sharing a prison cell..

"THE LADY CAN WRITE . . .

Any reader who needs a smart and sassy P.I. w
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Paperback, 305 pages
Published June 23rd 1997 by Ballantine Books (first published 1991)
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Deborah Markus
In lieu of the review I don't have time to write because the library police are breathing down my neck and I don't want to piss them off again, here is an anecdote related to the book.

Me: Oh, my God! I haven't heard that in years!

My 17-year-old son: What?

Me: Here. Tell me if you can figure out what this last word means from context. (clears throat) "Bibianna lent me some jeans, a T-shirt, and some tennies."

Son: Um, nope.

Me: I feel very old all of a sudden.

Read this series if you like mysteries t
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Darren
Sep 16, 2015 Darren rated it it was amazing
I borrowed this book from my local library. I found like the other ones so far in this series that it is full of action/adventure. It was like the others so far a book worth reading. A side note on this review that this book is my 500th book on my read list since I signed up for good reads site in January of 2012.
Natalie
Jan 14, 2013 Natalie rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Normally, I really enjoy Sue Grafton's alphabet mystery books and finish them up rather quickly. This one felt like it dragged on forever. The form was different with this novel- and while I do appreciate the fact that Grafton thought to shake things up a bit, I was not happy with the direction she chose to take. I much rather would have read about Kinsey doing research, running and making sandwiches instead of being thrown undercover in an insurance fraud ring throughout 3/4 of the book. I don' ...more
meg
Jun 11, 2014 meg rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I've noticed a lot of people did not like this particular Kinsey Millhone novel, and I can understand why. It's not the typical Millhone mystery loyal fans are used to. However, I have to politely agree to disagree and say this is my favorite one so far. Kinsey isn't stuck doing the mundane PI work we're used to seeing her do, but instead she's working undercover, something I hope she does more of during the course of this series. This book is slow in parts, but not enough to slow any of it down ...more
Beverley
Jan 27, 2008 Beverley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People looking for a new mystery series
I've just discovered Sue Grafton. The protagonist, Kinsey Millhone, is the only convincing INTJ female I've ever found in literature, which, IMO, is quite an achievement.

Grafton's plots are usually interesting and have another element which is rare. The plots are from a woman's pov and show how just the fact of being a female detective inherently changes the flow of events in ways that a male author can't really understaqnd, and so can't generate in his own stories (e.g. Robert Parker's 'Sunny R
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Alondra
Jul 02, 2014 Alondra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
3 Stars

The circumstances of Kinseys little adventure, seemed far-fetched for insurance fraud. I understood the danger of the criminal; but for her to be in that position would have been a flippin' "No Go" for me. Especially with the ending and who all was involved. It makes sense, but it didn't and it bothered me the whole time I read it. A bad guy is off the street, so its all good. Right?

Whatever. It was okay.
Linda
Nov 24, 2014 Linda rated it liked it
Totally readable, good plot and one-liners, but probably won't re-read. Not sure I buy the main character as an ex-cop, though she is quick on instincts and observation. The villain is certifiably psycho, complete with an Abandoning Mother complex plus the 'afterward' remorse of a continual manipulative abuser. Knew that the bad guy's right-hand man was an undercover cop, but no premonitions for Jimmy Tate or the marriage; Grafton is good at preventing predictability.

Good quotes:
1. "His smile wa
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Martha
Jan 04, 2015 Martha rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2015
My first book of 2015. :-)
Benjamin Thomas
The 8th book in a series...this is about the point where I start to worry a mystery/detective series may start to get formulaic. It has got be a difficult thing for an outrageously successful author to break the mold that was the instrument of your success and steer a different course. but that's just what Sue Grafton did in this novel.

The title is actually misleading in my view. Yes there is a homicide, right at the very beginning of the book. In fact, it's mentioned in the first sentence. But
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Em
May 29, 2015 Em rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: X
Shelves: mystery
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Michelle
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 ...more
Deanna
Sep 10, 2010 Deanna rated it really liked it
This book was slightly different from the others so far in the series. It mentions some characters from the previous books, but that is about all, except for Kinsey, naturally. I liked some of the imagery used in the scenes of the book. While it still annoys me that there are no computers or cell phones in the eighties/ early nineties and I really wish Kinsey would just grab her cell phone and call for help a lot of the time, I love the fact that this book brings back memories of the eighties an ...more
Mike
Jan 07, 2009 Mike rated it liked it
I tried Sue Grafton or the fist time and was pleasantly surprised. I will probably read more from this series. I liked the spunky character and mostly Grafton's visual and very detailed descriptions of everything the main character came into cotnact with. It reminds me of how I often perceive my environment once arriving at a new place or into someone's house. Gritty details, visual resolution, aromas, tones of voice, and hunches make up this quirky character's mystery solving adventures. I foun ...more
Betty
Sep 16, 2015 Betty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: earlene-fowler
I have read all of Kinsey Milhome books except the last one which is on my must read list as soon as it comes down in price I can get it from library. I would rate as 5 except a couple I would rate a 4.
Stephanie
Nov 24, 2012 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the first book in the series to fall back a notch in my opinion. A lot of changes occur here as Kinsey gets involved in a case very close to home and ends up losing something that has been a comfort for her, but the story itself is a little flat and the stereotypes hurt the characters.

This is not a "bad" book, just not up to the level of the previous novels. This is not a new phenomenon. Every author I have read more than six novels by have a book or even a series that is not as good as
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Janet
Sep 19, 2015 Janet rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not the best book, but okay. I still love Kinsey Millhone.
Chris
Mar 02, 2016 Chris rated it it was amazing
I like Sue Grafton's alphabet series with Kinsey Milhone, even if I only read a couple per year.

H is for Homicide brings private investigator Kinsey Milhone into a new role. She finds herself doing undercover work, without any training despite her police background. The book starts with Kinsey returning home early from an investigation and stopping by her office, only to find a co-worker had been killed in the parking lot, his car stolen. Nothing much comes of it over the weeks that follow, but
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Juanita
Review: 1CH 1D is For Homicide by Sue Grafton. Another good book from Kinsey Millhone Mystery series.

The story is about a claims adjuster at California Fidelity Insurance Company is found dead at the back door of the Insurance building. For a while no one understood why he was murdered. Once Kinsey got involved by going undercover events stated coming together.

She had her own investigation going on with a case of insurance fraud. She ended up going under cover to get information of a string of
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Duncan Mandel
EDITORIAL REVIEW: * #1 *New York Times* bestselling author Sue Grafton’s PI Kinsey Millhone tackles insurance fraud in her latest outing—and finds that she’ll have to commit some deceit of her own to catch a cold-blooded killer…* **H IS FOR HUSTLER…** When PI Kinsey Millhone’s good friend and colleague Parnell Perkins is found murdered in the parking lot behind California Fidelity Insurance, she can’t believe he had any enemies. The only clue that raises a red flag for Kinsey is one of Parnell’s ...more
Lynetta
May 06, 2014 Lynetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Kinsey Millhone, our heroine, is most often dashing about following leads and clues. In "H" is for Homicide she's returning to her office only to find someone has been shot in front of it. Parnell Perkins has been a claims adjuster and with California Fidelity (CF).

Meanwhile, CF wants Kinsey to investigate a file from Perkins on Bibianna Diaz, who complains of whiplash, headaches, dizziness because of an auto accident. Diaz complains her car repairs total $1500 and lost wages are $1200. The add
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Una Tiers
Jan 14, 2014 Una Tiers rated it it was ok
Few of the characters in this book were likeable even when primarily bad figures had soft sides. The story was ugly and the explanations are not credible.
Helen
Still liking this series. This one is a bit different as Kinsey is out of her usual kind of work, and is mostly undercover in a flat in Los Angeles with a Latino insurance fraud gang. This kind of car insurance fraud has only fairly recently had a lot of publicity in the UK, so it's interesting to see it up and running back in the early 80s! (The year is 1983, and how different the story would be if Kinsey had a mobile phone instead of having to look for payphones or hunt for the hidden phone in ...more
Darcy
This book had me shaking my head for so much of the time. Kinsey manages to get herself into some very interesting situations. Her pretending to be someone else and being stuck with a psychopath made for an interesting story. I also found the efficiency expert to be quite funny, especially when he tried to treat Kinsey like a normal employee, too bad it back fired on her.
LadyCroft86
Sep 02, 2015 LadyCroft86 rated it really liked it
Kinsey Millhone goes undercover! This book was one of the better Millhone mysteries as Kinsey is pretty much in danger the whole entire time. She goes undercover to try and bust up a insurance fraud ring with some dangerous characters. She ends up living in an apartment with these guys for a few days and it is exciting!
Grafton did a good job with the descriptions in this book. I felt the griminess of the apartment when it's described and I felt the danger that Kinsey was in while she was there.
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Christina
Jun 13, 2010 Christina rated it liked it
This was the first book that I read in Grafton's alphabet series. I purchased it in 1991 at an airport bookstore before I boarded a plane. Although Grafton's books all blend together for me, I know that I liked this one reasonably well because I have faithfully read every other book in the series since.
Linda
Mar 16, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book #8 in the Kinsey Millhone, P.I. series. This book has had the most dangerous situations for Kinsey thus far. The book kept my interest, even though I knew that she would come out alive.

Kinsey has an office rent-free in the suite of California Fidelity Insurance Company's offices. In return she does some investigative work for them a couple times a month, an arrangement that works well for both parties. In "H" Kinsey is sent out to trap an Hispanic woman named Bibiana Diaz who has fi
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Julia Wood
Oct 16, 2014 Julia Wood rated it it was amazing
Ugh, I forgot how much I hate how she ends her stories! I got a page or two into this a few months ago and just stopped reading, not sure why.. I guess life happened. I'm glad I picked it up, though, because this was probably my favorite so far ;) a very good read!
Julie
Jun 20, 2010 Julie rated it it was ok
This book was definitely grittier, darker and more violent than the others in this series so far. If it had been the first I had read, I probably wouldn't read another. But I will try the next one knowing how much I have enjoyed all the others so far.
Lois
Apr 30, 2015 Lois rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rereading the alphabet series, and this one is still one of the best. Vivid descriptions throughout, although the middle wasn't as good as the beginning and the end. The 6 days Kinsey spent as someone else undercover was just strange. Couldn't figure out how she was able to just hang out with a bunch of goons by being Bibbiana's friend when clearly there was a lot of illegal activity going on. I think real crooks would keep all that stuff hidden. If she was held captive, she missed several oppor ...more
Kate
Jul 21, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
This book was probably my faviorte in this series so far. But it does leave you wanting more. I'm curious to see what happens to the other characters and where Kinsey goes from here.
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievement award) in 2003.

Family History:

Father: C.W. Grafton, born 1909, third son of Presbyterian Missionaries, born and raised in China, educated Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina; practicing attorney in Louisville, Kentucky with a 40-year specialty in municipal bonds. Au
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Other Books in the Series

Kinsey Millhone (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1)
  • B is for Burglar  (Kinsey Millhone, #2)
  • C is for Corpse  (Kinsey Millhone, #3)
  • D is for Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone, #4)
  • E is for Evidence (Kinsey Millhone, #5)
  • F is for Fugitive (Kinsey Millhone, #6)
  • G is for Gumshoe  (Kinsey Millhone, #7)
  • I is for Innocent (Kinsey Millhone, #9)
  • J is for Judgment (Kinsey Millhone, #10)
  • K is for Killer (Kinsey Millhone, #11)

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