H is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone Mystery)
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H is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone #8)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  15,947 ratings  ·  334 reviews
"It was one of those occasions when I suddenly realised how happy I was. I was female, single, with money in my pocket . . . I had nobody to answer to and no ties to speak of. As usual I'd forgotten how surges of goodwill merely presage bad news."

After a three-week-long investigation, Kinsey couldn't wait to get home.

What she needed most was a few quiet days by herself - b...more
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 2nd 2008 by Pan Books (first published January 1991)
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Natalie
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
Beverley
Jan 27, 2008 Beverley rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Deanna
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
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
Lynetta
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...more
Alondra
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.
Una Tiers
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.
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.
Christina
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
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...more
Julie
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.
meg
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
Amy
One of my favorites - Kinsey on the road undercover.
Peggy
Kinsey Milhoun, private investigator, reluctantly agrees to go undercover to help the police catch a group of criminals who stage car accidents to defraud insurance companies. She ends up more involved and more alone on this job than she expected. I generally do not get too picky with plot problems, but some of this book seemed a little looser than most in this alphabet murder series. For example, while Kinsey is supposed to a down on her luck hapless budding criminal, she is able to recall her...more
Beth (Ducky)
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...more
Randee Baty
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 in...more
aPriL meows 'n growls TLDR
Raymond is a really great horrible criminal. So far in the series, he is the top evil person in Kinsey's world. Reading what will he do next is the best thing about H. The only quibble is I can't believe he's a heroin addict instead of speed or meth. Another way this one is unusual is Kinsey is undercover and forced into submission to others throughout most of the book; however, she manages to maintain her dignity and professionalism. Her character is more in focus in this one, and you learn how...more
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...more
Jennifer
I don't think I've read anything else by Grafton, but if this is book is representative of the 'Alphabet' series, I am not impressed.

The book opens with the main character, Millhone, finding out about the murder of a friend of hers. That murder plays into the overall plot, but only barely and is hardly ever mentioned again. The lack of emotional response from Millhone is, well, staggering. This is her friend, if only a casual friend, who's dead but he might as well be a stranger. She has a bigg...more
Jonathan Currinn
Finished this book, and I did enjoy it to an extent, but I found myself taking my time in reading it. It didn't engage me as much as the other books have done, and I think it is due to the undercover thing, and has nothing to do with being a proper PI, like the other stories told.

I give it top marks for variety, this was a whole different story and something totally unexpected. I think it was good in that way as it wasn't the average "person comes in and asks for her to look into this thing, she...more
Susan
“H” takes up just five months after “G” ends, so it’s still 1983. As Kinsey investigates false insurance claims, she finds herself deep undercover in a Los Angeles barrio with no friends to turn to.

She’s still using a portable typewriter, but there are some references to office computers and car phones. Subplots include California Fidelity undergoing major upper-end personnel changes and Kinsey’s pal Vera preparing for a Halloween wedding.

Kinsey’s fleeting thoughts about Robert Dietz, her bodyg...more
Caroline
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Chance
Another suspenseful, horror book by this author once again. Kinsey Milhone, the main character, again in this book, sets out to investigate another murder. This time the victim in an insurance claims adjuster.
Kinsey makes friends with a gal named Hannah Moore and she learns that she is trying to do the same thing that Kinsey's ex boyfriend did. Furthermore, as the story continues when another killing happens a gal named Bibiana, Hannah, and Kinsey are taken to jail, where Kinsey joins a fraud i...more
Lara Tambellini
His name was Parnell Perkins, and until shortly after midnight, he'd been a claims adjustor for California Fidelity. Then someone came along and put paid to that line of work. And to any other. Parnell Perkins had been shot at close range and left for dead in the parking lot outside California Fidelity's offices.

To the cops, it looked like a robbery gone sour. To Kinsey Millhone, it looked like the cops were walking away from the case. She didn't like the idea that a colleague and sometime drink...more
Angela
My Review:
Kinsey Millhone is a wonderful character who you can’t help but identify with and love. She always seems to get into trouble of some kind, but at the same time finds a way out of it too. Kinsey is a Private Investigator for the company California Fidelity. She works there for office space basically. She gives them her PI skills to look into insurance claims and they give her an office to use for work she does for them and for her personal business she runs on the side. When a new “top...more
Angela
H is for Homicide was a bit different than the beginning of the alphabet, and I liked it. As always, we join Kinsey on a journey. It begins with a murder in her office parking lot. A new insurance agent for California Fidelity has been killed. Nobody really knows why, but he has unresolved cases. Kinsey is asked to look into one of them, which lands her in a messy situation.

As she investigates the potential for insurance fraud, she befriends Bibianna, and ends up inside a large insurance scam. N...more
Jen
I really do enjoy Sue Grafton's alphabet mysteries. I've been picking them up as I can for free or cheap for years (I'm not willing to pay cover price for them), and as a consequence, I read them out of order. Now that I'm on BookMooch, there are tons of them there to mooch, so I've been getting one at a time in alpha order according to what I haven't read before. This one was a bit different than the many others I've read - PI Kinsey Millhone spends most of the novel undercover with a Latino in...more
Melissa
After Kinsey's most recent case comes to a close, she heads back home and finds out that a friend has been murdered. A short time later she begins investigating an insurance scam and finds out that the two cases are connected. Soon she finds herself working undercover in the home of Raymond Maldonado, after befriending his ex-girlfriend Bibianna Diaz.

As with all of Grafton's mysteries, the strength is in the details and in Kinsey's cleverness. In H Grafton introduces us to a man with Tourette s...more
Rugg Ruggedo
Someone dies in Kinsey's office and she takes a case that she thinks is unconnected, but hey these are the alphbet mysteries so its probably not.
Kinsey thinks shes about to get fired, and throws herself into a case that leads her to the grey area of insurance fraud. Undercover for the first time, that we've seen, Kinsey needs to find out how this scheme works. Once inside she finds out that it appeals to her darker angels, and her battles become internal as well as her undercover work.
This Graft...more
Sue
Kinsey had been out of town doing some work for California Fidelity. She tries to stop by the office on her way home but can't approach it for the Squad cars and police presence. One of the CF claims adjusters, Parnell Perkins, had been found murdered. Kinsey is able to identify him for Lt. Dolan and provide some information. The next day, a CF case is handed off to her - investigating what is thought to be insurance fraud. Kinsey begins working on it, trying to make contact with the woman and...more
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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...more
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“Results for "I looked as respectable as the bum they were booking. I fancied I smelled better, but perhaps not. I've noticed that most of us don't have a clue what we smell like to other people. It's almost as though our noses blank us out in self-defense.” 1 likes
“worry about Dawna, we’ll keep her out of circulation.” Raymond emerged from the master bedroom, pulling his shirt on. He was still barefoot, wearing his wrinkled chinos from the night before.” 0 likes
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