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H is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone #8)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  19,066 ratings  ·  411 reviews
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 Mi
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Published April 1st 2010 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 1991)
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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
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
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
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.
My first book of 2015. :-)
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
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
May 29, 2015 Em rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Julia Wood
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!
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.
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
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.
Kinsey Millhone is a PI in California. She does contract work for California Fidelity. There were questionable filings at CFthat Kinsey was lookng into. But it seemed there was more to it. Insurance fraud, larceny etc. Kinsey meets up eith Bibbiana who is running scared when there is a shoot out and both are taken by Raymond who is obsessed with Bibbiana. His brother is killed and he is after the culprit. They are held captive in LA until Bibbiana escapes. Raymond has one of his guys go after he ...more
One of my favorites - Kinsey on the road undercover.
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
Nancy Zorn
After some of the poor writing I've read lately, it was nice to dive into a Sue Grafton novel. I've read some of the earlier books in the Kinsey Millhone series and can see how her writing has progressed. Lots of fans were not happy with the author's departure from the typical PI story, but I enjoyed it. It's nice, light, enjoyable reading. The books in this series stand alone, but there are also tie-ins to earlier novels that are a bonus for the fans. That said, I'll be passing it along. I don' ...more
I would rate this 3.5 stars if we were able to give 1/2 stars.

Sue Grafton continues to keep the reader entertained in her Alphabet Series with H IS FOR HOMICIDE. Her unique writing style is more like someone telling his/her favorite story and you only have to sit back and enjoy the tale.

In H IS FOR HOMICIDE, Grafton shows us that no one is protected from corruption and does this in such a way that not only do we find it funny but disgusting at the same time. As always, her characters are, well
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
aPriL does feral sometimes
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
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
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievement award) in 2003.

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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
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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)
A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1) M is for Malice (Kinsey Millhone, #13) J is for Judgment (Kinsey Millhone, #10) K is for Killer (Kinsey Millhone, #11) B is for Burglar  (Kinsey Millhone, #2)

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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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