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H is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone #8)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  23,711 Ratings  ·  580 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
ebook, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 1991)
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4 of 5 stars to H is for Homicide, the 8th book in the "Kinsey Millhone" mystery series, written in 1991 by Sue Grafton. Grafton hits another home run in the series with this installment, focusing on the death of one of Kinsey's friends. It kicks off an investigation into insurance fraud claims, where Kinsey goes undercover to determine if a woman tricked Kinsey's friend Paul into the insurance game, ultimately leading to his own death. But Kinsey's in for a shock when she's arres
H is for Homicide by Sue Grafton is a 1991 Ballantine Books publication.

To me, this story was a little strange. I understood the insurance fraud storyline, and the scam was one used a lot in the 1980’s, so it’s believable, but the characters and the dialogue were odd, and Kinsey did not behave in the way she ordinarily does.

Not my favorite in this series. I hope the next book gets back on track.

2 stars
Sep 16, 2015 Darren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 09, 2016 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read, memorable characters, interesting case of insurance fraud.
Dec 25, 2012 Natalie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 27, 2008 Beverley rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jun 09, 2014 meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 05, 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.
I dearly love this book...this mystery story keeps you on your toes the whole time you are reading it from Day One to the very end of the story. This mystery is a very intense mystery story and it is so very good.

I give this book 5/5 Stars here on Goodreads. I would highly recommend this whole Series which is the Alphabet Mystery Series by Sue Grafton.

I have read A through H now in this Series and every Book that I have Read is really good.

Here are the Books so far that I have read in this Se
Oct 22, 2014 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Woody Chandler
Feb 06, 2017 Woody Chandler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It only took me a day to read this one, indicative of its being a bit more riveting than some of the previous alphabetic entries. I liked how it broke away from the more formulaic plots of the previous books and put our prissy heroine in a setting well out of her comfort zone. I recently read Hiassen's "Razor Girl", which was also about insurance fraud, so it made for a good follow-up. I am just going to keep plowing through this series.
Nov 24, 2012 Stephanie rated it liked it
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
Dec 31, 2014 Martha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2015
My first book of 2015. :-)
Mar 02, 2017 Scoats rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After really liking all the Sue Grafton novels I've read, this one was a disappointment. So many issues. In no particular order:

- While H may be for Homicide, the story is about car insurance fraud. Sure there is a Homicide, two actually, but the story isn't concerned with solving the mysterious one.

- Insurance fraud scams of the early 1990s are an interesting change from the usual for a mystery novel, but it didn't make for riveting reading.

- While under 200 pages, this book is flabby. It's l
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
Jul 05, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#8 in the Kinsey Millhone series.

The murder of an insurance claims adjuster sends PI Kinsey Millhone undercover in a Los Angeles barrio. Following up a suspicious claim in the murder victim's files, Kinsey trails beautiful young Bibianna Diaz, recently moved up the coast to Santa Teresa from L.A. Under the alias Hannah Moore, Kinsey befriends the young woman and learns she is attempting the same scam pursued by Raymond Maldonado, her ex-boyfriend in L.A. When Raymond's brother, sent to bring Bib
Jan 03, 2015 Em rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: X
Shelves: mystery
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May 27, 2016 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
First half is boring, all about insurance stuff. Kinsey is not that witty, just spends her time working at the office, then a murder in the parking lot seems to be a big story, but doesn't get any attention until the last chapters of the book. Then our Kinsey gets herself into a real mess, in jail for a night with a crazy person, then she follows said crazy person and friends to LA for several days where she seems content to be a pseudo-prisoner. Really? She would do that? And she finds a gun th ...more
Dawn Davies
This wasn't my favourite Kinsey Book but the end was really good.
Jan 07, 2009 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 16, 2010 Deanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 14, 2009 Grace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, imagine my surprise when I finished this last night. A Sue Grafton book I'm not too excited about. When you read them in quick succession, it's a bit different. Kinsey had what most people would perceive as a personally traumatic experience at the end of the "G" book, but seems to totally brush it off as nothing in the next book. Seems quite out of character. But this whole book seems out of tone with the previous ones. Makes me wonder what was going on with the author. This can happen in ...more
Dave Fellows
2/5 stars. Not good, by this series' own high standards. I didn't feel there was enough to this book, and it felt like an elongated short story rather than a novel in its own right. Kinsey is kind of a passenger to the story's events rather than the driving force behind moving the story onwards. The final twist, although unexpected, makes her involvement even more meaningless. I struggle to think how the story would have been different without her, except for the one (bit-part) person in the plo ...more
Tara Brown
I like the Kinsey Millhone series a lot but the last two books, G and H, are making me downgrade my opinion of Kinsey. In the beginning Kinsey was no nonsense and sensible. She recognized risk and adjusted accordingly. Here it is again she's taking an unnecessary risk for a job no one had agreed to pay her for. All along she could see the danger escalate but always bypassed the chance to get herself out of danger. Who is this person? I never understood her motivation for getting involved without ...more
I wasn't in love with this book. The two potential long term love interests were absent, but mentioned and Kinsey spent most of this book pretending to be someone else. I didn't love the characters and the story line just felt very unfinished. What happened to all the players in the story? Also how did Kinsey end up undercover and unsupported? I guess its hard to invest in the story when most of the players are bad guys and won't be around very long. The only interesting one seems to be absent c ...more
Jul 14, 2016 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 8th book of this series. When I got into it, it finally got interesting. I just seem to have a hard time deciding to read these books, although I have somehow collected many of them. In this book Kinsey goes under cover to bust the gang who is committing insurance fraud. She joins them on several trips where they arrange to rear end other cars, and then they claim things like back pain and whip lash.
Complicated mystery involving auto insurance fraud. Not the typical guns blazing, stakeout work Kinsey is usually involved in. Grafton's writing seemed chunky, filled with Kinsey-type recollections alongside a commentary on insurance fraud. The book didn't seem to shed a positive light on Tourette's or Hispanics. Not one of my favorites.

Luis turned the gun so that it was pointing at my chest. It clarified my thinking most emphatically. (page 97)
Jan 07, 2013 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite. Storyline was interesting enough, I guess, but a lot of loose ends for me. Didn't flow right and I was bored through parts of it.

I really enjoy this series and the character of Kinsey Milhone even though it is not the most exciting mystery series available. Kinsey is dow to Earth and has a great process for solving her mysteries. Sue Grafton has also surrounded her with a quirky cast of characters. A great series for mystery enthusiasts!
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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 26 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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