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H Is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone Mysteries) (edição: 1992)

de Sue Grafton

Séries: Kinsey Millhone (8)

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It started with the murder of Kinsey Millhone's sometime drinking buddy, an insurance claims adjuster. But before long Kinsey stumbles onto a massive insurance scam. Going undercover as a wisecracking vamp, Millhone descends into the Los Angeles nether world of machismo and gang hideouts. Her companion, terrified at having crossed the violent crook Raymond Maldonado, is Bibianna Diaz - no Girl Scout herself.… (mais)
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Título:H Is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone Mysteries)
Autores:Sue Grafton
Informação:Fawcett (1992), Edition: First, Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
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Thoroughly enjoyed the massive change of pace, in this instalment of SG’s alphabet series. KM is left no time to pine for the sexy C&W loving P.I. from the last instalment, when she is plunged into an intense situation, in which she handles herself with aplomb. With her chief companion we see another tender portrait of a character who hasn’t had an easy ride, which I appreciated. ( )
  Vividrogers | Dec 20, 2020 |
Kinsey is roped into undercover assignment
  ritaer | Aug 23, 2020 |
***This is a project of e-reading Grafton's series -- I started reading these back in the 1980s and would read each release as they came out over the years. To prevent spoilers, I will not attempt to summarize in detail. ***

Events at the beginning of the book aren't developed as much as the reader is initially led to think. The hapless murder victim at the beginning (and on the cover of my edition) only hints at more serious things to come -- this victim is only incidentally part of the overall story. In this one, Kinsey finds herself trapped and undercover in an auto insurance fraud ring. With this plot line in consideration, H is for Hostage would probably have been a better title for this one.

If I am correct, H is for Homicide is the first one in the alphabet series where Sue Grafton was able to be a full-time writer thereafter. So, she seems to be just beginning to stretch her writing chops here, but isn't quite successful in pulling it all together here. Still a good read, nevertheless. ( )
  ValerieAndBooks | Jul 30, 2020 |
So though I have been re-reading some of the books along with Moonlight Reader, I have not re-did my reviews, I just reblogged them and left it to that. This is my first review for a Kinsey Millhone ABC book since Sue Grafton passed away. I love this series and will be forever sad we will not get to see how she would have ended things with Kinsey in Z.

That said, "H is for Homicide" doesn't work that well. The first part with Kinsey investigating a possible insurance scam while running afoul of a corporate suit that is going to cause her working relationship with California Fidelity Insurance some angst. When Kinsey goes undercover that book fell apart for me. For a minute I thought I was reading a VI Warshawski book since that is the kind of mess that VI would get into.

Per usual we have Kinsey starting off the book giving us her vital statistics. She's wrapping up a case in San Diego and heads back to Santa Teresa. Going by her office that is housed in California Fidelity Insurance, she finds the police there working a homicide. She quickly realizes she knows the dead man who is her friend, Parnell Perkins. On top of the homicide, she starts to investigate a possible insurance scam that Parnell had passed onto another adjusted before he died. Kinsey quickly realizes that the woman, Bibianna Diaz, is possibly tied into Parnell's death and is close to someone that Kinsey used to know from her days back on the force. Kinsey goes undercover to see if she can catch the bad guys.

I have a hard time with so many aspects of this book. We have Kinsey talking about being close friends with Parnell though he was never mentioned in prior books (believe me I looked). She is all c'est la vie with her "I don't know what it is" relationship with Robert Dietz. Why she puts herself in danger with running around with Bibianna and the man who is the architect of the insurance scam baffled me. I know that we have Kinsey always talking about taking risks and she loves to lie, but this was a little out there.

I didn't like the character of Bibianna at all. She was definitely a user. But I also hated the man controlling her, Raymond. As Moonlight said in her review, I have a hard time thinking this man had the brains to put this whole together. He is obsessed with Bibianna and doesn't care that she doesn't want to be with him. There's a terrible scene where Raymond hurts someone close to Bibianna to force her to do what he wants and it's a mess.

The book ran a little cartoony for me. With Kinsey staying close to Bibianna she puts herself in harms way. I didn't really understand why she was doing it, the justifications made no sense. The flow was all over the place too. When Kinsey goes undercover I found myself rolling my eyes a lot of the time.

This was a buddy read with Moonlight Reader and you can take a look at her full review here, H is for Homicide.

Next up, I is for Innocent. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
So I pointed out in my last review that I prefer Kinsey working on her own and that is exactly what you get with H is for Homicide. This book went very fast for me as compared to the other books. I think because the story is confined to such a narrow point once Kinsey goes undercover. Yep, that’s right Kinsey is undercover and unable to break cover without risking not her life but the lives of some of those around her
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Even though the story spans from Santa Theresa to Los Angeles, Grafton does a fantastic job of making you feel just as trapped and confined in the environment as Kinsey is with her precarious situation. I think some of the appreciation also must go to Judy Kaye and her narration. She emotes and helps the reader build the world in their head. The story moves at a very quick pace and the action scenes convey a profound sense of tension of excitement. I developed a true appreciation for some Kinsey’s abilities as clues “click” in her head and she is able to put the big picture together.

I also liked the integration of more of Lt. Dolan’s character and you can tell he may not fully like detectives but he has a great deal of respect for Kinsey.
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  TVNerd95 | Jul 6, 2019 |
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It started with the murder of Kinsey Millhone's sometime drinking buddy, an insurance claims adjuster. But before long Kinsey stumbles onto a massive insurance scam. Going undercover as a wisecracking vamp, Millhone descends into the Los Angeles nether world of machismo and gang hideouts. Her companion, terrified at having crossed the violent crook Raymond Maldonado, is Bibianna Diaz - no Girl Scout herself.

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