H Is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone Mysteries)

by Sue Grafton | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0449219461 Global Overview for this book
Registered by mellion108 of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan USA on 4/30/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by mellion108 from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan USA on Saturday, April 30, 2005
I really enjoy these Kinsey Millhone mysteries. They are short, quick reads, and it's always interesting to see what kind of a mess Kinsey gets herself into in each book. I was having a difficult time tracking this one down (everyone either keeps their copies or gives them away pretty quickly!), so I picked this one up at the used bookstore.
Paperback, 287 pages

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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 drinking companion had been murdered. Or the idea that his murderer was loose and on the prowl. It made her feel exposed. Vulnerable.

Bibianna Diaz was afraid for her life. If there was one thing she knew for sure, it was that you didn't cross Raymond Maldonado and live to tell the tale. And Bibianna had well and truly crossed him, running out on his crazy wedding plans and going into hiding in Santa Teresa--light years away from the Los Angeles barrio that was home turf to Raymond and his gang. Now she needed money to buy time, to make sure she'd put enough space between them. And the quickest way she knew to get money was to work an insurance scam--just like the ones Raymond was running down in L.A. The trouble was, Bibianna picked California Fidelity as her mark. And it wasn't long before her name surfaced in one of Parnell Perkins's open files and Kinsey was on her case. But so, too, was her spurned suitor, Raymond Maldonado.

He had a rap sheet as long as his arm, a hair-trigger temper that was best left untested, and an inability to take no for an answer. He also had Tourette's syndrome, which did nothing to smooth out the kinks in his erratic and often violent behavior. All in all, Raymond Maldonado was not someone to spend a lot of time hanging out with. Unfortunately for Kinsey, she didn't have a lot of choice in the matter. Not after the love-sick Raymond kidnapped Bibianna. Like it or not, Kinsey was stuck babysitting Bibianna along with Raymond and his macho crew. You might say she was a prisoner of love.

It may be Kinsey Millhone's most complicated and risk-filled case. It certainly is Sue Grafton's wittiest venture into low-life crime. It's "H" is for Homicide, and it confirms yet again that Kinsey Millhone is "a wonderful character, tough but not brutish, resourceful and sensitive, a fit knight to walk those mean streets with her male predecessors" (Los Angeles Times) and that Sue Grafton is "a heads-up delight" (Detroit News).

Journal Entry 2 by mellion108 from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan USA on Sunday, June 05, 2005
I spent a nice, leisurely afternoon lounging on the deck, reading a few books. I like the little cliffhaner that Kinsey reveals right at the very end of the book, and now I can't wait to move on to "I" in the series!

Journal Entry 3 by owlet from Maastricht, Limburg Netherlands on Thursday, July 21, 2005
Wow, mellion108!! This book came here FAST, I thought you were sending this surface (and I wasn't even sure you were going to send it at all, didn't know if my pm arrived ;-)) Thank you soooo much, I love the ABC-series!

Will read (don't know when yet) and then probably send it to another bookcrosser here in the Netherlands who is also reading the series in order.

Happy bookcrossing!

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