H is for Homicide. Sue Grafton.

‘H’ is for Homicide.
Sue Grafton.

The two complaints that I hear most often about Grafton are that she’s wordy and that all her books are alike. I read this book as an abridged audio book, which takes care of the first complaint, and I probably won’t read another of her books, which takes care of the second.

Nothing really mysterious about this mystery. The reader and narrator both know that she’s investigating a bad guy. This is more of a suspense novel without the suspense.

Kinsey Millhone is an insurance PI investigating false claims. The police persuade her to work under cover. She does, and does nothing too interesting, until the bad guy shoots someone, then she chases after him. No Poirotesque grey cells in action here: this is the new breed of mystery novel.