Category:Kinsey Millhone novels
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The following 26 pages are in this category, out of 26 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 26 pages are in this category, out of 26 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. "A" Is for Alibi – A Is for Alibi is crime writer Sue Graftons debut mystery novel in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet mystery series, first published in 1982. The novel is set in the fictional southern California city of Santa Teresa, grafton admits she conceived the story on her own fantasies of murdering her then husband while going through a divorce. The first printing of A Is for Alibi was 7,500 copies, a Is for Alibi features Kinsey Millhone,32, a private detective. She investigates the death of prominent divorce lawyer Laurence Fife and his murder eight years earlier was blamed on his wife, Nikki Fife, who upon being released from prison hires Kinsey to find the real murderer. In the course of the investigation Kinsey becomes involved with Charlie Scorsoni and she discovers Fifes death has been linked to that of a woman in Los Angeles, his law firms accountant, both died after taking poisonous oleander capsules which had been substituted for allergy pills. Kinsey tracks down the parents and former boyfriend. She then goes to Las Vegas to interview Fifes former secretary, Sharon Napier, back in California, Kinsey is mystified that Nikkis son, Colin, recognizes Laurences first wife, Gwen, in a photograph. Kinsey surmises that Gwen was having an affair with her ex-husband at the time of his death, shortly afterwards, she too is dead, killed in a hit-and-run crash. He used the method that Gwen used to kill Fife. In a final confrontation, he chases Kinsey across the beach, before he can kill her, she shoots him dead
2. "B" Is for Burglar – B Is for Burglar is the second novel in Sue Graftons Alphabet series of mystery novels and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California. Elaine was last seen getting into a cab with the intention of flying down to Boca Raton, Florida, where she spends her winters, but appears to have disappeared along the way. It seems a relatively straightforward matter, so much so that Kinsey is not sure Beverly needs a PI, but she agrees to take the case. Someone breaks into the home of Elaines Santa Teresa apartment supervisor, Tillie, someone also searches Kinseys apartment, and Kinsey realises it is Elaines passport which the thief is after. Kinsey reports the disappearance and meets Jonah Robb, a recently separated cop working on missing persons -, Kinsey becomes increasingly convinced that Elaine is dead, and that Pat Usher is involved. Pat has now disappeared, after trashing the Boca Raton apartment. Eventually, she discovers that Pat Usher has applied for a licence in Elaines name. Marty and her husband killed Elaine to steal her identity and her money and they then passed Elaines dead body off as Martys by switching the dental records. Marty departed for Florida as Elaine, and arrived as Pat Usher, having been unable to find Elaines passport, she and her husband have been forced to wait for a new one to come through before they can skip the country. Kinsey returns to the Grice home to look for the weapon, but while she is there. Marty Grice is shot in the arm during the fight that ensues. B Is for Burglar was awarded the 1986 Anthony Award for Best Novel at Bouchercon, the novel also won the 1986 Shamus Award for Best Novel from the Private Eye Writers of America
3. "C" Is for Corpse – C Is for Corpse is the third novel in Sue Graftons Alphabet series of mystery novels and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California. The novel begins with Kinsey the gym, rehabilitating herself from injuries sustained at the end of B is for Burglar, there she meets Bobby Callahan, a twenty-three-year-old who was nearly killed when his car went off the road nine months before. Bobby is convinced that the accident, which killed his friend Rick, was an attempt on his life. He suspects that he may still be in danger, so he hires Kinsey to investigate and he cant even explain why he thinks someone wants to kill him. Kinsey takes the case despite little information, having taken a liking to Bobby and she meets his rich but dysfunctional family, Glen, his mother is an heiress on her third marriage to Derek Wenner, whose daughter Kitty is a 17-year-old drug-user seriously ill with anorexia. Glen has spared no expense in seeking treatment and counselling for Bobby, Ricks death, his own injuries, a few days later, Bobby dies in another car accident. Kinsey thinks this too is a murder attempt, however, Kinsey looks elsewhere for the solution, a friend of Bobbys gives her Bobbys address book, which shows Bobby searching for someone called Blackman. Bobbys former girlfriend thought Bobby ended their relationship because he was having an affair with someone else, the blackmailer has the gun with Nolas fingerprints on it. Trying to investigate further, Kinsey realises that Blackman is code for a corpse in the morgue. She finds the gun concealed in the corpse, however, while she is at the hospital, she finds the recently murdered body of the morgue assistant, and realises the killer is on her track at the hospital. It is Nolas current husband, Dr Fraker, a pathologist from the hospital, who is the blackmailer and killer. Bobby found out what Fraker was up to, but Fraker rigged the first car accident before he could do anything about it, Fraker traps Kinsey and gives her a disabling injection but she manages to cosh him and escapes to a phone to call the police. C Is for Corpse was awarded the 1987 Anthony Award for Best Novel at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, in Minneapolis, Minnesota
4. "D" Is for Deadbeat – D Is for Deadbeat is the fourth novel in Sue Graftons Alphabet series of mystery novels and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California. The novel follows the development of Kinseys relationship with Jonah Robb, D is for Deadbeat begins as Kinsey receives a contract from ex-con Alvin Limardo to deliver a check for twenty-five thousand dollars to a fifteen-year-old boy named Tony Gahan. According to Limardo, Tony helped him through a time in his life. In her search to find Daggett and get her money back, Tonys been a wreck since the death of his family, rarely sleeping and doing poorly in school. He now lives with his uncle and aunt, Ramona and Ferrin Westfall, also killed in the accident was a friend of Tonys young sister, and a boy called Doug Polokowski, who had hitched a ride in the car. Kinsey tracks down a friend of Daggetts, Billy Polo, now living in a trailer park with his sister. Billy is the one who introduced Lovella to Daggett, Kinsey finds out that Doug Polokowski was Billy and Corals brother. Theres no shortage of people with a motive for Daggetts death, Kinsey discovers that shortly before his death Daggett was staggering about drunk at the marina in the company of a blonde woman in a green outfit. She sets out to discover which of the blonde women in the case might be the killer. The police investigating Billys murder discover a home-made silencer used in the killing, Kinsey immediately recognises the towelling used as padding as coming from the Westfall household, and Ramona jumps to the top of her suspect list. This means confronting Tony, who has given Ramona an alibi for the time of Daggetts death, in pursuing Tony, Kinsey realises Tony himself, dressed as a woman in his aunts wig, was actually the killer. He was also the one who stole her gun, and killed Billy Polo, who had recognised Tony at Daggetts funeral
5. "E" Is for Evidence – E Is for Evidence is the fifth novel in Sue Graftons Alphabet series of mystery novels and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California. It is the shortest book in the series to date, the novels plot develops Kinseys personal back-story, as it features her second ex-husband, jazz musician and drug-user, Daniel Wade, previously mentioned briefly in C is for Corpse. In 2005, Grafton told an interviewer that she prefers to pick a title early in the process because that helps to direct her storytelling. For one book I had thought of E Is for Ever, I loved the play on words but I had to figure a better title. So I picked E Is for Evidence, if I know the title I can make sure the story Im telling is pertinent. The business in question, Wood/Warren, is owned and operated by the Wood family, company founder Linden Wood is dead, but his son Lance now runs the company, and his four other children, Ebony, Olive, Ash and Bass all have a stake. Ash is Kinseys former schoolmate, and Bass was an acquaintance of her second ex-husband, Olive is married to Terry Kohler, Lances second-in-command at the company. In the middle of protesting her innocence, the five dollar credit takes on a sinister significance. Temporarily suspended from California Fidelity, Kinsey takes up her own investigation to prove her innocence, darcys united with Kinsey in her dislike of claims manager Andy Motycka, who is Kinseys chief suspect in the set-up, although shes at a loss who he could be working for. Kinsey remains unconvinced by Lydas conviction that Lance was Hughs killer and her spirits are at a low ebb and its the worst possible moment for Daniel to show up, eight years after leaving without a word. Kinsey finds it hard it cope with but eventually agrees to store a guitar for him while he sorts himself out. On her way to a new party at Olive and Terrys home, Kinsey is almost killed when a bomb, disguised as a gift left on the doorstep. Olive is killed and Terry is badly injured and she discovers Daniel and Bass are lovers - Bass is the person Daniel left her for. Shortly afterwards, Kinsey finds Lyda Cases dead body in a car outside her apartment, unfortunately, Emms has anticipated her solving the case and is waiting at her apartment with another bomb. Before it explodes he explains he killed Hugh Case because Hugh had realised his true identity and he engineered the fire at Wood/Warren and set up Kinsey to get revenge on Lance, after Bass spilled the family incest secret to him. Kinsey manages to shoot Emms and disables him sufficiently to get out of the window just as the bomb explodes, killing Emms. After Daniel leaves with Bass, the loose end is the five thousand dollars Emms put in her account. The novel was nominated for the 1989 Anthony Award for Best Novel
6. "F" Is for Fugitive – F Is for Fugitive is the sixth novel in Sue Graftons Alphabet series of mystery novels and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California. Grafton had originally planned to call the novel F Is for Forgery but decided during her research that forgery was too boring a crime. The sixth novel in the series sends Kinsey to Floral Beach, California, while back at home and she has been hired by Royce Fowler, who wants her to delve into the past to exonerate his son of the murder of Jean Timberlake, seventeen years before. Bailey, who had been a teen tearaway, pleaded guilty to killing Jean, his sometime girlfriend, hes apparently been living the life of a model citizen under an assumed name but has just been recaptured and is claiming his innocence. Kinsey heads to Floral Beach, a local community, to pursue the cold trail. She was pregnant at the time of her death, nobody seems convinced that the killer could be anyone but Bailey. At Baileys arraignment, Tap Granger stages a hold-up, allowing Bailey to escape once more, Kinsey gets confirmation from Taps widow that Tap was paid to do it - for the first time providing concrete evidence that someone wants to keep Bailey discredited. Kinseys room at the motel is broken into, and she receives threatening calls in the middle of the night as she pursues the case, Ori is murdered when her insulin, administered regularly by Ann, is tampered with. Kinsey eventually establishes that Dr Dunne is Jeans unknown father, Kinsey wonders whether Dwight could be the link between the two, having realized that Ann Fowler seems jealous of anyone who comes into contact with Dwight. She searches Anns room, and finds evidence that Ann supplied Tap with the hold-up gun, unfortunately, she also finds Ann waiting for her, armed with a shotgun. Jean had confided in her, as counselor, that Dwight was the father of the child. Motivated by jealousy, Ann killed her, and being equally jealous of her brothers position as favored child of their parents, Ann was happy to see him take the rap. Her plan is to use the shell eventually inherit from her parents to tempt Dwight, to whom she has been fanatically devoted for years. She killed her mother to hasten the plan along, and Shana because she was jealous of her friendship with Dwight. Before Ann can kill Kinsey, she is interrupted by Royce. Ann is arrested for the murders of Shana and Ori, and although theres insufficient evidence to prove her the killer of Jean as well, the circumstances are sufficient to ensure that Bailey is cleared
7. "G" Is for Gumshoe – G Is for Gumshoe is the seventh novel in Sue Graftons Alphabet series of mystery novels and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California. In G Is for Gumshoe, Kinsey Millhone meets fellow investigator Robert Dietz when someone hires a hit man to kill her. While Kinsey is being stalked, she uncovers a murder that haunts the lives of her client Mrs. Irene Gersh. In other developments in Kinseys personal story, she loses her VW car, after her first night in her new place, Kinsey heads out early the next day in search of Mrs Gershs mother, Agnes Grey, who lives in a trailer in the desert. Agnes,83 years old, hasnt exactly been a patient. Kinsey makes plans to home, but before she can do so. Kinsey recognises the driver as a man traveling with his young son she has seen a couple of times on the journey to the Slabs and she hires Robert Dietz, the PI who helped her briefly by phone in A is for Alibi, as a bodyguard. His vigilance initially frustrates Kinsey, used to making her own decisions, Dietz discovers the hitman is Mark Messinger, who absconded with his son, Eric, eight months previously. He arranges a meeting with the mother, Rochelle, who is desperate to get her son back. Irene suffers a panic reaction when she sees a tea set Kinsey found amongst her mothers possessions. Further anomalies occur when Irene tries to fill in the relating to the death, Kinsey realises that Irenes birth certificate is faked. Its Kinseys CFI colleague Darcy who points out Agnes Grey is the name of a novel by Anne Brontë and she tracks down a family called Bronfen who match the circumstances Agnes described, and surmises that the surviving brother of the family, Patrick, murdered Lottie and Emily. The three daughters were named for the Brontë sisters, which explains the alias Anne chose to use. Patrick faked Annes death in order to gain possession of the family property. Kinsey is convinced that Patrick is responsible for Agness death, to cover his past crimes, when she confronts Patrick, she is interrupted by Messinger, who kills Patrick. Dietz and Rochelle have managed to get Eric away from Messinger, as she drives Messinger to the airport at gunpoint to intercept Rochelle, Kinsey is convinced Messinger will kill them all. However, Rochelle outsmarts Messinger and kills him first, G Is for Gumshoe was honored with both the Private Eye Writers of Americas Shamus Award for best novel and Bouchercons 1991 Anthony Award for Best Novel. The reviewer for the School Library Journal considered the book oriented towards adults but to be suitable for adults as well
8. "H" Is for Homicide – H Is for Homicide is the eighth novel in Sue Graftons Alphabet series of mystery novels and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California. In H Is for Homicide, Kinsey Millhone goes under cover to break up an insurance fraud ring in Los Angeles led by Raymond Maldonado. She infiltrates the ring by befriending Maldonados former girlfriend Bibianna Diaz, in the process she meets up with a former school mate and ex cop, Jimmy Tate. With a first printing of 170,000 copies, this earned a place on the New York Times hard-cover best-seller list just two weeks after initial publication. First, a recent employee and friend of Kinseys, Parnell Perkins, is shot and killed -, second, in the wake of poor profit figures, company troubleshooter Gordon Titus arrives to shake things up. The informal arrangement with Kinsey seems high on his list of targets, in the new mood of nervous efficiency prevalent at CFI pending Tituss arrival, Kinsey is passed the claim file of Bibianna Diaz to investigate for possible fraud. Bibianna has problems too, it seems, her former boyfriend Raymond Montanaldo, of whom she is - rightly as it turns out - terrified, is the jealous type, and is hunting her down. Kinsey realises that a CFI colleague has inadvertently given away information on Bibianna to Raymonds gang, Raymonds brother Chago and his girlfriend Dawna accost Bibianna, and in the fracas which ensues Tate shoots and kills Chago. Bibianna is taken into custody with Kinsey deliberately sticking to her in order to cement their relationship, Kinsey withdraws her initial gut refusal when Dolan tells her Raymond killed Parnell, but they have been stalling the murder investigation in order not to jeopardize the longstanding fraud case. Kinsey agrees to help out of a sense of duty to Parnell, thus begins a dangerous and stifling few days for Kinsey, undercover and up to her neck in a criminal ring headed by a deluded killer. Raymond effectively keeps both Kinsey and Bibianna under house arrest in Los Angeles, with the aid of his second in command, Raymond cant accept Bibiannas rejection of him and is determined to force her into marriage. The snag in the plan, which Bibianna doesnt dare confess, is that she has actually just married Tate, matters come to a head when Bibianna escapes, and is pursued almost to her death by one of Raymonds henchmen. Visiting her in hospital, the doctor inadvertently lets slip to Raymond that Bibiannas next of kin is her husband, Kinsey sets off in hot pursuit and receives unexpected help from Luis, who turns out to be an undercover LAPD cop. Kinsey makes it back to Santa Teresa in the nick of time for her friend Vera Liptons wedding, both Bibianna and Tate survive, but despite her success in wrapping up the insurance fraud claim, Gordon Titus fires Kinsey from CFI. Natalie Hevener Kaufman, Carol McGinnis Kay, G Is for Grafton, The World of Kinsey Millhone
9. "I" Is for Innocent – I Is for Innocent is the ninth novel in Sue Graftons Alphabet series of mystery novels and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California. Now Isabelles previous husband, Kenneth Voigt, is trying again in the courts, in an attempt to secure the fortune for his and Isabelles daughter Shelby. The previous PI on the case, Morley Shine, has just died of a heart attack, Kinsey agrees, and knowing Morley of old, is surprised to find his files in a mess, with crucial witness statements missing. One new witness has come forward, Curtis MacIntyre, a habitual jailbird who shared a cell with Barney for a night, Kinsey is very doubtful of this story, especially when she finds out Curtis was in custody on another matter on the date in question. Kinsey tracks down both the driver - Tippy, the daughter of Isabelles best friend Rhe Parsons - and a witness who can swear that Barney was knocked down by her and she realises Morley was on the same track, and begins to have suspicions about his death. She eventually establishes that Morley was poisoned by a left at his office made with lethal mushrooms. She also finds out that Kenneth Voigt has been paying Curtis expense money for years, Curtis comes up with an alternative story, the confession was actually made some time after the acquittal during a drunken evening at Barneys home. This sounds even more unlikely to Kinseys sceptical ears, meanwhile, at home, her octogenarian landlord, Henry Pitts, is entertaining his hypochondriac elder brother, William, for a visit. Rosie charms William with her acceptance of his imagined illnesses, back on the case, Kinsey has a sudden flash of inspiration looking at the time gap between Tippy killing Mr McKell and knocking down Barney. Tippy admits that, panic-stricken after the first accident, she went to confess what shed done to her aunt Isabelle, Kinseys train of thought is interrupted by a call from Curtis, asking her to meet him at the bird refuge. He sounds terrified, and Kinsey suspects he has taken hostage. She arranges for Jonah, her ex-boyfriend cop, to provide back-up, Barney has anticipated that she would do this and is waiting for her, along with Curtiss corpse. Kinseys prized Volkswagen Beetle, a mirror of the one author Sue Grafton owns in real life, is destroyed in this novel. In the 2006 film Stranger than Fiction, the character Professor Jules Hilbert is shown reading a copy of I Is for Innocent while on lifeguard duty
10. "J" Is for Judgment – J Is for Judgment is the tenth novel in Sue Graftons Alphabet series of mystery novels and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California. The novel features a significant development in Kinseys personal back-story, as she discovers that she has family living in the Lompoc area. July 1984 contains two surprises for Kinsey Millhone in the tenth of the Alphabet murder series, both connected to her past. Secondly, in the course of the investigation, Kinsey makes a discovery about her own past when she discovers she has a family she knew nothing about. The case Mac hires Kinsey to investigate is that of Wendell Jaffe, assumed to have died five years previously when his boat, the Captain Stanley Lord, was found drifting off the Baja coast. He left behind a note, a whole bunch of creditors who had invested in what turned out to be a Ponzi scheme, and a family, wife Dana. Michael, now 22, has coped reasonably well with suddenly being the man of the house, eighteen-year-old Brian on the other hand is in a mess, currently residing in juvenile hall. Two months after the money was finally paid, a former colleague of Macs has spotted a man he is convinced is Jaffe in Viento Negro. Mac hires Kinsey to go there and check it out, Kinsey is convinced Wendell will be heading back to California to reconnect with his son. Doing a door-to-door back in California, Kinsey is astonished to be asked if she is related to the Burton Kinsey family of Lompoc, Kinsey denies the connection, but undertakes a little detective work on her behalf and is amazed to find her mothers father was indeed Burton Kinsey. Far from being family-less, Kinsey has cousins, aunts and a grandmother living less than an hour away and her cousin Liza shows up to tell her the family scandal, Kinseys mother was cut off from her family for marrying Kinseys father. Kinsey is aghast that no one has tried to track her down in the 29 years since her parents were killed and is resentful of any intrusion into her solitude at this late date. Her thoughts are dragged back to the case at hand when through an apparent police clerical error, Kinsey is certain Wendell has engineered it, and is planning to slip through her fingers again with Brian. Renata catches Kinsey red-handed searching on her property but when Kinsey turns the tables on her, at last, Kinsey has tracked Jaffe down, but her success is short-lived when someone takes potshots at them both, and Wendell escapes once more. Nevertheless, its enough for CFI, Kinsey has proved Jaffe didnt die and she wants the truth, and is prepared to pursue it on her own time. She finds Brian, and also finds out from Eckert that there was three dollars from their fraudulent business scheme on board the missing boat. Renata confesses that she killed Wendell, dumped his body at sea and then set the Lord adrift and she then wades out into the sea to kill herself, and Kinsey is unable to stop her. Renatas story is confirmed when Jaffes body washes up on the shore
11. "K" Is for Killer – K Is for Killer is the 11th novel in Sue Graftons Alphabet series of mystery novels and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California. The novel was a New York Times bestseller with a reported 600, vice cop Cheney Phillips is introduced in this novel. In the eleventh of the Alphabet Murder series, Kinsey Millhone is hired by Janice Kepler to investigate the death of her daughter, Lorna had been found dead and badly decomposed ten months earlier in her lonely cabin home. Now someone has sent Janice a tape of a porn movie Lorna apparently made before her death, and Janice, Lorna was a beautiful loner, but had some friends - mainly people who like her tended to be up and about at night. Kinsey finds herself having to abandon her usual day-time routine in order to get herself into Lornas world, Lornas body was found by Serena Bonney, night-shift nurse and estranged wife of Lornas boss at the water treatment plant, Roger Bonney. Serenas father, Clark Esselmann, is a business tycoon with a number of enemies. She also befriends Danielle, a colleague of Lornas in her night-time occupation. When Danielle is savagely attacked in her home, Kinsey becomes convinced theres a link to Lornas death, meanwhile, Kinsey has a terrifying Mafia-style encounter with a man describing himself as an attorney for a Los Angeles man to whom Lorna was engaged. He asks Kinsey to keep him abreast of any developments in the case by giving her a telephone number. Kinsey soon uncovers a variety of secrets, Berlyn actually discovered Lornas body, but kept quiet about in order to some of Lornas money. Leda had bugged Lornas cabin because she was worried that Lorna and JD were having an affair - and still has the tape. Kinsey realises that the conversation on the tape is someone telling Lorna the plot - and surmises that having objected to it and he is also the one with the necessary knowledge and access to his father-in-laws pool to have set up the electrocution. The final link in the chain is when Kinsey, in the course of cleaning up Danielles trashed apartment while still in hospital, finds a photo of Lorna and Danielle with Stockton. Kinsey talks to Cheney about her suspicions of Roger, but he points out theres no evidence, frustrated that Bonney may get away with murder, the final straw is when Danielle dies in hospital. Kinsey phones the number and reports that Bonney is the killer. Overcome with guilt, she tries to warn him, but he misunderstands, thinking she has come to confront him with the murder. While Kinsey lies powerless on the floor, the Mafia types arrive, K Is for Killer was awarded the 1995 Shamus Award for Best Novel from the Private Eye Writers of America and was nominated for the 1995 Anthony Award in the same category