November 27, 2015

Review | E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton

Review | E is for Evidence by Sue GraftonE is for Evidence by Sue Grafton
Series: Kinsey Millhone, #5
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks, November 2005
Pages: 320
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Being a twice-divorced, happily independent loner has worked like a charm for P.I. Kinsey Millhone—until holiday weekends like this one roll around. What she needs is a little diversion to ward off the blues. She gets her much-needed distraction with a case that places her career on the line. And if that isn't enough to keep her busy, her ex-husband, who walked out on her eight years ago, pops back on the radar...
It all begins with a $5,000 deposit made into Kinsey's bank account. Problem is she's not the one who deposited the money. But when she's accused of being on the take in an industrial arson case, Kinsey realizes someone is framing her…
Now Kinsey's working for herself. But with new evidence—and corpses—surfacing around her, she's going to have to act quickly to clear her name before she loses her career, her reputation—and quite possibly her life…


Kinsey Millhone doesn’t like to talk about her past. That is, she only mentions it in passing and as briefly as possible. When odd things start happening and Kinsey is framed for fraud, people from her past step into the future and cause more trouble than she expected. 

E is for Evidence had a great plot: insurance fraud, family drama, and the holiday blues keep the story to Grafton’s standards. It’s the complications from Kinsey’s past that made this book hard to put down. The holidays can be hard, especially when everyone else has plans. When her ex-husband, the famous musician, comes back, Kinsey is yanked even deeper into her own thoughts. For such a private person (only in the previous book does she start sharing info about her past), this sudden and rather intense revelation is fascinating. 

From what I’ve read so far, Kinsey interacts with the same people. In E is for Evidence, she pushes outside of her comfort zone, reaching out to her old friends from high school. After finishing the book, I don’t know if her voyage outside of her safety box will help or harm her… 

The novel had the same rhythm, the same general apttern that I’ve come to know and love with the Kinsey Millhone novels, but the insurance fraud angle gave the entire plot a new twist. I loved the mystery, the suspense of Kinsey trying to redeem herself and prove who is behind the crimes. E is for Evidence is more personal, upping the tension in the novel and making this one a favorite of mine. 

4 Stars

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