I is for Innocent

Thursday, July 7, 2011

I is for Innocent
by Sue Grafton

Kinsey is back for another adventure in her life as a private investigator. She’s been kicked out of her former offices, California Fidelity, and she’s started and new partnership with a local lawyer, Lonnie Kingman. She’s helping him investigate his cases in exchange for rent-free office space. The only drawback is the struggle to keep her investigative methods above board. If called to testify in court she needs to be beyond reproach, so breaking and entering is no longer and option.

Morley Shine, a fellow P.I., dies and Kinsey takes over a 6-year-old cold case he had been working on. She’s trying to help Kingman find evidence against a man accused of killing his wealthy wife, but the details don’t quite add up. Soon she finds herself in the middle of a bigger mystery than she’d originally bargained for. A hit and run, shots fired through a peep-hole in a door, poisonous mushrooms and her landlord’s hypochondriac brother all complicate matters.

As with all the Kinsey Millhone books, if you like the series, you’ll like this. If you don’t, this one is no different. I love having these books as a break or buffer between some of the bigger, meatier classic or modern lit books that I enjoy. They are a great palette cleanser. If I read Henry James and then dive straight into Edith Wharton, the two tend to blur in my mind. Having a quick mystery with the no-nonsense Kinsey is a perfect buffer.

p.s. Aren't those cover awful? Somebody needs to get on that.


Sandy Nawrot said...

I love Kinsey. I don't know what letter I am up to...there is a chance I haven't read the last one whatever that is, but one year I read them all and have been good about keeping up. I can be a series addict.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

I can be a series addict too. I never want to start an enthralling one unless I have all the books and can read them bak-to-back if I want to.

Elisabeth said...

I love the Kinsey series too, and am up to date in paperback which is the letter U. And, anal person that I am, I own every one and will continue to buy the rest of the alphabet so I have a complete set!

mari said...

Melissa, a few years ago I read S is for Silence and wondered what she'd do once she finished the alphabet. Any ideas?

Shelley said...

What a great way to describe those in-between books! I have never read anything by Grafton, but it sounds like it's worth a try.

bookmagic said...

I read quite a few of her books but it has been awhile. I should start thee up again

BookQuoter said...

Yes, those covers... especially the third flowery one.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Elisabeth - I'm that way with most series I read. It's that Type A personality.

mari - I don't know what she'll do, but I've been rationing them. I've got a ways to go before I run out.