I Is for Innocent (Kinsey Millhone Series #9)

I Is for Innocent (Kinsey Millhone Series #9)

by Sue Grafton
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I Is for Innocent (Kinsey Millhone Series #9) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been re-reading Grafton's series and I like this book the most so far. Great pacing, interesting premiss, and many motives for the murder. Ending was high energy. Fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one more then the previous titles. Kinsey really has her work cut out for her when a fellow private detective dies of a heart attack and she has been selected to take over his accounts. When she gets his files they are mismatched and some are missing. She gets to work and soon finds out he was getting too close to the truth and he may not have died from his bad eatting habits at all. The main case she is working on is the murder of Iz Barney a few people had a motive, but David Barney Iz's husband is the one on trial. As you go through this book you will get tripped up on who actually murdered Iz and when you find out you might be surprised.
Slim20 More than 1 year ago
I thought this was pretty good and it took me a minute to figure it out. Lonnie Kingman is in a bind. He's smack in the middle of assembling a civil suit, and the private investigator who was doing his pretrial legwork has just dropped dead of a heart attack. In a matter of weeks the court's statute of limitations will put paid to his case. Five years ago David Barney walked when a jury acquitted him of the murder of his rich wife, Isabelle. Now Kingman, acting as attorney for the dead woman's ex-husband and their child (and sure that the jury made a serious mistake), is trying to divest David Barney of the profits of that murder. But time is running out, and David Barney still swears he's innocent. Patterned along the lines of a legal case, "I" Is For Innocent is seamlessly divided into thirds: one-third of the novel is devoted to the prosecution, one-third to the defense, and a final third to cross-examination and rebuttal. The result is a trial novel without a trial and a crime novel that resists solution right to the end. When Kinsey Millhone agrees to take over Morley Shine's investigation, she thinks it is a simple matter of tying up the loose ends. Morley might have been careless about his health, but he was an old pro at the business. So it comes as a real shock when she finds his files in disarray, his key informant less than credible, and his witnesses denying ever having spoken with him. It comes as a bigger shock when she finds that every claim David Barney has made checks out. But if Barney didn't murder his wife, who did? It would seem the list of candidates is a long one. In life, Isabelle Barney had stepped on a lot of toes. In "I" Is For Innocent, Sue Grafton once again demonstrates her mastery of those telling details that reveal our most intimate and conflicted relationships. As Kinsey comments on the give-and-take by which we humans deal with each other, for better and sometimes for worse, the reader is struck yet again by how acute a social observer Ms. Grafton can be. Frequently funny and sometimes caustic, she is also surprisingly compassionate-- understanding how little in life is purely black and white. Except for murder. Somewhere out there, a killer waits to see just what Kinsey will find out. Somewhere out there, someone's been getting away with murder, and this time it just might turn out to be Kinsey's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿I¿ is for Innocent was a fast paced mystery that has interesting, realistic characters, that are fun to know. The action of the story keeps you reading and will not let you go until you are done. The beginning of ¿I¿ is for Innocent starts slower, but picks up quickly as the story proceeds. This was a great way for the action of the book to develop. The pace keeps you looking to what will happen next. You naturally try to figure out when something important will happen. The characters are so real you feel as if you have known them for years. P.I. Kinsey has the sarcasm of a true smart aleck, a quality that adds humor and relief to the drama of the mystery. Henry, the loving neighbor, and his hypochondriac brother, William, make you feel all warm and mushy inside. Along with the master mind David Barney and overeating Rhe Parsons you have a whole bunch of individuals that when put together make this books so much fun to read. The way the mystery unfolds, holds your attention until the very end of the novel. It keeps you wondering who is the killer, when is Kinsey going to figure it out, why all of this is happening. There is no way you can put this book down until Kinsey writes her at letter in the prologue. ¿I¿ is for Innocent is a thrilling mystery that keeps you wondering and guessing at what is going to happen next. I love this murder mystery; its wild and it will keep you at the end of the chair.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Like all the books in the series, this one is fast paced and keeps you guessing. In addition to the murders, the likeable main characters are interwoven throughout. The story behind the story if you will. One of the best series out there.
Factoid-filer More than 1 year ago
A very good read that is not easily predictable with a page from O'Henry. Very different from "A" to "H". I enjoyed this book.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
I is for Innocent by Sue Grafton is another win for Kinsey Millhone.  Although this one was a bit more violent than the others, I completely enjoyed the story line.  Kinsey is a terrific detective, so it was fun to read how she put the pieces together after following a fellow PI.  I love this series.  I just cannot get enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good. I love this series and plan to read the rest of the series. If you like a cozy mystery this book for you.
RollingT More than 1 year ago
The long and detaile descriptons of trivia are becoming tiring bu they are easily skipped. The rest of the tale is still interesting so I'll stick to it for a whle longer.
Carstairs38 16 days ago
A Change Brings Kinsey Back in Top Form The end of the previous book in the Kinsey Millhone series found our PI main character getting fired from her part time job at the insurance company California Fidelity. It left me wondering how author Sue Grafton would move the series forward in “I” is for Innocent. The book opens a few weeks later, and Kinsey has landed a new office, this time inside a law firm. Once again, she is independent, agreeing to take some cases for the lawyer while still taking on her own clients. But in this case, she is taking on a case for the lawyer, Lonnie Kingman. Five years ago, Isabelle Barney was murdered on the day after Christmas. Her husband, David Barney, was arrested for the crime, but acquitted. Now, David is being brought into civil court. Ken Voight, Isabelle’s ex-husband, is suing David for wrongful death. Lonnie is actually Ken’s lawyer, and Kinsey is being asked to reinterview witnesses and shore up the case. Kinsey gets the case a couple of weeks before the trail is supposed to start due to the death of a fellow PI due to a heart attack. His notes are a mess, so Kinsey finds herself retracing his steps. But as she interviews Isabelle’s friends and family, she begins to wonder just what happened five years ago. Could David actually be innocent? If he is, who really killed Isabelle? I thought the last book in the series was the weakest to date, but I am happy to report that Kinsey is back in fine form here. The plot kept me engaged the entire way through, and it surprised me several times along the way as well. The focus on this series is always Kinsey, but I found that I had missed her landlord, Henry, and Rosie, who owns the neighborhood bar, in the last couple of books. I’m pleased to say they are back in fine form here and provide great comic relief. The other supporting players we’ve gotten to know in previous books are just reduced to mentions, which makes sense since they are employees of California Fidelity, and we appear to have moved beyond that. I have a feeling we’ve met a couple of new supporting players in this book, and I liked them. Which leaves us with the suspects. As with most of the books in this series, we spend the most time with Kinsey talking to them, and this batch of suspects is wonderful. When Sue Grafton is in top form, she can create complete characters with just a few lines, and that’s what she does here. I’m continuing this series is audio, and Mary Peiffer is still the narrator. She so perfectly captures Kinsey and her world. I can see how partnering with a lawyer will bring Kinsey a wider variety of cases, and if “I” is for Innocent is any indication, we are in for some wonderful rides. Don’t hesitate to pick up this book today. I’m anxious to see where things will go next.
Samantha1020 5 months ago
I waited way too long to read this book since finishing H is for Homicide. I almost forgot how much I love this series and Kinsey herself. Craziness, I tell you! It was an absolute joy to read this book and get back to this series. Kinsey as always is up to her usual hi jinks investigating a case where the defendant was found not guilty and now a civil case is being brought against him. Her job is to basically make a case so that he doesn't get off free this time. From the very beginning I found myself completely immersed within this book. I couldn't stop reading it and was squeezing in reading time wherever and whenever I could. It was just so fun to get back to reading about all of my favorite characters. I also really liked the mystery in this story. Was the defendant innocent of murder like the jury had found? Or had they gotten it all wrong and let a killer off free? The questions were there throughout the entire book and I didn't figure it out until the very end when Kinsey did as well. I read these books entirely because Kinsey is such a great main character! I love reading about her adventures and really just about her in general. The author is so detailed with her books that it just all seems to come alive while you are reading. I especially enjoy the fact that these are set before cell phones and the internet. Kinsey uses the phone book and library while she is investigating a case rather than just looking things up online. It's a throwback to a different time and different kind of lifestyle and I love visiting it. I say that fully aware that I love the ability I have to stay in touch by cellphone with my oldest at all times (this is the Mom in me coming out - LOL!). The ending of this book was very well done and unexpected. I love that with this series I usually never guess how it is all going to end. Doesn't mean that I don't try but I'm usually always wrong. I just flew through the pages of this book and now I really want more. Looks like a visit to my used bookstore is needed to get J is for Judgement soon! Overall, I found this to be a delightful addition to one of my very favorite mystery series! I waited way too long to continue my reading of this series but I won't be making that mistake with the next book. I don't think that you need to read this series in order but I would recommend it. There is just so much to enjoy with these books and I can't recommend them enough! I feel like this is a must read series for mystery fans. Highly recommended! Bottom Line: Another great addition to one of my favorite series. Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book from my local used bookstore.
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Dragonflyteach More than 1 year ago
I started with A is for Alibi and am still going. Good,clean stories without a lot of gory details.
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These Sue Grafton alphabet books are what I call "potato chip books" you can't just read one you must read them all. Remind me of the John D McDonald, Travis McGhee series fub and easy to read quickly.
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Kinsey and her antics will keep you entertained and laughing. I think we all know someone like her
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