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Sue Grafton
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May 15 1988 The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries (Book 5)
It was the silly season and a Monday at that, and Kinsey Millhone was bogged down in a preliminary report on a fire claim. Something was nagging at her, but she couldn't pin it. The last thing she needed in the morning mail was a letter from her bank recording an erroneous $5,000 deposit in her account. Kinsey had never believed in Santa Claus and she wasn't about to change her mind now. Resigning herself to a morning of frustration, she phoned the bank and, assaulted by canned carols, waited on hold for an officer to clear up the snafu.

It was with something less than Christmas cheer that Kinsey faced off only minutes later with California Fidelity's Mac Voorhies. Voorhies was smart, humorless, stingy with praise, and totally fair. He was frowning now.

"I got a phone call this morning." he said, his frown deepening. "Somebody says you're on the take."

Suddenly the $5,000 deposit clicked into place. It wasn't a mistake. It was a setup.

"E" is for evidence: evidence planted, evidence lost. "E" is for ex-lovers and evasions, enemies and endings. For Kinsey, "E" is for everything she stands to lose if she can't exonerate herself: her license, her livelihood, her good name. And so she takes on a new client: namely, Kinsey Millhone, thirty-two and twice-divorced, ex-cop and wisecracking loner, a California private investigator with a penchant for lost causes--one of which, it is to be hoped, is not herself.

As Kinsey begins to unravel the frame-up, she finds that her future is intimately tied to one family's past and to the explosive secret it has protected for almost twenty years. Digging deeper, she discovers that probing the past can have lethal consequences as she follows a trail of murder that leads to her own front door. And in what may well be her most challenging case, Kinsey comes up against the fact that sometimes, "E" is forever.

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While private detective and former cop Kinsey Millhone ("D" Is for Deadbeat) is investigating a possible case of industrial arson involving a company owned by the family of a former schoolmate, someone tries to make it look as if she's on the take. A mysterious $5000 appears in her bank account. She sets out to clear herself, while two or possibly more cases of murder occur, including one by bombing. A Christmas spent alone and the reappearance of her second ex-husband, Daniel, who had deserted her, add to Kinsey's depression. Grafton has an accurate, wicked eye for California lifestyle and wise-cracking Kinsey is an appealing, nonhackneyed female detective. Particularly illuminating are the descriptions of document searches, which make up much of real detective work today. This fifth entry in the series, however, is not quite up to the standards of its predecessors because the motivation for the crimes seems weak. That caveat notwithstanding, readers will be glad that further letters of the alphabet await Grafton's imagination.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"Lord, how I like this Kinsey Millhone... The best detective fiction I have read in years." -- Vince Patrick, The New York Times Book Review.

"Exceptionally entertaining... An offbeat sense of humor and a feisty sense of justice."--San Francisco Chronicle.

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

From the Paperback edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Christmas is no holiday for Kinsey Millhone Jan. 15 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"E" is for Evidence is the fifth novel in the Alphabet mystery series by Sue Grafton featuring her loner, ex-cop private detective Kinsey Millhone. Alone over the Christmas holidays, Kinsey is hired to look into a routine fire insurance claim by her long time client, California Fidelity. The case involves a suspcious fire which burned down the warehouse of Wood/Warren, a hydrogen furnance manufacturer owned by the Woods, a prominent Santa Theresa family. When a check for five thousand dollars is mysteriously deposited into her personal bank account, Kinsey is accused of being on the take and is fired from the case by California Fidelity's straight arrow boss. Determined to prove her innocence and to find out who planted the incriminating evidence, Kinsey decides to work for herself and finds herself drawn deeper into the intricate dynamics of the wealthy Wood family. Any of the five adult Wood children could be involved in perpetuating the frame-up and this begins a guessing game of which one is involved in the case. Suddenly, her ex-husband Daniel arrives out of the blue after eight years. Then someone is killed and Kinsey finds her own life at risk.

As usual, the pleasure in reading Grafton's novel comes from the detailed and always entertaining descriptions of the offices and homes of her mostly wealthy Southern Californian suspects. She has a great feel for dipicting the attitudes and tastes of her characters. As usual, the wisecracking Kinsey is secretly, a little self-conscious in their presense, and she is often quick to remind us of the carelessness of her own appearence. I have read a lot of the Alphabet series and I get a little weary of passages describing Kinsey's lack of interest in clothes, and that she owns only one dress.
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4.0 out of 5 stars pivotal installment and a great read Sept. 8 2003
By erica
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"E is for Evidence" is one of the better Kinsey Millhone books (the worst ones still earn a solid three stars in my rating). It's well-written and not at all lumpy: unlike most genre reads (and, in fact, many other books and movies), its second act is neither slow nor ponderous, but instead maintains the pace and excitement of the opening chapters, leaving us with only a brief lull before the inevitable plot-twisting conclusion.
Better yet, devoted readers of the Kinsey series will find this book an important turning point in the protagonist's life, illuminating a bit of her past as well as setting up the backdrop of several of the later books. Moreover, Grafton - creator in Kinsey of one of the most liberated women in our modern age of Bridget Joneses and See Janes Date - is once again ahead of her time (keep in mind, the book was written in 1988) in describing the characters and their relationships.
"E is for Evidence" is an excellent read, a must all Kinsey aficionados, and an excellent introduction to the series for readers who can't get their hands on "A is for Alibi". Make yourself a pimento-cheese sandwich and dig in!
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3.0 out of 5 stars "E" IS FOR ENIGMA May 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
I think that all of Grafton's fans will agree that picking up one of her books is like sitting down with a good friend to have a chat and a cup of coffee. I don't think anyone who reads these books doesn't feel some kind of kinship with Kinsey Milhone. When I first settle in and begin my read, by the third chapter or so I want to jump into the book, get her a bigger apartment, replace that black dress she keeps in the trunk of her car and help her find some kind of love life.
But before any of this can happen, Kinsey has to yet, once again, untangle a mess. This time, however, it's her own mess because she's being framed. A mysterious five thousand dollar deposit appears in her checking account and, while we all know Kinsey could use the money, there's no way she can sit still until she finds out where it came from. This will lead her on a search for insurance fraud after a thorough investigation of a fire site. Kinsey is familiar with the owners of this company as she went to high school with one of the girls in the family. As she's rekindling old acquaintances, things are heating up in her investigation. Fires are sizzling, bombs are exploding and things aren't what they seem to be -- what else is new?
So why only three stars you ask? I was really enjoying this book until I got to the end. By missing one sentence in a previous chapter, I didn't understand the ending when I got to it. Consequently, I had to go back and reread the last twenty or so pages just so it would make sense (which it did). I just don't like having to do that. When I read a book, especially one as simple as this alphabet series, the ending should all come together more easily than this one did. It shouldn't just hinge on one sentence. And, that's why "E" was an enigma to me. After I finished it the first time, I was still puzzled.
Now it's on to "F" with hopes that the ending will be more to my liking and that "F" will stand for "Fantastic."
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3.0 out of 5 stars Neat Aug. 23 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
31/2 stars really.
This is only the third Grafton I have read - I read the first a month back. And I intend finishing the series as soon as I can (or what's available in the library anyway). The protagonist, Kinsey Millhone, is a character that invites comparisons with Philip Marlowe. Chandler was dark and classy (great dialogue) - Grafton is sad-funny, and very contemporary. The way she writes has me convinced that she cannot write a bad book - and I will never hesitate to pick up any of her books.
As for this book - its quite good - probably the best of the series so far (of the 3 I have read - C, D being the others). The narrartive flows evenly. In crime/adventure novels, I often skip the parts where characters indulge in psycho analysis, dissecting their misery (and/or that of others), mental state, and concentrate on the action instead. But not when the writing is as impressive as in this book. This is surely pop-writing - but manages to rise a little above the genre into something more artistic. And Kinsey is lovable.
But hey, if you have't read Ray Chandler - I'd point you there first - anyday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
I think all her books are excellent and this one was no different. Have already started reading F is for Fugitive
Published 12 months ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I'm collecting all the Grafton books I am missing, this was one of them.

I loved it, the change in environment, the nasty characters, the loneliness of Kinsey during the... Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2010 by lifelong reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I'm collecting all the Grafton books I am missing, this was one of them.

I loved it, the change in environment, the nasty characters, the loneliness of Kinsey during the... Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Kinsey Be Able to Tell the Bad Guy Behind the Scenes?
In this Kinsey Millhone novel, "E" is definitely for evidence. There was a fire that took place at the warehouse which is a family business. Read more
Published on July 27 2003 by J. Kirkman
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"'E' is for Evidence" is the fifth in a series of Sue Grafton's mystery novels about the loner ex-cop private detective Kinsey Millhone. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2003 by Katherine
4.0 out of 5 stars Windfall from an unknown source
Usually people don't complain about receiving money from an anonymous source, but Investigator Kinsey Millhone knows that she needs to report the $5000 which has mysteriously... Read more
Published on Dec 8 2002 by Karen Potts
4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with the formula...
Sue Grafton can best be described as a knockoff of Janet Evanovich. Eventhough the simalarity between the two is very apparent, we have to remember that Grafton first came up with... Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Grafton
I've read the entire alphabet series over the years and, quite honestly, have been disappointed with the last few episodes. Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2001 by Carol Peterson Hennekens
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best, but still worth reading.
I was not as Impressed with 'E is for Evidence' as I was with other Kinsey Millhone mysteries. This book starts of just a bit oo slow, and then it gets just too unbelievable. Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2001 by Robert Von Gerds
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