E is for Evidence is the fifth in the Kinsey Millhone mystery series by Sue Grafton.
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I cherish my unmarried state. I’m female, twice divorced, no kids and no close family ties. I’m perfectly content to do what I do . . .
It was two days after Christmas when Kinsey Millhone received the bank slip showing a credit for five thousand dollars.
The account number was correct but Kinsey hadn’t made the deposit.
Then came the phone call and suddenly everything became clear. The frame-up was working and Kinsey was trapped . . .
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.