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M is for Malice (Kinsey Millhone #13)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  53,547 Ratings  ·  538 Reviews
"Every investigation has a nature of its own, but there are certain shared characteristics," explains private eye Kinsey Millhone in her 13th alphabetic outing. "Here's what you hope for: a chance remark from the former neighbor on a skip-trace, a penciled notation on the corner of a document, an ex-spouse with a grudge, the number on an account, an item overlooked at the ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by F A Thorpe (Publishers) (first published November 12th 1996)
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James
Jun 07, 2017 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-fiction
Book Review
4 out of 5 stars to M is for Malice, the 13th book in the "Kinsey Millhone" mystery series, written in 1996 by Sue Grafton. When I first picked up this book, as I was far behind in the series and not able to read them as they were published, I got very excited. My favorite type of books to read are about family dramas and whodunits. Well this book combined those two themes and sub-genres together when something was amiss with Malek Construction. Four (4) Malek brothers. And what a
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Susan
Jan 23, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This latest in Grafton's alphabet series is one of the best. This series itself gets better and better. When I am a gazillion years old and in the nursing home with nothing to do, I intend to start again with A and go to Z and I know I will delighted all over again. Kinsey, this time, is called on to find a brother who was banished from the family 18 years ago. The father has now died and left his estate equally among the four brothers including the missing one. It's a murder mystery, so people ...more
Martha
Dec 18, 2016 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016
Great one! One of my favorites so far.
Randee Baty
Jun 03, 2013 Randee Baty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, mystery-pi
Kinsey is asked by her cousin Tasha to find a missing heir for a family that really doesn’t want him back. He left years ago, running from him “bad boy” and “black sheep” reputation. Of course, she finds him and seeing how his life has changed, she advises him that going back would probably only cause bad things to happen. Sure enough, he goes back and sure enough, bad things happen.

Sue Grafton is excellent at drawing characters that we really don’t like and she definitely has those in this boo
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Jennifer
Nov 26, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, sue-grafton, 2002
The 13th installment of the Kinsey Millhone mysterys and the books are still going strong.
In this installment, Kinsey is hired to find a missing man who was named equally in his fathers will along with his three brothers. Sadly he has been missing nearly 20 years and the other brothers are not real keen on her finding him.
I feel like as the series progresses Sue Grafton is allowing Kinsey to become more and more real in the sense that she is allowing her to develope friendships and family ties
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Tanisha Peck
Apr 16, 2013 Tanisha Peck rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
After reading the disappointing "L" book, I took a short break. I'm so glad this one didn't disappoint me, otherwise I would have found it even more difficult to continue on with the series.
I was glad that Dietz returned, even if he wasn't as saucy as last time. I hope he stays on for at least a couple more books.
I have the same complaints as usual. The continued parking updates, scenery verbal diarrhea, and explanations regarding Milhone's technique. I understand this is probably meant for thos
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Mistydawn Thrash
This was my first Sue Grafton novel, and it's just like me to start in the middle! This author has been suggested to me several times as an easy read, a little suspense/little romance/little thriller, and something enjoyeable that doesn't take a lot of attention.

It was just that. I was able to put this book down for a week at a time, pick it up and be right back where I was without having to scan the last few pages. The story itself was a little frivolous to me as a private investigator novel bu
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Moira Russell
Could have sworn I read all the Graftons, but apparently not this one! or if I did, I COMPLETELY forgot it. Uh. Not a good brain day for me today. Maybe I should try some ginkgo whatsit.

-- Blew through this -- not great, but a pretty good comfort read while lying in bed sick. Definitely better than N or P, not as good as O (last one I reread before this), nowhere near my earlier favourites K, G, F, E, &c &c (I should go through and at least rank all of them, if not write mini-reviews, bu
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Benjamin Thomas
The completion of “M” marks the half-way point of this series (assuming the whole thing will end with “Z”). Happily, it seems to be getting better and better.

This time, Kinsey Millhone, private investigator in Santa Teresa, California in the 1980’s, is hired by her new-found cousin for a missing persons case. The missing Guy Malek’s father has recently passed away and Guy, along with his three estranged brothers stands to inherit a substantial windfall. Unfortunately, as the black sheep of the f
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Susan
Feb 23, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I get frustrated with Kinsey in this book because Robert Dietz, Kinsey's former body guard and love interest who has been in Germany, returns and Kinsey isn't up front enough with him about her feelings. Or maybe she is too up front?

When he shows up on her doorstep after "two years, four months, and ten days," Kinsey says, "I'm not mad because you left. I'm mad because you came back. I finally got used to being by myself and here you are again. So where does that put me?"

Just. Sigh.

"M" takes p
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Melenia
So I've been reading these books in order & I'm not really sure if this book fits. It was only a mystery for about 50% of the book which can be okay, but I picked it up because I wanted a mystery. I wasn't able to figure out the 'who-done-it' until she did so I was satisfied with that and as always the lady who reads this (audio) book was amazing. I will continue on with the series but this was not one of my favorites.
Jill Edmondson
Jul 30, 2012 Jill Edmondson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kinsey is like a comfy old pair of slippers.
Wynn
The absolute best in the series. A superb mystery and a great cast of characters surrounds PI Kinsey Millhone. This is also the most emotional for Kinsey as her heart gets deeply involved. Loved it.
Antonis
May 04, 2014 Antonis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-possession
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Elizabeth Hesseltine
I'm a probate paralegal, so this one was right up my alley. Wasn't expecting a murder 1/2 way through the story, but I knew it wasn't going to be wrapped up neatly in the first few chapters. Certainly didn't see the ending coming. Great twist!
Des
This doesn't seem like it was a good place to try this series. The mystery didn't start until over halfway into the book. I feel I may have enjoyed it more had I read the first 12 books prior.
Valery
3.5 - a good one. On to "N"...
Ellana Rose Thornton-Wheybrew
I'm not a fan of the mystery itself but I love the plot twist at the end
TBBManiac Robs
Sep 21, 2016 TBBManiac Robs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The Book
Book 13 of the Kinsey Millhone series and I was beyond thrilled to be back on one of her cases with her. Kinseys lawyer cousin, Tasha, asks her to find Guy Malek missing for 18 years after a devastating family fall out. What starts as a seemingly simple missing persons case soon turns to far more as Kinsey finds herself fighting not only a family she grows to dislike with each new encounter, but also with the return of her on/off 'boyfriend', a depression which refuses to lift and then s
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mitchell k dwyer
Nov 20, 2007 mitchell k dwyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, reviewed
Note: This review does not contain plot spoilers, but it might contain some thematic spoilers for those who don't want to know ahead of time about Kinsey's character development.

I've obviously fallen a few years behind on my reading; when I began reading the series, M is for Malice was a few months away from publication. Part of the fault is my schedule (I'm a high-school teacher and usually read Kinsey during summer vacations); part is my just-completed graduate program; part is the fault of
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Lea Ann
This is the 13th installment in the Alphabet series. Kinsey is still living in the 80s, still wearing her turtlenecks and driving an old VW car. There's something that I appreciate about the books still be set back in the 80s. Large portions of time don't pass for Kinsey so the timeline is relatively truncated, even though after 13 books I feel like Kinsey should be using a cell phone by now.

In this one, Kinsey is hired by her cousin Tasha to locate a missing person who stands to inherit a lot
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Woody Chandler
Feb 18, 2017 Woody Chandler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remain hopeful that Ms. Grafton is finding her way as the series progresses. This one was a believable read, but the series progresses at a pace rivalling glaciation so that typewriters still play a part in the plot. My other ongoing bugaboo with the heroine, Kinsey Millhone, is all of her interior musings which generally do not advance the plot. I tend to gloss over them in favor of dialogue.
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Basic Info

Format:
Audio
Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Mystery
Reason For Reading: I like the series

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
No
Cliff Hanger: No
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 3 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten


Cover: 5
Plot: 6
Characters: 6
World Building: 6
Flow: 7
Series Congruity: 8
Writing: 7
Ending: 7

Total: 6

In Depth

Best Part:
I'm still interested in the series!
Worst Part: n/a
Thoughts Had: Should have listened sir!

Conclusion

Continu
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Em
Jan 01, 2015 Em rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Jennifer
May 08, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer by: jennsicurella@verizon.net
Shelves: mystery
M is for Malice is the best Kinsey Millhone novel yet. I found this book surprising good after the less than stellar L is for Lawless.

Kinsey is beginning to reluctantly open up emotionally with her cousin Tasha, ex-lover Dietz and especially with the victim (before he is murdered, of course.) I love seeing personal character growth in long running series and I'm glad that Kinsey is beginning to progress as a character.

M is for Malice has a great mystery with twists and red herrings galore. I sus
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Angela
Feb 03, 2011 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
M is for Malice, or Malek as the case might be. Kinsey is hired by her cousin, Tasha, to search for a long lost family member. Guy Malek left home 18 years ago and hasn't been heard from since. None of his brothers - Donovan, Bennett, or Jack - were ever really keen on finding him, until their father passed away. Their father's will divides his wealth equally amongst the brothers. The three still in Santa Teresa don't quite agree with that, since their father disowned Guy eighteen years ago and ...more
E.M. Lynley
Dec 20, 2015 E.M. Lynley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars is maybe too high. I'll give it about 3.5
I read this one back when it first came out and didn't remember a damn thing when I started it again.
It's not a typical Kinsey Millhone book. There's a mystery and a murder, but the murder doesn't happen until well into the story. (view spoiler)
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Kelli
Nov 10, 2015 Kelli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. I figured out who did it almost immediately, though I had the motive wrong. Aside from that though, Kinsey just seemed like a bitch in the beginning, enough so that I kind of didn't want to keep reading. And then she got a little better just in time to meet an entire family of even bitchier people. It's also starting to get a little annoying to listen to Kinsey go on and on about how much she dislikes people, family, friends, lovers, etc. in her life, and then watch her become immediate BFF ...more
George
Nov 12, 2014 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in a small central California coastal town, private investigator Kinsey Millhone is hired to find the youngest of 4 brothers who was sent packing by his father 18 years ago. He was the family's black sheep who was constantly in trouble. The father just died and he, along with his 3 brothers, are in line to inherit. The probate attorney hires Kinsey to find him which she quickly does and he is reunited with his brothers. Kinsey has strong misgivings that she is leading a lamb to slaughter bec ...more
Una Tiers
Another dark mystery where the answer is buried in the past. Grafton builds a sympathetic victim but Kinsey knows more than any self respecting thirty old would know. The regular characters, like Rosie, William and Henry, were almost added as an afterthought.
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievement award) in 2003.

Family History:

Father: C.W. Grafton, born 1909, third son of Presbyterian Missionaries, born and raised in China, educated Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina; practicing attorney in Louisville, Kentucky with a 40-year specialty in municipal bonds. Au
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Other Books in the Series

Kinsey Millhone (1 - 10 of 26 books)
  • A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1)
  • B is for Burglar  (Kinsey Millhone, #2)
  • C is for Corpse  (Kinsey Millhone, #3)
  • D is for Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone, #4)
  • E is for Evidence (Kinsey Millhone, #5)
  • F is for Fugitive (Kinsey Millhone, #6)
  • G is for Gumshoe (Kinsey Millhone, #7)
  • H is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone, #8)
  • I is for Innocent (Kinsey Millhone, #9)
  • J is for Judgment (Kinsey Millhone, #10)

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