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M Is For Malice (Kinsey Millhone #13)

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"There are few writers able to sustain the solid mixture of detection, narrative energy and cultural observations that one finds in Grafton." -- Washington Post Book World

"M" is for money. Lots of it. "M" is for Malek Construction, the $40 million company that grew out of modest soil to become one of the big three in California construction, o...more
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Published April 30th 2002 by Random House Audio (first published November 12th 1996)
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Jennifer
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...more
Susan
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
Tanisha Peck
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...more
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...more
Randee Baty
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...more
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...more
Mahta
Middle-aged Californian, detective Kinsey Millhone, is depressed, vulnerable, and ready to leave the past behind her. However, Millhone’s life turns upside down when the Malek family hires her to carry out an impossible task. In order to inherit a fortune from their Tycoon Dad, the family must track down the missing Malek son, Guy.

Guy is a drug addict and alcoholic who hasn’t been seen in eighteen years. The Malek family believes that detective Kinsey is just the right person for the job to hel...more
Susan
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...more
mitchell dwyer
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 ...more
Angela
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
Anne
WEll now.....that was an ending I wasn't expecting!!!!!!! Another delightful read!!! WooT
Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: "M" is for money. Lots of it. "M" is for Malek Construction, the $40 million company that grew out of modest soil to become one of the big three in California construction, one of the few still in family hands."M" is for the Malek family: four sons now nearing middle age who stand to inherit a fortune--four men with very different outlooks, temperaments, and needs, linked only by blood and money. Eighteen years ago, one of them--angry, troubled, and in trouble--went missing."M" is for M...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.
Jeans77
I love Sue Grafton & Kinsey Milhone. This one wasn't quite as good as some of the others, but still good. I started it on vacation in March and just now finished. Can't wait to read some of the others as soon as I can figure out which ones I haven't read!
cathepsut
Her books are well-plotted crime fare with strong characters and a likeable heroine. Some are just ok, others are very good. This one I liked a lot. I hope to see more of Dietz in the next instalments, Kinsey needs more TLC.
Sarah
It is Kinsey more than the mystery angle that makes this series work, in my opinion; I enjoy her as a character and keep coming back to see what happens to her and in her life next.
Lynn
Re-listening to this book in a version by a new narrator. I sorely miss Judy Kaye, but I like the story. The reader actually meets the victim, which makes him even more sympathetic than the usual "off camera" victim. Kinsey's burgeoning friendship and subsequent feelings of guilt when the man dies make for an appealing read.

It is unusual for Kinsey to be so out of sorts with her on-again, off-again flame Robert Deetz. This reader finds it odd for Kinsey to be so touchy about the fellow when nei...more
Jill Edmondson
Kinsey is like a comfy old pair of slippers.
Nancy Ellis
Different from her previous books, this one spends quite a bit of time letting us get to know and like the victim before he is smashed like a bug and eliminated. He had been missing for many years and had just returned to the family estate, much to the displeasure of his three brothers who did not want him to be included in the inheritance. Kinsey forms an attachment (not romantic) to the young man and is passionate in her work to find the killer. The Epilogue was very nicely done and quite touc...more
Beth Peninger
Grafton's "M" in her alphabet series was decent. In this book Kinsey is hired by her newly found cousin to find a missing person for a estate reading. As with any of Kinsey's investigations this turns out to be more complicated than it seems. The Malek family has lost their patriarch and lost brother Guy is part of the will, much to their dismay. Kinsey sets out to find Guy and feels uneasy when she actually finds him and introduces him to the family. Something doesn't seem quite right. But unle...more
Julianne
I’m a long-time fan of the Sue Grafton murder mysteries, and here’s another fun read! I lived in Southern California for two years in the early 70’s, so I enjoy Grafton’s descriptions of life at the beach. She throws in lots of charaters, many of them recurring characters, and it’s like getting together with old friends. We always hear what Kinsey Millhone wore, what she ate, where she ran, what her neighbor Henry is doing, what’s going on at the restaurant down the block, etc. I find this consi...more
Barbara
I'm only half way through this and I am enjoying it well enough, but I feel the need to have a little rant.

The protagonist comments several times that she is depressed. It is entirely unclear what is meant by this, as she shows no signs of depression. She has no trouble getting out of bed in the morning, no trouble sleeping at night, no trouble getting on with her life or finding the energy to look after herself or do her job. She doesn't engage in catastrophic thinking, self deprecation or self...more
Melissa
Kinsey’s cousin Tasha hires her to find a missing person. Guy Malek ran away from home as a young man and has been missing for almost 20 years. He was always the black sheep of his wealthy family, but when his father passes away and names him in the will his brothers need to locate him. When Kinsey finds him she realizes that he has become a kind and sincere man, nothing like the teenage hellion she heard tales about.

For me, this was one of the best Kinsey Millhone books I’ve read. They tend to...more
Lara Tambellini
I liked this one a lot better than the last 2 novels. It was very sad and it took me awhile to figure out what was going on.

"M" is for money. Lots of it. "M" is for Malek Construction, the $40 million company that grew out of modest soil to become one of the big three in California construction, one of the few still in family hands.

"M" is for the Malek family: four sons now nearing middle age who stand to inherit a fortune--four men with very different outlooks, temperaments, and needs, linked o...more
Jennifer
May 08, 2010 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer by: jennsicurella@verizon.net
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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...more
Barbara ★
You would think after 13 books featuring the same heroine, the story would be trite, repetitive and formulaic. But surprisingly it is fresh and new. Kinsey Millhone is hired by her cousin Tasha to find a banished heir to the Malek millions, and supposedly disinherited but the will has disappeared. Unfortunately for Guy (the missing heir), his three brothers do not want to share this windfall with the black sheep of the family. Malice ensues and poor Kinsey is stuck in the middle, of course.

I fo...more
Taryn Chase
Grafton's back on target with this one. Kinsey's work gets her emotionally involved, there were some spiritual/supernatural undertones and it kept me guessing to the end, plus there were parallels that kept her thinking about her own family ties, and we saw the bittersweet return of her sometimes love, Robert Dietz. I can't believe there are only a few left and I'll be caught up and waiting for her to *write* the rest...
Peter Herrmann
Years ago I had read a couple of Grafton's books and enjoyed them for plot and dialogue (or Kinsey Millhone's inner monologue). Lately, I'm learning to better appreciate descriptive material in writing (aside from the plots and subplots). Grafton's descriptive abilities are superb ... as well as her metaphors & similes, etc. Her research on auxiliary topics are worthwhile. For instance, one of the characters runs a construction/gravel operation. So, Grafton at one point, goes into the mechan...more
Dawn
Finally! The last several books in this series left me feeling meh. The stories were only mildly compelling (not what I'm looking for in a whodunnit), the characters felt bland, and I was almost forcing myself to keep turning the pages, because I really didn't care who or why. Not bad enough to consider stopping all together, but close. This one was such an improvement! I liked the characters, I liked the "stuff" going on in Kinsey's personal life, and the plot kept me guessing. I never saw the...more
John Rasmussen
Whild I did not care for 'L', I really did enjoy "M". I could not wait to finish the story. A wonderful tale that had a semi-surprise ending, however, it was actually anticipated somewhat. I had figured out most of the mystery, but the actual culprit was a bit of a surprise, but a good selection.
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievement award) in 2003.

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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...more
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