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M Is For Malice (Kinsey Millhone #13)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  45,938 Ratings  ·  427 Reviews
M is for Malice by Sue Grafton
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 15th 1996 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published November 12th 1996)
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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
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
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
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
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
Feb 28, 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
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
Jan 03, 2015 Em rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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
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)
Nov 15, 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
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
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
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.
mitchell k dwyer
Jul 22, 2008 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
May 08, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Apr 28, 2014 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WEll now.....that was an ending I wasn't expecting!!!!!!! Another delightful read!!! WooT
Review: M is For Malice by Sue Grafton.

This book is another entry in the alphabet murder mysteries with private investigator Kinsey Millhone. Kinsey Millhone is also the narrator throughout the series. I like Sue Grafton 19s mysteries however, I feel after following each book throughout the series I 19m just reading somewhat of a short story. Almost half the book is taken up by going over old characters and events that happened in one of the earlier books of the series.

This book is about siblin
Aug 04, 2015 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, this is a review on this book specifically. If you want a review on the series as a whole, well here's a link to a wonderfully witty review written by a handsome reviewer (I'm just guessing of course) talking more generally about the series.

M is for malice (Why didn't you name this M is for murder, You know you wanted to) is more of the great detective Kinsey millhone. Meaning it does everything great that the other books did but also has alot o
Another solid mystery by Sue Grafton. I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as I have others. There just didn't feel like there was that much excitement in this one. Kinsey tracks down a guy that has been missing for 18 years and that seems to be the end of it, until there is a murder. For whatever reason, I wasn't into this story. I think it was because almost everyone in this book is a huge jerk. The whole Malek family seem like such horrible people that I couldn't help but feel like none of t ...more
Rugg Ruggedo
Aug 24, 2014 Rugg Ruggedo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book went far beyond malice. It came with family ties, romantic promises and romantic failures, and a murder that might be more pointless then these things usually are. At every turn Kinsey finds something that relates to or affects her personal life, and has her second guessing her choices, as well as being challenged to let go of the limits she has been placing on her routine and her life.
It all starts with her cousin coming to her with work, and knowing that when they meet,Kinsey will su
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.
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!
Cathy (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.
May 19, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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.
Sep 22, 2014 Dany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wealthy man dies and his surviving family hire Kinsey to find one of his sons, who left home almost 30 years ago. Kinsey manages to locate him and is ready to start working on another case, when things take an unexpected turn.

This book contains quite a good mystery and it was a good read, although it left me a bit sad and with a feeling of loneliness. Kinsey has a few things to let go of and a few things to process in order to go on with her life. I think she's ready to stop being a lonely sou
Jan 01, 2015 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
M is for Malice is the midway novel of Sue Grafton's alphabet series of detective novels featuring Kinsey Millhone, the diminutive female private detective. M here is not just for malice but, of course, also for murder, and the story revolves around who done it in the framework of a case involving a dysfunctional family's struggles over an inheritance. The book is a fairly good, easy, enjoyable escapist read for those who enjoy mysteries and find the fictional Ms Millhone an appealing character. ...more
Feb 28, 2014 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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