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M Is For Malice (Kinsey Millhone #13)

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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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Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-fiction
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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
Jan 23, 2008 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
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016
Great one! One of my favorites so far.
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
Randee Baty
Jun 03, 2013 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 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
Really wanted to take a shower after this book – it just left me feeling dirty. None of the characters are that likable except for the dead person and the murderer. I don’t know how Kinsey survived this book emotionally because it was a rough ride.

As I listened to this book, all I could think was it should have been the “G” book for Greed because the Malik family was a whole bunch of greedy bast****. Kinsey gets rolled into this family drama through a lost heir search and results in her solving
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Kinsey works a case to locate a man who is set to inherit a large sum of money. He is estranged from his family, due to his being black sheep of the family. His life has improved, and Kinsey believes only trouble can arise if he returns home to his family. She's right. Also, Robert Dietz is back.

The 13th book in the Kinsey Millhone series. A solid mystery. What starts as a simple case of finding someone, ends with murder, and Kinsey works to figure out who the killer was.

I listened to an audio
Tanisha Peck
Apr 16, 2013 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
Dietz! But Dietz... this book was very personal for Kinsey, between Dietz and Tasha and her instant friendship with Guy. This was a good book. I had no idea who did the killing or why. I didn't like the Malecs and suspected all of them, including Christy. But the ending left a little be desired. Still a good book though! Everytime my husband heard 'Bader' he thought she was saying 'Vader.' lol
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
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
Feb 23, 2012 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
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kinsey is like a comfy old pair of slippers.
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.
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-possession
Σταθερή αξία.
Aviad Eilam
I gave this book two stars, rather than one, only because (a) I'm not very familiar with the genre, and so might be judging it by somewhat inappropriate standards and (b) the plot twist towards the end and the end itself were surprising. Otherwise, the writing is bland, the characters are hackneyed and flat, the dialogue is often not believable.
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!
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 - a good one. On to "N"...
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub
Dated and hokey, with odd pacing and dialogue. But still kinda fun and made me nostalgic for California.
Ellana Rose Thornton-Wheybrew
I'm not a fan of the mystery itself but I love the plot twist at the end
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
mitchell k dwyer
Nov 20, 2007 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
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
Woody Chandler
Feb 18, 2017 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

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

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
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!


Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Sue Grafton was a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She is best known for her “alphabet series” featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. Prior to success with this series, she wrote screenplays for television movies. Her earlier novels include Keziah Dane (1967) and The Lolly-Madonna War (1969), both out of print. In the book Kinsey and ...more
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“Ghosts don't haunt us. That's not how it works. They're present among us because we won't let go of them.” 2278 likes
“Ghosts don't haunt us. That's not how it works. They're present among us because we won't let go of them."

"I don't believe in ghosts," I said, faintly.

"Some people can't see the color red. That doesn't mean it isn't there," she replied.”
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