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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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M is for Malice Reviews

  • James
    2019-01-01 22:37

    Book Review4 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 are they up to. Who's good? Who's bad? Which one to trust? While it wasn't quite what I was expecting, it was still a good cross-over type mystery. Millhone is great as usual. Robert Dietz is in this one... I enjoy the books when he shows up. Overall, this book has some good suspense and thrills, probably in the mid to high end of the whole series, and worth a read. I learned a bit about construction and business from this novel, though not a whole lot. I was just out of college and picking information up from the strangest places. Never thought Kinsey would be teaching it to me! LOLAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Susan
    2019-01-14 01:02

    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 get killed... there's a will, so people kill for money... in anyone else's hands, this plot idea would be boring. Grafton makes it special. (reviewed in 1996)

  • Martha
    2018-12-30 03:44

    Great one! One of my favorites so far.

  • Mistydawn Thrash
    2019-01-11 19:36

    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 but that does not mean that I didn't have fun reading it. There were several times where I thought, "Really, you're just going to guess that and it's just going to be right?" as Kinsey, the main character, tries to solve her mysteries. I really appreciated some of the human aspecst of the novel that I don't usual find in the "private eye genre" that was more believeable then the story line itself. A morning jog to wash away the morning, a tiny apartment with a bending ear landlord, a bum knee described accurately, relationship issues, and other tiny flecks throughout the story that made me forget the fact that story had herinfatuated with some guy she only knew a couple days. Even if instant attraction is there, she is supposed to be ex-law enforcement and P.I. and for some reason I just prefer my women of that genre to be a bit more suspicious of someone then I felt she was. I'm not sure I could buy the whole, pick up a stranger and drive him around, meet him behind the house, take a stroll around the vast premises...even if he was cute. A private eye should probably have a bit more sense then that, in my opinion. I didn't really understand the supernatural aspect of the novel either, but I think that could be one of those things I would understand should I have started with "A" instead of "M"?Overall, if I find another Grafton novel hanging around I'll pick it up for a read later. Wasn't a page turner. It wasn't a toss aside. It was solid.Thrashdthoughts.com

  • Randee Baty
    2019-01-17 22:47

    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 book. The mystery is not difficult. All the clues are there. What makes this book different is the emotional depth that Kinsey feels for the missing heir. It contrasts starkly with the emotional distance she usually keeps from just about every other human being. It was a bit disconcerting for me.Dietz was a back and that’s always a good thing for me. The characters that usually ground Kinsey in her world, Rosie and Henry, were not in much evidence. I miss them when they are gone. Sue Grafton is never formulaic and once again we get a story that is different and intriguing. Halfway through the alphabet and I’m still enjoying them.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-16 02:40

    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. I think this can sometimes fall flat as in the case with Dietz - her on again off again love interest. I feel like she is more intraspective on her developing relationship with her new found family than she is on the only real love interest she has had.

  • Tanisha Peck
    2019-01-18 02:36

    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 those that don't read the series in order, but instead just pick up a book. Still I find it annoying. However, I won't make the same mistake in reading several books within a few days. I'll stretch them out so that these annoyances don't build up and threaten to explode like last time.I was glad that this one wasn't as "dangerous" as some of the others. It was a bit more light. Someone was murdered of course, but Milhone wasn't running for her life and being shot at. It was just what I needed: more concentration on Milhone herself and not as much dramatic danger.

  • Elyse
    2019-01-05 01:47

    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
    2019-01-03 22:40

    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, but am just not up to that right now). 2.5 stars rather than 2, really -- might've gone up to three if there hadn't been the supernatural stuff, which annoyed me. I did like the focus on Kinsey's emotions and the way the compartmentalization and detachment she's built up over the years starts slipping: it's not just the impact of all the loss she's suffered, from her parents to Guy, and the griefwork she hasn't done for any of it, but more like a reminder that she's investigating _murders,_ and that we'll all lose our own lives in the end, whether to homicide or a different killer, like heart failure. I liked the referrals back to the earlier book with Dietz ('obedience without whining'), altho I'd've liked to have seen that fleshed out more, for both of them. But I guess this isn't that kind of novel. It's funny the way in which the books that are most openly about death (especially given how the sudden, maliciously motivated deaths propelling those books obviously stand in for the hair-raising intimations of our own mortality we all have and then quickly brush aside) are by convention the ones least likely to explore the emotional consequences of that, or perhaps that's not coincidental at all.That reminds me I really want to pick up the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson, altho frankly when I looked at the second volume (on sale at the local QFC some weeks ago, sorry now I didn't get it) it seemed awfully clunkily translated.

  • Benjamin Thomas
    2018-12-26 01:44

    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 family, Guy disappeared nearly 20 years ago and his brothers aren’t all that keen to find him and have to split the inheritance.It’s a pure plot and credible in many ways. The author isn’t afraid at this point to let us spend time with Kinsey, a loner by nature, as she uncomfortably evolves in her relationships with friends and family. There is a murder that happens of course, and the mystery elements are done very well. I humbly confess to suspecting just about everybody involved but not guessing the identity of the killer until the exact same time that Kinsey solved the case. Well, maybe she was one step ahead of me right near the end, but after all, I’m not a PI with 10 years of experience like she is.A nice addition to the series. I plan to continue my 4 per year rate for reading these novels so as to be ready for the final volume right about at its publication date.

  • Susan
    2019-01-19 01:58

    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 place early in the year following "L" and Kinsey is still 35. Cousin Tasha Howard, an estate attorney, hires her to help with a case in Santa Theresa -- population 85,000 -- where sibling relationships play a key role. Kinsey's efficiency may be detrimental in this case. One piece of valuable advice from Kinsey's landlord Henry: "Take my word for it. You should mark all your photographs, even if it's just a quick note on the back. You might know who's who, but nobody else will."Take it from me: That goes for digital pix, too! I'm struck by how much Kinsey will benefit when computers and cell phones enter her life. She'll be able to stop looking for pay phones and stop carting around her trusty Smith-Corona and needing to find an office supply store to buy paper. She can also abandon her index cards.On to "N"...

  • Melenia
    2019-01-03 19:59

    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
    2018-12-23 21:52

    Kinsey is like a comfy old pair of slippers.

  • Wynn
    2019-01-07 01:58

    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
    2019-01-06 03:02

    Σταθερή αξία.

  • Aviad Eilam
    2018-12-30 23:00

    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
    2019-01-24 02:49

    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!

  • Canavan
    2019-01-13 19:46

    ✭✭✭✭

  • Des
    2018-12-24 21:03

    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
    2019-01-05 21:39

    3.5 - a good one. On to "N"...

  • Ruth
    2019-01-14 22:49

    Dated and hokey, with odd pacing and dialogue. But still kinda fun and made me nostalgic for California.

  • Ellana Rose Thornton-Wheybrew
    2019-01-11 19:38

    I'm not a fan of the mystery itself but I love the plot twist at the end

  • Robyn
    2019-01-20 02:41

    The BookBook 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 she grows attached to the recently found man. Murder turns everything she thought she had a firm grasp of on its head as the past once again has to be turned to for answers.My ThoughtsWhat I liked1. Kinsey's CharacterI love that Kingsey hasn't change drastically, with each new book we run through the usual character catch up, a reminder of who she is, her routines, her relationships. What worried me in L is for Lawless was that she seemed to be losing her touch, and I couldn't help but wonder if the wool would be pulled over her eyes again. Thankfully she was back on point, but now having to deal with a far more emotional response and even attachment to the events which unfold. She's become more human, more real in my eyes2. Poetic observationsAs Kinsey ponders over her life and situations, I was loving the beautiful way she summarized life and it's brutal realities, reconciling her past with the effects it's had on her present self. What I disliked1. I battle with over description, and I find that often times through out the book a whole page was used in describing an individuals appearance or mannerisms which I eventually start to get bored with. I don't like skipping over paragraphs but found myself doing this often.2. I kinda wish there was a bit more of blow out between Kinsey and Dietz, she's still far too complacent in getting her feelings across to the man and I'm hoping that when she eventually lets her insecurities be known there'll be a new phase to her character that comes with itConclusionSue Grafton has an incredible talent for keeping established fans hooked while still baiting new ones with each new book. She somehow manages to provide sufficient information to help form an idea of where the plot might be going yet still manages to pull a plot twist that often times shocks and excites me.

  • mitchell k dwyer
    2018-12-27 22:45

    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 ofL is for Lawless, which I disliked and which is, so far, my least-favorite in the series. In fact,K is for Killer is probably my second-least-favorite, so I wasn't exactly chomping at the bit to get to the rest of the alphabet.Oh, some of the fault probably goes to Harry Potter, too. :)What a pleasant surpriseM is for Malice is. Not only is the story intriguing, but further developments in Kinsey's life take interesting turns. I have to say that unlike some reviewers on GoodReads, I'm not fond of the whole Dietz dynamic. Kinsey's fierce independence and issues of abandonment are important parts of the character I love exploring, but when they spread into her romantic life, I admit feeling quite bored, especially when Kinsey doesn't give us a lot of reason for WANTING her to be with Dietz. I haven't been convinced that she has feelings FOR him because all she talks about are her feelings about BEING with him.However, her relationship with Tasha and with Tasha's sisters takes a few small steps forward here, which I like, and the entire dynamic with Guy Malek is very interesting. Fans who want mostly plot will be disappointed, I think, at how much introspection there is here, and I agree it does get a big heavy-handed at times. However, in the context of the story, particularly within the framework of this Guy Malek dynamic, it works for me. Perhaps this is my problem with the Dietz thing: So much of Dietz took away from the rest of the story. It felt like a distraction rather than another neighborhood in this world of Kinsey's, unlike her relationships with Henry and Rosie, which have become such important parts of her world that a novel without them would feel wrong.The prose is about what you'd expect, but I disagree with some of her technical decisions, such as a few misplaced apostrophes and periods where there should be question marks.Still, a nice return to form for Kinsey, and I'm happily back on the bandwagon. Bring on the Noose!

  • Lea Ann
    2019-01-06 03:36

    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 of money from a will. At first I was a bit annoyed that Kinsey is still so reluctant to spend time with her newly found cousins. (New to the series? Kinsey's parents were killed in a car accident when she was little. She was raised by her aunt. Her aunt has since died too. Her mother and her aunt were two disowned children of some apparently super rich family in a nearby town. They never looked for Kinsey. She's bitter). Anyway, now her cousins have found her, they are interested in having a better relationship with her but she's not having it. And she bitches about it a lot. And part of me thinks, "get over it already." But having read the first paragraph of this review, I realized that although this has been four or five books coming already, it's only about 6 months in Kinsey time. So really, she hasn't had that much time to adjust yet. Sorry Kinsey, I'll stop judging you about this... for now. Anyway, so Kinsey is sent to track down Guy Malek, the youngest of four brothers and black sheep of the family. The other brothers, hardworking Donovan, jealous Bennett, and golf pro Jack, all would like nothing more than for their younger, former addict brother Guy to remain missing so they can cut him out of the will and share in his $5 million portion of their father's estate. But Kinsey finds him and brings him back. Hmmm... that was short. Oh wait, then Guy... well something happens to Guy and THAT is where the mystery really takes off. I actually was able to pick up a few of the plot points ahead of time. Good for me. I usually am pretty slow on the uptake of those. This book had the return of Dietz, Kinsey's erstwhile love interest. It also featured Jonah Robb which I thought would be included more in the book, but he only shows up once and Kinsey and he do not have a big scene together. It's somewhat dissatisfying. I'm giving this one three stars because it got pretty slow there in the middle and there were these weird elements hanging out there, but I'm definitely going to keep reading this series. It's kind of a nice break from heavier literature.

  • Woody Chandler
    2019-01-20 20:54

    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.

  • Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
    2018-12-27 01:56

    Find this review, plus more, on my blog: Booklikes OR Blogger Basic InfoFormat: Audio Pages/Length: n/a Genre: MysteryReason For Reading: I like the series At A GlanceLove Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: NoCliff Hanger: NoTriggers: n/aRating: 3 starsScore SheetAll out of tenCover:5Plot: 6Characters: 6World Building: 6Flow:7Series Congruity: 8Writing: 7Ending: 7Total: 6In DepthBest Part: I'm still interested in the series!Worst Part: n/aThoughts Had: Should have listened sir!ConclusionContinuing the Series: YesRecommending: YesShort Review: So Kinsey tells this guy to not come back because this family is out to get him, but he comes back, and gets hurt, hmmmm, should have listened buddy! I was a bit excited that maybe Kinsey was going to have some romance happening for her (maybe she needs to quit the Quarter Pounds first thou, but then the author won't have the plug anymore...), but at least, she was either too bitchy about him coming back or he was rubbed the wrong way, not sure which but Kinsey can't ever be happy it seems. Misc. Book Boyfriend: Pass. Best Friend Material: Kinsey Review in GIF Form:

  • Em
    2019-01-03 23:46

    Reading time for this book was mostly during breaks at work and mornings when I woke before 6:45 am because life has been busy. And I don't know what to say about the story except the most enjoyable portions were Kinsey's thoughts on being single and without close family and how she reacts when Robert Dietz comes back into her life. The case of finding the missing Malik brother, the supposed black sheep of the family, turned born-again and then solving his murder was rather mundane...and what was that bit about spectral phenomenon? The passage of Kinsey's musings that I began nodding over was on page 52; "Being single can be confusing. On the other hand, you sometimes yearn for the simple comfort of companionship", and lists some of those comforts. But then "On the other hand, once you get used to being alone (in other words, having everything your own way) you have to wonder why you'd take on the aggravation of another relationship," and then lists some. It's a quandary I've never resolved for myself.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-12 23:53

    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 suspected everyone, some more than others. Kinsey takes a much more active role investigating this case and the character seems to be headed back in the right direction.M is for Malice is puzzling and surprisingly touching. Kinsey's touch exterior may be beginning to soften, which could be considered good or bad, but at least she's detecting again instead of just letting things happen as they may. This book has injected some much needed energy into the series.

  • Angela
    2019-01-07 20:06

    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 gave him severance to leave.Kinsey's task is to find the long estranged brother and try to convince him to give up his portion of the inheritance. What she ends up with is 18 years of remorse, anger, and misperceptions.I have to admit this one threw me a bit. I really thought I had things figured out, but was fairly shocked when it didn't turn out that way.