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M is for Malice: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery | [Sue Grafton]

M is for Malice: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

Kinsey Millhone's latest client is Malek Construction, a $40 million company still in family hands. It doesn't take an accountant to see that the four Malek brothers stand to inherit a fortune. But one of the brothers has been missing for 18 years, and Kinsey's assignment is to find him.
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Publisher's Summary

Kinsey Millhone's latest client is Malek Construction, a $40 million company still in family hands. It doesn't take an accountant to see that the four Malek brothers stand to inherit a fortune. But one of the brothers has been missing for 18 years, and Kinsey's assignment is to find him.

The stock of family memories is filled with nothing but bitterness, and the prodigal son will find no comfort at the Malek table. If there's one thing that goes hand-in-hand with bad blood, it's murder; and that's just around the corner.

Don't miss the other titles in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mystery Series.

©1996 Sue Grafton; (P)1997 Random House, Inc.

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    Cynthia Normal, IL, United States 01-26-08
    Cynthia Normal, IL, United States 01-26-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Rating: Part 1: 0, Part 2: 5"

    I don't want to sound malicious about this Millhone edition, but part one of M is for Malice is abundant with inane details so bland that I felt as if were peering through a window of a slow moving train into a lifeless and unchanging landscape, destination: Land of Nowhere. I seriously debated throwing myself from the train in a frantic escape, but, gritting my teeth, I continued the journey. Upon entering part two, I was richly rewarded. With relief, I saw that the sun had come out and that the landscape had brightened. In part two, I felt as if I were an inconspicuous shadow within the story, completely enthralled in all that Millhone saw, heard, said, thought and felt. It was well worth the wait.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stanley Davenport, OK, United States 05-12-06
    Stanley Davenport, OK, United States 05-12-06
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    "Very good book"

    really didn't notice the difference between the narrators, both Kay and Peiffer catch the essense of Graftons writing and bring it to life.

    made a long trip shorter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 02-15-14
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 02-15-14 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "I DID NOT WANT TO FINISH THIS BOOK"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    NOPE BUT I MAY TRY IT LATER. I HAD BOUGHT TWO OTHERS BY THIS AUTHOR. I HOPE I DIDN'T WASTE MY CREDITS.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I DID NOT GET THAT FAR


    What three words best describe Mary Peiffer’s performance?

    DID NOT ENJOY.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    PROBABLY NOT.


    Any additional comments?

    I DID NOT LIKE THE ROMANCE ANGLE HERE. JUST TELL THE STORY. IF I WANT ROMANCE, I WILL BUY A ROMANCE. IT WAS BORING AND BANAL.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Effie Franklin, MI, United States 10-15-12
    Effie Franklin, MI, United States 10-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my Grafton favorites."
    Would you consider the audio edition of M is for Malice to be better than the print version?

    I don't think that the audio is better or worse than the print version. For me, the difference is that sometimes I'm in the mood to read a print version, and sometimes I have work to do.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of M is for Malice?

    The most memorable scenes for me are the ones where Kinsey, the main character, interacts with the subject of her investigation. I think their relationship reveals a new side of her personality, especially in light of her new, uncomfortable identity as a member of a family.


    What does Mary Peiffer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ms. Peiffer did a good job reading this book, but there is something about her voice that rubs me the wrong way in spots.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh out loud at different times.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to this one 3 or 4 times. There are also passages that I like to repeat more than once. Also, I liked that this is a particularly long, engaging work. It helps me to pass the time when I have a monstrous load of work to do around my house, but it is not too complex to follow along with and to enjoy while doing something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Kailua Kona, HI, United States 07-13-12
    Bill Kailua Kona, HI, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2009

    The Path Between the Seas to The Great Bridge ~ Kagan's Peloponnesian War to Gaddis' Cold One ~ Mornings on Horseback to a River of Doubt ~ Tom to Huck ~ Lennie to Charley ~ Cadfael to Cross ~ Rhyme to Reacher ~ Blomkvist and Salander to Wallander and Wallander ~ Moving Cheese or Eating Frogs ~ On the Road and Into Thin Air ~ The End of History to A Short History of Everything to ... well ... everything else.

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    "Grafton Gets Better and Better"

    Yes, as other reviewers have noted, the plot in this novel is a bit drawn out. But this is not a failing. Here, we see one of the first times that Grafton explores more subtle character development, and that process requires a few more pages (or minutes) than a straight-out plot driven tale. And for me, the extra time is worth it, both to listen to the author exercise this skill, and to enjoy the story that develops along the way.

    Both Kinsey and her sometime paramour Dietz are rounded out a bit as characters, and Kinsey confronts some of her more notable biases and makes peace with a little personal growth.

    The plot itself is nuanced, so if, as one reviewer criticizes, you are troubled that the murder takes place well into the tale, this may not be the book for you. But that speaks more about you than it does about the writer. Don't be so impatient. This is not a race. Recognize the early investment necessary to make you care about later developments. And enjoy the ride ~ Grafton rewards patience with characters you will love and hate, and a plot that twists a bit more than usual.

    Admittedly, we are not dealing with great literature here, or in the rest of the Kinsey Millhone series. But this is a diverting escape ~ high praise, I would think, for a novel of this type.

    Sit back, take a breath and enjoy the escape.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miriam San Angelo, TX, United States 04-06-09
    Miriam San Angelo, TX, United States 04-06-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Great as usual."

    I've listened to all of Grafton's stories. I really like listening to them. It is like visiting old friends. As you follow the mystery you can see how everyone is getting along.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vivian Hermitage, PA, USA 05-16-06
    Vivian Hermitage, PA, USA 05-16-06
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    "M is for Malice"

    Don't waste your time on this one. It is terrible.
    A time wasted when I could have read a more interesting book.
    This book was ridiculous. The murder does not take place until the third to last chapter.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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