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.
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©1996 Sue Grafton; (P)1997 Random House, Inc.
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.
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.
Always holds my interest. Like the returning characters & their stories. Really like Kinsey Milhone's character. Like Sue Grafton's style. Usually always has parts that tug at your heart strings.
Loved the surprise ending! Had no idea.
It is another good read in St Theresa.
A nice pace, good character development and the reader is perfect for the book
This is my favorite book in the Kinsey Millhone alphabet series by Sue Grafton. There were some real life issues touched on this and, of course, lots of giggles and smiles interwoven. This installment showed to me that Kinsey Millhone does have a heart.
Meet Kinsey Millhone at her most depressed, bitchy, neurotic, and joyless.
If Kinsey were a real person, she would need some heavy duty counseling and probably medication. Her life as an island unto herself is definitely starting to fray her at the edges. Her usual oustider-looking-in observations of "normal" people and relationships--usually fertile ground for her wry humor and a source of joy for her and us (she revels in being different)--seem increasingly desperate. I don't know how anyone puts up with her. At least she had a moment of catharsis in the epilogue, so hopefully she'll be back to herself in the next installment.
The actual story was interesting enough, and Mary Pfeiffer's performance was excellent as usual. As a bonus, this one did not feature the all-too-common scenario where Kinsey gets herself into a totally avoidable scrape because she refuses to carry her gun. As practical and pragmatic as she is supposed to be, and with all the crap she has been through, she should be married to that pistol. The fact that she often doesn't carry it anymore seems contrived to generate artificial drama and suspense.
Thought the story was good over all but I really wish Judy Kaye would be the only reader for this series. She's just great as Kinsey and all of the characters, whoever they may be in any given story in this series.
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