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Kinsey Millhone, the normally bubbly California private investigator, is depressed in Sue Grafton's new alphabet mystery; so depressed she goes back with old flame Robert Dietz for a while. Bad move. Meanwhile she gets wrapped up in a family affair, locating the missing heir to a fortune and then protecting him from his ill-intentioned brothers. Typically, our woman Kinsey Kinsey Millhone, the normally bubbly California private investigator, is depressed in Sue Grafton's new alphabet mystery; so depressed she goes back with old flame Robert Dietz for a while. Bad move. Meanwhile she gets wrapped up in a family affair, locating the missing heir to a fortune and then protecting him from his ill-intentioned brothers. Typically, our woman Kinsey has little patience with the boys, but a firm grasp of family dysfunction.

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Kinsey Millhone, the normally bubbly California private investigator, is depressed in Sue Grafton's new alphabet mystery; so depressed she goes back with old flame Robert Dietz for a while. Bad move. Meanwhile she gets wrapped up in a family affair, locating the missing heir to a fortune and then protecting him from his ill-intentioned brothers. Typically, our woman Kinsey Kinsey Millhone, the normally bubbly California private investigator, is depressed in Sue Grafton's new alphabet mystery; so depressed she goes back with old flame Robert Dietz for a while. Bad move. Meanwhile she gets wrapped up in a family affair, locating the missing heir to a fortune and then protecting him from his ill-intentioned brothers. Typically, our woman Kinsey has little patience with the boys, but a firm grasp of family dysfunction.

30 review for M is for Malice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    I kind of felt sorry for Kinsey in this one. The story starts with her being depressed because she is a pathetic loser with no one who loves her and will die alone, childless, with nobody to mourn her. She's so unloved that she will be one of those people who dies and nobody even notices until the stink makes its way out to the streets. If she had a pet, her dead body would be eaten by it, but she doesn't even have an animal that cares about her. You know it's bad if I feel sorry for her. I hate I kind of felt sorry for Kinsey in this one. The story starts with her being depressed because she is a pathetic loser with no one who loves her and will die alone, childless, with nobody to mourn her. She's so unloved that she will be one of those people who dies and nobody even notices until the stink makes its way out to the streets. If she had a pet, her dead body would be eaten by it, but she doesn't even have an animal that cares about her. You know it's bad if I feel sorry for her. I hate Kinsey. But, at this point, it's kind of like kicking the ugliest dog you've ever seen. What's the point? So, when her old flame comes to visit she should be excited and hopefully things will be looking up, right? Maybe she can even, I don't know, be a little less bitchy? When she finds out that he recently had knee surgery: "Oh, really. That's nice. You drop out of my life for two years and then you show up because you need a nurse? Forget that." Um, Kinsey? It might be time. You don't like dogs, so... OR, you can be smart. Dietz is awesome. Go put on the slutty nurse's uniform, get the sponge out of the sink, and do what needs to be done! Do you want to get eaten by cats, or do you want to get eaten by Mr. Hottie who saved your life a few books back? Spoiler for dirtiness: (view spoiler)[(Yes, you read that right. He has a bad knee. His mouth is fine.) (hide spoiler)] The choice is yours... Pull the trigger, Kinsey. Push it, pull it. Whatever.... Anyway, the mystery in this book is about Kinsey finding a missing heir to millions of dollars. The guy got kicked out of his family for being an asshole kid and hasn't been heard from for about 20 years. When the old man kicked it, the sibs were hoping asshole kid had also died or something so they won't have to share the wealth, so they aren't exactly hoping Kinsey is capable. Now, we all are aware that Kinsey is stupid. That's a given. But, she's also got no life and therefore will just annoy the crap out of everyone and never give up when she has a case. So, she finds the guy. This guy, it turns out, is named Guy. Makes things easier for me because I can't remember names for shit. Guy has turned his life around and is a religious Guy now. He joined some church where they aren't allowed to dance, and I have to say.. I didn't know that was real outside of Footloose. Apparently, dancing is devil's work. Not if you're doing it right. Am I right? So, Kinsey brings Guy home to the loving embrace of his family. It's not like they would kill him or something to get his share of the inheritance back. This is going to go really well....

  2. 4 out of 5

    James

    Book Review 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 Book Review 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 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! LOL About Me For 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Karin Slaughter

    The. Best.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    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 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)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    PI Kinsey Millhone is reluctant to take a case from one of her recently discovered cousins, Tasha Howard, but the case is too intriguing to turn down. The head of Malek Construction has recently died, and the only will anyone can find divides his estate among his four sons. The problem is no one has heard from Guy, the black sheep of the family, since he was supposedly disinherited almost twenty years ago. Can Kinsey pick up a very cold trail and find him? Those familiar with the series will know PI Kinsey Millhone is reluctant to take a case from one of her recently discovered cousins, Tasha Howard, but the case is too intriguing to turn down. The head of Malek Construction has recently died, and the only will anyone can find divides his estate among his four sons. The problem is no one has heard from Guy, the black sheep of the family, since he was supposedly disinherited almost twenty years ago. Can Kinsey pick up a very cold trail and find him? Those familiar with the series will know what to expect, plenty of family drama and a case that is much more complicated than it sounds. Yes, things slow down a bit in the middle, but I suspected what was coming next and I found that suspense more than enough to keep me reading. Kinsey is the star of this series, and her slow growth is enjoyable to watch. We do get a bit from other series regulars, but we spent the most time with the characters related to the mystery, and they are all strong. I was especially happy to note that a group of Christians Kinsey meets don’t turn out to all be hypocrites or extremists, which is what I expect almost every time I run across that in a mystery. Fans of Kinsey who haven’t read this book yet are in for a strong entry in the series. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Another good entry in the series. This one starts as a missing persons case and goes from there. I liked that Dietz made a return appearance. This one kept me guessing too and I was surprised at the outcome.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Randee Baty

    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 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Oh, I remember this one. It broke my heart...Grafton created a twisted family with an unlikely angel. And Deitz came back. From here on, I am reading for the first time.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    Great one! One of my favorites so far.

  10. 4 out of 5

    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 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

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    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 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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Quenya

    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 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 a cold case and a murder. Since she is hired by her family, there is that additional drama added to the situation plus the victims in both cases may have been adults but there was a level childhood innocence that truly makes the bad guys seem even more disgusting in my opinion. The sad part of this story is I felt there was no justice in the ending of this book for those victims. Kinsey also has deal with the return of Dietz, her on/off love interest – these parts of the book are hard for me because I don’t see what Kinsey really sees in this guy but it’s her life. The best of these books is of course Judy Kaye who is the phenomenal voice of this series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    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 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 version of this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tanisha Peck

    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 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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elyse

    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

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maria Dozeman

    Picked up this copy while on vacation. It was a perfect beach read but it doesn't make me want to consume the series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    David Highton

    I much preferred this book to the previous book in the series, a complex mystery of a complex family spread over two different time periods, with Kinsey gradually untangling the web.

  18. 5 out of 5

    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 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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    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 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    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 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"...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    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 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.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melenia

    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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wynn

    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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jill Edmondson

    Kinsey is like a comfy old pair of slippers.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Someday, some how, I will finally get to book Y, since the author died before completing the series. I have them sitting on my shelf, but honestly only read maybe 3 0r 4 a year. This is the 13th. I had the feeling that once upon a time I read this book, probably out of order. Oh well. In this book Kinsey is hired to find a missing relative. He stands to inherit a great deal of money if she does, although his brothers would rather he remain missing. She does find Guy, and within days of returning Someday, some how, I will finally get to book Y, since the author died before completing the series. I have them sitting on my shelf, but honestly only read maybe 3 0r 4 a year. This is the 13th. I had the feeling that once upon a time I read this book, probably out of order. Oh well. In this book Kinsey is hired to find a missing relative. He stands to inherit a great deal of money if she does, although his brothers would rather he remain missing. She does find Guy, and within days of returning to the homestead he is dead. Kinsey of course, feels guilty and vows to discover what happened to him. Her old boyfriend, Robert Dietz also reappears. While the book was okay (I love comments like "I saw a pay phone on the corner", I felt like a lot of the story was not finished by the end of the book. The mystery was solved, but the relationship between Kinsey and Robert was left in the air. Guess I need to read N is for Noose sometime soon.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Fern

    I admit that I started reading these books after the passing of Sue Grafton. I was curious. How did one publish 25 books? I was more interested in the process than the story. I have read them in no particular order,but I see that the writing got better as she matured. I found the early ones to have glimpses, perhaps common to a young writer, of ageism and judgement - unwarranted and undeserved, in my opinion. Having said that, I continue to pick up these books when i find them - is it curiosity? I admit that I started reading these books after the passing of Sue Grafton. I was curious. How did one publish 25 books? I was more interested in the process than the story. I have read them in no particular order,but I see that the writing got better as she matured. I found the early ones to have glimpses, perhaps common to a young writer, of ageism and judgement - unwarranted and undeserved, in my opinion. Having said that, I continue to pick up these books when i find them - is it curiosity? Or a compulsive need to complete the set, letter by letter. Concurrently, reading each one is like tuning in your favorite Netflix series - familiarity. Maybe I'll get to like them better.

  27. 5 out of 5

    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.

  28. 5 out of 5

    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!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Des

    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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Valery

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

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