"M" Is for Malice

"M" Is for Malice

[a Large Print Novel]

Large Print - 1996
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Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : G.K. Hall, 1996
Edition: Large print ed. --
ISBN: 9780783818337
0783818335
9780783818344
0783818343
Branch Call Number: Fiction/GRA Aa
Characteristics: 458 p. ; 24 cm

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PolyWogg
Mar 08, 2019

BOTTOM-LINE:
Great novel, good characters, let-down for the ending.
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Kinsey is hired by her cousin Tasha, the lawyer, to track down the long-lost fourth son of a recently deceased construction company owner so they can file the will for probate.
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WHAT I LIKED:
Kinsey does a quick short-cut on finding the missing heir, and sets in motion a series of interactions with the rest of the family that results in death. Add in an old fraud, the return of Dietz to her life, and some emerging feelings for the prodigal son, and it is a full novel.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
A couple of the final pieces to the puzzle are completely hidden until the last chapter, and it's not even Kinsey who finds them. I didn't feel it was playing fair with the reader, holding back some key elements until the end that no one had a chance to see being uncovered so much as like working on a puzzle for several days only to have someone spoil the ending by just telling you the solution.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

hermlou Sep 19, 2011

Kinsey is hired to find Guy Malek, missing son of a millionaire who just died, so that the estate can be divided four ways. She finds the man quickly and figures the case is finished. However, one of the brothers is killed, and the other three are prime suspects. The case is not an easy one, and each of the brothers has a good reason to get rid of the fourth. Add some family problems, some romance, and Grafton has turned out another good book.

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