"M" Is for Malice

"M" Is for Malice

Large Print - 1996
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M is for money too. Lots of it Malek Construction sprang up from humble beginnings into a $40 million company. The four Malek sons, now middle-aged, stand to inherit a fortune. Four men with very different outlooks, temperaments and needs, they're linked only by blood and money. Eighteen years ago, one of them -- angry and in trouble -- went missing. Now Kinsey Millhone is hired to track down the blacksheep brother. But when she succeeds in her assignment, the trouble begins. The prodigal brother is not welcome and the all-too-common outcome of familial hate is sometimes murder...
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : G.K. Hall, 1996.
ISBN: 9780783818344
0783818343
Characteristics: 458 pages (large print) ;,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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