C is for Corpse (Kinsey Millhone Mystery)
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C is for Corpse (Kinsey Millhone #3)

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After a near-fatal car accident, a young man asks Kinsey to protect him. When he is promptly murdered, Kinsey vows to find the killer.
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Published August 25th 1992 by Random House Audio (first published 1986)
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Claire Grasse
This was the first of the "alphabet" books that I read, and I remember vividly staying up until 3 am reading it, and then being unable to sleep! Kinsey's voice and personality really resonated with me, which is pretty disheartening since so many reviewers seem to find her unlikeable. I love Grafton's use of words. I love pretty much everything about her writing style. Her characters are 3-dimensional and quirky. She doesn't "cheat" and pull a killer out of the hat on the second-to-last chapter a...more
Beth Peninger
Kinsey Millhone manages to get herself mixed up in death and drama again. Surprise, surprise. In this case she gets hired and four days later her client is dead. Of course she can't let it go, I'm not actually saying she should, and eventually solves the crime. This time she manages to solve two very different crimes. Her landlord gets himself wrapped up with a suspicious character so Grafton includes another kind of crime as a side to the main.
I'm only on "C" of Grafton's alphabet and Kinsey M...more
Jenn
This book was great. It was a fast, funny read full of just enough twists that I really had no idea who the final killer was going to be -- but I should have known all along. Along the way, there were some striking lines, some fast dialogue, and not too much guns-blazing action (which is a relief). The author moves from witty little snips of flirtatious dialogue to observations of the surrounding town that cross the border into literature. There's more than a trace of Chandler and even a little...more
Mary Ronan Drew
Sue Grafton's books get a little better with each letter. Here's what Amazon says about this one:

"How do you go about solving an attempted murder when the victim has lost a good part of his memory? It's one of Kinsey's toughest cases yet, but she never backs down from a challenge. Twenty-three-year-old Bobby Callahan is lucky to be alive after a car forced his Porsche over a bridge and into a canyon. The crash left Bobby with a clouded memory. But he can't shake the feeling it was no random acci...more
Antof9
OK, so it only took me three books to be sure, but I don't think this author is an American. I had hints in the first two, but two things convinced me in this book. 1. the word "anorectic" (also sometimes mispelled as "anoretic"), and 2. at some point, two characters grabbed lunch, and it was beans and bread! Who does she think she's kidding?! I don't like when authors try to pretend they're something they're not. I'm just not sure why she's trying to make us think this is an American detective,...more
Jeff
C is for Corpse is the third in Sue Grafton's alphabet strewn mystery series. And it's darned good!
After a near fatal accident, a young man hires Kinsey Millhone to prove that someone is trying to kill him. After his death, Kinsey is determined to find out whether he was indeed murdered and why.
C is for Corpse kept me reading long into the night. One of Sue Graton's talents is creating literary characters who are true to life, real ordinary people. In this story, Ms. Grafton could have intro...more
Gwen
Kinsey Millhone is at it again. This time she's taken on a client that thinks someone tried to kill him, but he can't remember who or why since the accident caused brain damage.

I understand why this series keeps going. The writing is light and fun. Even though it is written in the 80s it the overall plot holds up.
Kerry
First time for a Sue Grafton novel and I deviated from my requirement of reading/listening to a series in order. Well worth it. Enjoyed her humor and the suspense was pretty good. Looking forward to continuing the series.
Kat
Actually, this was slightly predictable, and the way these have ended, so far (its only the third book, so I can't really say) is essentially the same. That being said, these are generally pretty entertaining.
Kelani
This was a my favorite book in the series thus far. Not sure why I liked it more. Maybe I liked the characters a little more than the last ones, or maybe because we got to know Bobby before he died.
Lynetta
Sue Grafton is getting much more skilled in a mere three books. C is for Corpse is more like a novel with Bobby Callahan's problem. Callahan has survived a dreadful car wreck and after eight months of rehab is at least mobile, although he admits his memory is shot. There's something about a red address book he left with someone for safe keeping, perhaps the name Blackman. He invites Kinsey to his house. She is unimpressed until turning the last bend and finding out the house is a mansion. Bobby'...more
Sara
I have now read the first three books in the Kinsey Millhone alphabet series by Sue Grafton. I enjoyed them and will probably find time to continue reading them. I think of them as fluff reading and once in awhile I enjoy those books. I am sure that we all have those, quick, easy, no thought books that are almost a guilty pleasure but we don't actually care if people know we read them. So far I am enjoying them more then the "One For the Money"/Stephanie Plum series. I barely got through that fi...more
C.C. Thomas
Kinsey Milhone's third case is 23-year old Bobby, a young man she meets working out and has tremendous respect for. He is obviously in great physical pain and recovering from a disfiguring accident, yet works through his pain. Milhone is impressed and strikes up a friendship with the boy.

Bobby explains that he has amnesia and can't recall much of what led up to the accident, but he feels as if maybe it weren't an accident at all. Was it an attempted murder or is Bobby still suffering some linger...more
Sherrie
"C is for Corpse" by Sue Grafton
(from the back cover)
Kensey meets him in the local gym. Bobby Callahan is a scarred young man struggling back to life after a car forced his Porsche over the edge of a canyon, battering his body and muddling his memory. All he remembers is that someone, for some reason, tried to kill him. Desperate for clues about his own past life and certain he is being stalked, he asks Kinsey to protect him. Kinsey can't resist the brave kid--and neither can the killers. Three...more
Donna
I really like this series, though at the pace I'm going it's going to be a looong time before I get current with the series!

Kinsey Milhone falls somewhere between JD Robb's Eve Dallas (tough as nails police inspector) and Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum (ditzy private eye). Kinsey is a tough but human no-nonsense private eye. There's some humor in the book to keep the mood from getting too dark, but that comes from the supporting cast.

Kinsey's character ends up as someone you like and respect....more
Newport Librarians
Probably my favorite in the series so far (even if it is only the 3rd one). Kinsey is hired by Bobby Callahan, who claims he is being targeted to be murdered - but he can't remember why, or by who, after a car accident. He hires Kinsey on Monday - by Thursday he is dead. Kinsey grew attached quickly to Bobby and feels the need to continue whatever it was he was looking for, come hell or high water.

Grafton's series follows a certain recipe - as many high-volume series are wont to do. It's still a...more
Sarah
This is the third book in the "Alphabet Mystery" series. I have been pretty hard on the last two books. They were weirdly written, poorly characterized (in my opinion), and not well plotted. Does this book change those thoughts?

Um, kind-of? I guess. I found this book to be better at hiding the mystery. By that I mean I didn't guess the bad guy five seconds after starting the book. I even liked Kinsey more. She came across better in this book. He internal monologs are still kind of tedious to rea...more
Holly
C is for Corpse did a better job at hiding the villain's identity until the end of the book than the previous installments. I liked Bobby's character, but there was still some very irritating writing sprinkled into this book.

I feel like the author is trying too hard at some points. A sentence like "after my run, I could tell I'd be stiff and sore tomorrow" becomes "I knew I would pay for it on the morrow..." Really? Just write how people talk!

Overall, it's a fast read and the plot and characte...more
Zaria
"C" is for Corpse was a really good read. The novel is about a young man named Bobby Callahan who claims someone tried to kill him by running his car off the road into a canyon 400 feet below, which does not kill him but leaves him with scattered bits of the incident and his body covered in scars. With no one believing him and not being able to remember, he eventually hires Kinsey Millhone to help him put the pieces back together. However, things change when three days into the case, Bobby is d...more
Ding
Trust Ms. Grafton to get you through a boring slump of your daily existence. This book is third of the alphabet series and I am bent on reading it all the way to Z. Her writing style is no non-sense, no frills and no artsy-farstsy-direct-to-the-point story telling, but she still manages to keep you hanging up to the last page. In this particular installment, she has developed her main character further but adding a bit of a human side to Kinsey.
Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: How do you go about solving an attempted murder when the victim has lost a good part of his memory? It’s one of Kinsey’s toughest cases yet, but she never backs down from a challenge. Twenty-three-year-old Bobby Callahan is lucky to be alive after a car forced his Porsche over a bridge and into a canyon. The crash left Bobby with a clouded memory. But he can’t shake the feeling it was no random accident and that he’s still in danger…The only clues Kinsey has to go on are a little red ad...more
Vorbis
Well, they did get better. But it's just not my genre. I'm three books in and still not interested in anything that's happened. I don't feel myself trying to solve the mystery, or enjoying seeing her put the clues together. I barely feel like there are clues, every revelation baffles me and half the time I can't remember which name ties to which person.

This story continues the trend of the unnecessary climax - (view spoiler)...more
Becky
I've only read a few mysteries, so I'm just getting used to them; how there is little resolution after the climax. I didn't care for the beginning character development in this book, thought it was boring. But once the author got into the actual mystery it picked up interest for me. Some adult language.
Ed Napiorkowski
Another interesting piece of work from Sue Grafton, which I have rated at four stars.
In my opinion a few of the characters unique to this particular story lacked a little depth and realism though their presence contributed to the overall theme. On the side, I like writers who reward readers for following their books in sequence, I like seeing the main characters develop, I like snippets from past stories being introduced as little gems within the current story. Must say after reading three of t...more
Janet
This was the first book I have read from Sue.It was great!!!She kind of reminds me at the beginning of Dean Koontz then reading on some of Nancy Drew.She keeps you reading.She will be another new author I will be reading.
Una Tiers
This was one of my first mystery series, but a careful reading brings out glaring issues. The protagonist knows too much.
itchy
found two typographical errors:
p44: stade, should be shade
p100: unloaad, should be unload
Donna
Years ago I read "A" and "B" in this series and decided not to pursue any further. For the ARRT genre study Sue Grafton was a benchmark so I picked up "C" and found that I enjoyed it more than I remember enjoying the others. I presume Grafton's writing got better over time.

Kinsey uses her wits to find out who was responsible for a murder as well as to save her landlord from a wacky broad with criminal intent. I can see why this would be a benchmark for current PIs, though I don't think Kinsey is...more
Laurie
When I first started this series, I wasn't sure if I would continue - but I have really begun to like the main character. Although these books don't take a lot of brain power to read, that's part of what I like about them. The books are a nice, quick, interesting read that makes you think a little, but not too much. These are not the type of books that are written in a way that at the end you say, "Oh, yes - I completely missed all those clues!" - because they simply aren't there - at least, not...more
João Carlos
“C de Cadáver” é terceiro livro da escritora norte-americana Sue Grafton de uma série intitulada “Os Crimes do Alfabeto”.
A detective Kinsey Millhone apresenta-se: “Sou uma investigadora particular oficialmente reconhecida e trabalho em Santa Teresa, uma cidade da California que fica a cerca de cento e cinquenta quilómetros de Los Angeles. Tenho trinta e dois anos e sou divorciada duas vezes. Gosto de estar só e desconfio de que a aminha independência me agrada mais do que deveria… Moro numa anti...more
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievement award) in 2003.

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Father: C.W. Grafton, born 1909, third son of Presbyterian Missionaries, born and raised in China, educated Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina; practicing attorney in Louisville, Kentucky with a 40-year specialty in municipal bonds. Au...more
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