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C is for Corpse (Kinsey Millhone #3)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  23,906 ratings  ·  616 reviews
He was young-maybe twenty or so-and he must once have been a good-looking kid. Kinsey could see that. But now his body was covered in scars, his face half-collapsed. It saddened Kinsey and made her curious. She could see he was in a lot of pain. But for three weeks, as Kinsey'd watched him him doggedly working out at the local gym, putting himself through a grueling exerci ...more
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Published May 15th 1986 by Holt Paperbacks (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
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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
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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
Laura Radniecki
Three books into the series and I am loving Kinsey Millhone!!

I loved this book and would have given it 5 stars except I liked the character Bobby too much and was too sad when he died. It wasn't a surprise and that's not a spoiler as it says this on the back of the book.

But Bobby was so likable and I really wanted him to find his way to thrive in his new reality post accident. I wish the storyline hadn't involved him dying.

All that aside, I loved this book and can't wait to start on "D is for D
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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
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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.
Connie N.
I particularly liked this book in the series because I enjoyed the character of Bobby Callahan, Kinsey's client. Someone had attempted to murder him, he believed, but because he had been gravely injured in an car accident, he couldn't remember much about it. This posed quite a problem for Kinsey since she couldn't unravel the mystery with her usual methods and had to discover the facts of the case in other ways. Glen (Bobby's mother), Kitty (Bobby's step-sister), and Gus (Bobby's friend) are int ...more
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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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Jessica
This one's interesting to me because Grafton manages to craft an interesting mystery even with a cast that's by and large quite forthright about who they like, who they hate, and what lies in the past. It's somewhat refreshing to see a mystery with so many characters that don't have to twist themselves into pretzels to avoid saying what they really think.
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
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Rahmi Susiswanti
Cerita yang menarik n ending yang bagus. Buku best seller ini telah terjual di 28 negara dalam 26 bahasa. Kisah seorang perempuan detektif swasta bernama Kinsey Millhone yang disewa oleh seorang lelaki muda, kaya, dan tampan bernama Bobby Callahan untuk mencari seseorang yang melakukan percobaan pembunuhan atas dirinya.

9 bulan yang lalu saat Bobby melaju dengan mobilnya bersama sahabatnya Erick di perbukitan, tepat di belakang mereka ada mobil yang mendorong sehingga mobil mengguling ke jurang,
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Kris
2 STARS

"He was young-maybe twenty or so-and he must once have been a good-looking kid. Kinsey could see that. But now his body was covered in scars, his face half-collapsed. It saddened Kinsey and made her curious. She could see he was in a lot of pain. But for three weeks, as Kinsey'd watched him him doggedly working out at the local gym, putting himself through a grueling exercise routine, he never spoke.

Then one Monday morning when there was no one else in the gym, Bobby Callahan approached h
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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
Dewi Masna
Buku serial detektif karya Sue Grafton ledua yang saya baca. Buku yang menarik dan membuat kita ingin terus membaca untuk mengetahui endingnya. Kinsey Millhone seorang detektif swasta di Santa Teresa kali ini menangani kasus pembunuhan Boby Callahan, seorang pria muda, tampan, dan kaya. Pertemuannya dengan Boby berawal dari terapi pemulihan luka tembak yang Kinsey jalani di sebuah pusat kebugaran di Santa Teresa. Boby juga melakukan terapi penyembuhan akibat kecelakaan yang dialaminya 9bulan yan ...more
Helen
This author is growing on me, which is strange as I've avoided reading this series all these years (I think I was, irrationally, put off by the inevitability of the arrival of the next letter in the public library I used to work in, and as we weren't allowed to keep older titles on the shelves the alphabet was always incomplete, which looked bad to my nerdy mind ...) Anyway, the earlier ones are still in print and available, and the series is now nearing the end of the alphabet after nearly 30 y ...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
Kendal
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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)
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Kinsey Millhone (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1)
  • B is for Burglar  (Kinsey Millhone, #2)
  • D is for Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone, #4)
  • E is for Evidence (Kinsey Millhone, #5)
  • F is for Fugitive (Kinsey Millhone, #6)
  • G is for Gumshoe  (Kinsey Millhone, #7)
  • H is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone, #8)
  • I is for Innocent (Kinsey Millhone, #9)
  • J is for Judgment (Kinsey Millhone, #10)
  • K is for Killer (Kinsey Millhone, #11)
A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1) M is for Malice (Kinsey Millhone, #13) J is for Judgment (Kinsey Millhone, #10) K is for Killer (Kinsey Millhone, #11) B is for Burglar  (Kinsey Millhone, #2)

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