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The Elegant Corpse

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  883 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Genre: BDSM LGBT Romantic Suspense

Detective Roger Corso is open about his sexual orientation. He's less forthcoming about his leather lifestyle. There's only so much his coworkers can take. He thinks he's doing a pretty good job of keeping it covert, but then something happen that changes his mind.

Someone delivers an elegantly clothed corpse to his home. His couch to be pr...more
Kindle Edition, 213 pages
Published (first published 2008)
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Like being buried underneath an avalanche of mediocrity, that’s basically how I felt about my latest reads. So color me very relieved when The Elegant Corpse turned out to be a breath of fresh air!

You won’t find overwrought flowery sentences and metaphors in this book. If you adore your m/m romance clichés and manipulative tropes, ones that leave you teary-eyed, you’ll be barking at the wrong tree as well. So lemme just step on my soapbox once more and shout from the top of my lungs......What a...more

So maybe I don't have long red hair. Or look like a girl. But if I was wearing headphones and going up a glass elevator, I'd be dancing like someone told me I won the internet. Or a date with a certain actor of my dreams. Anyways...

Detective Roger Corso comes back to his home to realize a corpse has been planted on his couch. And not just a normal corpse either, but a mummified one holding a leather flogger that points to his closeted BDSM lifestyle. Thus begins an investigation that will bring...more
Vivian Archer
LA based murder mystery with some kink? Why, yes…I"ll take that.

Perfect timing for this read. I was so in the mood for this story and gobbled it right up. It had a nice mix of nostalgia, mystery and this coming to accept the changes of time. So, emotional and a bit sad at times, but the kind that makes you realize that it all still goes on. Some things get lost and new ones found.

The murder mystery was an interesting premise and the everything up until the reveal was quite good. A little weak at...more
I wonder if I’ve read the same book as everyone else, because I’m kind of looking about in disbelief.

Surely I’m not the only one that found that this book was mediocre at best. Hmmf … perhaps I really have become a cynical cow... Oh well, just so you know that this is a minority opinion review before deciding to read it, don’t let me sway you.

The stand out thing about this book is the opening paragraph. It’s really good, and the story has an original premise - seemingly fresh and exciting with a...more
Jan 09, 2011 Harper rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of BDSM and mysteries
I’m one of those people who falls into the gray area where BDSM (in books) is concerned, which seems to be kind of rare. Most people seem to either love it or hate it while those of us who are somewhere in between those two extremes are in the minority. I’d read some books with BDSM content before this one and some I really enjoyed and some I really didn’t, but while I could acknowledge that maybe I think it’s hot reading about a character being bound and dominated by the other, I never really g...more
I have to admit that I'm a bit nervous writing this review. In fact, I've been putting off reviewing this book. Not because the book was awful, completely the opposite, in fact. It's not often that I come across a book that I liked so much that it merits more than my standard 'Excellent' grade. I can probably list the ones I've read this year on one hand, but this book of murder, secrecy, friendship, love and the shady world of BDSM clubs was just so wonderfully written, that I hope that I can d...more
Excellent mystery and crime solving, excellent romance, excellent character development, excellent writing. Just all-around excellence.

I ate this baby up in one sitting – between eleven p.m. and two thirty a.m. (well, it is a very short book), actually, but my anal retentiveness forced me to mark it as “read from 22.08 to 23.08”, alas – and it was the only one, out of four books I started (or tried to start) today, that managed to fully capture my attention; more so, it did that from the very fi...more
Actually a 3.5*, but as books getting BDSM even halfway right are so rare I'll round this up.

This is well-written and well-edited, with only the transitions from one scene to the next occasionally being a bit abrupt. I'll not go into any of the plot, because that would give away things, the mystery itself is well-woven into the romance plot which ended with a satisfying HFN. I guessed who the culprit was about 60% in, but the resolution also still was satisfying.

Lovely cover!

Some of the cons wer...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
I am a little bit at loss with words at the moment. And a little bit in love with Roger Corso too.

He is a character that is simple and complicated at the same time. He is a very disciplined man, he keeps himself in check and he controls how he lets himself go. Even his sexual release is just the right amount to satisfy a need, but it doesn't involve his feelings. Since when his lover died, Roger has put a lid on his emotions. His encounters with his old friend Peter, owner of a BDSM club, and th...more
Incredibly good story, romance and a mystery intertwined with a light does of BDSM. The author did a very good job of showing that the sub, even without having acknowledged his submissive qualities himself, does deteremine how and where the D/s relationship goes. It was riveting to watch Roger instinctively react and read Sean's vibes, excersing his dominant personality and obtaining behavioral changes, sometimes even against Sean's verbal protests. For example, the nail biting. Sean doesn't lik...more
Excellent. I can't quite express what it is I want to say about this one but the words that repeatedly come to mind for me are evocative, tender and nostalgia. I'm rarely a fan of BDSM stories because they so often get caught up in the mechanics of the scene and lose the relationship aspects in the process. In this book we have the exact opposite, a story where the rituals and trappings of leather culture reveal character, drive the plot and ultimately make the reader nostalgic for a glimpse of...more
Kaje Harper
4.5 stars. This is written in very spare prose, with the emotion delivered between the lines. I think it will have a variable reception, based on whether you feel that connection being made, or not. The setting seems a bit ambiguous, but with the MC having been a very young Dom in 1983, it has the feel of very late 90's or early 2000's (one remark suggests 2008, but it seems a bit older than that). Because the mystery involves old, cold cases, there is a lot of backward-glancing in this, to the...more
After reading the summary I wasn’t sure what I was expecting but The Elegant Corpse kept me guessing and wondering throughout. Solidly written with fully realized characters and a fascinating mystery plot that was perfectly matched to the pace of the burgeoning relationship, this story satisfies on all levels. Great main characters blend with a heavy BDSM theme while giving a lovely setting of almost a fading era. The older characters create almost an old guard feeling of their community, someth...more
4.5 stars
A good mystery is the one that can keep you guessing but at the same time give a good, solid, and best of all, complicated NON two dimensional characters that make you feel for them.

This one simply delivers on all counts. Both Roger, the hard detective that first seems to want to detach himself from anything that might close to relationship (since he lost his partner years ago) and Sean, the brother of a victim who is fighting his inner turmoil hook me right from the get go. It's so in...more
I was disappointed in this book. The writing was good, the mystery was there and kept me guessing (when I was engaged enough to care about guessing), but the romance was WAY off base. I actually think it would've been a better book if the romance itself was left out of it. Let's forget for a moment that Roger was an extremely anal-retentive, by-the-book, straight-laced cop, and would never get involved with a murder vic's brother, but he's also (supposedly) still reeling over the death of his pa...more
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ #teampain member
What a pleasant surprise! I really didn't know what to expect with this title but it's a who-done-it with some kink folded in for good measure. Roger Corso is a long time member of the leather community who comes to his impeccably clean home one night to a startling discovery lying on his couch-a mummified cross dresser from the 80s. Eep! Roger handles this development with considerable aplomb probably due to him also being an LAPD homocide detective. The body leads him down an odd & somewha...more
Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌
I really really wanted to be inspired by this book. At a passing glance, it seemed to contain everything I could hope to read that would finally entice me back into the world of M/M where the only thing I wanted to do was to be the dirty little voyeur in every gay romance Goodreads has ever seen. As such, it's only left a dimple of an impression -- a pleasant aftertaste that easily washes away with my next cup of tea.

The opening was brilliant; it's not every day that someone finds a mummified co...more
Elisa Ramblings
Another book by A.M. Riley that I hardly will forget. Roger Corso is a detective by the book; forget all those detective from television fiction, tough men who do what they have to do even if what they do is slightly (or heavily) not legal. Roger is a freak controlled and perfect detective.

When he arrives home after a one week vacation and finds a mummified corpse in his living room, he calls the CSI and starts to investigate. And everytime he finds a proof he relates to his superiors, even when...more
Don Bradshaw
This as a well written murder mystery with a side of light BDSM to keep it interesting. I enjoyed the strong, well balanced Roger who walked the line between being a cop and a strong Dom. The two aren't mutually exclusive but I could see how they over lapped especially in early stages of Roger and Sean;s relationship. I tried hard to like Sean but found him to be a bit of a bumbling pain in the ass. I couldn't but help liking the strong female lead that was Mary Anne. I haven't found many women...more
Apr 14, 2012 Bookwatcher rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bookwatcher by: Darkm
Shelves: bdsm, glbt-gay
I wish there were more MM BDSM books like this one!!!

I loved it.. everything is perfect. The original plot, the mystery, the romance, the... BDSM scenes.

Just a comment. There is not abuse in this book. At all. So if you are searching a BDSM with a strong, but lovely Dom and a younger partner (10 years less than the Dom) learning about love, about what he need, and that his needs are not wrong, this book is for you.

I most of the times connect immediately with the Dom (Detective Roger Corso)... b...more
4.5 stars

I've read this book too many times to count and it's still as fresh as the first time I've read it, even with knowing the resolution of mystery. This is one of those books when I completely lack the words to describe adequately why they worked so well for me: is it the unraveling of Corso's tight control and gentleness towards Sean, Sean's endearing immaturity and struggle with his needs and desires, the "old" BDSM community, the mystery or great secondary characters? All of it? I just...more
The Elegant Corpse by A.M. Riley has to be one of my favorite recent contemporary BDSM reads. I throughly enjoyed the characterization, Roger was so contained and Sean was the exact opposite. It was beautifully written, with maybe the occasional bit that needed a little more smoothness and I am certainly looking to read more from this author. And, Sean had red hair; am a bit of a sucker for the ginger. LOL. Get it here from ARe and check out an excellent full length review from Jenre.

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(3.5 stars)
This was an interesting read, and while I can't say I truly enjoyed the BDSM scenes in it, the murder mystery was very good (even if I did guess the killer). Roger's journey back to humanity and Sean's journey to security added depth to the plot and the sole female role, played by Roger's detective partner was very likeable. I'd imagine for a fan of both BDSM and murder-mysteries, this would be close to a 5 star-read.
Erotic Horizon
Roger Corso, a by-the-book cop and neat freak, comes home from vacation to find a dead body on his sofa. The find not only drops him into a murder enquiry, but also delves into a part of his personal life that he wants to keep private.

Sean Williams, brother to the victim, has become Rogers’s shadow. Insisting on helping with the investigation, he turns up at every location Roger investigates. When bodies start falling out of the woodwork, Sean suddenly finds himself needing an alibi.

When Sean’s...more
I was somehow a bit disappointed by this book. I can only give it a 3 star rating.

[spoiler ahead]I did like Roger, his behavior, strict rules and etiquette which did indeed lead me to think of someone dominant or who likes being in control of things or people around him... or at least, within reason. It was interesting to see him so organized and meticulous, even disliking swearing. That part amused me as much as I liked it as a trait of his personality.

Mary Ann was a lovely sight. I was expecti...more
A.B. Gayle
The Elegant Corpse If you want to get a synopsis of what happens in a book, don't read my reviews. Synopsis writing has to be one of my least favorite occupations.I will tell you what I liked and didn't like about them though.First up. A.M.Riley's books all are non-predictable. In other words, whether writing a whodunnit or a contemporary romance you can't predict the ending after just a few pages.Her characters have flaws and sometimes those flaws are still there at the end of the book.Roger wi...more
Really truly enjoyed this book by A.M Riley. So far is four out of four great books I have read from this author.

This murder mystery had me guessing whodunit through more than half way along the book. But in the process I got to know Roger. Roger is a tough LA cop that comes back from vacation to find a mummified corpse on his couch. While investigating the crime he meets Sean the brother of the victim and more than 10 years his junior. Sean wants Roger but Roger is reluctant because of the inve...more
Good mystery story. I am not good at solving mystery books so I didn't get the "who did it" until much later than I should have but I did manage before the reveal. The beginning has a very slow start up and then it cranks up quickly. I struggled with my rating for this book. I finally decided on the 5 stars though if I could have I would have given a 4.5. I had a real hard time sticking with the book until way, way into it. I'm unsure why. I may be a personal thing and felt that the book deserve...more
I really enjoyed this one...the crime/murder mystery aspect wasn't too bad (although I did guess who dunnit at the 60% mark)...the characters were vivid & likable...the BDSM wasn't too was an all-over nice read. I withheld the 5th star because I couldn't quite pin-point the era in which it was set...there were lots of references to the late 80's being 25 years ago (which would put the book's setting in the present day) but I got the feeling that the story was set in that time anyw...more
May 20, 2011 Ashley♥Alexis rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ashley♥Alexis by: Harper
3.5 stars

It's really hard for me to rate this book. I enjoyed the chracters and even the mystery/suspense was ok. It was really easy to see who the culprit was but I think it's just because i'm really good at guessing those things. I really liked Sean and Roger and found myself waiting desperately for their interactions. I sometimes found myself confused when the author wrote from Roger's POV and expressed some of his internal feelings. I'm sure it was meant to be very deep but I just found mys...more
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A.M. Riley is a film editor and amateur poet living in Los Angeles, California. She writes murder mystery, romance and urban paranormal with GLBT characters. In addition to writing, Riley enjoys politics, police blogs and ice hockey.
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