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C is for Corpse (Kinsey Millhone #3)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  31,956 Ratings  ·  945 Reviews
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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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James
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4 of 5 stars to C is for Corpse. Another fun adventure with Kinsey Millhone. But this time, she's got a case that's twice as hard because the person who's hired her has a bit of amnesia from a recent accident. But he's certain someone's trying to kill him. What's always interesting about Kinsey is how she charges for her cases, and when she chooses to work or not work. For example... she gets an upfront retainer which will keep her paid for a week's work. But then when the person who h
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Phrynne
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best out of the three I have read so far but the first two were slightly spoiled by the fact that I listened to them on audio and felt that the narrator gave Kinsey a very unfortunate voice. This time I read a paper copy and Kinsey's voice was much nicer:)
So far this is a very easy to read series with interesting mysteries which can be solved by an alert reader. Or you can just sit back and enjoy it and let Kinsey do the work. She is very capable and so far at least is not prone to try and g
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Claire Grasse
Mar 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ace
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is so far the best of the A and B and C that I have read of Kinsey. It's fuller and less of Kinsey in her down time ruminating over details that sometimes are not necessary, but they do round her out and give you a nice complete picture of just who she is and where her strengths and weakness are. I love the landlord backstory in this one too. I might be falling for him a bit myself.

At the end, I knew it would get frantic as she fought to save her own life from the clutches of the nasty one,
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Denise
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I hope, wherever he may be, that he sails among the angels, untethered and at peace.”

This is the third book in the series and my favourite so far. Kinsey's personality is softened and likeable. I liked Henry's subplot and liked Bobby's story too. This book was entertaining, a fast read and kept me engaged to the last page. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Chance Lee
"C" is for Corpse finds Kinsey investigating the claim of an injured young man that his car accident was actually a murder attempt. Working for Bobby Callahan draws Kinsey into a tangled mix of life insurance claims, cold-case murder, and prescription drug abuse. For some reason, the case hits Kinsey hard, and it's very sad. Grafton illustrates Kinsey's emotions strongly. To balance out the sad storyline, there's a semi-comical subplot involving a golddigger taking advantage of Kinsey's hunky oc ...more
Christine (KizzieReads)
Loved it!! I never see the twists or turns and it was a real page turner. I love Kinsey and her no nonsense attitude. I felt sorry for Henry, but glad about that part of the story.
Jenn
Dec 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Book on CD read by Mary Peiffer
3***

Book three in the series starring private investigator, and former police officer, Kinsey Millhone, has her investigating two cases simultaneously. For one, she’s hired to look into the attempted murder of Bobby Callahan. The problem is that there is no proof that someone purposely drove him off the canyon road, and the result of his injuries is some brain damage and memory loss, so he can’t remember what information he had that put his life in danger. And then
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Fiona
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good stuff. An intelligent, exciting whodunnit that I didn't start figuring out until the last couple of chapters. The language is very dated now - why is that the 1980s can sound more dated than the 1950s? - but it doesn't really matter. A good story is a good story.
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)


I’m just loving these books right now. C IS FOR CORPSE is another book in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mystery series by Sue Grafton. In this one, we get a little more of a gritter story. Kinsey is hired by twenty-two-year-old Bobby Callahan who has just survived a near fatal car crash when his Porsche is forced over a bridge and into a canyon. Bobby has lost a large portion of his memory, but he can’t help but shake the feeling that he knew something before and that the crash wasn’t an accide
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Another good solid read from Sue Grafton.

Kinsey Millhone is hired by Bobby Callahan just days before his death. He had been involved in a horrific motor accident that left his best friend dead. Only Bobby is convinced it was no accident, he is sure it was an almost successful attempt on his life.

The problem is Bobby lost large chunks of his memory in the accident. All he can remember is being pushed off the road, and that he needs to find a little red address book. And then he is dead. But Kinse
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Lisa B.
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
I continue to enjoy this series.
Mary Ronan Drew
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Mark Baker
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016
While working out at the gym, PI Kinsey Millhone is approached by a young man who was in a horrific accident 10 months ago take took part of his memory. He doesn’t think it was an accident but attempted murder and he wants Kinsey to find out why someone would want to kill him. She just begun when tragedy strikes. Can she solve this 10 month old puzzle?

Another strong entry makes it easy to see why this long running series is so popular. The characters are sharp; in fact, it is a pleasure to see h
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Laura Radniecki
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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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Dianne
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Sue Grafton book, and I think I may be a fan. Having just had to bail on another mystery writer (Janet Evanovich) who just didn't appeal to me, it was a pleasant surprise to discover Ms. Grafton...writes well, is amusing without being silly, and writes interesting, engaging characters. Well plotted, good pacing and fun to read...what's not to like?
Quenya
So, in the first case of the series where Kinsey has a personal connection to who she is working for C is for Corpse shows us how emotional Kinsey can get when she becomes personally involved in a case. As a reader, you observe the ease and relaxed nature of Kinsey’s relationship with Bobby and it’s understandable how they became friends. I also enjoyed watching Kinsey show her anger when other characters couldn’t understand why solving this case is so important to Kinsey.

My only critique of th
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Under the Covers Book Blog

I’m just loving these books right now. C IS FOR CORPSE is another book in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mystery series by Sue Grafton. In this one, we get a little more of a gritter story. Kinsey is hired by twenty-two-year-old Bobby Callahan who has just survived a near fatal car crash when his Porsche is forced over a bridge and into a canyon. Bobby has lost a large portion of his memory, but he can’t help but shake the feeling that he knew something before and that the crash wasn’t an acciden

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Diana
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I looked at this book on the shelf for I kid you not, 30 years and never thought to read it. My mother bought it from some book club or another during her Let's Explore Book Genres phase (which was awesome because I mean, how many people get the opportunity to embark on a quest to Read All The Things?) and it sat on a shelf in the house I grew up in, alongside other books I grew to know and love, but I never picked it up. I could tell you who wrote it and what it looked like because it was a bel ...more
Sara
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-read
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
Jeff
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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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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
Serena
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Kinsey solves another whodunit - this time for a client who has already been done in.

I enjoyed this story as another classic, Grafton mystery. This time around we also get to see more of the Henry-Kinsey relationship when Kinsey looks into the woman Henry is dating and discovers some unsavoury details. Henry, always described so affectionately by Kinsey, is also one of my favourite characters, so I enjoyed learning more about him.
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.
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.
Kerry
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
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
Mar 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Diane
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just re-read this after reading it when it was first published. Love Kinsey! And this series. Will be sad when she gets to Z.
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievement award) in 2003.

Family History:

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 26 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)

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