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C Is for Corpse (Kinsey Millhone Series #3)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Kinsey Shows Her Heart...Finally.

I've read all of Sue Grafton's novels and I was very impressed with C is for Corpse. I enjoyed seeing a different side of Kinsey. She really had a soft spot in her heart for this particular client and she honestly struggled with her emotions during this investigation....
I've read all of Sue Grafton's novels and I was very impressed with C is for Corpse. I enjoyed seeing a different side of Kinsey. She really had a soft spot in her heart for this particular client and she honestly struggled with her emotions during this investigation. I like Kinsey's no nonsense approach to life, but even the hardest and most seasoned detectives have a soft spot. I was glad to see it.

posted by Anonymous on October 15, 2002

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Better

This series is definitely getting better with each new book. I really liked this one. I was a little confused in some parts but I finally figured it out once I re-read a few parts. It was a good mystery and I didn't figure it out until Kinsey did.

He was young-may...
This series is definitely getting better with each new book. I really liked this one. I was a little confused in some parts but I finally figured it out once I re-read a few parts. It was a good mystery and I didn't figure it out until Kinsey did.

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 her. His story was hard to credit: a murderous assault by a tailgating car on a lonely rural road, a roadside smash into a canyon 400 feet below, his Porsche a bare ruin, his best friend dead. The doctors had managed to put his body back together again-sort of. His mother's money had seen to that. What they couldn't fix was his mind, couldn't restore the huge chunks of memory wiped out by the crash. Bobby knew someone had tried to kill him, but he didn't know why. He knew he had the key to something that made him dangerous to the killer, but he didn't know what it was. And he sensed that someone was still out there, ready to pounce at the first sign his memory was coming back. He'd been to the cops, but they'd shrugged off his story. His family thought he had a screw loose. But he was scared-scared to death. He wanted to hire Kinsey.

His case didn't have a whole lot going for it, but he was hard to resist: young, brave, hurt. She took him on. And three days later, Bobby Callahan was dead.

Kinsey Millhone never welshed a deal. She'd been hired to stop a killing. Now she'd find the killer.

posted by Slim20 on February 3, 2012

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  • Posted February 3, 2012

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    Better

    This series is definitely getting better with each new book. I really liked this one. I was a little confused in some parts but I finally figured it out once I re-read a few parts. It was a good mystery and I didn't figure it out until Kinsey did.

    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 her. His story was hard to credit: a murderous assault by a tailgating car on a lonely rural road, a roadside smash into a canyon 400 feet below, his Porsche a bare ruin, his best friend dead. The doctors had managed to put his body back together again-sort of. His mother's money had seen to that. What they couldn't fix was his mind, couldn't restore the huge chunks of memory wiped out by the crash. Bobby knew someone had tried to kill him, but he didn't know why. He knew he had the key to something that made him dangerous to the killer, but he didn't know what it was. And he sensed that someone was still out there, ready to pounce at the first sign his memory was coming back. He'd been to the cops, but they'd shrugged off his story. His family thought he had a screw loose. But he was scared-scared to death. He wanted to hire Kinsey.

    His case didn't have a whole lot going for it, but he was hard to resist: young, brave, hurt. She took him on. And three days later, Bobby Callahan was dead.

    Kinsey Millhone never welshed a deal. She'd been hired to stop a killing. Now she'd find the killer.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Slow, but everyone needs to make own decision

    Like the first two books of this series, but this one seems slow.

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    Recommend

    A good read with a beginning that grabs your attention. However, parts of the book toward the end are somewhat unbelievable - Still, I would recommend the book and will continue to read the rest of the series.

    This book shows us a softer side of Kinsey Millhone.

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

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    Good mystery

    The plot for this book was inventive, to me anyway. You learn from the beginning that the client dies right after Kinsey is hired and Kinsey still has a retainer and continues the investigation. It takes a while to get there, and I did figure it out pretty early. The best mystery is her landlord Henry's new woman. She's the new lady in the neighborhood and Kinsey has a feeling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2009

    C is for Corpse -

    Not quite as interesting as other Kinsey Milhone adventures. The part where she magically knows how to work all the X-ray equipment was a little much for me. Also, at the end where even with her injuries, she manages to out wit the killer by clubbing him was over the top.

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