C Is for Corpse (Kinsey Millhone Series #3)

C Is for Corpse (Kinsey Millhone Series #3)

by Sue Grafton
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C Is for Corpse (Kinsey Millhone Series #3) by Sue Grafton

You haven't read a thriller until you read #1 New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton's novels with her unforgettable P.I. Kinsey Millhone…


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 address book and the name "Blackman." Bobby can't remember who he gave the address book to for safekeeping. And any chances of Bobby regaining his memory are dashed when he's killed in another automobile accident just three days after he hires Kinsey.


As Kinsey digs deeper into her investigation, she discovers Bobby had a secret worth killing for—and unearthing that secret could send Kinsey to her own early death…

"A" Is for Alibi

"B" Is for Burglar

"C" Is for Corpse

"D" Is for Deadbeat

"E" Is for Evidence

"F" Is for Fugitive

"G" Is for Gumshoe

"H" Is for Homicide

"I" Is for Innocent

"J" Is for Judgment

"K" Is for Killer

"L" is for Lawless

"M" Is for Malice

"N" Is for Noose

"O" Is for Outlaw

"P" Is for Peril

"Q" Is for Quarry

"R" Is for Ricochet

"S" Is for Silence

"T" Is for Trespass

"U" Is for Undertow

"V" Is for Vengeance

"W" Is for Wasted


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312939014
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/29/2005
Series: Kinsey Millhone Series , #3
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 96,256
Product dimensions: 4.37(w) x 6.91(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

Sue Grafton entered the mystery field in 1982 with the publication of 'A' Is for Alibi, which introduced female hard-boiled private investigator, Kinsey Millhone, operating out of the fictional town of Santa Teresa, (aka Santa Barbara) California. 'B' is for Burglar followed in 1985 and the series, now referred to as 'the alphabet' mysteries, is still going strong. In addition to her books, she’s published several Kinsey Millhone short stories, and with her husband, Steven Humphrey, has written numerous movies for television, including “A Killer in the Family” (starring Robert Mitchum), “Love on the Run” (starring Alec Baldwin and Stephanie Zimbalist) and two Agatha Christie adaptations, “Sparkling Cyanide” and “Caribbean Mystery,” which starred Helen Hayes. Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages. She loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine. Sue has a home in Montecito, California, and another in Louisville, the city in which she was born and raised.


Montecito, California and Louisville, Kentucky

Date of Birth:

April 24, 1940

Place of Birth:

Louisville, Kentucky


B.A. in English, University of Louisville, 1961

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C Is for Corpse (Kinsey Millhone Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 134 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Slim20 More than 1 year ago
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.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
This was my third book by Sue Grafton. I read them all and loved them all.
Dit More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading Sue Grafton's series. They are well written, entertaining and a fast read. I started with A and I am up to G already. I will continue as far as she goes. If you like detective stories this series is a must!
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton is a fantastic mystery. Sue Grafton is obviously a master of her craft. Kinsey Millhone is a strong, solid, character with a no-nonsense attitude that stays true thoughout the novel. I was all but 40 page through this mystery when I realized that I was almost finished and still had NO idea of where she was going with it. The ending, although not a surprise, was certainly unexpected. I am still not certain of the roll Sufi played, but maybe in the next one. I recommend this to all mystery lovers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very intriguing story with many twists and turns. Keeps you on edge until the very end.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Accident or Murder? Kinsey is working out at the gym when she is approached by Bobby Callahan. Bobby is there doing his rehab, trying to gain as much of his life back as he can after a horrific accident he’d had 10 months before. It was an accident that he shouldn’t have survived, and the fact that he is walking at all is a major miracle. However, Bobby doesn’t think it was an accident, and he thinks his life is still in danger. Unfortunately, his memory of the time before the accident is vague at best, so he needs to hire Kinsey to fill in the gaps, no matter where they might lead. Kinsey really likes Bobby, so she agrees to take him on as her client. She’s just beginning to make progress when tragedy strikes again. Can she figure out what happened all those months ago and how those secrets are playing out today? The idea of finding out why someone tried to commit murder 10 months ago intrigued me, and the book definitely delivered on the promise. I will say I figured things out a little bit before Kinsey did, but I was actually proud of myself for putting those pieces together, and that didn’t negate the thrill of the climax at all. The series doesn’t have a lot of recurring characters, but Kinsey’s landlord actually gets his own sub-plot in this book when he gets a new love interest. I enjoyed seeing a bit more of him. Kinsey herself is a great character who can easily sustain a novel; I truly love her. And Sue Grafton is a master at creating characters with just a few sentences, so we quickly get to know the cast she creates for this book. It is actually fun to watch just how she does that. These well crafted characters also draw us into the story, and we truly feel for them as the events unfold and secrets are revealed. I am quite happy to finally be visiting Kinsey, and it is easy to see why the series is so popular. If you’ve missed “C” is for Corpse, be sure to fix that today.
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Irene0 More than 1 year ago
I am on book F is for Fugitive. All of Sue Grafton's books in this series so far have been intriguing. I don't usually read books of this nature but it keeps you glued to the book. Very easy to read, very interesting and just when you think you've got it solved it just takes a twist. I would recommmend reading this.
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Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Great 3rd installment in the series. Same easy writing style with great plot and characters. Highly recommend this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since this was the third book, starting with A is for Alibi, I have become used to her endings which do not cleanly wrap up a lot of loose ends. I plan to read more in the future hoping cell phones become available in her future!
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