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"C" is for Corpse Hardcover – Large Print, Jul 9 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; 1 edition (July 9 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410406830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410406835
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.5 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,211,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The corpse in private eye Kinsey Millhone's third adventure ("A" Is for Alibi and "B" Is for Burglar is that of Bobby Callahan, a young man she first meets while both are working out in a local gym. Bobby is convinced the car crash he'd been injured in was really an attempt on his life and, fearful of another assault, persuades Kinsey to investigate. A few days later, Bobby is indeed killed, and Kinsey stays on the case. She is befriended by Bobby's wealthy mother, his opportunistic stepfather and druggie, anoretic stepsister. She learns Bobby was having an affair with a friend of his mother's whose first husband had been killed in a suspicious burglary, and whose second is county pathologist. While the almost hard-boiled Kinsey ferrets out the ugly secrets behind Bobby's death, she's also trying to save her elderly landlord from the schemes of the scam-operating senior lady he's smitten with. Kinsey Millhone is nobody's fool; she's also sensitive, funny and very likable. Writing with a light, sure touch, Grafton has produced a fast-moving California story about quirky, believable people.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"'Quiveringly alive' Daily Telegraph; 'C is for classy, multiplex plotting, strong characterization and a tough cookie heroine' Time Out; 'She has guts, humour, and conscience... alphabetically speaking, we can look forward to 23 more Kinseys' The Times" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Non-nonsense fictitious private investigator Kinsey Mullhone is back in the third book by popular and best-selling author Sue Grafton. "C" is for Corpse would not disappoint the fans of her popular series.
In "C" is for Corpse Kinsey meets Bobby Callahan at a local gym while both are recovering from injuries. Kinsey is rehabilitating her arm from a gunshot wound and Bobby is recovering strenuous therapy while recovering from several deforming and disabilitating injuries he suffered during a suspicious car accident.
Both become friends and Bobby hires Kinsey to investigate his tragic accident. He is convinced that he was deliberately forced off the road over the edge of a deep canyon, but the trauma and his head injuries have erased most the memories of the events that lead to the accident. He is also convinced that someone still wants to kill but cannot remember who or why.
Kinsey takes the case and desperately looks for clues but three days later Bobby is dead. Murdered by a killer trying to bury the past. Kinsey who never welshes on a deal continues on the case, and although she is hired to stop a killing, now she must concentrate in finding Bobby's killer before she or someone else become the next "corpse".
This third novel in the popular Grafton series also has a humorous subplot regarding Kinsey's landlord Henry. She must protect him from his new girlfriend who plans to rob him blind of all his money.
The author is able to weave all plots nicely together. Kinsey must search for answers into Bobby's death with few clues among his family, friends, and acquaintances, while at the same time, protect Henry from his shady girlfriend.
Grafton's vocabulary is easy to understand. No Webster is necessary to translate this novel.
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I usually don't like to use the word "cozy" in describing a mystery because it makes me think I won't like it but I'd have to say that Grafton's alphabet series can only be described as such. There isn't much violence yet most of the stories do involve a murder. She has the knack for writing plausible yarns that keep the reader guessing until the very end. "C" Is For Corpse is no exception and was a very enjoyable read in my opinion
These are all quick reads and, while they can stand alone, it's more fun starting with "A" and following Kinsey's caseload from month to month. Grafton has written these books in such a way that when you finish one and start the next, only a matter of weeks have passed in Kinsey's life. I find the best time to read them is when you're craving something light and not too taxing on the brain yet written well enough to maintain your interest level. I have "D" Is For Deadbeat lined up next but I'll have to read a few "heavier" books first so that I can fully appreciate the relaxation I experience when reading the next letter in this alphabet series.
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Kinsey Millhone, single female, Private Investigator and all-round ordinary person is still recovering from the beating she received solving her last crime (told to us in B is for Burglar). This is later on in 1982 and as part of her recovery programme she is working out at the gym. That's where she sees Bobby Callahan. He is also recovering from a serious accident, and he looks bad. A few months before he lost control of his car and drove off a canyon road killing his friend and almost killing himself. He lost most of his memory in the accident, and as it returns in flashes, he realises that someone was trying to kill him - and could try again.
Kinsey takes the case wondering where to start - but before she gets too far Bobby is killed what seems to be an accidental crash, but Kinsey has her doubts. Given that he hired her to find his killers and left her with a retainer she feels she must, for his honour and memory, continue the case. Someone else in these reviews commented on Kinsey's loyalty, and that is right. She has a lot of likeable characteristics and this is one of them.
Bobby's friends and family must be interviewed and eliminated from her investigation and these include mother, Glen; his stepfather, Derek ; his step-sister (a drug addict and anoretic), Kitty; - a beautiful ex-girlfriend ;- Doctor Fraker whom Bobby worked for ; Fraker's beautiful wife Nola whose first husband died in mysterious circumstances and a host of his mother's friends. Kinsey must find out who the mystery woman Bobby was meeting before his first accident and how his job at the morgue fitted in to all of this.
At the same time Kinsey is having personal problems. Her personable landlord, Henry, has taken up with a widow by the name of Lila who has aroused everyone's suspicions except Henry's.
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By A Customer on Feb. 14 2003
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This book is really good. In the book Bobby Callahan asks Kinsey Millhone, the heroine, who is a private investigator, to try and solve the mystery of who is trying to kill him, and subsequently responsible for sending his car of a bridge almost a year earlier. One of the results of the accident is that Bobby has almost no memory. This makes it hard for Kinsey because she doesn't have a starting point for her investigation. The stakes escalate when she realizes she is not only involved with investigating one murder, but three separate ones. There are enough twists to keep you interested but not so much that you loose the story. Grafton uses so much vivid detail in her story that you feel like you could actually walk into Bobby Callahan's living room. Kinsey has a "too-tough" attitude, which helps in dealing with people who are uncooperative, but she is also down to earth so she can get people to open up and talk to her.
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