#Rollback Review: C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton

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#Rollback Review: C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton
C is for Corpse

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: November 5 2005
Series: Kinsey Millhone #3

Recommended Read!

“I don’t think there are many other heroines out there that can do what [Kinsey] does.”
~ Under the Covers

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 accident. Someone tried to kill him.

Kinsey is now trying to figure out what happened before another attempt of Bobby’s life occurs. But just three days after Bobby hires her, he dies in another crash. This puts Kinsey on high alert because now she knows Bobby was right in his hunch that someone was out to get him. Now she is on the hunt to find out what was so conveniently wiped from his mind from the first crash? This is no doubt Kinsey’s most juiciest mystery yet!

I’ve mentioned this before already, but I just love these books. Now I’m a Romance reader at heart, but there’s something about these Mystery novels that gets me going. I’m always trying to piece out the puzzle before Kinsey can and evaluating everyone as if I’m the PI sent on the case. It puts my brain in a different mindset and I think that’s a wonderful thing to break up the Romances that I read so much of.

As I read each book, I’m falling more and more in love with Kinsey’s character. She’s definitely my type of girl, the one that’s more than capable of doing things on her own. She has this focus and determination that is admirable, because I am the same way when I’m placed with a task so I find her very relatable. Kinsey doesn’t have a smartass sidekick or a man in her life to help her when things get rough, and there’s something about that makes me respect her so much more. He intuition and intelligence is what gets her through case to case and I don’t think there are many other heroines out there that can do what she does.




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About Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages—including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. She's an international bestseller with a readership in the millions. She's a writer who believes in the form that she has chosen to mine: "The mystery novel offers a world in which justice is served. Maybe not in a court of law," she has said, "but people do get their just desserts." And like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Robert Parker and the John D. MacDonald—the best of her breed—she has earned new respect for that form. Her readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling talents.

But who is the real Sue Grafton? Many of her readers think she is simply a version of her character and alter ego Kinsey Millhone. Here are Kinsey's own words in the early pages of N Is for Noose:

"So there I was barreling down the highway in search of employment and not at all fussy about what kind of work I'd take. I wanted distraction. I wanted some money, escape, anything to keep my mind off the subject of Robert Deitz. I'm not good at good-byes. I've suffered way too many in my day and I don't like the sensation. On the other hand, I'm not that good at relationships. Get close to someone and the next thing you know, you've given them the power to wound, betray, irritate, abandon you, or bore you senseless. My general policy is to keep my distance, thus avoiding a lot of unruly emotion. In psychiatric circles, there are names for people like me."

Those are sentiments that hit home for Grafton's readers. And she has said that Kinsey is herself, only younger, smarter, and thinner. But are they an apt description of Kinsey's creator? Well, she's been married to Steve Humphrey for more than twenty years. She has three kids and four grandkids. She loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine—not quite the nature-hating, fast-food loving Millhone. So: readers and reviewers beware. Never assume the author is the character in the book. Sue, who has a home in Montecito, California ("Santa Theresa") and another in Louisville, the city in which she was born and raised, is only in her imagination Kinsey Millhone—but what a splendid imagination it is.


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This series does sound interesting but there are just so many of them…

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Thanks for the review Annie

Amy R

Thanks for the review.