Book Review #63: C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton


Title: C is for Corpse (Kinsey Millhone #3)

Author: Sue Grafton

Genre: Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Detective Mystery, Crime Fiction

Format: Paperback

Date of Publication: May 1st 2012

Publisher: Pan Publishing

ISBN13: 9781447212232


‘My name is Kinsey Millhone. I’m a licensed private investigator…thirty two, twice divorced. I like being alone and I suspect that my independence suits me better than it should…’

Kinsey met Bobby Callahan in the gym on Monday morning.

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 ruin, his best friend dead, and his memory severely impaired. He was convinced someone was trying to kill him.

By Thursday, he was dead.

But Kinsey wasn’t going back on a deal. She had been hired to prevent a murder. Now she was looking for the murderer…




My first book in the Sue Grafton Alphabet series and I’m impressed. This isn’t the roller coaster of twists and turns kind of novel. This book is one which which keeps adding clues, therefore enhancing the flavour of the dish. I’m glad that I didn’t force myself to complete this book because this is one such book you need to sit back and enjoy. I loved following Kinsey around trying to make sense out of the almost impossible-to-solve case. I was also worried about Kinsey throughout the novel, because we couldn’t never know who the murderer was. Also, the sub-plot of Kinsey’s landlord Henry was cherry on the cake. It added texture to Kinsey’s character and let me know more about her personality. The writing – fun, funny, effective, and, in the last couple of chapters, edge of the seat. I just wished the epilogue would have been a bit more dramatic then I would have given the extra .5 star. But one thing is sure – Kinsey Millhone and I are definitely going to become good friends.


Final Verdict:
C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton gets 4.5 out of 5 stars from me.


About the Author:

sue grafton Sue Grafton was a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She is best known for her “alphabet series” featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. Prior to success with this series, she wrote screenplays for television movies. Her earlier novels include Keziah Dane (1967) and The Lolly-Madonna War (1969), both out of print. In the book Kinsey and Me she gave us stories that revealed Kinsey’s origins and Sue’s past.

Grafton never wanted her novels to be turned into movies or TV shows. According to her family she would never allow a ghost writer to write in her name. Because of these things, and out of respect for Sue’s wishes, the family announced the alphabet now ends at “Y.” (Sue Grafton died on December 28, 2017)

Grafton was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, the Ross Macdonald Literary Award, three Shamus Awards, and many other honors and awards.

Grafton had three children from previous marriages and several grandchildren, including a granddaughter named Kinsey. She and her husband lived in Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky.

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