C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton
Kinsey Millhone is a private investigator living in Santa Teresa, California. In this 3rd alphabet mystery, Kinsey is hired by 23 year old Bobby Callahan to investigate what he believes was attempted murder when he was run off the road in the mountains. His passenger didn't survive, but miraculously, Bobby did.
Bobby is the son of a very wealthy mother. They live in a mansion, the likes of which Kinsey has never seen before. His mother is remarried, and Bobby's younger step-sister lives with them. Could she be part of the plot to kill him? She is so strung out, she wouldn't be able to remember if she were.
Meanwhile, Henry, her landlord, has gotten himself into a relationship with a gold-digging woman. Kinsey doesn't have the heart to tell him the truth about his new "friend," but she has to make sure this evil woman doesn't take him for all he has.
Three days after hiring Kinsey, Bobby is killed in another car accident. All Kinsey has to go on is a little address book and the name "Blackman." Hopefully, she will figure out the mystery before she gets herself killed.
The plot of this book was a little disjointed. The relationships in it did not make sense. Kinsey's actions toward Bobby were a little unrealistic. It was written as though they had a long, lasting friendship when they had actually just met. In addition, the characters were not very likeable. I prefer to read about characters I like and can relate to. It was a clever mystery, and I didn't figure it out until the end, but it was not my favorite of Grafton's books so far.
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