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101 books with corpse in the title

101 Books With Corpse in the Title by Chao Wang

"Corpse." It's not the sweetest word in the dictionary but it is very functional. The word describes quite clearly that the living thing is no more. A human being is no longer human but a corpse. Corpse and cadaver have the same meaning but corpse is the more descriptive term. Stiff, cold, very dead.

And that's why murder mystery authors adore the word 'corpse'. It has been incorporated into dozens and dozens of novels over the years. We found 101 book titles that included the word 'corpse' but there were many more.

Book titles that contain the word 'corpse' do not beat around the bush. We're not talking candidates for the Nobel Prize for Literature here - we're talking about a dead body that's turned up somewhere. Somebody has to unravel the clues, find the murderer and probably rescue a sharp-tongued broad while they are at it.

King of the corpse books has to be R.A.J. Walling - an English journalist and author who wrote the Philip Tolefree mysteries. The Corpse With the Blue Cravat, The Corpse with the Grimy Glove, The Corpse with the Blistered Hand - you get the picture.

You will find two major names on this list - John Dickson Carr (The Corpse in the Waxworks) and Erle Stanley Gardner (The Case of the Runaway Corpse) - but frankly it's hard to beat a book called The Corpse with Sticky Fingers although The Cockeyed Corpse does make me smile.

Enjoy the titles, enjoy the covers.

Corpses and more corpses

Margaret Cole & G.D.H. (1931)
John Dickson Carr (1932)
John Rhode (1935)
Richard Wormser (1935)
R.A.J. Walling (1935)
R.A.J. Walling (1936)
Robert Leitfred (1936)
R.A.J. Walling (1938)
R.A.J. Walling (1938)
R. C. Woodthorpe (1939)
Asa Baker (1939)
By Inigo Jones (1941)
By Miles Burton (1941)
By R.A.J. Walling (1941)
By Jimmy Starr (1941)
By Nigel Morland (1941)
By Nicholas Blake (1941)
By Laurence Dwight Smith (1941)
By George Bagby (1941)
By Margaret Scherf (1941)
By Kurt Steel (1942)
By R.A.J. Walling (1942)
By Brett Halliday (1942)
By Robert Curtis (1942)
By Philip Wylie (1943)
By R.A.J. Walling (1943)
By Eaton K. Goldthwaite (1944)
By Leigh Brackett (1944)
By Armstrong Livingston (1945)
By Donald Thompson (1945)
By John Mersereau (1945)
By Bernard Dougall (1945)
By Miles Burton (1946)
By Aldin Vinton (1946)
By Clarence Mullen (1946)
By Ed Doherty (1946)
By Elizabeth Fenwick (1946)
By Marten Cumberland (1946)
By Douglas Stapleton & , Helen A. Carey (1946)
By Craig Rice (1947)
By Max Murray (1947)
By Louis Trimble (1947)
By Sam Merwin (1947)
By Clement Wood (1947)
By Barbara Frost (1949)
By Gene Goldsmith (1949)
By Hal Masur (1949)
By John Roeburt (1950)
By Nigel Morland (1950)
By Octavus Roy Cohen (1990)
By Hampton Stone (1950)
By Rod Callahan (1950)
By Barbara Frost (1951)
By Alan Pruitt (1951)
By Delano Ames (1951)
By Max Murray (1951)
By Max Murray (1951)
By Max Murray (1952)
By Margaret Millar (1952)
By Peter Piper (1952)
By Adam Knight (1952)
By Phoebe Atwood Taylor (1952)
By Erle Stanley Gardner (1954)
By D. Stapleton (1954)
By Christopher Monig (1956)
By Ferguson Findley (1952)
By George Bagby (1957)
By Stuart Friedman (1957)
By James Warren (1957)
By Max Murray (1957)
By George Bellairs (1958)
By James Warren (1958)
By Louis Trimble (1959)
By Richard Telfair (1959)
By Peter Rabe (1960)
By Desmond Reid (1961)
By S.H. Courtier (1961)
By Kenneth Hopkins (1963)
By Brett Halliday (1963)
By Roy Stratton (1963)
By Richard S. Prather (1964)
By Frank Kane (1965)
By Arthur Kent (1966)
By Georges Simenon (1967)
By Shirley Deane (1967)
By Richard S. Prather (1967)
By Geoffrey Peters (1968)
By Hampton Stone (1968)
By Ellery Queen (1968)
By Frank A. Smith (1969)
By Michael Avallone (1969)
By Frank Gruber (1972)
By Janwillem van de Wetering
By Ellis Peters (1979)

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