Bone Painting Coroner

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In the 21st century, she was the outstanding world renowned darling of the field of archeology. Then, she transmigrated and became Jinjiang city’s Ji Family’ Third Miss, a small malnourished girl who starved to death. She was unfavored by her father and treated like air by the rest. Therefore, just to earn money and feed herself she had to return to her old profession – being a forensic anthropologist.

With a pair of dextrous hands, she stroked and examined those clickety white bones to solve old and dusty unresolved cases.

He was a handsome cold prince. Just to see the beauty smile, he would not hesitate to throw away his moral principles and repeatedly flirt with her.

In the end, he only received a supercilious look from her, as she declared “Prince, one touch is a 1,000 taels.”

“Then, this prince will give you 10,000 taels for a kiss!”

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Vishaakha
Vishaakha rated it
August 12, 2017
Status: c15
Definitely not your regular story. But must read if you like cold and intelligent MC. It is full of suspense and each chapter end with a cliff prompting you to clicking next chapter. Here our MC can draw the person from just looking at the bones.

All this aside most impt thing for Chinese novels is a good translation. Grenn is doing a fabulous job translating.
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Foexi
Foexi rated it
December 31, 2017
Status: c134
Edit: Changed the rating from 4 to 5 because there is a huge leap in the plot once she leaves her little town, and the antagonists are also higher than your standard xianxia villains.

At the point in the story where I am, I can tell you that this isn't your typical Chinese transmigration novel where the MC is reborn in a new world and takes revenge on the family of the body's owner. She doesn't go from weak to strong—well, at least not like the kind we're all used to.... more>> In her past life, Ji Yunshu was in a profession where she worked with corpses all the time and developed many useful and amazing skills.

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The girl can paint a picture of a dead person of when they were alive by just looking at their bones. Her skills allow her to identify the murder victim's exact cause of death. She even has some medical knowledge from her past life. Not to mention her artistry alone is something to rave over.

For those of you who are saying her abilities are OP and bullsh*t, how do you know that? Are you a professional in the forensics field?

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The story plot mainly starts off with her solving some local cases in her hometown. They are pretty exciting and just when you think the case is wrapped, there is a sudden twist to the case. And Ji Yunshu uses her mighty skills each time to impress both her spectators and also us readers and solve each case.

She had originally used her skills to solve a few cases in her town so that she could keep living without the support of her terrible family. Because they really don't care for her at all. They keep bullying her, and unlike other MCs, she keeps ignoring them and doing nothing about it. At first, you might think that she's just a pushover or doesn't care, but eventually, you will realize that's not the case at all.

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As the story progresses forward, that will change and she will deal with them in a very satisfying way. And she did it for the injustices that were against herself, not as much the previous body's owner.

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Another thing about Ji Yunshu that sets her apart from many other MCs in the transmigration genre is that she's not overly cruel and killing all the pesky people that annoyed her left and right. Although she is in a profession that deals with homicide and murder, she still manages to keep herself and her modern morals and beliefs together. She's a human and she can feel emotion. But that doesn't mean she's a naive crybaby or does absolutely nothing.

Even the other characters are more fleshed out and multi-dimensional. (Well, that's at least the case later on in the story around where I am at when the plot moves past the homicide cases in her town.)

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Her brothers who were absent from the first hundred chapters are finally introduced, and I was excited to learn that although they also hate her like the rest of her family, they aren't the typical fops that are stupid as hell and don't have the strength to truss a chicken. They actually look like villains in the story that I'll want to stay for quite a while and not like the rest of the cop-outs I've seen that you keep hoping will die already but are unfortunately like cockroaches that don't know when to just stop moving already.

Even the imperial concubines have a little more detail and character than the usual scheming b*tches.

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Just when you think that the story will be nothing but murder cases, the plot finally progresses forward and has more to it so that you can enjoy the familiar elements of Chinese novels (though with their own unique touch to them) and also the murder mysteries that come with each important death that takes place. It's multiple things in one and it actually does it right.

For those of you wondering about the romance, all you need to know is that it is there but not so much so that it overpowers the plot or Ji Yunshu's awesomeness. The Male Lead isn't some knight in shining armor that is always saving her as if she's a weak damsel. Sure, she does use his assistance many times but he's usually just helping her rather than doing everything for her. He's like a supporting beam that she leans on when she needs him the most. And even when she doesn't, he's always there for her and patiently waiting. He does get jealous many times but he isn't too forceful about it. Since the author doesn't keep raving about his handsomeness or muscles, it takes a little longer to warm up to him and like him. But at least we like him for him and not what the author tries to make him out to be. (Like many other Male Leads I've seen *cough*)

I definitely recommend this book. It's underappreciated and deserves just as much attention if not more than some of the half-a**ed ones I've seen on here. <<less
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Saiyademon22
Saiyademon22 rated it
January 1, 2018
Status: c100
Note: This story/novel isn't for the faint hearted, naive, innocent and young (specially those who are very imaginative literally). Read this for your own discretion.

Review:

A solid 4 stars

  1. PLOT. So if you've read the synopsis you might feel that it has a romantic subplot (w/c it has, but as a SUBPLOT!!!). The story is centered to the female lead, Ji Yunshu, a coroner (they examine dead bodies like a forensic investigator in our time) and how she solve different crime cases (yes, specifically those with dead bodies) using her modern knowledge (Yes, this has a reincarnation tag) while in ancient time. Some might feel this boring or disturbing because of content in the cases she solves which does not just involve politics but also moral integrity and ethics. This is not like other reincarnation story with OP talent/luck, or those w/ cheats. It's pretty linear in structure with a normal person (as in really she had a steady job) but the author has made a lot of twist and turn during the proceedings in court and telling the entire case story (w/c kept us readers on anticipation on what really happened). In short this story synopsis hooked me but the content made me stay.
  2. CHARACTERS. I like the female lead, but not really love her maybe because where still at the beginning so there is room for character development, same goes for the male lead, Jing Rong. The female lead is in a word ordinary, except for her talent in investigation and using her modern knowledge even with limited resources (of course many would love a smart women, who doesn't?). She not someone with low EQ either so that's a plus. As I've said in the plot the FL is not an OP character but really attains her position with hard work!!!! And I forgot there are B*TCHES here as well.
  3. SETTING/WORLD BUILDING. It has room for improvements but the setting given is not that hard to imagine if you've read prior novels with ancient time setting. It not as detailed as I would like but it has enough to be able to visualize what the place is like.
And yes not much for a spoiler because I want people to be encourage to read this first before saying what they want.
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Eutune
SiLverHearT_ rated it
August 12, 2017
Status: c15
Normally I wouldn't give such a quick judgement on a novel, but I feel bad for the rating so...

I quite like this novel, reminds me of Tang Dinasty Forensic Doctor, Thousand Face Demonic Concubine and Mistaken Marriage Match: Washed Grievances.

The Main Femal lead has reincarned in the body of a joint miss that is not, like most novels of this type, the real and legitimate miss of the house, but she is the daughter of a prostitute with whom the father had a drunken intercourse with and who died right... more>> after giving born to her.

The Main character soul occupies the body when the girl is 13 but the novel starts when she is already 16 or so, we don't get to read the moment she transmigrates.

In order to earn some money she, crossdressed as a boy, helps the government and draws the picture of the deceased bodies that are unrecognizable and helps with the cases.

The Male Lead has already appeared (chapter 7 was it?) , he is a prince as the you can understand from the synopsis who hasn't returned to the capital for almost half a year and has travelled through lots of counties for a reason that is not specified, for now. He is interested in the female lead (that he still believes to be a male) because of her talent in analysing the bones of the dead.

I think it's pretty interesting and with lot of possibilities, hopefully it won't get too common, but it looks promising.

As for the love story... the female lead looks like a cold one.. if the guy ends up doing all the job and chase her until the end of the earth I might get disappointed, so I hope that the female will reciprocate when the time comes...*finger crossed* for a delightful and cute love story~♡ <<less
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Anonymousse
Anonymousse rated it
February 4, 2018
Status: --
Trying to read this bc its volare n had alot of good review.

Altho its not as good as said, it still enjoyable.

Lots of csi scene where MC show her knowledge bout bones and human body.

MC is potrayed as nancy drew, a nosy girl who doing all she likes by free or just a pitiful payment, mostly without being requested by anyone either the victims or her superior. The problem is her poor life (even the body owner starved to dead). Like its said " if u good at it, u... more>> better get paid for it", unless u wanna be mother theresa or filthy rich like bruce wayne. Heck! Even csi get paid for their job, not doing charity act like MC. So I personally think MC is dumb or naive.

MC being treated like sh*t in her own house by her own relatives and shes aint doing anything to change that. Idk either shes stupid or too lazy to bother. But one scene where she talk to a degenerate doesnt fit that logic. She said to fight back when being bullied nonstop but she aint do it herself. Seriously? Much more like a hypocrite. <<less
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Qearl
Qearl rated it
March 12, 2018
Status: c167
The best mystery novel (in my opinion) The romance is really slow but you won't mind it because the mystery makes up for it. The mysteries are really well thought out and always catch me off guard, I literally almost never see the plot twists coming. At first I almost dropped it but I'm so glad I didn't. The romance is progressing slowly and so far the ML has confessed but because of reasons (spoilers) the MC rejects him. Those of you wondering, why she never left the house if... more>> they treat her badly even though she's been there 5 years? Its Because she was waiting for someone and she's not dumb or weak at all and she just decided to put up with it since she wasn't planning to stay since the beginning. Personally I think the ML is great and him and the MC suit each other and he's always going with her to solve her cases and protecting her.

The novels pretty dark and even the murderers have emotional back stories and it makes it hard to really hate them when you can see why they did what they did. It shows both sides and doesn't make you blindly hate the criminals.
The descriptions are pretty graphic though but that just adds to the fun of you ask me. But if you can't stand dark and gore then it's probably not for you. <<less
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shelvibie17
shelvibie17 rated it
August 12, 2017
Status: c11
I just read a few chapter but I pretty like this novel.

  1. this novel is about coroner, the story more or less like Record of Washed Grievances but not totally same.
  2. the FL in this novel is not stupid and naive but pretty smart and brave (always like this kind of FL)
  3. as always FL have sh*tty family.
  4. i dont know much about the ML because I just read few chapters and the ML just appear and not much of interaction yet between FL and ML. but the ML type like cold and scheming.
But after all this novel is worth to read....
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Potatos
Potatos rated it
August 22, 2017
Status: c32
I quite like this story, not that it's anything super new or special, but her profession is very interesting.

The MC is the calm and tolerant type, something I would definitely appreciate if the ML wasn't so. f**king. annoying.

The translation is amazing, the characters are great, the story isn't something new but the author adds creative twists, I would typically give this a great 5 star review.

But the ML is a f**king brat.

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He talks about how he has eaten wild herbs in the wild to prove that he isn't a picky eater, WHEN HE COULD JUST f**kING SAY THAT HE DOESNT HAVE AN APPETITE AFTER SEEING A DEAD BODY. I wouldn't mind too much but he says it as if eating wild herbs is some sort of extreme suffering. Grow up you brat. Probably half the food he is served in the royal kitchens is made with wild herbs.

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And let me repeat, he. is. f**king. annoying. He's constantly bothering and s*xually harassing the MC by his whims. The MC is super angry but still tolerant which leaves me with a mass of rage within me that doesn't have an outlet.

I don't mind bitchy side characters, we all know that they're gonna be disposed of and ruined. But a bitchy ML? Nope, he's gonna be there for the whole rest of the story and the MC is gonna love him.

Tl;dr Great story author, but you better get the ML to stfu and repent or I'm dropping this sh*t. Props to the translator for the amazing work though.

Edit: sorry for all the swearing.... the mass of rage within me led to this rant. <<less
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Trouvaille
Trouvaille rated it
August 28, 2018
Status: c119
This is a really unique light novel. MC background character isn't cliche and the chapters mostly consisted of mystery tag, hence this is perfect for readers who likes mystery much more than romance. MC mostly spent her time outside her home (unlike any other transmigrated MC), worked really hard and had strong sense of justice.

All the side character are well thought, and felt 'real' since they were also multilayered (forgot the correct term) and aren't superficial. The conflict built up really nicely and packed in a good way which kept... more>> me reading 119 in one shot.

However, after 119 chapters, I don't really feel the plot are moving (maybe because this LN has 1276 chapters in total), therefore it was quite tiring to continue reading this until the latest chapter.

And although there are some 'gore' tags in it, I don't actually feel disgusted, because the MC did things professionally without excessive emotion.

The romance was really slow though, to the point I don't really remember there is a romance tag for this LN lol <<less
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echollrain
echollrain rated it
August 14, 2018
Status: c262
I was reluctant to start this story when I saw the mature tag. But! I'm glad I finally decide to read this novel. The mystery in the book is heart pounding and exciting. There are a few disturbing cases which were why the 'mature' tag was up there. The politics and scheming made the story enjoyable. Moreover, I love how the romance is slowly building between the MC and ML.

I look forward to reading the rest of the novel.
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acatone
acatone rated it
August 1, 2018
Status: c236
definitely unique, definitely not for the faint hearted and definitely not your typical transmigration story.

The main character is intelligent and logical, but not emotionless. She's not the most loveable, and neither is the ML, but their portrayals are definitely very human, very real. I didn't find it difficult to sympathize with most of the main cast at all. ... more>>
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I also find it really interesting that she already fell in love with someone else before meeting the ML, it's definitely an interesting choice.

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The cases that were presented were mostly interesting, though I'm starting to lose interest with the more political ones,
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especially after ji pei showed up. I don't know, I don't find that arc all that interesting... its more of a tearjerker tragedy and royal family fighting thing which sort of confuses me bc I came here for the crime cases....?

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But it's still a pretty good story tho <<less
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somniel
somniel rated it
July 29, 2018
Status: c243
This novel is intended for mature audiences.

The story begins as an episodic mystery/detective story, with a transmigrated female lead using techniques from her past to solve murders in an Imperial past setting - hampered by an abusive family and a 5 year history in the setting before the novel begins.

It quickly evolves into a complicated mind maze, where every conclusion is thrown on its head, and every case builds on another. Like any good mystery, the reader is constantly guessing whodunnit, why and wherefore, and occasionally how. Like any really... more>> good mystery, not much is as it first appears. Clues are hidden in plain sight, and tucked behind a façade, and every revelation casts a new light on... everything.

Nearly every character is a multi-layered human, with greater depths than one may assume upon first sight. Each new layer revealed presents the reader with a new, not always clearer, understanding.

The romance is a very slow build, with endless complications. The past is an ever-present shadow, lurking, sometimes engulfing the main characters, who aren't super-human or unfeeling.

Story progression waxes and wanes, with the first few chapters a slog for some readers, but it is worth sticking it out to see where the author is going. Rare stretches of exposition are necessary to introduce the reader to a scene, and new people, though most introductions occur within the action in this story.

For seasoned mystery fans - pay close attention, everything is important. <<less
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Naeddyr
Naeddyr rated it
May 10, 2018
Status: --
Grim procedural transmigration story about a cross-dressing forensic detective / coroner in ancient China

Ji Yunshu, a forensic anthropologist, dies and takes over the starved-to-death body of the neglected and hated bastard daughter of a noble family in ancient China, though the story starts years later. Ji Yunshu works as a death-painter for the magisterial police force, identifying and making portraits out of people's bones, and gets involved in several grim procedural detective stories, many involving content suitable for something like the Special Victim's Unit.

Ji Yunshu's family life is toxic, with... more>> her double-life as a detective acting as an escape and a way to collect money for living expenses. She herself is cold and calculating, though not evil, and what I've seen of her revenges are pretty minor. But definitely on the darker side of the scale for these kinds of fantasies.

During her work she comes across the imperial Prince Jing Rong, who wants to take her with him to the capital to solve a crime, but who, at the start of the novel at least, mainly stands around acting as a body guard, s*xual tension vending machine, general annoyance and patron.

I've read up to chapter 93, and I don't know if I have the energy to continue. There's been a bunch of cases thus far, all melodramatic and grissly and one involving pedophilia. There's some progress in the "mainline" plot, which I am honestly more interested in than the murders.

Part of why this is that that there's an always reliable Twist Ending to the cases. Someone is usually arrested at the second beat, but there's still one third act left, which is spent figuring out the *real* culprit or *real* events. It gets a bit predictable, even only three-four cases in.

Another problem is that Ji Yunshu's methodologies are... suspect. Basically I have trouble believing the bullsh*t things she does with her magic coronery powers, including matching up blood-samples using vinegar, doing all sorts of things with bones that seem improbable, etc. etc. etc.

Basically the reader has to assume that the technological level of the setting is an actual reset, and that anything goes even if it doesn't work in real life or in the west.

At this point I'm dragging my feet to read the next chapter, which isn't a good sign. Not the fault of the characters, Ji Yunshu and Jing Rong aren't particularly terrible as Chinese women's transmigration stories go, it's just the relentless grimness of the cases and how the main plot drags a long. <<less
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MondoX
MondoX rated it
February 26, 2018
Status: c15
The story begins with the MC having transmigrated five years already. The previous owner of the body died of starvation after a month. So, we can tell how crappy the the mc’s family is towards her. Yet, after five years she has been constantly being bullied, and she is still taking it. The MC had to find a job, because her own family does not take care of her. The mc’s servant also gets bullied in the presense of the MC. So, why does she not run away, it is... more>> better than staying with the family? <<less
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rdawv
rdawv rated it
October 19, 2017
Status: c60
Very good. Not your typical transmigrated story... in fact it could just be a time-travel story. The MC is skilled in anthropology and forensic science, and basically you're going to read about a modern day CSI investigator in a feudal world. Besides the transmigration, there is little or no other fantastical elements, which is refreshing. Basically it is used as an excuse to give a dramatic family background to the MC, being bullied and wronged by them due to her low status.

Fortunately the story starts with the setting already established... more>> and we do not need to read the dreary process of her 'arrival', instead it opens with 5 years already passed since she entered the body. Since then she had built a male disguise to moonlight as the city's foremost expert and utter professional on identifying the dead, though the story quickly turns and give her meticulous detective skill as well.

She (despite her disguise) catches the eye of a Prince who has his own agenda which requires her forensic skills. The two are subtly attracted to each other, with the prince humorously questioning his s*xuality while the MC is annoyed by her own lapses whenever she looks too hard at him.

The story is very well written. Each chapter is brief but eventful, and the dialogue and repartee is very nice to read. The story does not dive too quickly between the two MC, indeed I get the impression of a Western-style TV story-telling. You know, the type of tv series that has an overarching plot that is only advanced at the start and end of each episode, while the majority of the episode itself has a self-contained story. In this novel, the story has mini-arcs, where the prince witnesses first hand the forensic skills of his scholar. Don't be fooled by the phrase 'mini-arc', the first case alone was 40ish chapters.

Worth reading if you want something different than cultivation and magical power-ups. <<less
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Bkgksan
Bkgksan rated it
September 30, 2017
Status: c63
First off, I would like to give a shout out to 'Volarenovels' for having such an outstanding collection of novels!

This story is awesome. I do find the female lead a bit dry, but the new twist explains why she endures abuse at the hands of her 'family'. She is a forensic anthropologist from modern world, using her skills to survive and earn money. One of few times when ML is not detestable. So far he has been awesome. Romance is a bit slow. But story is captivating. Translator us doing... more>> a great job. <<less
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Nah3sa
Nah3sa rated it
August 22, 2017
Status: c32
Really nice read ! Even if some part of the plot is similar to novels abot reincarnation (the FL is abused by her family and her mother is dead), the way FL acts is quite different ! She just found a way to earn some money in order to take of herself and want to live her life quietly. Or at least it is my impression. So, we have the FL investigating cases while bearing a chatterbox of a ML, and having to take care of some troubles in her... more>> household.

The interactions beetween the FL and the ML is funny, and the way this novel is written is quite refreshing. Love it ! <<less
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Axia
Axia
August 22, 2017
Status: c85
Raws! Almost digged my brain out on raws.

Overall, a must read story.. The FL is really put into troubles with her intelligence and the prince I believe is the ML because of an old case.. And also she is engaged to a boy, ah, their interaction is cute.. She is only soft towards him and her maid, inviting jealousy from the prince.. She is cold to everyone.. And the prince protecting her is definitely something I want to see more. It is like reading a story where the MC is... more>> worthy to be kill due to her intelligence because she is a detective and a coroner too..

Thank you for the translation.. <<less
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SaberWolf
SaberWolf rated it
August 12, 2017
Status: c15
Just zoomed through the first 15 chapters. Despite there being many of the Female MC transmigration tropes here (Male lead who likes the Female lead [and according to synopsis, likes to tease her], cold female lead, badly treated by family etc), the writing style of the story, as well as actual forensic knowledge makes this series stand out a bit more. If you like regular chinese female MCs and forensic series like Bones, this one might be for you.
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comradeguorong
comradeguorong rated it
August 3, 2018
Status: c214
This is an very entertaining mystery story, the easiest comparison being the main character is like Brennan from the TV series Bones, using her forensic skills to solve murder cases in ancient China. She's intelligent, hard-working, and not overly cold, as a FL I quite like her.

However, the Male Lead. He's a prince character and I do not like him. Hence 4 stars.

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So much of their kisses is just him forcing himself on her while she's upset/not receptive. Blergh.

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Be sure you are in the right mood before reading this as there is a lot of deaths, gore, bodies and murders and detail is included due to the forensic nature of the series. I don't know how accurate the science is but it is probably stretched in some areas, which I will describe in the spoiler tag below. As to the cases, oftentimes mainstream societal views are reflected in how cases unfold and are treated and one of them really ticked me off. A warning for people who are inters*x or are close to people who are...

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The yin-yang corpse case: the FL figures out a discovered corpse is an inters*x person because of some made up sh*t for the sake of the story, a so called "milk bone" which means the body is a woman, but oh wait there's also some other cr*p so they body is male too. And then it turns out the murderer of the person is a child the person s*xually abused. Author, way to stigmatize and demonize inters*x people as inherent deviants because of bodies they can't help they were born with.

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