Search Results: "Patricia Cornwell"


BOOK REVIEW

CAUSE OF DEATH by Patricia Cornwell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 2, 1996

"It's only the sketchy, unbelievable villains who ring hollow. (First printing of 1,000,000; $750,000 ad/promo budget; Literary Guild main selection; Mystery Guild main selection)"
The fascination with monstrous evil that's run through Cornwell's recent work (From Potter's Field, 1995, etc.) blossoms with a vengeance when Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta is called out on New Year's Eve to examine the body of Ted Eddings, an investigative reporter killed during an unauthorized dive in Norfolk's Inactive Naval Ship Yard. Read full book review >

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THE BODY FARM by Patricia Cornwell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"But beneath the welter of quarrels and coincidences is as insidious a study of evil as Cornwell has turned in. (Literary Guild main selection)"
Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta (Cruel and Unusual, 1993, etc.) has given up smoking and strayed far enough from her high-pressure office to act as a consulting profiler for the FBI, but her nerves are just as frayed at Quantico, especially since her rebellious niece Lucy is a computer-whiz trainee for the Engineering Research Facility down the hall. Read full book review >

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DEPRAVED HEART by Patricia Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A trademark Cornwell mystery: terse and tangled, messy and body fluid-y, and altogether satisfying."
Another gritty, world-weary tale of mayhem by masterful mysterian Cornwell (Flesh and Blood, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >

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BLOW FLY by Patricia Cornwell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 13, 2003

"A more serious problem is that the perils feel recycled, shapeless, and so soaked in evil that they're headed nowhere in particular for Sisyphus Scarpetta."
Fresh from tussling with a nonpareil real-life serial killer (Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed, not reviewed), Cornwell brings back forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta for her first outing in three years. Read full book review >

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DUST by Patricia Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"The takeaway? 'People still suck.' Yes, they do, and they do very bad things to each other. Stay tuned."
Kay Scarpetta is back, as world-weary and sharp-eyed as ever, in this latest Cornwell (The Bone Bed, 2012, etc.) outing, the 21st in the series. Read full book review >

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THE SCARPETTA FACTOR by Patricia Cornwell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 20, 2009

"A helpful appendix lists the seven previous novels (Scarpetta, 2008, etc.) related to this one. Readers who don't know them will be baffled; readers who do will be exasperated."
A Manhattan waitress's murder kicks off yet another round of forensic-driven navel gazing for Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her friends and enemies. Read full book review >

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CHAOS by Patricia Cornwell
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Fans, aware that this particular fatality is incidental to the larger saga of the heroine's epic struggle with the forces of evil, will forgive the absence of a coherent mystery or characters worth caring about. The closest analogue to Cornwell's wildly successful series, in fact, may be a superhero franchise."
Dr. Kay Scarpetta's talk to the bigwigs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government is delayed by murder, malicious online posts, anonymous messages, a visit from her sister, and a familiar malefactor from her past in this kitchen-sink 24th installment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLACK NOTICE by Patricia Cornwell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1999

Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta has never liked Christmas, and this year, when she's still mourning the death of her FBI lover Benton Wesley (Point of Origin, 1998), looks like her worst holiday season ever. Read full book review >

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SOUTHERN CROSS by Patricia Cornwell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 11, 1999

Widowed of the pusillanimous husband who worshiped her from afar in her debut (Hornet's Nest, 1997), Charlotte (N.C.) Read full book review >

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UNNATURAL EXPOSURE by Patricia Cornwell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 1997

"But fans, swept up in a fever of their own, won't care a bit. (First printing of 1,000,000; Literary Guild/Mystery Guild main selection; $750,000 ad/promo)"
Whoever shot the latest unidentified female victim Dr. Kay Scarpetta's called out to examine—whoever cut off her head, dismembered her, and bagged her torso for disposal in a Virginia landfill—may have been doing her a favor. Read full book review >

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TRACE by Patricia Cornwell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 7, 2004

"Cornwell's full-employment approach to evil hits all her high notes: grueling forensics, supernal villainy, Scarpetta's righteous duels with bullying authority figures. If the result is more synthetic than inspired, fans won't be disappointed."
Five years after getting eased out in a nasty political brawl, Dr. Kay Scarpetta (Blow Fly, 2003, etc.) is back in Richmond to battle still another monstrous killer. Read full book review >

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FLESH AND BLOOD by Patricia Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"No wonder Scarpetta asks, 'When did my workplace become such a soap opera?' Answer: at least 10 years ago.
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Happy birthday, Dr. Kay Scarpetta. But no Florida vacation for you and your husband, FBI profiler Benton Wesley—not because President Barack Obama is visiting Cambridge, but because a deranged sniper has come to town. Read full book review >