Search Results: "Patricia Cornwell"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BONE BED by Patricia Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"An ingenious murder method, more hours in the mortuary and forensics lab than usual, an uncharacteristically muffled killer, and all the trademark battles among the regulars and every potential ally who gets in their way."
Having survived brushes with ruthless killers, human monsters and treacherous colleagues of every stripe (Red Mist, 2011, etc.), forensic pathologist Dr. Kay Scarpetta limps into her 20th case to encounter more of the same. Read full book review >

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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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FROM POTTER'S FIELD by Patricia Cornwell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 3, 1995

"Take that, Hannibal Lecter! (Literary Guild/Mystery Guild main selection)"
Before he killed the woman Dr. Kay Scarpetta knows only as Jane, Scarpetta's nemesis Temple Gault (Cruel and Unusual, 1993) took his victim to the shark exhibit at the Museum of Natural History, walked her through the Sheep Meadow in Central Park, and made her strip despite the Christmas Eve weather. Read full book review >

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PORT MORTUARY by Patricia Cornwell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 30, 2010

Quite a homecoming for Dr. Kay Scarpetta after her six months at Dover Air Force Base—a corpse back in Cambridge that seems to have been locked away in a mortuary still alive. Read full book review >

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RED MIST  by Patricia Cornwell
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"Cornwell at her worst, Cornwell at her best, but mainly Cornwell at her most."
Yet another demonstration that the murderous enemies of forensic pathologist Dr. Kay Scarpetta aren't neutralized by life imprisonment or death. Read full book review >

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HORNET'S NEST by Patricia Cornwell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 6, 1997

Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the most famous medical examiner in fiction (see Cause of Death, p. 715, etc.), will have to fend for herself this time, as her creator leaves her behind for a big- city cop novel set in Charlotte, North Carolina. 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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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 >

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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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POINT OF ORIGIN by Patricia Cornwell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 6, 1998

Does Kay Scarpetta ever have a nice day? Read full book review >