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30 December 2012

Last Book Review for 2012


I read this in 2 days.

As usual, the latest Kay Scarpetta book is fast-paced, page-turning excellence.

I love Patricia Cornwell's writing especially her Kay Scarpetta series.  I've read them all, and in order.  This author also wrote an excellent biography of Ruth Bell Graham's life.  It was so good I bought a copy!!

I tend to take out her fiction books from our town library where there is ALWAYS a long waiting list.

Do you know about the Kay Scarpetta series??


Kay has been emailed some evidence about a missing woman from the remote wilderness of Alberta, Canada.  The woman is a paleontologist who was last seen near a dinosaur bone bed.  She soon begins to suspect that the Canadian woman, who is actually from the states, is connected to a series of crimes closer to her home in Boston.  There is a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

When Dr Scarpetta, who is the chief medical examiner for Boston, begins to turn to the people around her, she finds that danger and suspicion have entered her closest group.  Her niece Lucy is speaking in riddles and her lead investigator, Pete Marino has a secret of his own. As does her FBI forensic psychologist husband, Benton Wesley.  She begins to feel alone and betrayed. There is also someone from her past who enters into the story as well.

Will she solve this crime or will she end up as a victim, too??


This is one of the best Scarpetta books in recent history.  Kay is always a very believable and likable character as are the other main characters involved in the series.  We find out some surprises with her niece Lucy and someone from the past books......it was interesting to see this character turn up again and I suspect that Cornwell will be including the character more in her next few books.  At least I hope so!

If you have never read the Scarpetta series, this is a good book to jump in on and get started. I prefer reading them in order but this one IS a good starting point.

I love mysteries and Cornwell's books do not disappoint! I've been a fan since reading Postmortem...the very first Kay Scarpetta book back in 1990!

I highly recommend this book especially if you are a fan of the Kay Scarpetta series and love a fast-paced mystery/crime novel.

In my opinion, this novel is appropriate for ages 16 and older.

On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, I rate this a 9 1/2.

Have you read any of Patricia Cornwell's books and if so, which ones??


Susanne said...

Well that's interesting. The location has got to be either around Drumheller or Brooks in Alberta, both of which are rich in dinosaur digs with Drumheller having a world recognized dinosaur museum in the Royal Tyrell Museum. Hmmm I might just pick up this book just to see how it's mentioned in the story.

Faith said...

I thought of you as soon as I read the prologue and the setting was described, Susanne!! It mentions the Wapiti River which when I googled it says it's near Alberta and British Columbia, if I'm remembering correctly. It also mentions the Red Willow and an area known as the Peace Region? I don't know if that's fictional or not. The author does credit a couple who took the author on a dinosaur dig in Canada's northwest bone beds. the author found a 70 million year old tooth which is where she got the idea for her novel! Dave and I STILL talk about getting out to Banff one of these years. I might have just spelled that wrong! LOL