Chaos (Kay Scarpetta #24) by Patricia Cornwell

Book Description:

Published: November 15, 2016

Format: Audio/OverDrive

In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty-six-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning—except the weather is perfectly clear with not a cloud in sight. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center’s director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental Act of God.

Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie. Though subsequent lab results support Scarpetta’s conclusions, the threatening messages don’t stop. When the tenth poem arrives exactly twenty-four hours after Elisa’s death, Scarpetta begins to suspect the harasser is involved, and sounds the alarm to her investigative partner Pete Marino and her husband, FBI analyst Benton Wesley.

She also enlists the help of her niece, Lucy. But to Scarpetta’s surprise, tracking the slippery Tailend Charlie is nearly impossible, even for someone as brilliant as her niece. Also, Lucy can’t explain how this anonymous nemesis could have access to private information. To make matters worse, a venomous media is whipping the public into a frenzy questioning the seasoned forensics chief’s judgment and “a quack cause of death on a par with spontaneous combustion.”

Review –

As much as I loved Depraved Heart, Kay Scarpetta #23, that I read in 2015, I disliked this one, and that’s a real shame because I had been really looking forward to it.

Choas was WAY too long. In hardback it was 400 hundred pages and the audio was 12 hours long. This story could have been told in half that length and not have detracted from the basic storyline. That storyline being that evil incarnate, Carrie Grethen, will do anything, hurt or kill anyone to get to Kay Scarpetta and her family.  She is captured (again) at the end of this book so I’m anxious to see what the author will come up with next time. Hopefully it will be a more succinct book.

Depraved Heart (Kay Scarpetta #23) by Patricia Cornwell

Book Description:

Published: October 27, 2015

Dr. Kay Scarpetta is working a suspicious death scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts when an emergency alert sounds on her phone. A video link lands in her text messages and seems to be from her computer genius niece Lucy. But how can it be? It’s clearly a surveillance film of Lucy taken almost twenty years ago.

As Scarpetta watches she begins to learn frightening secrets about her niece, whom she has loved and raised like a daughter. That film clip and then others sent soon after raise dangerous legal implications that increasingly isolate Scarpetta and leave her confused, worried, and not knowing where to turn. She doesn’t know whom she can tell – not her FBI husband Benton Wesley or her investigative partner Pete Marino. Not even Lucy.

In this new novel, Cornwell launches these unforgettable characters on an intensely psychological odyssey that includes the mysterious death of a Hollywood mogul’s daughter, aircraft wreckage on the bottom of the sea in the Bermuda Triangle, a grisly gift left in the back of a crime scene truck, and videos from the past that threaten to destroy Scarpetta’s entire world and everyone she loves. The diabolical presence behind what unfolds seems obvious – but strangely, not to the FBI. Certainly that’s the message they send when they raid Lucy’s estate and begin building a case that could send her to prison for the rest of her life.

In the latest novel in her bestselling series featuring chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell will captivate readers with the shocking twists, high-wire tension, and cutting-edge forensic detail that she is famous for, proving yet again why she’s the world’s #1 bestselling crime writer.

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I’ve always loved the Kay Scarpetta series and this one has to be my favorite to date. The story takes up two months after the end of the last book, Flesh and Blood, that I read in April.

It gets its’ claws into to you the moment Kay receives the first video link and refuses to let go until the very end.

I had the audio version and I would have listened to it in one sitting but routine day-to-day life has a way of interjecting itself so I think it took me three sittings.

It is complicated, frustrating,convoluted and suspenseful all at the same time and the narrator did a fantastic job. At the end of the book the vicious sociopathic  Carrie Grethen is still on the loose so I’m sure she turn up in a story line again soon and  I can’t wait!!!!

If you are a Patricia Cornwell fan this book is a must read.

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Flesh and Blood (Kay Scarpetta #22) by Patricia Cornwell

Book Description

November 11, 2014

It’s Dr. Kay Scarpetta’s birthday, and she’s about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids’ game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there’s been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. No one has heard or seen a thing.

In this 22nd Scarpetta novel, the master forensic sleuth finds herself in the unsettling pursuit of a serial sniper who leaves no incriminating evidence except fragments of copper. The shots seem impossible, yet they are so perfect they cause instant death. The victims appear to have had nothing in common, and there is no pattern to indicate where the killer will strike next. First New Jersey, then Massachusetts, and then the murky depths off the coast of South Florida, where Scarpetta investigates a shipwreck, looking for answers that only she can discover and analyze. And it is there that she comes face to face with shocking evidence that implicates her techno genius niece, Lucy, Scarpetta’s own flesh and blood.

Review –

What starts out looking like a sniper serial killer evolves into something much more sinister and involves Kay Scarpetta and her niece, Lucy. This is truly an amazing book and keep you captive from the very beginning.  Patricia Cornwell has written another winner ! I had the audio version of the book and I was disappointed by the narrator.  Her voice was nothing special and it needed more life.

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Hornet’s Nest (Andy Brazil #1) by Patricia Cornwell

Book Description

February 1, 1998
Patricia Cornwell turns from forensics to police procedures in her latest novel, Hornet’s Nest. This book is less a thriller than a character study of the main characters: Judy Hammer, chief of police in Charlotte, North Carolina; Hammer’s deputy, Virginia West; and Andy Brazil, a young reporter assigned to ride with the police as they go about their jobs.
Review –
I didn’t even know this book existed because all of the Patricia Cornwell books I’ve read have been of the Kay Scarpetta Series.
This is a great story and so much of it rang true because a very close relative was in the policing business for many years even becoming a Chief, so I know how much patrol offices love to have “ride alongs”, NOT!
Andy Brazil is a newspaper reporter who wants to work the police beat but also dreams of being an actual policeman and he is assigned begrudgingly to ride with a female Deputy Chief and although this is crime fiction it also is a study in human nature and a very good one. Andy is very diligent about his job, sometimes too much so. He’s a sweet young man that you don’t want to see get hurt.
I will have to scout out other books in the Andy Brazil Series because it was a very good read.
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Dust (Kay Scarpetta #21) by Patricia Cornwell

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Book Description

Publication Date:November 12, 2013
From the world’s number-one bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.
 Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta has just returned from working one of the worst mass murders in U.S. history when she’s awakened at an early hour by Detective Pete Marino.
 A body, oddly draped in an unusual cloth, has just been discovered inside the sheltered gates of MIT and it’s suspected the identity is that of missing computer engineer Gail Shipton, last seen the night before at a trendy Cambridge bar. It appears she’s been murdered, mere weeks before the trial of her $100 million lawsuit against her former financial managers, and Scarpetta doubts it’s a coincidence. She also fears the case may have a connection with her computer genius niece, Lucy.
 At a glance there is no sign of what killed Gail Shipton, but she’s covered with a fine dust that under ultraviolet light fluoresces brilliantly in three vivid colors, what Scarpetta calls a mineral fingerprint. Clearly the body has been posed with chilling premeditation that is symbolic and meant to shock, and Scarpetta has reason to worry that the person responsible is the Capital Murderer, whose most recent sexual homicides have terrorized Washington, D.C. Stunningly, Scarpetta will discover that her FBI profiler husband, Benton Wesley, is convinced that certain people in the government, including his boss, don’t want the killer caught.
In Dust, Scarpetta and her colleagues are up against a force far more sinister than a sexual predator who fits the criminal classification of a “spectacle killer.” The murder of Gail Shipton soon leads deep into the dark world of designer drugs, drone technology, organized crime, and shocking corruption at the highest levels.
With unparalleled high-tension suspense and the latest in forensic technology, Patricia Cornwell once again proves her exceptional ability to surprise—and to thrill.
 
Review –
Although I enjoyed this book very much it had much too much non-essential information and with it removed it would have only been a short story.  I understand that sometimes authors are forced by agents and publishers to have a certain amount of words but come on!!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Bone Bed ( Kay Scarpetta Series #20) by Patricia Cornwell

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Book Description

Publication Date:October 16, 2012
A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over two thousand miles away in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist’s disappearance is connected to a series of crimes much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.
When she turns to those around her, Scarpetta finds that the danger and suspicion have penetrated even her closest circles. Her niece Lucy speaks in riddles. Her lead investigator, Pete Marino, and FBI forensic psychologist and husband, Benton Wesley, have secrets of their own. Feeling alone and betrayed, Scarpetta is tempted by someone from her past as she tracks a killer both cunning and cruel.
This is Kay Scarpetta as you have never seen her before. The Bone Bed is a must read for any fan of this series, or an ideal starting point for new readers.
Review –
I read all of the Kay Scarpetta books but I was a bit disappointed in this one because the first few chapters seems too lengthy and filled with unneccessary information.  Maybe there was a word quota that the author had to meet and if that was the case, I understand.
The storyline itself was very good and is full of twists and turns and surprises all the way to the end. So I’m glad I hung in there during the parts that seemed bogged down because the end was great.

Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell ( A Scarpetta Novel)

Book Description

Series: A Scarpetta Novel | Publication Date: December 6, 2011

Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated. But Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding’s death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning of something far more destructive: a terrifying terrain of conspiracy and potential terrorism on an international scale. And she is the only one who can stop it.

 
 
Review –
I have read every book in the Scarpetta series and  was chompping at the bit to read this one and it was even better than I had anticipated and I give it FIVE stars. I was hooked from the very beginning and stayed that way til the end.  I chose the audio version of this book and it was almost 13 hours long and I listened to it in two sittings. I’m retired and can do as I please and most days I please to read so that’s why I can sit for several hours a day and listen to a FIVE star book.  Aren’t you jealous?  I hated when it was over because now I have to wait for the next one to come out. I wish I could clone authors so they could write twice as fast.  Wouldn’t that be great!!!!!
 
 
 

Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell

From Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Cornwell’s compelling 18th Kay Scarpetta novel (after The Scarpetta Factor), her strongest work in years, involves the chief medical examiner in a case that’s both far-reaching in its national security implications and deeply personal. The story begins at the real Port Mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, where Scarpetta is assisting in developing techniques for virtual autopsies, then shifts back to her recently adopted home at Boston’s Cambridge Forensic Center (CFC). A young man’s mysterious death becomes even stranger after full-body scans reveal destruction so extensive it’s as if a bomb went off inside his body. Scarpetta and husband Benton Wesley-along with her niece, Lucy Farinelli, and ex-cop turned CFC investigator Pete Marino-discover links not only to a government project with the ability to cause mass casualties but also to another grisly case currently under investigation. As Scarpetta’s military past rears its head, the emotional damage the investigation of the cases is bound to wreak on Cornwell’s steadfast heroine will leave readers eager for the next installment. Long-time fans will welcome the return after a decade to a first-person narration with direct access to Scarpetta’s thoughts.
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I have  read all of this particular series and I must say that  after many years  the author has found just the perfect mix of plot, characters,tension, and  suspense and pulled off a five star book. 
 
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