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Red Mist (Kay Scarpetta #19)

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  17,151 Ratings  ·  1,549 Reviews
The new Kay Scarpetta novel from the world's #1 bestselling crime writer. 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 ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published January 1st 2011)
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Charity Marie
Dec 04, 2013 Charity Marie rated it it was ok
I have been a longtime fan of Patricia Cornwell's work, particularly her heroine Kay Scarpetta. The series depicted her as a strong, capable, confident, and committed to a work few people would be willing to do. Her commitment was admirable. However, in this book, this characterization has begun to unravel at the seams.

For some reason I cannot quite understand, Cornwell has changed Scarpetta from a focused scientist to a self-absorbed, unconfident, vindictive and paranoid character who is extrem
Jul 19, 2012 Sherrie rated it it was ok
I've been a Cornwell fan since the beginning. But the last 4 or 5 novels have been headed in a direction that results in this, the weakest effort yet. Somewhere along the line, Cornwell lost a good editor and/or gained a bad one, because what used to be sharp, taut writing now goes on and on and ON. The meeting between Scarpetta and Berger that lays out the plot of the book took over 100 pages. It could have easily been done in 30. Or less. The entire novel is filled with over-long, over-emotion ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
1,5 stars

I've been reading Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta Series since the 1st book, Postmortem was published, which was a brilliant start to the series, which continued with some really amazing books, until it reached #10……from then onwards, something happened to the series. And not a good something. Somewhere along the line, the magic of Kay Scarpetta’s world wasn’t there for me.

Instead of looking forward to a new arrival, I gave it a miss for a while. But I couldn’t give up on KS….hoping
Chris Wolak
Dec 05, 2011 Chris Wolak rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Red Mist is another strong entry in the Scarpetta Series. In some ways I liked it more than last year’s Port Mortuary because the action is more consistent throughout. In Port Mortuary there was a lot of Scarpetta sitting around thinking and being paranoid. In Red Mist Scarpetta is on the move in Savannah, Georgia. She's not on her own turf, doesn't have the trappings of her power base, and isn't in charge. She's also gone to Georgia against the advice of her FBI profiler husband, Benton, and ot ...more
Jul 05, 2012 KRM rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta books for years. The first 8 or 9 novels in the series are some of the finest forensic crime fiction ever written and many writers before and since have yet to beat the high quality of these books - Cornwell included. The last couple of years her books have gone rapidly downhill in regard to quality.

I very rarely give up on reading a book before the end (I've only done this perhaps 5 times in the past 10 years) but Red Mist is so incredibly bor
I used to really enjoy the Kay Scarpetta series, but books 14 - 16 were so disappointing (and somewhat awful)that I was ready to stop reading them. Because I had invested so much time into the books, I felt I needed to keep reading them. Thankfully, 17 and 18 redeemed themselves for me, so I expected 19 to be satisfying as well. Alas, I'm tired of whiny Lucy who is always going to be a miserably angry person, pathetic Pete Marino who falls for the wrong woman every time because he loves Kay, and ...more
Melinda Elizabeth
Dec 02, 2011 Melinda Elizabeth rated it liked it
I want to love each book that Cornwell puts out. And I notice a trend that she's gone back to the good ol' days of first person storytelling, which can work for or against her, depending on the interest in the novel. Unfortunately I felt that this one was a little too talky and not enough on the action front to keep readers interested. Secondary characters like Marino, Benton, and Lucy have all taken a back seat to Scarpetta's stream of consciousness monologues, which are lengthy and overdone th ...more
Teresa Crawford
I've been a big fan of Patricia Cornwells from the beginning and I usually find her books quite easy to read since I really like the characters and the story seem to flow easily.

Unfortunately I felt that this book made myself ask over and over again "do people really ramble on to themselves like Scarpetta did in this book"? I've always thought that Marino was the most realistic character in the Scarpetta series, and I felt as if his character was pushed aside somewhat in this book and left som
Denise MacDonald
Dec 17, 2011 Denise MacDonald rated it it was ok
Very disappointing. Most of this book was repeating the same things over and over again. Every time a new character entered the story Kay had to go through and revise all her theories again and they were all written out every time. I really don't like how the last few books in this series have been all about people conspiring to murder Kay and her loved ones, even if it is paranoia on her part most of the time. I used to love reading this series, but the last few books have been huge disappointm ...more
Anna Mcmullen
Oct 24, 2012 Anna Mcmullen rated it liked it

This book confused me. Where are the strong, self-possessed women characters? Why does it feel like the author is bored with what she's created? If this was a first reading of Cornwell's work I wouldn't be coming back.
Dec 28, 2011 Karen rated it it was ok
It must be difficult to be a successful, established writer. There must be pressure to meet or exceed your previous accomplishments. On the other hand, it may inspire overconfidence. Whatever the case, I say the same thing I said after reading this book's predecessor. This novel could easily have been edited down by about a third of it's length, and suffered no loss. I'm very close to not caring whether or not I read her next book.
Rick Fisher
Mar 03, 2012 Rick Fisher rated it liked it
Recommends it for: only die hard fans
Shelves: thriller, crime-drama
The same cast of characters appear in this, the 19th novel featuring Kay Scarpetta. And, through almost 300 of the 500 pages, the same angst ridden drivel occurs. To much self loathing and second guessing. To much sitting around on the pity pot, moaning "Woe is me".
When Patricia Cornwell stormed the book world with "Postmortem" in 1990, and followed up with "All that Remains" and "Body of Evidence", I was mesmerized by her style of writing. Her knowledge and indepth characterization of the fo
Dec 18, 2011 Michelle rated it it was ok
I gave this two stars which I think is kind of generous, but it's not as awful as the last in the series, Port Mortuary. That was so bad. I keep waiting for two things to happen in this series; for the annoying "friend" Marino to stroke out and for the niece to finally just go over the edge and get into a shootout and die. Since Cornwell has been integrating those two characters more and more into the plotlines the books have gone downhill. They're the least likable characters in the series and ...more
Aug 03, 2012 Tracie rated it really liked it
Patricia Cornwall is back on her game with Red Mist. She seemed to have backed away from the very thing that made her books so interesting, forensic pathology, to delve into relationship issues. Kay Scarpetta is an excellent pathologist, but she doesn't always do as well in her personal life as she does in her professional life and I felt many of the recent books built around Scarpetta were lacking. Red Mist takes Kay back to the things she does best: finding clues in bodies, solving mysteries, ...more
Bryan Higgs
Jan 27, 2012 Bryan Higgs rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I used to like Patricia Cornwell, in her early books. Then, she began to deteriorate. Blow Fly was the one that turned me off completely. It gave the strong impression that she got to the point where the publisher said "Submit it!", and she stopped writing and closed it down, without regard to whether it made sense. I hated it.

I just tried to read this one, one of her latest. I got a little more than 1/3 the way through, and didn't have the patience to continue. The writing was turgid, and the p
Nov 02, 2013 Majo rated it really liked it
Entre análisis de DNA, muestras de sangre y estudios psicológicos de comportamiento en el penal d mujeres de Giorgia, Cornwell una vez más deleita a los amantes del género.
Personalmente encuentro un singular placer al leer las obras de Cornwell, porque encuentro en ellas un marcado feminismo plasmado en sus mujeres protagonistas que resultan ser las más malas, las más fuertes, y por sobre todo, ellas son las que llevan las de ganar, siempre.
"Niebla Roja" la versión en español de la obra de Patri
Jason Henderson
Dec 31, 2011 Jason Henderson rated it really liked it
I have come to realize that I keep reading Kay Scarpetta novels-- and I always will-- is the same reason that these are no longer amazing procedural mysteries. Oh, they *were* back when the series started; they were excellent genre mysteries about an embattled medical examiner solving crimes. Now they're a soap opera. You read them to find out what is going through the mind of the main character and the supporting characters. The murders are really a MacGuffin. They must be-- Cornwell spends nea ...more
Dec 12, 2011 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well only got to p65 before the self-obsessed paranoia kicked-in. Why has Patricia Cornwell gone downhill so fast? In her last few novels her herione Kay Scarpetta (and perhaps Patricia herself?) has become obsessed that everything is about her and everyone is out to get her. Get over it - go back to the fantatsic thrillers that were your earlier work. I'm going to continue reading, but I'm going to be disappointed as usual.
Okay I've finished and it wasn't as bad as the last couple, in fact she
Dec 17, 2011 Erin rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-series
Just like with James Patterson's Alex Cross series these started out strong and have become jokes. And yet I still read them. I am totally part of the problem.

Kay Scarpetta is a paranoid, self-centered, miserable, awful human being. I wonder if Patricia Cornwell is too? This book is dull and contains the most hackneyed ending imaginable. I keep saying I'm not going to read these any more and this one may be it for me. Plus, TONS of typos. Bleh.
May 04, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it
Just not sure I can read another Scarpetta--and I used to love Cornwell's Scarpetta series. I would give this one three and a half stars--pretty good, but Cornwell seems to be struggling to find a place where she can add new regular characters to the roster, and Kay Scarpetta can find new challenges. She didn't accomplish that with this book.

The first half of the book is tediously chatty. Endless rounds of guarded, double-meaning conversations, where Kay verbally conquers a variety of foes--a fe
Julie H.
Sep 01, 2012 Julie H. rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Not the best in the Kay Scarpetta series by far, but certainly not the worst. Parts of this story were really intriguing, but I couldn't get past the fact that the savvy Dr. Scarpetta who deftly handled such potential foes as wily prison warden Tara Grimm, delusional convict Kathleen Lawler whose amoral choices resulted in the destruction of Kay's former employee Jack Fielding (among others), the highly manipulative tactics of former NYC attorney (and sometimes alter-ego) Jaime Berger, and a hos ...more
Feb 12, 2012 Amanda rated it it was ok
This one confused me. I had to check it out from the library twice with a gap in between but as I started it I was pretty excited that this seemed like it was going to be a great Scarpetta book. I used to really love this series but it just seemed to veer off track somewhere and I no longer buy the books.

I think this turned in to an okay Scarpetta book. Good but I'll honestly probably forget the plot within a month. This one is basically a continuation of the last book, where all sorts of murder
Jan 08, 2012 Maura rated it it was ok
This one took forever to get started - I was 200 pages in before things really started to happen. There's so much detail of every little thing Kay thinks and does; it's as though someone is describing a movie to you and telling you even the tiniest movement that every person makes. It gets boring.

The book begins with Kay Scarpetta, a medical examiner, getting involved against her will in an effort to prove the innocence of a woman on death-row in Georgia. There are all sorts of personal entangle
Pierre Rooyen
Jan 07, 2012 Pierre Rooyen rated it liked it

This is the second Cornwell novel that has disappointed me. My crit is overwriting, padding and stalling to progress the story.

A meeting and conversation with a prison inmate occupies the first 15% of the novel. Then unbelievably, a meeting with a colleague takes up the next 15%. By now, I'm bored. By the time I plod through 50% I want out.

One becomes lost in soliloquy, the mind of the narrator wondering on for ever. The characters are there to drive the story, but one barely sees or hears them.
May 02, 2015 Darlene rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, mystery
I have been reading the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell since she began writing them.Over the past several years, I had been finding that reading these novels had been becoming tedious.. that is, until I decided to listen to several in audiobook format. Most of the series has been narrated by Kate Burton (as is the case in this particular installment) and Kate Reading. I have discovered that the narration performed by these two women has breathed new life into the series for me.

In this
John Yelverton
Mar 08, 2012 John Yelverton rated it really liked it
Well done mystery book that keeps you guessing until the very end. The only downpoint is the language in the book.
Rachel Nowakowski
Sep 07, 2012 Rachel Nowakowski rated it it was amazing
Read nearly all of this in one day, just a smidgeon left over for the next! Not read a Scarpetta in ages and have read this out of sync but had a short yelp of glee when I realised that the story has moved on, Benton and Scarpetta are married and she has some happiness in her life. Have always loved the characters, the relationships between Kay and Marino, Kay and Lucy, and Kay and her various workmates are touchingly observed and well written. I am always annoyed at the negative comparisons bet ...more
Jan 21, 2012 Judy rated it liked it
I've read every book in Cornwell's Scarpetta series and lately I've been wondering why I keep doing it. It's like she hates her characters or something. There's annoying spoiled Lucy who has a permanent chip on her shoulder. Holier than thou Benton who does no wrong. Poor pitiful Pete who will always be hung up on some strong female character, mostly Kay, though Red Mist he was all hung up on Lucy's ex Jamie (what the hell is up with her?) Why can't he ever get over Kay and move on and grow up? ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
Mar 02, 2012 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it did not like it
Shelves: librarybooks
There are no more questions when people already have the answers.’

This is the nineteenth Kay Scarpetta novel so far published. In this novel, Kay Scarpetta travels to a prison near Savannah, Georgia because of a letter from an inmate. The inmate is Kathleen Lawler, a convicted sex offender who some 30 years previously had been sent to prison for seducing a 12-year-old boy called Jack Fielding. Jack Fielding, as readers of this series will know, was once Scarpetta's deputy chief medical officer i
Jun 21, 2012 Diane rated it it was ok
I said I'd never read another Scarpetta mystery but when I saw this in the library, I still picked it up. It actually was a bit better than her other more recent books. The technology aspect was toned down, Benson, Lucy and Marino were not as prominent in this book, there was more emphasis on medicine and science and there was a touch more discussion about cooking. Kay is still a mess, however. Still paranoid, self-involved and filled with self-loathing, still unable to communicate normally with ...more
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  • Mystery (Alex Delaware, #26)
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  • Silent Mercy (Alexandra Cooper, #13)
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Patricia Cornwell sold her first novel, Postmortem, in 1990 while working as a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. Postmortem, was the first bona fide forensic thriller. It paved the way for an explosion of entertainment featuring in all things forensic across film, television and literature.

Postmortem would go on to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony,
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Kay Scarpetta (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta, #1)
  • Body of Evidence (Kay Scarpetta, #2)
  • All That Remains (Kay Scarpetta, #3)
  • Cruel & Unusual (Kay Scarpetta, #4)
  • The Body Farm (Kay Scarpetta, #5)
  • From Potter's Field (Kay Scarpetta, #6)
  • Cause of Death (Kay Scarpetta, #7)
  • Unnatural Exposure (Kay Scarpetta, #8)
  • Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, #9)
  • Black Notice (Kay Scarpetta, #10)

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