From Potter's Field (Kay Scarpetta, #6)
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In From Potter's Field, #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell once again enters the chilling world of Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia and consulting forensic pathologist for the FBI. Upon examining a dead woman found in snowbound Central Park, Scarpetta immediately recognizes the grisly work of Temple Brooks Gault, a bold, brilliant k...more
Paperback, 369 pages
Published August 1st 1996 by Berkley (first published 1995)
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Steven
Boy! This booked pissed me off!

Normally I would give this book a better review, but no. This book has all the angst and mystery that you expect from a Patricia Cornwell novel. The plot is a continuation of a storyline started in a previous novel, the pursuit of Temple Gault. Gault is just as dark and manipulative as in the other books and you race to the climax of the book to see if he will get away to torment Kay Scarpetta in the next novel, or will this chapter finally reach its conclusion?

Aft...more
Brigid Keely
"From Potter's Field," by Patricia Cornwell, is the 6th book in the Kay Scarpetta series... a series that is increasingly frustrating for me as a reader.

There are some things that Cornwell does really well, and some things she does poorly. The scene were an out-of-control and panicked Scarpetta tries to regain control and calm by making dinner for everyone despite not having groceries? That's a wonderful scene, emotional and true and very in character. The increasingly dark and gross portrayal...more
_inbetween_
The at-least-three novels that were all "about" Temple Gault (birth name, srsly) showed an obvious progression, or is it digression when it gets worse? The problem was less that I have a dozen of those books, it's that the two I bought outside the series are now spoiled to me. I had really liked Hornet's Net and thought it smart and witty and showing a different type of m/f relationship, so I ran to get the follow up - then never read it. NOW I see how Cornwell went from her first novels (which...more
Kari Ramirez
Ugh. Worst series ever. I gave Kay Scarpetta a heroic try, dragging myself through 6 awful books waiting for things to get better, but they never did. At least the boring Temple Gault (horrendous name by the way) is over and done with. I have so many gripes about this series it's hard to know where to begin.

First off, isn't she the medical examiner? Shouldn't she be doing more corpse examining? Why is she always running off somewhere to go investigate? I understand the consultant forensic pathol...more
Elizabeth Penrose
Dr. Kay Scarpetta is a medical examiner and FBI consultant. For years she has helped the government track the notorious serial killer Temple Gault, whose victims are easily recognized due to his distinct killing patterns. After eluding capture over a long period of time, Gault begins killing again, and Scarpetta and her partner Pete Marino are sent to investigate the body of Gault’s latest victim. The pair meet up with Commander Frances Penn, Chief Benton Wesley, and several other FBI and police...more
Anne Hawn Smith
I am liking Kay Scarpetta less and less. She seems bossy, intolerant except to her neurotic niece, and anything but a team member. She chooses to ignore some evidence which is painful to the reader. I felt like shouting at her at times. Why is it that so many main characters do so many stupid things in their investigations which land them in grave danger? I realize that the danger is part of the plot, but there are plenty of danger spots in a real investigation without doing something that your...more
Chinablue_25 West Bostedor
Excellent book. Once again Cornwell has produced a fast paced action packed book. You can just feel the tension. Two books ago Gault (the bad guy) was introduced to the series and finally in this book it comes to a close. The only thing I didn't like was it left you hanging on whether or not Carrie (Gaults accomplice and Scarpettas niece's ex lover) was caught. If she hasn't been then I am quite sure we haven't seen the last of her. Once again Scarpetta is still having her affair with her collea...more
Matt
Cornwell returns with a captivating novel that seeks to tie together the loose threads from the previous two. With a serial killer still on the loose, Scarpetta becomes his main focus, after being offered up an odd Christmas present. When an unidentified woman is found murdered in Central Park, Scarpetta goes to investigate as part of the FBI consulting team. Trying to piece things together, Scarpetta soon realises that the killer, Temple Gault, is more interested in ensuring that all the killin...more
Heather
Perhaps _From Potter's Field_ was not the best Patricia Cornwall book for me to start with. I always hear the hype about the Kay Scarpetta books, but the quality of the writing and the author's knowledge of her subject seems, well, weak. I had always assumed Cornwall was or had been a medical examiner. Halfway through _From Potter's Field_ I found myself looking for her bio and was not at all surprised that she actually had been a crime reporter and worked as tech writer and a computer analyst i...more
Thom Swennes
Sep 05, 2012 Thom Swennes rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To everyone
Story plots are generally constructed by opposites; heroes and villains, the better the one, the more diabolically contrasting the other; in From Potter’s Field by Patricia Cornwell pits Medical Examiner/Forensic Pathologist Kate Scarpetta against the ever illusive and increasingly unpredictable and violent psychopath Temple Brooke Gault. Kate moves north of Virginia to the Big Apple where her arch-enemy has started again. An unknown and naked woman is found murdered in the snows of Central Park...more
Peggy Barker
From Potters Field was the most riveting story I've read so far from the Scarpetta series. Captain Marino was a riot, as usual, and Lucy is growing up whether her Auntie Kay likes it or not. Benton Wesley seems more uptight as the FBI gets closer to capturing Temple Brooks Gault. Since Gault appeared in #4 and wasn't caught in #5, I was more than happy to bid good riddance to that psychopath in #6. Hooray!!!!

Kay is feeling insecure because of Benton's actions and I honestly hope that she lets go...more
Paul
I'm probably being generous with a 2-star rating. I didn't think much of this book. A few good scenes, but overall it wasn't very thrilling or suspenseful and the climax was a let down. This is my second Cornwell read, and I didn't particularly like the Scarpetta character in the last one ("The Body Farm") and I really don't like the character now. And I don't like Cornwell's writing--which goes hand in hand with not liking the Scarpetta character since she writes in the first person. There's se...more
Iblena
Que el personaje creado por Patricia Cornwell sea antipático, egocéntrico y megalómano, no me molesta..de hecho me resultan hasta simpáticos los delirios de persecución de la Dra Scarpetta. Lo que no soporto es la manera tan previsible en la que se desarrollan sus historias, quedándose simplemente en entretenidas. Pero la lectura de Una Muerte Sin Nombre ha generado el interés que en su momento me produjo Postmorten y Jota De Corazones. Novela adictiva y con un alto nivel de intriga y suspenso....more
Carmen
Once again Kay Scarpetta is matching wits with Gault. This time he makes it more personal as he takes possessions from her and invades her space. Along the way he continues to murder people. Gault is no longer just a killer to Dr. Kay, but someone whom she comes to know better so that she can stop him. The search takes her from South Carolina to New York City and gets her into trouble with one of the armed services. Who prevails? Does he remain alive to appear in another novel? Skillfully writte...more
Duncan Mandel
1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns to the chilling world of gutsy medical examiner Kay Scarpetta in this suspense classic.

An unidentified nude female sits propped against a fountain in Central Park. There are no signs of struggle. When Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her colleagues Benton Wesley and Pete Marino arrive on the scene, they instantly recognize the signature of serial killer Temple Brooks Gault. Scarpetta, on assignment with the FBI, visits the New York City morgue on Christmas m

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Luke Maraffi
This fast paced crime fiction novel is a classic example of a suspenseful, well rounded, intriguing and very complicated mysterious story. While trying to unravel why a dead body was found in Central Park around Christmas, the evidence that mounts to a thrilling and heavily evolved case is described throughout this whole book. Cornwell's novel successfully captures the intensity of such a harsh crime and what comes with analyzing and evaluating who did it. This novel really demonstrates how invo...more
Katie Lee
หมอเคย์ สการ์เพตต้า - ไม่มีอะไรโดดเด่น นอกจากมนุษย์ป้าวัยกลางคนนางหนึ่งที่เหมือนจะเป็นตัวเด่นของเรื่อง แต่ก็ไม่มีความชัดเจน นอกจากนางแอบลักลอกเป็นชู้กับเพื่อนร่วมงานที่มีเมียแล้ว

พล็อตเรื่อง - ฆาตกรโหดชื่อ "กอลต์" ที่ฆ่าสาวนิรนาม ซึ่งสุดท้ายปรากฏว่าเป็นน้องสาวของตัวเอง เพราะความอิจฉา อยากได้รองเท้าบูธ และความอิจฉาในวัยเด็ก( แอ๊ะ !?! wtf ) สำหรับคนที่ดู Criminal minds หรือ CSI มาก่อน คงหงุดหงิดไม่น้อย เพราะกว่าจะวิเคราะห์โปรไฟล์คนร้ายได้ปาไปครึ่งเล่ม กว่าจะหาเอกลักษณ์บุคคลของเหยื่อก็ค่อนเล่ม และแ...more
Kathryn
This novel is the sixth book in the series starring Kay Scarpetta, the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Virginia. I found it to be a very good book, although I do consider it a bad sign when even I figure out one of the major plot points half-way through the book. (If I were a hunting dog, I’d go baying after every red herring dragged across my path.)


The book begins on a very cold Christmas Eve in Richmond, Virginia, with Scarpetta and Pete Marino (now a Precinct Captain) assisting the lo...more
Jeffrey Bruff
I'm a huge fan of Kate Scarpetta and Patricia Cornwell she doe an excellent job of keeping her character sympathetic and interesting. Which when you write many books about the same person can be a challenge.She also has a way making the villain hateful yet you want to know about him or her.Her heroine appears brilliant but also suffers from the same thing s the rest of us do.All and all another fine read
Alexa
I picked this up off the shelf in the office kitchen. I've read others by Cornwell and enjoyed them well enough but this one didn't do it for me. The protagonist is abrasive and irrational and I just didn't care about the resolution.
Kendra Jo
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Emily-Jane Orford
You can’t judge a book by its cover. Certainly not if it’s highlighted with the label: #1 New York Times Best Seller. What do they do with these labels? Sell them. They must. It certainly doesn’t say much for the label when the book doesn’t live up to the accolades. This was the first book that I read by this author and I must say I was disappointed. There was a good plot – somewhere in the story. But I was lost on the first page and that is never a good sign. The book started with a long, run-o...more
J.L. Campbell
I enjoyed this book because Scarpetta was pitted against someone crafty intelligent, a risk taker who kept me turning the pages. Having not read a Scarpetta novel in years, I was surprised by her relationship with Wesley (who is married), but was relieved that neither of them tried to justify what they were doing.

The complex relationships within the story tied in with Gault, who also had his own familial issues. Scarpetta herself seemed beset by troubling relationships – the one with Wesley, he...more
Tara
I feel like I'm power walking through this series. I'm unemployed (hopefully temporarily) and have started a lot of house projects- cleaning reorganizing, throwing away... SO the audio book is great to listen to. This book is heading in the right direction. I read the blurbs ahead so I know I'm not going to be happy, but I still keep hoping for something different. In this book we visit again the case that started started 3 books ago. The big bad becomes a sort of nemesis to Kay, but it feels fo...more
Emily
So glad to be done with this extended Temple Gault plot, and it will be interesting to see if Cornwell reverts to a one-mystery-per-book format in the next one. The most fascinating part of this was Kay's interrogation of Gault's parents, and it was over too soon. The rest of the book was made up with extensive travelling back and forth between New York, Virginia and South Carolina. The relationships between Kay and her niece Lucy as well as between Kay and Wesley are not developed or resolved m...more
Charlynn
From Potter's Field is the penultimate showdown between the series' heroine Doctor Kay Scarpetta and her most hated nemesis, the psychopathic serial killer Temple Gault. Instead of a new sweater for Christmas or a set of DVD's, Kay travels to New York City where Gault has displayed yet another one of his victims for her – naked, anonymous, and shot through the head. This is only the beginning of the Gault's latest string of murders, though, and, this time, things have become personal between him...more
I_love_books
Ich bin ein riesiger Fan von der Scarpetta-Reihe und bisher habe ich nur Scarpetta-Hörbücher gehört, welche von Franziska Pigulla vorgelesen wurden. Deswegen muss ich als erstes zugeben, dass ich eine ganze Weile brauchte, um mich an die - für mich neue - Sprecherstimme von Ulrike Folkerts zu gewöhnen. Aber keine Angst, Frau Folkerts ist eine ebenso gute Scarpetta-Sprecherin, wie Frau Pigulla :-)


"Die Tote ohne Namen" ist das sechste Scarpetta-Buch von Patricia Cornwell und die Handlung beginnt z...more
Nicol
Finally the conclusion to Temple Gault mystery. I know other readers find Kay obnoxious, but I don't. I do however find her making typical mistakes in this novel as her life spirals out of control that are frustrating to say the least. However, it is actually Lucy that annoys me in this book, well really only in the last twenty pages. She does something so stupid! But I won't delve into it in case you have not read it. Oh another thing, I read other reviews about why Kay even speaks to Marino -...more
Vanessa
The first two books in this series were so good in a haute popcorn suspense kind of way that I kept reading this series long after it deteriorated in quality, the seeds of which were as early as book #3 although I still kind of liked that book. I can't believe I read all the way to #6 before I gave up.

I'm not going to make a laundry list of complaints because they are essentially the same as everyone else's. They boil down to too much reliance on the omniscient boogie man Temple Gault, too many...more
Francis P.
Top Dog Book(s) Review – Cornwell, Patricia: “From Potters Field”; Cornwell, Patricia: “Port Mortuary”

There are myriad unread books lying around my house from who knows where. I came across “From Potters Field” lurking on a shelf since I don’t know when. Maybe I bought it while on vacation; maybe somebody lent it to me and I never gave it back.

Generally, I am not a literary snob. I enjoy different genres. I do not automatically shun popular authors who turn out “series books”. I looked forward...more
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“Blood squirted as his transected femoral artery haemorrhaged to the rhythm of his horrible heart.
- From Potter's Field”
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