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Red Mist (Kay Scarpetta #19)

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Kay Scarpetta has arranged to meet an inmate at the high-security Georgia Prison for Women. Against advice, she is determined to hear this woman out - she believes the prisoner may hold some answers to the murder of her former deputy. But soon she finds connections to a string of grisly killings.

As she learns more, Scarpetta is compelled to conclude that this is the only t
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Paperback, 501 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Sphere (first published January 1st 2011)
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Megan The early books I read out of order and could generally follow along. The only ones I regret not reading in order are Scarpetta and Scarpetta Factor.…moreThe early books I read out of order and could generally follow along. The only ones I regret not reading in order are Scarpetta and Scarpetta Factor. You'd think with such similar titles they should be interchangeable but oh boy are they not.(less)
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Charity Marie
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
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Sherrie
Jul 19, 2012 Sherrie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chris Wolak
Oct 04, 2011 Chris Wolak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
KRM
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
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Kelly
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
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
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Denise MacDonald
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

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.
Tracie
Nov 07, 2011 Tracie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Karen
Dec 28, 2011 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 24, 2011 Rick Fisher rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Michelle
Dec 18, 2011 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Susan Crowe
I have so much time invested in this series, I can't quit now. But they seem to be getting worse the farther along I get. I don't have the heart to give any of them less than 3*s but this one was more along the lines of 2*s. Lucy becomes more and more irritating and I expect Kay to snap any minute. Please, please, please, let The Bone Bed be better. I've switched to the audio books because if I tried to read them, I'd probably never finish them. I love you Kay Scarpetta and friends, or I definit ...more
Erin
Dec 10, 2011 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bryan Higgs
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
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Majo's Library.
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
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Jason Henderson
Dec 31, 2011 Jason Henderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jane
Nov 11, 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
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Julie H.
Aug 30, 2012 Julie H. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amanda
Feb 11, 2012 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nancy
May 04, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Maura
Jan 02, 2012 Maura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Pierre Rooyen

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.
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John Yelverton
Feb 17, 2012 John Yelverton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well done mystery book that keeps you guessing until the very end. The only downpoint is the language in the book.
Darlene
May 02, 2015 Darlene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jennifer (JC-S)
Jan 29, 2012 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Matt
Dec 20, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Cornwell blows the Scarpetta series out of the water in this explosive thriller. When Scarpetta heads down to Georgia to piece together the rationale behind the murder of a colleague, she comes face to face with the mother of this crazed psychopath. Scarpetta soon discovers that her presence in the Deep South is part of a larger plan, one that sees her pushed to her limits and in the crosshairs of this psychopath. When death row inmates begin dying, Scarpetta cannot help but agree to assist with ...more
Rachel Nowakowski
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
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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)
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