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The Body Farm (Kay Scarpetta #5)

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Kay Scarpetta is back, consulting forensic pathologist for the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, in her grittiest and most compelling case yet. In rural North Carolina, the brutal murder of eleven-year-old Emily Steiner has shaken a small town. But more disturbing are the details of the crime, chillingly reminiscent of the handiwork of a serial killer who has eluded the unit ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 351 pages
Published October 1995 by Berkley (first published 1994)
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Debbie
Sep 10, 2011 Debbie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Arrgh! From the misnomered title (A 'body farm' is only in a small portion of the book) to the implausible plot--how did this get past editors??? SPOILER!!! For starters...Only 3 people work at this TOP SECRET section of the FBI and 2 are dismissed because of malfeasance??? One has a dubious past and 'lied' on her application??? Come on!!! Our protagonist easily found that out, but NOBODY from the bureau vetted this crooked employee? Geez! Give me a break! I'm willing to suspend a bit of logic b ...more
Lee
Jan 29, 2010 Lee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Do I like PC or do I not like PC? I'm tending toward the latter with this book. It's the 2nd PC book I've read. Kay is unappealing as a main character, and grows even moreso the more I read her. Is it believable that she has all of these incredible insights into fingerprints, car wrecks, etc. that ever other law enforcement agency & specialty misses? Please! Are we to be ambivilent and accepting of the fact that she is an active accomplice in marriage-wrecking? Above and beyond this, there's ...more
Sarah
Mar 28, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
29/3 - I agree with the other reviewers who said that the title of this book is misleading, this book is more about the FBI than it is the body farm. It would have made more sense to name it Quantico or something else that refers to where a lot of the book is located, instead of a very interesting place that really only gets a mention near the beginning and a quick visit at the end. If a book is titled The Body Farm you would expect the body farm to make a big impact on the story, possibly for t ...more
Erin
I am still not sure if I dislike the author's writing, or if the books are just so old that I dislike the books because they are just that dated.

The stupid Lucy storyline:
1)There has never been any indication prior to this book that there was any reason to even hint that Lucy had an addictive personality, and or had a problem with drinking. So, it's amazing how in only the course of one book, Lucy became this supposed alcoholic.
2)The lesbian storyline. I think Patricia was starting to question h
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Chinablue_25 West Bostedor
This book was fast paced and complicated with a twist. I really liked it! Scarpetta's relationship with Wesley changes from professional/friendship to an affair. This upsets me because he is married and Scarpetta has met his wife on a few occasions and likes her very much. What bothers me most is Scarpetta feels no remorse whatsoever. Nor does Wesley. Because of the change that goes on with Wesley and Scarpetta's relationship it makes Morino very upset and you start to realize that he has feelin ...more
Danielle Beaulieu
Mar 06, 2013 Danielle Beaulieu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am new to reading Patricia Cornwell and I have so far read two of her books, which unfortunately I did out of order. Despite my little snafu though, I have found that I really enjoy her books and her writing style. This (like probably most of her books) was a thriller/suspense and it definitely kept my attention throughout the whole book, as I constantly read quickly to see what was going to happen next. Cornwell is really good about developing characters that you care about and despite their ...more
Matt
Dec 14, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
In the fifth mystery/thriller, Cornwell has introduced so much about which praise is deserved. Picking up the threads left in the previous novel, Scarpetta has agreed to advise the FBI on some of its cases, to create a better mechanism by which to catch the seediest. Scarpetta's niece joins her at Quantico, on an internship and seeks to forge her own paths. With the murder of a young girl, all fingers point at the elusive serial killer who got away in 'Cruel and Unusual', leaving Scarpetta to de ...more
Lisa H.
May 20, 2011 Lisa H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was my introduction to Patricia Cornwell and her character, Kay Scarpetta; also my introduction to the concept of a "body farm", a forensic testing facility that puts cadavers in various environments over long periods to determine their effects on the corpse (the point being to be able to determine cause and time of death despite extensive decomposition.)

Let's just say I was sufficiently compelled by the writing and interested enough in the characters to go back and read the previous
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_inbetween_
Aug 09, 2008 _inbetween_ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ten pages to go but I gotta expurge some of the annoyed boredom now. The only reason I read two Cornwells in two days was that I was waiting for mail, but it enhances the flaws of her writing (or logic? I can't even say). Where no. 4 had been just boring and unpleasant and boringly unpleasant, in no. 5 now all the same people involved have completely forgotten that in the case they are actually following up here, fingerprints had already been unreliable. Yet now nobody even seems to doubt them. ...more
Baz M
Jun 26, 2016 Baz M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm usually a bit of a stinge when it comes to star ratings and very rarely give out 5s.
This is definitely worth a 5. I've never read this author before and very rarely read this genre. But the setting (Autumn in the US east coast mountains), the characters and the investigation absolutely spoke to me.
This was very easy to read, not so easy to put down and I would recommend to anybody, particularly those that don't usually read this genre.
Will be following this author going forward.
rivka
Nov 09, 2008 rivka rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scarpetta fans
Shelves: mystery
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Selvakumar Subramanian
This one was disappointing especially after the lofty standards set by Port Mortem. I even kind of lost interest in the middle but just about managed to complete it.
Holly
Jul 25, 2016 Holly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016
Again I have a love hate relationshp. I hate that the title has a minor part in the book. Not a whole lot of Body Farm in the book. I think it's dumb when Kay is freaking out about the super villain Gault and keeps a loaded gun with her at all times. She goes to bed with it, she takes it into the bathroom with her, all the time...except when she visits a church. Because that would "not seem right to take a gun into church". But it seems right to take one into the toilet. Lucy's lesbianism and al ...more
Don Kaiser
Jan 10, 2012 Don Kaiser rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I must be missing something. I see an awful lot of positive reviews for this terrible book. I've seen episodes of "Murder She Wrote," or even "Scooby Doo" with a more plausible story line. Don't waste your time on this crap.
Laura Nagle
Like the previous books in the series, I read it fast because I couldn't put the dang thing down. I've never read mystery or dead-people-everywhere kinds of books, but I am sucked into these.
Sabrina
May 27, 2016 Sabrina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: die hard cornwell fans, skip it book
I hated this book! I liked the first four in the series and thought I'd enjoy this one too but alas I was so turned off I am seriously considering if I want to read anymore in this series or just give up here and now. There were just so many bad things about this book, it started from the title shit went downhill from there. I may not have a medical, criminal/law enforcement, or lawyers degree but that doesn't mean I'm an idiot.

First the book is titled The Body Farm. This would imply that it (th
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Sherri F.
3 to 3.5 stars

This is #5 in Dr. Kay Scarpetta series and #4, 5 & 6 are kind of a mini-series/triology w/in a series. I really like this series (and have read several books in it & not all in order) and started to give this a 4, albeit a weak 4 (or 3.5+) but then I read the one right after it (actual 4, 5 & 6 within 6 days b/c they are lead-in to #9 which I was trying to read for a Buddy Read--BTW, now re-reading those first 10 pages again of #9 Point of Origin (& prob. more throu
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Yvonne
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Finished reading: November 29th 2014
Rating 3

“Sometimes I saw his eyes in my sleep, saw them bright like blue glass staring through a barely opened door leading into a strange, dark room filled with a putrid smell.”

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Sarai
Feb 23, 2010 Sarai rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, mystery
Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Virginia and FBI consultant, investigates the murder of an 11-year-old girl, whose mutilation brings to mind an escaped killer met in a previous book. Evidence prompts Scarpetta to request that certain experiments be made at the University of Tennessee's Body Farm. Meanwhile, she investigates the probably related apparent suicide of a local FBI agent. Scarpetta's computer-whiz niece Lucy, who works at FBI headquarters at Quantico, is ...more
Thom Swennes
Aug 20, 2012 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of suspense, mystery and murder
First published in 1994, The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell features Dr. Kate Scarpetta, a forensic pathologist working for the FBI along the eastern seaboard of the United States. Kate has the further distinction of being also a lawyer which puts her above many of her colleagues. At first glance the stories and characters seem closely paralleled with the Rizzoli and Isles characters introduced by Tess Gerritsen. On closer examination the differences become more and more apparent. Kate Scarpetta ...more
Emily
Jun 22, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a young girl is murdered in a similar way to Eddie Heath from the last book, Kay is worried that her failure to catch Temple Gault has cost another life. However, the investigation becomes more and more bizarre, leading detectives to believe this might be the work of a copy-cat, a local weirdo or someone else entirely. Complicating matters, Kay's niece, Lucy, is now working for the bureau in the computer department and it looks like she's been caught stealing classified information. Kay has ...more
Charlynn
Mar 11, 2012 Charlynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Familiar with what a body farm is due to reading Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan novels, I expected the title location to play a larger role in Cornwell's book. For example, perhaps the killer was using a body farm to murder and then hide his or her victims' remains. Instead, though, the farm was used to merely simulate the days following eleven year old Emily Steiner's death, a young girl who was shot in the head, sexually molested, and had pieces of her skin excised to remove bite marks, reca ...more
Rebecca
Aug 30, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked this trade paperback up from a friend who was moving and cleaning out her bookshelves. The 2 star rating is purely for personal reasons; I should stick to cloak and dagger British countryside mysteries instead of thrillers. As thrillers go, I think this one is decent, fast-paced and easy to read. However, I did have the killer identified early in the book (#5 in the Kay Scarpetta series), and it was hard to understand the somewhat convoluted personal relationships of the characters with ...more
Amanda
Apr 11, 2015 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Cheryl
Jul 04, 2009 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I've watched too much CSI because I had the culprit pegged very early in the book. I still enjoyed it, but it would have been better I'm sure if I'd read the previous books in the series. A problem with this story is the stereotypical way the locals are portrayed. Being a local living in western North Carolina, I feel slightly offended by the insinuations about clueless local cops, mentally challenged mountain dwellers, and other stock character elements. Thank heaven this gal from the b ...more
Stacey Barber
Oct 12, 2014 Stacey Barber rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: flops
Waaay to descriptive, annoyingly boring! By the time you finish a rambling of the back story on one of the main character's co-workers who isn't even really pertinent to the story itself, you've almost forgotten what you've previously read and are utterly confused as to where the story is even going...about a quarter of the way in I began getting frustrated asking aloud "what is your point woman!?". By the way, for those who don't know, a body farm is a research facility where human decompositio ...more
Edward Beavers
Oct 20, 2014 Edward Beavers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The absentee farm

I guess that the title was only in deference to the actual "body farm" as it's brief appearance was so short that it's hard to see why the book his titled that way. I enjoyed the book but the title and use of the farm is a significant step in the process of solving the victim's murder.
Marty
Jun 05, 2013 Marty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was hard to rate this book, but eventualy I settled on a 3 star, barely a recommendation. I know many folks love Patricia Cornwell. This is the first book I've read of hers. It's a great page turner with sparse, but excellent descriptions. She is good with metaphors, but she also adds too many forensic details. I wasn't interested in the specific gas, methylxxx something or other, that a body gives off. It just smells is good enough. Also the climax arrived and ended abruptly with little susp ...more
Ellen
Jul 10, 2016 Ellen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Want a rainy day read that'll keep you on the edge of your couch? Cornwell's got you covered.
Tom Swift
Another solid story about Kay Scarpetta, the head ME for the state of Virginia.
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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.

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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)
  • From Potter's Field (Kay Scarpetta, #6)
  • Cause of Death (Kay Scarpetta, #7)
  • Unnatural Exposure (Kay Scarpetta, #8)
  • Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, #9)
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