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All That Remains (Kay Scarpetta #3)

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In Richmond, Virginia, young lovers are dying. So far, four couples in the area have disappeared, only to be found months later as mutilated corpses. When the daughter of the president's newest drug czar vanishes along with her boyfriend, Dr. Kay Scarpetta knows time is short. Following a macabre trail of evidence that ties the present homicides to a grisly crime in the pa ...more
Hardcover, UK Edition, 374 pages
Published 1992 by Little, Brown (UK)
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James
The "Kay Scarpetta" mystery series by Patricia Cornwell was one of the first adult mystery book series I began reading. I also started these very young, around 13 or 14, which may not be the best thing for young adults if they don't have a strong sense of right/wrong and a stomach to handle really gory stuff. All That Remains is the third book in the series about a forensic medical examiner in Virginia who helps solve brutal crimes.



What I love about the early books is the relationship between th
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Baz M
Apr 25, 2017 Baz M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was another very easy read in the Scarpetta series.
Non-Scarpetta readers be advised, you do not need to start from the start. Each book is standalone and you can read them in any order.
This is another great book in the series by Cornwell. Some awesome settings with some great chilling scenes. Any crime and horror lover would enjoy this and find it very easy to fly through. High 4 stars
CAM ♔
The ending may not make your jaw drop as expected. There was a certain point that did shock me, (view spoiler) but I was expecting a little more from this one. However, I found myself more interested with its characters, because of how greatly they have developed and how they have faced all of their predicaments— both personal and professional. Hoping that the next books are better!

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"It’s difficult to be sensible when you want the best fo
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Sarah
Aug 19, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
23/3 - I just finished watching the last episode in season 10 of Bones on Foxtel and considering the fact that Channel 7 is only halfway through season 11 I don't think Foxtel will be getting its hands on it for some time, possibly not until next year even. Coming to the realisation that I might have to wait 12 months before I see a new episode of Bones sent me into almost immediate withdrawal, but then I looked at my to read list for March and had the epiphany of what's the next best thing afte ...more
Laura
This was a reread from over ten years ago, so it felt almost like new to me. I can always count on this series to keep the pages turning and the interest high. The ending was a little too......not pat. Maybe a little far-fetched? Convoluted. But definitely a worthwhile read. Looking forward to getting caught-up with this series. I think the next one will be a reread too and then I'll be in new territory.
AnnaBnana
Feb 04, 2009 AnnaBnana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
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Olga
May 02, 2012 Olga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Conditioned by my previous experiences with detective novels whenever I begin a Scarpetta book I expect a straightforward mystery, and every time Cornwell crafts a story that's everything but. Oh, there is a mystery alright, but there is also a very strong human element and the more I get to know Kay Scarpetta and her circle the more clearly I see it. It is possible of course that this human element is becoming more prominent, with every consecutive book being more about the people than the crim ...more
Daniel
Feb 28, 2012 Daniel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm in the minority, according to the reviews, but I had to put my two cents in after thoroughly reading Patricia Cornwell's novel, All That Remains.

Although they're not the first thing I reach for when I want a good read, I quite enjoy a good intrigue/mystery novel. Jeffery Deaver's The Devil's Teardrop, for instance, impressed me quite a bit. I can appreciate a well done and suspenseful crime novel just as much as the die-hard fans.

That having been said, I was less than impressed with this boo
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Susan
May 31, 2009 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NOBODY
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Meags
3 Stars

This was another easy and engaging murder-mystery by Cornwell.

In this 3rd instalment, medical examiner, Kay Scarpetta, becomes embroiled (yet again) in a murder case in which several young couples have been kidnapped and murdered in the woods of Virginia by an unknown assailant.

Once again Kay is joined by cop Marino and FBI profiler Benton while working the case. Unfortunately, I'm still unfeeling towards this cast of characters, but fortunately I enjoy the mystery plots enough to conti
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Mochacocafan
Pros of this book:

-The protagonist is not in any way, shape or form a Mary Sue
-she's....somewhat good at her job
-there is blood and no over-romanticizing death
-they're realistic
-the plot makes sense
-there are no LOLWHUT / DOESNOTCOMPUTE moments
-the details are interesting

Cons:

-the swearing and slang feel unnatural for every character
-there are some dumb, overused stereotypes
-I get the sense from this book that every killer is an idiot
-the killer is an idiot
-the main character is incredibly flat
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Susan
Kay Scarpetta is a medical examiner who has been trying to solve a case concerning a serial killer for many years. No evidence is ever found at the murder sights and she cannot find cause of death for any of the victims. The story started out interesting and the characters were believable, however, about three quarters of the way through the mystery became convoluted. To many what if's and conjectures with not enough evidence to support some of the theory's. I was going to rate it a four because ...more
Cat Fu (carocat)
I'd criticised Postmortem and Body of Evidence for the actual crime solving where all the things they did wouldn't really amount to catching the murderer and All that Remains is no different though, strangely, even more infuriating. Full spoilers for this and future books follow.

Just like BoE, I somehow never read this book before, but that didn't make it a better experience. A number of small mentions did feel familiar, such as the drama with the initialed cartridge, though maybe that's a recur
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Ana Goulart
Feb 27, 2017 Ana Goulart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gosto das personagens desta série policial, estão bem construídas, são interessantes, assim como as relações que mantêm entre si - gosto sobretudo da personagem principal, a médica legista Kay Scarppetta, e o detetive Marino. Aquilo de que não gostei tanto foi da abordagem policial tipicamente americana, demasiadamente centrada na ação, que sofre inúmeras voltas e contravoltas devido a enganos provocados por teorias da conspiração ligada são FBI e à CIA. Não aprecio muito este género.
aPriL does feral sometimes
'All That Remains' is third in the Dr. Kay Scarpetta murder mystery series. She is Chief Medical Examiner for the state of Virginia, and besides doing a lot of autopsies, she solves murders!

Scarpetta usually begins her days thus:

"Saturday, the last day of August, I started work before dawn. I did not witness mist burning off the grass or the sky turning brilliant blue. Steel tables were occupied by bodies all morning, and there are no windows in the morgue. Labor Day weekend had begun with a ba
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Al Tarancón
Apr 14, 2009 Al Tarancón rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporaneo, crimen
I wrote this review in my blog when i read this. And luckily... A couple daya ago i was checking the Cornwell books in here, trying to remember which one have i read, and they all looked the same... Not a good sign...

La reseña que sigue la escribi en mi blog cuando lo lei. Y por suerte... Hace unos dias estaba repasando los libros de Cornwell, tratando de recordar cual era el que me habia leido, y todos me parecian iguales... No muy buena señal...
The first book i read from this author, and almos
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mark monday
Aug 31, 2010 mark monday rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murdertime
although the novel itself is rather forgettable, the central characterization is memorable. dry, formidable, determined, prone to various neurotic relationships... kay scarpetta is a strong creation. unfortunately the forensic science takes a backseat to the police procedural aspects in this entry in the long-running series. and i still can't help but question why a coroner finds herself in these various predicaments. the odd way in which protagonists find themselves involved in murder is part o ...more
Lemniscat
Okay book. Refreshing with a crime novel that does not follow the typical death/murder-investigating-main character gets into trouble/gets abducted-plot.
Lianne - Literary Diversions
Huh, I don't know why I didn't mark this one as read sooner! I finished it weeks ago. Whoops. Review to follow!
Matt
Dec 20, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Cornwell adds another Scarpetta novel that entertains as well as educates the interested reader. After a string of couples are found murdered, miles from their vehicles, Scarpetta begins to wonder if there`s a serial killer on the loose. When a high-ranking politician turns up to be a parent to one of the slain women, the OCME (Office of the Chief Medical Examiner) kicks things up into high gear. Why were these couples chosen and why haven them leave their vehicles before killing them? How long ...more
Selva Subramanian
It is a good one if not very good. I like Kay Scarpetta, the main detective in Cornwell's books, maybe because she is a woman and hence she brings a certain vulnerability to the role. She carries a weapon alright but I tend to worry for her when she is following a clue all by herself and feel assured when she has company. It is a funny feeling. Another USP of Cornwell's books is the heavy reliance of forensics. I have read serial killer novels and have watched quite a few movies too and I have a ...more
Emily
Apr 27, 2012 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A series of young couples are being abducted in the Richmond area, their bodies found months later in the woods. This leaves little for Kay to go on when determining cause of death and few clues for police to follow up. When the daughter of a prominent politician becomes one of the victims the case becomes more important than ever, but with accusations of conspiracies and cover-ups by federal agencies, the truth is even harder to find.
I appreciate the attention Cornwell gives to the detail of th
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Jeff Brateman
Mar 18, 2010 Jeff Brateman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm, usually I like books that take me into a fantasy world, one that cannot be obtained except by reading. This book is more of a conversation you have with a friend. I think sometimes, "wow, glad that's not me" and move on with my life. I am pretty sure the Dirk Pitt books did so much more than that, and they still sucked. Maybe this one should have recieved a -3 rating, but I want to remain consistent with my rating system. Oh oh, this book also lacked a climax. I don't think books that leave ...more
Scott Brook
Nov 15, 2016 Scott Brook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another solid entry in the Scarpetta catalog. I actually enjoyed this one a little more than Postmortem and Body of Evidence. The story, to me, was a little more intriguing and flushed out compared to the previous novels.

Scarpetta finds herself involved in multiple deaths of young couples over the span of several years. The story takes turns through possible political and/or military happenings. Definitely worth the read.
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
I'm trapped in bed with Strep Throat and Kay Scarpetta. This is a serious who-done-it that is working for me on all levels. This the kind of procedural mystery for me. We have a bad guy and the good guys that have no connection with each other other than the chase. Marino is becoming more well-rounded and I see a real partnership evolving between them without loosing the salt I think they both sprinkle in each other's wounds.
Erin
May 31, 2010 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
UGH! I was trucking along, really enjoying the story, and then the last 2 or 3 chapters hit. And they were lame. It was almost as if the author was typing and realized she needed to get to the grocery store before it closed, so she decided to end the book and call it a day. Terrible ending!

Still, I will read the others in this series because I liked the characters and the story, until the very end.

Tom Swift
Jan 27, 2016 Tom Swift rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read 3 of these in a row. Really good.
JoAnn Ainsworth
Apr 03, 2017 JoAnn Ainsworth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kept me turning pages.
Brendan Nicholls
Apr 25, 2016 Brendan Nicholls rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thing with these books are the decision to take the reader on a huge unbelievable story that throws logic to the wind. I initially found this story was going in this direction but it finally twisted into something much different than the first two books. Kay remains a solid lead and is flawed in her own right, her love life is an utter mess and she isn't the strongest lead character out there. Marino is my favourite supporting character and his interaction with Kay are hilarious at times, he ...more
Dahl
Aug 28, 2011 Dahl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: policiaca-negra
Hace varios años compré una novela en bolsillo de serie negra. Recuerdo que la leí, me tuvo entretenida e incluso llegué a comprar otra novela de la misma autora, que nunca llegué a leer. Hasta ahí toda mi relación con Patricia Cornwell.

No podría decir por qué no volví a leer una novela suya. No son obras maestras de la literatura, pero para mí, la idea de un buen libro es aquel que te absorbe y te hace olvidar que el mundo existe durante el rato que dura la lectura. Y, en ese sentido, cumplen s
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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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Other Books in the Series

Kay Scarpetta (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta, #1)
  • Body of Evidence (Kay Scarpetta, #2)
  • Cruel & Unusual (Kay Scarpetta, #4)
  • The Body Farm (Kay Scarpetta, #5)
  • From Potter's Field (Kay Scarpetta, #6)
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