Cause of Death (Kay Scarpetta #7)
It was like she took everything that was s...more
But by this stage in the series - Cause of Death is the 7th Kay Scarpetta novel - Cornwell had well and truly lost the plot, both figuratively and literally.
At her best, Cornwell had always written rather plodding, uninventive...more
An investigative reporter is found dead in Virginia's icy waters ... New Year's Eve and the final murder scene of Virginia's bloodiest year takes Scarpetta thirty feet below the Elizabeth River's icy surface. A diver, Ted Eddings, is dead, an investigative reporter who was a favourite at the Medical Examiner's office. Was Eddings probing the frigid depths of the Inactive Shipyard for a story, or simply diving for sunken trinkets? And why did Scarpetta recei...more
I found the plot moderately interesting, but the writing style habitually annoyed me. And I didn’t particularly love the main character. Maybe if it was written in the third person, I would have liked her better. But instead I found her a little arrogant. While I enjoy a strong female lead, KS’s self-confidence came o...more
Dr. Kay Scarpetta plunges into the murky depths of a ship graveyard to recover the very human remains of Ted Eddings, an investigative reporter. Together with her niece Lucy and police captain Pete Marino, Scarpetta will follow the scents of death and violence to the heart of sinister darkness.
*San Francisco ChronicleAmazon.com Review
Patricia Cornwell's heroine Dr. Kay Scarpetta is back; this time to solve the mystery of the death of an Associated Press reporter who was killed while nosing a...more
Het verhaal - dat overigens begint in hartje winter, tijdens de feestdagen, alwéér - is ronduit "flauw" en al helemaal geen "whodunnit". Cornwell brengt een item aan dat destijds "hot" was (kernwapens en Libië) en versmoort dat in een overdosis persoonlijk drama (de relatie tussen Kay en Benton ; drankverslaafd, beeldschoon, hoogbegaafd, lesbisch én anorectisch nichtje Lucy dat desondanks haar...more
It is the last day of the year, and Dr. Scarpetta is in the Tidewater of Virginia, covering for her Deputy Chief for that area (who is in England due to the death...more
The book is full of technical stuff, sometimes purposely inserted. Does the ordinary public even care about the make of guns or what the occipital bone is or how exactly a naval boat operates? I found myself skipping these parts and soon enough got hopelessly lost b...more
One thing that surprised me was that this book started off like the others in the series; there’s a mysterious death in which Kay Scarpetta begins to investigate, some strange things start happening and then all of a sudden there are terrorists and it just real...more
Frankly, it's getting old.
I really like forensic science stuff and would love to see Dr Scarpetta handling a wide range of cases, or even following a single case start to finish, while interacting with her family, friends,...more
Dr. Kay Scarpetta is the Chief Medical Examiner for the state of Virginia and an FBI consultant. She has multiple degrees and is a tough, smart lady. She has spent a lot of time proving herself in a typically male career and usually comes out on top in any power struggle.
There are enough other reviews that give you a synopsis so I won't rehash it but will say the characters are getting to a beyond reality even for a fictional character, are. Scarpetta has become a 'Kay knows everything and can do anything better then anybody' character,
The other three main characters are getting a bit far fetched from anything believ...more
Postmortem would go on to win the Edgar, Cre...more