De Brandhaard (Kay Scarpetta #9)
The blurb as usual proclaims not only that she does it best and has bad imitators, but that this one is "her best and bleakest" (don't get up my hopes - or maybe that just means the ...more
Point of Origin is one of ...more
One you've read one book by Patricia Cornwell, you won't find anything different or so original in the following books.
The plot centers on the suspected arson of a media magnate's home which resulted in the death of one female and several prize horses. A new villain enters the picture (Newton Joyce), and he's aided by serial killer Carrie Grethen, newly escaped from prison. There's a subplot involving Benton Wesley, Scarpetta's FBI p ...more
It's hard to tell what put me off most.
Was it the way Dr Scarpetta was unnaturally fascinated by her niece's body?
Or maybe it was the sudden and illogical death of Benton? Granted, I didn't read the first 8 books (had I know there were 8 previous books, I would have never read this one) so maybe there were reasons mentioned in other books that justified the sudden killing of Benton. But to me, a newby in Dr Scarpetta's w ...more
the whole thing with benton is really annoying me. i hear the series takes a turn for the better after The Book of the Dead and it's not like i'm going to be putting down these books any time soon, but man, i just don't like them very much right now.
i also find it fascinating that cornwell has written such a strong, smart homosexual character in lucy, while being a lesbian herself. i wonder why she didn't come out earlier? i mean, i know ...more
My problem w/these books and those like them is the dichotomy that the better the characterizations the more I feel sorry for the main character and her never ending sea of trouble and anguish. The type of crime stories just treadmill on and on and the poor character has to suffer through many near death experiences, the violent deat ...more
a farmhouse is destroyed by fire. a body among the ruins
h/e she is not the owner and she has been murdered
then the fire and bodies build up
this co-incides with another deadly surprise. carrie grethen an ingenious killer who once nearly destroyed the lives of kay and those nearest to her has escaped from a forensic psychiatric hospital
her whereabouts r unknown but kay knows her ultimate destination will be her - as carries has been communicating with her
good plot but ...more
“Sears its way into the psyche” (ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION) with a NEW PACKAGE and NEW AUTHOR INTRODUCTION.
The clues to a series of remorseless killings go up in smoke—and only Kay Scarpetta can find them.
When your everyday life is filled with death it's easy to find yourself a little edgy. The audio version of Patricia Cornwell's Point of Origin gives fans of her familiar heroine, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a little something extra, a chance to hear the deep hurt and burning c...more
Before Kay and Benton can fully absorb either the me ...more
This story begins with Dr. Scarpetta being called in to help investigate a fire, which destroyed the mansion and extensive stables of African-American publisher Kenneth Sparks; it is ...more
I finished this while I was at the beach. I couldn't stop once I got to the last 100 or so pages. I guess you could say that I am now a Patricia Conrwell fan. I am heading to the thrift shop to track down some more of these!!
This complex story looks at the true evil in men’s soul that uses arson to attempt to cover up murder. The psychopaths are among us: “The attractive, intelligent person sitting next to you on a plane, standing behind you in line, meeting you backstage, hooking up with you on the Interned. Brothers, sisters, classmates, sons, daughters, lovers……look like you and me.”
“…one did not have to be a detective or profiler or chief medical examiner to be a potential target. Most victims were vulnerable. T ...more
Postmortem would go on to win the Edgar, Cre ...more