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All That Remains (Kay Scarpetta #3)

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With All That Remains, #1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns to the chilling world of gutsy medical examiner Kay Scarpetta for the third installment of the classic suspense fiction series that begins with Postmortem.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell's heart-stopping thriller featuring gutsy medical examiner Kay Scarpetta
In Richmond, Virginia
ebook, 416 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Scribner (first published June 11th 1992)
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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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Mar 26, 2016 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
Aug 31, 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
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
Feb 04, 2009 AnnaBnana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
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Jun 04, 2009 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NOBODY
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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
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
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
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


-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
mark monday
Mar 26, 2016 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
Okay book. Refreshing with a crime novel that does not follow the typical death/murder-investigating-main character gets into trouble/gets abducted-plot.
Dec 11, 2013 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
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
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
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.
Tom Swift
Jan 29, 2016 Tom Swift rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read 3 of these in a row. Really good.
Brendan Nicholls
Apr 27, 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
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
Apr 28, 2015 Simone rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the continuation of Kay Scarpetta's novel series, but felt there was something lacking from this book in places. At times it felt as if the character didn't understand her actions in a situation, which while occasionally fitting, also seemed disconnected from earlier showings of the character.

However, that said, I did thoroughly enjoy the way that the book's plotline developed. There were changes to the personal relationships involved, between Kay and the other professionals, as well a
I can't get over what a gripping read this book is. I mean, setting aside the regrettable cover art, how is it that forensic science has aged more than twenty years since this novel was written but ALL THAT REMAINS never feels the least bit dated? Here, Cornwell achieves a near-perfect balance between time spent in a forensic lab and out on the street engaging in good old-fashioned detective work. She also does a great job with character development, especially by handling Carpetta's love life i ...more
Mar 10, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Why read: Reading the series

What impressed me: The mystery in All That Remains was very well done. It was uniquely interesting, especially given the outside involvement of both the victim's mother and a reporter. Once again, Kay is stuck in a situation where she can't necessarily trust the other investigators - this time on a much larger scale - which is when we really get to see Kay shine. I'm really enjoying Kay's interactions with Marino, how with each book their friendship deepens and their
Joel Allen
Jul 29, 2015 Joel Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All That Remains is a decent crime novel that develops into quite a good read after a fairly slow start. This book was quite a change of pace from the two thriller novels that I've read recently. All That Remains is far less action-packed than these other books, with more attention given to the gradual development of the characters and plotline. I really appreciate the work that Patricia Cornwell put into these aspects of her book. The detailed dialogue between characters was also a feature and ...more
Canice Brown-Porter
Patricia Cornwell knows how to keep the pages turning in the Scarpetta series. This was another book I couldn't put down. When Scarpetta is faced with the return of her journalist friend, Abby, who is investigating the same puzzling murders of 5 young couples, Scarpetta has to wonder if she's feeding information to someone else. Especially to the illustrious Pat Harvey, mother of the last slain girl and the national "drug czar" of the federal government. Is the FBI withholding vital information ...more
Jan 08, 2009 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: female-author
This series is what I call a "guilty pleasure". Not at all high-brow, but easy to read thrillers with some mystery, and I have to admit that I enjoy the gruesome details about forensic pathology. Being an engineering type, I like to know the details behind things, how things work, in particular when it comes to problem solving or investigative techniques.

I do love the character of Kay Scarpetta; she's a strong, smart woman who is also attractive. She makes me nuts sometimes when she does risky t
Apr 22, 2007 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Patricia Cornwell is among the better mystery writers, and this is among the better books of hers that I've read. It's a procedural murder mystery with lots of political intrigue thrown in, and it's a page turner. Only complaints: 1. It's the third book in a series, so there's a lot of time wasted explaining the back story. 2. A few too many twists and turns. There's one thrown into the last 50 pages that kind of defies belief. 3. (spoiler) If The X Files taught us nothing else, it's that the st ...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.
Mar 11, 2011 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.

Jul 08, 2014 Vanu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a gripping book throughout but felt highly disappointed with the end. Probably Patricia was on a run while penning down last few pages or had a deadline to meet! In my opinion the way book is wrapped up in a jiffy in in the last few chapters doesnt do justice to the grip the book maintains on the reader till that point. Expected more.
Kim Dempsey
I've always had a hard time understanding Cornwell books, but this story was actually really good and easy to follow. A great read to fill a Tuesday afternoon. I'm thinking the Cornwell books will be easier for me on audio. The crime scene details are so well written you think you're actually there.
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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)
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  • Cause of Death (Kay Scarpetta, #7)
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  • Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, #9)
  • Black Notice (Kay Scarpetta, #10)
  • The Last Precinct (Kay Scarpetta, #11)

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