Cadavre X (Kay Scarpetta #10)
Kay Scarpetta is the chief coroner for some place, somewhere in Virginia and consequently sees her share of unusual murders that need to be solved. The early books were clever variations on the procedural genre and are entertaining reading. Then things went south.
Shifts in narrative, from first person to third person, from book to book, didn’t work and were jarring. She stretched plotl ...more
As predicted, now that Cornwell "killed" off Benton, he's suddenly much more beloved and gets more space. Kay is exactly the same, but her frequent crying and "feeling depressed" is now attributed to his loss (I will never ever buy another s ...more
I didn't like the abrupt ending of this book, and I didn't buy Kay's feelings for Tally. Two business meetings, a one-night stand, and a lovers' spat, and suddenly she can't get him off her mi ...more
Plot - 1/2/5 : Good start, but disappointing finish. Kay and Marino come together to solve the mystry behind a unidentified body found in a container, which leads them to France to unreveal a horrible serial killer who calls himself Le Loug Garou - The Werewolf. Kay is again put down when she choses to flirt and Lucy irritates me that i feel I have reached my limit. And the way Marino is treated shows clearly that the series has started to sink.
Writting - 4 ...more
Now, just before the second Christmas since Benton’s death, Senator Frank Lord, one of Kay’s oldest friends and professional confederates, delivers to her a letter from B ...more
The mystery in this case begins with a decomposing body found in a cargo container that docks in Richmond. The murderer's trail will lead Scarpetta and Marino to France and back again and will be very difficult to solve. Meanwhile, it has been one year since her FBI lover ...more
There is an international killer on the loose in Richmond and this killer is leaving behind some strange evidence. There are dirty cops in high places on the force. It's up to thorough Chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her watchdog/best friend tough detective Captain Marino to get to the bot ...more
I used to just love Cornwell's books, but I have begun to think that I am watching the worst soap opera in the world. This is a shame, because the early books were so good I cou ...more
As the book opens in early December, a letter is delivered to Scarpetta from Benton Wesley; he wrote it to have delivered to her if he was ever killed (which happened in the previous book). Kay, still deep in grief, goes to the Richmond docks, as a body has b ...more
1) Learn how the murderer approaches the victims.
2) Conveniently ignore all common sense.
4) Might as well fire half of detective division and simply keep watch on Scarpetta. Every major criminal ends up near her sooner or later.
Not marking this as spoiler because every Scarpetta book ends this way. This one is just more blatant and even more stupid than usual. It never ceases to amaze me how Cornwell spends time and effort on establishing a bizarre, ...more
BONUS: BLONDE (HAIR)
MY LETTER: B - title Black Notice
Book: Black Notice by Patricia Cornwell
Finished: March 16, 2013
Rating & Book Review: 3 stars - I've been reading/re-reading through the Scarpetta series and not particularly enjoying them. The characters are SO unpleasant that I can't get past it, but I've been forcing myself to keep reading. This one was actually less horrid. The characters were still wretched, but this time they were being wretched on purpose so I could a ...more
Oh it's still a decent story, but there's so much gore and angst and anger. My gosh, the anger! Lucy is a loose cannon and Marino is almost complet ...more
The decomposed remains of a stowaway lead Dr. Kay Scarpetta on an international search to Interpol’s headquarters in Lyon, France—and on a mission that will pull her in two opposite directions: toward protecting her career or toward the truth.
It's Christmastime in Richmond, Virginia, but no one seems merry--least of all Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, back for her 10th outing as a crime-solving coroner. Actress Kate Reading also returns, reading her third unabridged a...more
Postmortem would go on to win the Edgar, Cre ...more