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Hornet's Nest (Andy Brazil #1)

3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  11,707 ratings  ·  275 reviews

Patricia Cornwell turns from forensics to police procedures in her latest novel, Hornet's Nest. This book is less a thriller than a character study of the main characters: Judy Hammer, chief of police in Charlotte, North Carolina; Hammer's deputy, Virginia West; and Andy Brazil, a young reporter assigned to ride with the police as they go about their jobs.
Kindle Edition, 449 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1996)
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I'm sure I've read a book that is worse than this one, but I can't think of it at the moment. From the stereotypes, to the extraneous details, to the adolescent situations, this book has all the hallmarks of an amateur author's first draft. It could be used--and probably is--as a Writing 101 example of what not to do. For example, the author wants her main character, Andy Brazil, to be an intrepid reporter/volunteer cop who is irresistible to men and women alike. But the Andy she shows us is a p ...more
Since reading my first Cornwell book "Postmortem",I have been a Kay Scarpetta fan - reading every book as soon as it comes out. I knew Hornet's Nest was not a Scarpetta novel, but I thought some new characters might not be bad. I liked West and Hammer and was amused with cutie boy Andy. The plot did seem to wander a bit.( Now I'm not really sure what the plot was.) I did like the idea of some humor thrown in though and I am sure Cornwell is going to pursue these characters in Southern Cross whic ...more
Don't know where Cornwell went wrong but this story line just isn't anywhere as good as the Kay Scarpetta storyline. The characters are not as interesting and the story telling is just crappy.
This is not part of the Scarpetta series. This book is hilarious. I had no idea Ms. Cornwell had such a great sense of humor!
Boy, this is crap.

I picked it up because it was in the "free" box of books at school when I ran out of book to read during office hours and had no work along with me.

I am never getting that two hours back.
Procyon Lotor
Cosa pu succedere a non leggere le recensioni. il nido dei calabroni, preso all'epoca al buio supponendo che fosse il decimo con Kay Scarpetta. In sintesi: forti desideri di metterci sopra il culo dell'Autrice a vedere se si sveglia. L'Atroce Autrice nomina i personaggi di questa serie parallela per disadatti come "Giuditta Martello" e "Andrea Brasile"! Non sazia di una scelta da TV-movie in replica su canale regionale nella notte dopo Ferragosto, cala il suo asso col vicecomandante Virginia Wes ...more
Emily C.
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I read the 3 Andy Brazil books against advice from more than one person. I wanted to see for myself if they really were that bad. I liked the Scarpetta books (although I thought that the endings of some of those books were too rushed, too contrived). The Andy Brazil books are nothing like those! Hornet's Nest is probably the best of the three, although the characters are shallow and unconvincing and the plot is weak and implausible. There is some humour and some sexual tension which is frustrati ...more
I have lived in the Charlotte area for 40 years, and you have no idea how much I wanted to like this book. At first it was entertaining to read where the characters were, but by one hundred pages in, Charlotte stopped being interesting as a character in and of itself (read the book, and see what I mean) and became merely annoying. Mysteries set in New York do not feel obligated to have the characters mention the Statue of Liberty every three pages to give you the flavor of the mise-en-scene; not ...more
Elizabeth Blake
Don't waste your time reading this book. There was no plot. It is simply a bunch of unrelated incidents strung together.
Part of the problem I had reading this book was its omniscient point of view. Omniscient POV is difficult to write and she didn't do a good job of it. It made it difficult to get into any of the characters. I didn't like any of the characters either. I don't even know why I finished reading it.
I read so many bad (actually terrible) reviews about this book. While I didn't think it was up to par with the Scarpetta books I didn't think it was as bad as described. It certainly wasn't the worst book I've read. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and really grew to like the main players, i.e., Brazil, West and Hammer. What's not to like: There was a murder scenario to figure out; corruption; sexual tension; dark sarcastic humor; action; drama and the like. I look forward to the continu ...more
May 17, 2015 Ingo rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one - really!!!
tl;dr-version: do not read do not buy! I am serious!
This was a mistake, I cannot really understand how someone who wrote such page-turners as the first few Kay Scarpetta novels can write such mind-boring drivel.
This was supposed to be a book about a serial-killer. The killer was just on a few pages, the crimes of the killer where ok, gruesome and bloody.
But not enough crime, the book read like a drive-by-shooting.
Every single person who popped up got a background-story and a few or more sentence
I am still reeling from the horrendous car crash that is this novel. I have been a huge fan of Ms Cornwell since her first Scarpetta book I've read and continue to read all of them and have her down as one of my all time favourite authors. When I was passed this book I was looking forward to getting stuck into her other series. What I'm wondering now is how on earth it was ever actually published.

The storyline is weak. The crime of out of town men being murdered is sidelined significantly with
Judith Barbara Gargallo Duchident
I must admit most of the time I was just bored. I didn't care who the killer was or about his motif. Nor was I interested in any of the characters: all lame stereotypes: powerful men who hate successful women because they forgot about their right place in society, weak men attracted by strong women and at the same time frustrated for losing their virality by just looking at them.
All the successful women are full of pity for the male weaklings whereas they look at female subordinates only with d
While I understand not every book from a prolific writer will be perfect, I truly don't understand how Patricia Cornwell would want her name attached to this particular book. It came across as though it had been written by someone very immature. Charaters were acted immaturely, descriptions of characters and events sounded as if they'd written by someone who had limited life experience, someone who had a very narrow world view.

If this had been "Patricia Cornwell's..." as you often see these day
Patricia Cornwell turns from forensics to police procedures in her latest novel, Hornet's Nest. This book is less a thriller than a character study of the main characters: Judy Hammer, chief of police in Charlotte, North Carolina; Hammer's deputy, Virginia West; and Andy Brazil, a young reporter assigned to ride with the police as they go about their jobs.
Don't bother. Nothing can compare to Cornwell's books startting Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta. I could not get in tot Andy Brazil books. Since she only did a couple and then started back up with Scarpetta, I don't think many others could get into this series either.
Why didn't this one start "Once upon a time ..."? Everything clicked together too smoothly and characters were mostly stereotypes and paperthin.
Al Kola
Real enjoy the Kay Scarpetta series but this series was a disappointment. Abandoned it 1/2 way thru as didn't like the characters or basis of story
What is up with this new series? It's stupid! The characters are ludicrous - simple minded and stupid.
Hated the premise, hated the characters, hated pretty much everything about this book.
Christopher Parsons
The books of this series disappoint after reading the Scarpetta series
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Phil Stokoe do I feel about this book? Well, to be honest I hadn't really considered reading anything by Patricia Cornwell until my friend told me that as I was reading a lot of crime fiction lately and I was enjoying the Kathy Reichs books that I would probably enjoy reading Patricia Cornwell also. And so she loaned me Hornet's Nest which is the first of the Andy Brazil/Judy Hammer series as a sort of introduction to her writing style before I start in on all the Kay Scarpetta novels.

And my ve
Andy Brazil is a young journalist who has always wanted to be a cop like his father. He eventually, after proving himself as a hard-working intelligent writer, gets an assignment to do ride-alongs with the local police in Charlotte. Unfortunately for him, he gets paired up with Deputy Chief of Police, Virginia West who has been burned by journalists in the past and is not too happy for him to join their squad. Meanwhile, on the crime side of things, the Black Widow is plaguing business men visit ...more
Andy Brazil... blond, good looking, runs miles a day, plays tennis. father - a policeman - died in line of duty, 23 year old virgin, mother an alcoholic but worked at university, he lives with and cares for his nonfunctioning alcoholic mother, fellow university people watched him grow up & made sure he had money for university, a very good writer, worked at newspaper for a year, completed course as volunteer police - wants to make a difference with his writing... he a worked hard at the pape ...more
Cornwell, Patricia - 1st in Andy Brazil series

Deputy Chief Virginia West likes and respects her boss, Hammer, but with an increasing number of visiting businessmen being murdered in her city by a maniac with a penchant for painting his victims bright orange, she finds it hard to accept Hammer's edict that a rookie reporter should ride on patrol with her to better relations with their citizens. Her worst fears are confirmed when the reporter, Brazil, presses the button to acti
I much preferred the authors Kay Scarpetta books back when I read this or tried to but the past handful of years I went from cover to cover as soon as they came out to wth are they talking about and having trouble making myself continue which was pre nook even so before I gave myself the ok to stop if I just wasn't enjoying a book.
So I say if you want some of the best crime books ever go with the Scarpetta books but don't expect much after the first dozen or so. I want to re read them and see
Sandra Knapp
For me, a big "thumbs down" for this Patricia Cornwall novel. It felt like she had taken a vacation, and assigned someone else to write this story, because it was nothing like what I was used to from her.

I thought there was a lot of "nonsense" that really had nothing to do with the story at all, or not so much that it needed to be discussed at such length. Most of the time, I was scratching my head, trying to make sense of the story, and that was from the very beginning. I really struggled to fi
Ladonna Mielke
This was decent - it was a nice break in everything else I've been reading. I liked the main three characters, but like other reviewers, I did find there to be a plethora of side characters. Some helped the story line, and some I felt could be omitted.

I might have to go find the next in the series just to find out what happens to Andy next. I want to know if he becomes a cop, stays a reporter or some other combination!
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Patricia Cornwell sold her first novel, Postmortem, while working as a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. At her first signing, held during a lunch break from the morgue, Patricia sold no copies of Postmortem and fielded exactly one question – an elderly woman asked her where she could find the cookbooks.

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Andy Brazil (3 books)
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  • Isle of Dogs (Andy Brazil, #3)
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