Book Of The Dead (Kay Scarpetta, #15)
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Book Of The Dead (Kay Scarpetta #15)

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The 'book of the dead' is the morgue log in which all cases are entered. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to have a new meaning. Fresh from her battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta moves to South Carolina and opens a private forensic pathology practice. A string of brutal killings shatters her dreams of a quiet life.
ebook, 258 pages
Published April 17th 2008 by Sphere (first published 2007)
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Heidi
Jan 04, 2008 Heidi rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
This book was terrible! What a waste of time! Last winter I got turned onto Cornwell and I read all of her books in order. The first few were SO incredibly riveting and I really enjoyed them. This book however showed a complete melt down of all the characters. Kay has been completely shrunk down and doesn't seem like the same person she was in the beginning. The switch to third person was a terrible move. I liked it better when it was just the body and the evidence and they had to go from there....more
Lain
Ugh.

Why is it that when an author becomes as famous as Patricia C. that suddenly the editors are afraid to say when something is awful???

Even if they didn't love the book and thought the plot was ridiculous and the characters unbelievable, you'd think at LEAST they'd make the author eliminate some of the repetitive comments (if all the repetition in this book were eliminated, it would be cut by at least a third. A third. I mean, a third.)

And WHY is everyone so angry all the time? I know their jo...more
Amanda
Apr 09, 2008 Amanda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scarpetta fans with a lot of patience and tolerance
This book gets a three because I like the series as a whole, will probably always like it, and will keep reading until she either dies or ends the series. I liked the fact that there was new Kay Scarpetta material, I guess. I also like that she has her own office and facility again - that whole Florida episode was just odd.

What I don't like is the fact that Cornwell insists on making every single major character completely miserable all the time. Can't someone be at least reasonably content for...more
Debi Gerbasi
Dissapointed. PC had the perfect chance with this book, this storyline to bring the characters full circle. The team of Scarpetta, Marino, Lucy and Wesley is coming apart at the seams. Using Dr Self and the animous she has for Kay (kept waiting for that to blow...never happened), and manipulating Marino.....Rose being so prominent. What's with Scarpetta crying for the bird that flys into the window but lets her longtime friend and partner sink. Then he goes over the edge damn near to the point o...more
Danielle
So, technically I didn't finish it. But I read 200 pages of it, so I feel somewhat qualified to say that this book fails in many ways.

I love old-school Patricia Cornwell. I have read The Body Farm numerous times. I love From Potter's Field, All that Remains, etc. She's what got me hooked on Forensic Files, American Justice, and later CSI:. She writes wonderfully, her stories were vivid and terrifying - or at least they used to be.

Her last few books, beginning with the book Blow Fly have been dr...more
Christine
This is one of the worst books I've ever suffered through. Rich finally asked me why I was still reading it after i exclaimed aloud for the umpteenth time about how awful it was, and all I could do to explain was talk about how much I enjoyed the early books she wrote and how I couldn't believe how it kept getting worse and I had to see how it panned out. Awful. The early ones really were fun, technically interesting, interesting characters, decently written (never anything amazing), thrilling a...more
Vivienne
I have loved the Kay Scarpetta series since its inception but have been disappointed in the last three and this one I am adding to that list. Her change in narrative style that began at that point in 'Blow Fly' seems to have been the down-turning point.

Despite a strong start, tracking down the murderer seemed to take a back seat to the constant misery of the main characters. I never warmed to the brattish Lucy who is now even more insufferable given her extreme wealth. Pete Marino has been badl...more
Athena
No More Cornwell.

In my opinion this has got to be one of the worst books Cornwell has written.
Ok, I understand that the story have to do with people who have serious psychological problems but it seems that Cornwell decided to make all the characters ……. really mad.
Kay Scarpetta is an unhappy and boring woman. She does not have a life and even the relationship with her fiancée seems to be “strictly” professional. It is a mystery to me why men fall in love with her. She should have some charismas...more
Rose
Jan 03, 2008 Rose added it
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Tulara
Patricia Cornwell's newest book opens with a graphic chapter on a woman who is being tortured. It's spine-chilling and disturbing. It does, however, open the door to an interesting track to find out who the killer is. It almost seemed obligatory to add aspects of the Iraq war into the story, but I realize that the war had/is having an effect on our soldiers who are on the front lines. No one can do what they do and remain who they were when they left.
I was a little annoyed with the miscommunicat...more
Joanie
I read this book because I've read the whole Kay Scarpetta series, but I'm a little dismayed. I dunno if Cornwell is tired of these characters or is having a hard time in her own life, but she's turned these characters into such bitter, screwed up freaks that the books are getting depressing. If I hadn't invested myself in these people several books ago, there's no way I would've bothered to finish this, I think. The murder mystery part of it was interesting, but it wasn't enough to distract fro...more
Quillracer
I gave up reading the Scarpetta series 20 pages into this book when I realized I didn't give a you-know-what about the fate of the characters--didn't care if they lived or died. I gave it 1 star just to give it a rating, but in my opinion, it doesn't even deserve that.
Johanna
I fear even an autopsy would struggle to uncover anything new here.
Piglet
Not my favourite among the Scarpetta books. Definitely not. On the other hand, they seem to grow worse with every book now. I, for one, am getting tired of the stories being so centrated to miss Scarpetta herself, the murders and mysteries always involving her somehow. And I thought that in this book pretty much all of the characters were annoying. I find books about murdering psychopaths interesting, I admit that, but in this case it felt like the murder story was hidden way too far behind the...more
Lori
I just love revisiting Patricia Cornwell's characters that I have gotten to know over the past 15 years. I don't necessarily like where she's taking them, but I still like to read about them. Her books are always very engrossing and I hate to put them down. This one got me through two stomach viruses in one week! I came to the conclusion that Kay, Benton, Lucy, and in his own way, Marino, are all highly intelligent people that lack emotional and social smarts. I want Kay and Marino to resume the...more
Matt
Cornwell shifts her Scarpetta series away from the balmy clime of south Florida to the enchanting streets of Charleston, South Carolina. Bringing Pete Marino with her, Scarpetta sets up shop in the South in hopes of turning her abilities into a full-fledged consultant, cognizant of her long-time friendship with the former cop and his less than kosher investigative style. When she is called to consult with Italian officials on a slain tennis star who was recently in Charleston, Scarpetta comes ac...more
Susan
The six-page prologue in Book of the Dead is one of the most chilling scenes I've ever read. A man tortures a young woman by placing her in a bathtub full of icy water. Cornwell knows how to evoke terror and does it superbly here.

Cut to Scarpetta and her lover Benton Wesley who are, predictably, in crisis mode. They're investigating the murder of a young woman in Rome, but the tension in the first few chapters escalates not because of the murder case but because they're at odds with one another...more
Shelley
oh dear. I gave up on Ms Scarpetta's adventures a while ago because I found Kathy Reichs to be more readable, the female character flawed but gutsy. Then I came across this one in a charity shop. Thought it wouldn't hurt to give her another go. Unfortunately, I should have stayed with my original decision that Ms Scarpetta is one of the most miserable, wretched and passionless women I have ever read about.
Considering she is described as an intelligent, beautiful, highly respected woman working i...more
Kellie
Rose puts it all in perspective when she makes this comment to Kay.."You don't confront people about their feelings and all it does is make things..."

This was by far one of the worst books of the Scarpetta series ever. I was so disappointed in this. Scarpetta has a private practice in Charleston. Kay and Benton are in Italy at the beginning investigating a brutal murder of a famous tennis star. When Scarpetta goes back to Charleston, she receives the body of a young boy who has no identity. Ever...more
Diane
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Julie
Jul 23, 2008 Julie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Ugh. What is WRONG with Patricia Cornwell? This book stinks. And in the spirit of throwing myself on a grenade (reading it so you don't have to) I will review this one.

First of all, Cornwell continues her de-evolution of her characters that started somewhere about "The Body Farm." She totally jumps the shark when she resurrected Benton several books back and “The Book of the Dead” continues her new tradition of incomprehensible plot, incomprehensible character motivation, dialogue that lies flat...more
Bill
I have read every book in Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series. For the past four or five books, I've been wondering why I keep coming back - they're getting worse. This book is the worst of the lot by a large margin. I found it to be rambling and oftentimes incomprehensible. The conclusion felt rushed - like Cornwell spent so much time trying to add unnecessary detail to the story that she had to wrap everything up quickly and in an unsatisfying fashion.

That said, I'm apparently incapable...more
The Listmaker
I looked forward to this book and wanted to completely enjoy it. Sadly, I was disappointed with what I found. Patricia Cornwell has always been able to tell a good story. One filled with suspense and mystery to go along with the forensic aspect of solving the crimes. But she also managed to flesh out the four main characters with each successive novel until you came to care about those characters.

With this book, Ms. Cornwell has written a mystery that is convoluted to say the least and not at al...more
Pam Lauman
What a disappointment! I've read and loved all the Scarpetta books but this one was terrible. The story is told very erratically. At times I'm confused about who and what Cornwell is referring to. She has too many hers and his. I feel like I jump from one scene to another without knowing how I got there. She uses unfamiliar vocabulary and abbreviations, discusses procedures in unnecessary detail, and gives minute descriptions that are not pertinent to the story.

Her characters are so dysfunction...more
Jane Lee
Anyone relatively close *coughs* Facebook/Tumblr/Twitter friends *coughs* knows how much I am fascinated with murder mystery plots because of my not‎-so‎-fleeting interest with criminology, crime psychology and criminal profiling. That is probably why I had a hard time comprehending why I didn't like this book.

The accurate descriptions were there. The serial killer plot was there. The unrelenting search is ever present.

Then I realized, BAM, her characters suck. Not they suck as in they are despi...more
Robin
Cornwell's last three books have deviated so much from her regular characters that she lost me as a dedicated reader. However, I am a glutton for punishment and thus picked up this title. I was mildly surprised that I actually didn't loathe this book though I believe that is because I had such a low expectation. Cornwell has strayed from her original brilliance of her characters and tales once again but seems to be at least attempting to get them back on track with this edition. If you can stand...more
Eric
The book I was reading is called "Book of the Dead", by Patricia Cornwell. I wasn't even sure what's this book is about, but I'm guessing that it's a mystery of solving a murder case. I didn't like this book because I don't understand the whole thing about this book, and I wasn't sure if they are really solving a mystery, and plus, there's so many quotes and talking. I felt confuse when I was reading this book because I wasn't even sure what's going on in the book. The main character is Kay Scar...more
Kate Jordan
I'm not a fan of Cornwell's writing style, but thought I'd give her one more shot. Her introductory sentences for chapters or sections are sometimes fragments and read like a screenplay, like, "At the airport, later that night. The fog is heavy..." Her explanations of scientific compounds or medical processes are frequently inelegant and clunky; many other authors writing in this same genre have a much smoother way of educating their readers without making them feel as though they just left the...more
Shauna Kenyon
This is the first book of the series I read, not knowing that it was part of a series. I typically like these kind of novels. Forensics is a very interesting field. I have to say, though, I didn't like this. I found Cornwell's writing to be so over-technical to point where it distracted me from the actual plot of the book. Plus, her political commentary was unnecessary to the story line. Additionally, the characters were bouncing all over the spectrum of emotions rapidly, more so than you would...more
Ali
I've read many of her Scarpetta books, and liked most of them more than this. I'm not sure if it's actually worse than what she typically writes, or if I've just gotten used to reading better mysteries.

The characters are flat and somewhat unbelievable (especially Dr. Self) and she left tons of loose ends at the end of the book (and not in a good way). It also drove me nuts that the entire novel is written in the present tense, to the point where I went to check one of her old books to find out i...more
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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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