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All That Remains (Kay Scarpetta #3)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  36,063 ratings  ·  526 reviews

#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell's heart-stopping thriller featuring gutsy medical examiner Kay Scarpetta

In Richmond, Virginia, young lovers are dying. So far, four couples in the area have disappeared, only to be found months later as mutilated corpses. When the daughter of the president's newest drug czar vanishes along with her boyfriend, Dr. Kay S

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Published April 17th 2009 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published 1992)
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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
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...more
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Al Tarancón
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...more
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
Jun 04, 2009 Susan rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NOBODY
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Jeff Brateman
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
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...more
mark monday
although the novel itself is rather forgettable, the central characterization is memorable. dry, formidable, determined yet prone to various neurotic relationships (romantic & otherwise), kay scarpetta is a strong creation. unfortunately the forensic science aspects take 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. in a novel within the 'cozy mystery' subgen...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Stacy Shoemaker
Book 2 is a Winner

Book 2 is a Winner

Book 2 of the Scarpetta series delivers a well-written story with characters you love for their humanity & flaws, as well as for their brilliance.
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...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
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
Als grote fan van de boeken van Karin Slaughter - die ik allemaal in een recordtempo verslonden heb - was ik al een tijdje op zoek naar een waardig alternatief. Ik had wel al eens gehoord van Patricia Cornwell en de reeks rond Kay Scarpetta, maar eerlijk gezegd liet ik mij een beetje afschrikken door wat iemand op een forum schreef, nl. dat de eerste boeken (die zich begin de jaren '90 afspelen) wat gedateerd zouden zijn. Lange tijd hield ik de boot dus af... Wat ben ik blij dat ik er uiteindeli...more
Maggie James
My first Patricia Cornwell novel, and a good read.
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.

Vivi Vocat
I was hooked from page one. The story line was laid out in intriguing detail (loving the recipes.

The plot threw curve balls to the Reader and never lagged or plodded.

There is no lofty language, the prose is spare and punchy, but the man-are-stupid-untidy-brutes tone of this book was quite irritating at some points.

Overall this book is good, for unencumbered and breezy reading.
It’s interesting to read these early books in the series after reading a lot of the later ones. Fills in the blanks on some of the back story. Overall, this one was pretty good, though there was some stuff jumped over in the end, like Cornwell didn’t want to go over a certain number of pages, so she just refers to it instead of actually writing about it.
This was alright, I s'pose. Provocative premise ripped straight from an urban legend, which was fun. Well sketched characters and a surprise at the end. But for me, half of the fun of reading books like this is the twist at the end, the discovery that someone you never would have expected to have "dunnit" is, in fact, the perpetrator and that just didn't happen. I don't blame the author since that's obviously not the book she wanted to write, but that did make the book a little less fun for me....more
The Crime Scene Scene
All That Remains is the third novel in the Dr Kay Scarpetta series by author Patricia Cornwell. A serial killer is on the loose in Richmond targetting young couples who disappear only for their bodies to be found months later minus their shoes and shocks. Given the state of the bodies it leaves Scarpetta without the means to discover the cause of death. When a high profile daughter is taken then Scarpetta must track down the killer using her own resources.

For such a genre defining series it does...more
This is only the 3rd book in the Kay Scarpetta series, but I am enjoying them so far. The characters are continuing to develop. The mystery was good, and the outcome was believable. 3.75 stars
Ecco, questo terzo libro della serie mi ha proprio appassionata, fin'ora il migliore! Sono contenta di smentire la sensazione di ripetitività avuta durante la lettura del libro precedente ("Oggetti di reato"), perché questo nuovo episodio a mio avviso si discosta sostanzialmente dal solito schema, soprattutto sul finale, e le indagini per arrivare al killer, le ho trovate un po' meno "fantasiose e forzate" di quelle passate. Nelle ultime 50 pagine ero talmente presa che per riuscire a finire la...more
This one didn't blow my skirt up, but it wasn't horrible.

I don't know if it was the narrator, which was different from the last one, or just the book.

I still chuckled a lot at how dated it is, with Kay and everyone being allowed to smoke in buildings. And the science, omg.. this would have been solved a lot sooner with today's modern science abilities.

I also didn't care about Abby at all. Again, not sure if that was the narrator or not. So when (view spoiler)...more
One writer I will never stop reading!
This is my first time of reading Patricia Cornwell's book, I'm dissapointed. With all the hypes and praises about her books, I was expecting more. The story is totally boring. No mention or a peek of the killer's profile or him committing another murder, it was mentioned towards the end of the book which made it fake. So many stories about the killer was later revealed (again) towards the end of the book with no info or research of how they got it. It looked rushed up. In conclusion, I'm highly...more
Apr 07, 2014 Aroosa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime fiction beginners.
ATR is a slow moving story in its first 10 chapters however, it develops into a steadily paced plot about half way through the novel. Only at the three quarters mark do we finally begin to suspect who the killer is. Cornwell truly keeps us on our toes for the majority of the book. This leads us to a tense, gripping, and unexpected (maybe even slightly rushed) climax. The complexity and concise details of the story have to be noted, and is definitely one of Cornwell's strong points- as proven by...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.

Postmortem would go on to win the Edgar, Cre...more
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