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Cruel & Unusual by Patricia Cornwell
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Jun 18, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: audio-book, read-in-2012, doctor-emt-paramedic-etc, police-government-agency
Read from June 17 to 18, 2012

This book made me feel like I'd missed a book between this one and the last one. I actually stopped and double checked because some very major things in Kay's life seemed to have happened between books and they are just sort of unceremoniously dropped in our laps. I hope these events at least happened to make way for other potential things to happen. (view spoiler) I find the character of Kay, kind of unlikeable. She makes selfish bad choices and seems to only have time for people when she needs them to help her. Although I can't stand her niece, Lucy, either. I don't care how old she is, she is still a bratty child.

What I do like about this series is that time does move. IN other words the last case she worked isn't always the last case we read about. WHich doesn't always happen in a series like this. And it seems that the only person actually aging in these books is Lucy. Actually it seems like Lucy is aging faster than the time is traveling in the books, but if I'm not mistaken it's been 7 years since the first book at this point, at this rate Kay will be 70 by the time I get to where the series is now.

The case in this book seems to be a set up for a continuing arc. Although sometimes there is so much technical jargon, that I tune out. I'm not a computer person or a medical examiner and I don't plane to be. I like reading about the things people can do, but I don't need a play by p[lay. I mean the trick is always to make a job look appealing and make us believe you know what you are talking about, but its not necessary to actually teach us how to do things. Sometimes the book reads like a how to manuel. But i got of track- the main mystery of this book is so convoluted that I wasn't quite sure I understood what happened by the end.

I'm a big Bones fan and want to start reading the Kathy Reichs books, but until then this series seems like a poor man's substitute and I'll probably keep reading hoping they get better- plus they go fast. And I can't believe that they are all bad if people keep reading them...
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Tierra This is one of my all time favorites, it was actually the first Scarpetta book I ever read. I hope you enjoy it.

Paul Wardman Wow. This review just summed up everything I felt about the book perfectly. I'm almost tempted to just link to this instead of writing a review for myself as I couldn't have expressed it so well.

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