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All That Remains

(Kay Scarpetta #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  64,359 ratings  ·  1,071 reviews
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 Scarpetta knows time is short. Following a macabre trail of evidence that ties the present homicides to a grisly crime in the pa ...more
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published August 17th 1992 by Scribner (first published June 11th 1992)
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Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
The "Kay Scarpetta" mystery series by Patricia Cornwell was one of the first adult mystery book series I began reading. I also started these very young, around 13 or 14, which may not be the best thing for young adults if they don't have a strong sense of right/wrong and a stomach to handle really gory stuff. All That Remains is the third book in the series about a forensic medical examiner in Virginia who helps solve brutal crimes.

What I love about the early books is the relationship between th
Baz MW
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was another very easy read in the Scarpetta series.
Non-Scarpetta readers be advised, you do not need to start from the start. Each book is standalone and you can read them in any order.
This is another great book in the series by Cornwell. Some awesome settings with some great chilling scenes. Any crime and horror lover would enjoy this and find it very easy to fly through. High 4 stars
“A haze had dulled the sky, and a plane was a silver needle pulling a white thread beneath the sun.”
― Patricia Cornwell, All That Remains

3.5 stars.

This was the first Kay Scarpetta book I have read. I may read more.

There is a serial killer murdering couples.I like a good mystery as much as the next person and it seems that the Scarpetta novels are quite popular.

A lot of this novel, is typical thriller territory. But I thought the writer did a great job on establishing the dark and moody atmosphe
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
Number three in the Dr Scarpetta series.
Hard to put a handle on this book. Thriller, mystery, who done it, really all of the aforementioned.

For a number of years young couples have going missing only to turn up 4 or 5 months later, dead. Because on the period of time it takes to find the corpses there's not much for Dr. Kay to work on, mostly just bones. As a result, these murders are still open. The most recent murders involves a high powered functionary's daughter and the daughters boyfriend.
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All That Remains by Patricia Cornwell is book 3 in the Dr Kay Scarpetta series, These book are such an easy and enjoyable read they keep you flipping pages and wanting to know more, also once you've finished one book you need the next ASAP.
It's the same recipe for each book so far an evil twisted killer, the long build up and a exciting ending, this one has a little more emotion as the final victim is a character who we have meet from the beginning book.
I love the character building through out
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
23/3 - I just finished watching the last episode in season 10 of Bones on Foxtel and considering the fact that Channel 7 is only halfway through season 11 I don't think Foxtel will be getting its hands on it for some time, possibly not until next year even. Coming to the realisation that I might have to wait 12 months before I see a new episode of Bones sent me into almost immediate withdrawal, but then I looked at my to read list for March and had the epiphany of what's the next best thing afte ...more
cam ♥
The ending may not make your jaw drop as expected. There was a certain point that did shock me, (view spoiler) but I was expecting a little more from this one. However, I found myself more interested with its characters, because of how greatly they have developed and how they have faced all of their predicaments— both personal and professional. Hoping that the next books are better!

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"It’s difficult to be sensible when you want the best fo
This was a reread from over ten years ago, so it felt almost like new to me. I can always count on this series to keep the pages turning and the interest high. The ending was a little too......not pat. Maybe a little far-fetched? Convoluted. But definitely a worthwhile read. Looking forward to getting caught-up with this series. I think the next one will be a reread too and then I'll be in new territory. ...more
Lord Lester
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
A compelling read though I was not satisfied the way it ends.
2.5 stars.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was zooming through, enjoying this very well but the end fumbled. Violence isn't my kind of content but Patricia Cornwell has an engaging pace. A good author can peak our interest in nearly anything. I liked a lot in this story. However as we were revving up to the crux, an extra twist disturbed momentum that was better without it. Other elements did too. “All That Remains”, 1992, was sure to score four stars but received three.

A person I liked died and it wasn't clear why, nor was a detail ab
Feb 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-fiction
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May 31, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NOBODY
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The setup seemed promising: young lovers on road trips disappear, their cars found abandoned, and months later their bodies are found by hunters in the woods. But Cornwell did nothing interesting with this, and as in her previous novel Body of Evidence has the killer parachute in at the last minute. Who the *&^% cares about a killer introduced in such a way? The only way to maintain narrative tension in a whodunnit is to be wondering which of the characters you already know dunnit.
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars.

I finished this last night and it will become my last (and 106th) read for 2017.

I remember first reading this when I was in my 20s and thought Kay Scarpetta was really old. Twenty years later, when Kay and I are MUCH closer in age and I think "wow....she wasn't old at all" Ahh perspective :-).

I do love this series, which is why I embarked on the re-read (they are over 20 books in the series now). SPOILERS COMING.........................................................
Katie Fitzgerald
This third book of the Kay Scarpetta series is even better than the first two. I listened to the audiobook read by C.J. Critt, which I'm sure contributed to my enjoyment of the story. I especially enjoyed the relationships in the book: Kay's friendships with Marino and Abby, her potential romance with Mark, and even the enmity between Kay and a murder victim's mother and between Kay and the FBI. (I wished there had been more of Kay's niece, Lucy, but the few moments that were included were enoug ...more
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This Kay Scarpetta series is basically my jam; I don’t even remember if I said this before, but it’s like comfort food so to speak and I simply love and enjoy this series regardless whether an installment is good or bad.

Taking this notion into account, my immediate afterthoughts upon finishing this “All That Remains” was “a bit lacks in impact” compared to the previous two books especially Cornwell’s debut novel, ‘Postmortem.’

It’s not to say this book is bad or boring; it was entertaining enou
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
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
A serial killer is killing couples, leaving one tantalising clue. When the daughter of one of the elite goes missing, Scarpetta and co. find themselves under immense scrutiny and pressure on all sides. The Scarpetta 'method' of investigations of serial killer cases while be judge and often troubled by concerned parties in authority works really well in this book!

The Kay Scarpeta series 'blows up' in this volume as the formula works perfectly. The strength of the book may have something to do wit
3 Stars

This was another easy and engaging murder-mystery by Cornwell.

In this 3rd instalment, medical examiner, Kay Scarpetta, becomes embroiled (yet again) in a murder case in which several young couples have been kidnapped and murdered in the woods of Virginia by an unknown assailant.

Once again Kay is joined by cop Marino and FBI profiler Benton while working the case. Unfortunately, I'm still unfeeling towards this cast of characters, but fortunately I enjoy the mystery plots enough to conti
aPriL does feral sometimes
'All That Remains' is third in the Dr. Kay Scarpetta murder mystery series. She is Chief Medical Examiner for the state of Virginia, and besides doing a lot of autopsies, she solves murders!

Scarpetta usually begins her days thus:

"Saturday, the last day of August, I started work before dawn. I did not witness mist burning off the grass or the sky turning brilliant blue. Steel tables were occupied by bodies all morning, and there are no windows in the morgue. Labor Day weekend had begun with a ba
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Kay Scarpetta is on the hunt again, this time for a killer who has a vendetta against young couples. Unfortunately, this killer is very accomplished at leaving no trace; however, one tiny error could lead the investigators down the right path.

I thought this book was well thought out and was a very enthralling read. It had been awhile since I had read books 1 and 2 so some of the personal relationships and side plots were a little hard to follow at first because I didn't quite remember the si
Kay Scarpetta is a medical examiner who has been trying to solve a case concerning a serial killer for many years. No evidence is ever found at the murder sights and she cannot find cause of death for any of the victims. The story started out interesting and the characters were believable, however, about three quarters of the way through the mystery became convoluted. To many what if's and conjectures with not enough evidence to support some of the theory's. I was going to rate it a four because ...more
Mark Harrison
Another satisfying Scarpetta story. Five young couples murdered after possibly being hunted in the woods. Lots of twists and turns, the FBI and the CIA are covering something, Kay's old love resurfaces, her reporter friend Abby smells a big story and it rattles along. The conclusion is tragic and oddly unsatisfying but all in all a good read. ...more
Cat Fu (carocat)
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'd criticised Postmortem and Body of Evidence for the actual crime solving where all the things they did wouldn't really amount to catching the murderer and All that Remains is no different though, strangely, even more infuriating. Full spoilers for this and future books follow.

Just like BoE, I somehow never read this book before, but that didn't make it a better experience. A number of small mentions did feel familiar, such as the drama with the initialed cartridge, though maybe that's a recur
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
This was a solid 3 stars for me. I've read a few of these Kay Scarpetta books. There are two things in this author's books that I enjoy so much. One is the MC, Kay. I like her. She is strong but she also has flaws and weaknesses that keeps her on her toes. The second thing is that there are great subplots.
I love that.

I listened to the audio and one of my favorite narrators did this one, C. J Critt. So yay for that.

Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

All That Remains (Kay Scarpetta #3) by Patricia Cornwell

Review to come.
Al Tarancón
Apr 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporaneo, crimen
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
mark monday
Aug 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: murdertime
although the novel itself is rather forgettable, the central characterization is memorable. dry, formidable, determined, prone to various neurotic relationships... kay scarpetta is a strong creation. unfortunately the forensic science takes 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. the odd way in which protagonists find themselves involved in murder is part o ...more
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Patricia Cornwell sold her first novel, Postmortem, in 1990 while working as a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. Postmortem, was the first bona fide forensic thriller. It paved the way for an explosion of entertainment featuring in all things forensic across film, television and literature.

Postmortem would go on to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony,

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