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Southern Cross

(Andy Brazil #2)

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  9,685 ratings  ·  240 reviews
In their first appearance (Hornet's Nest, 1997), Chief Judy Hammer, Deputy Virginia West, and reporter-turned-rookie-cop Andy Brazil battled a serial killer in Charlotte, North Carolina. Now, in Patricia Cornwell's Southern Cross, the trio are dispatched to Richmond, Virginia--via an NIJ (National Institute of Justice) grant--to quell the growing gang problem and modernize ...more
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Jun 23, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Set in Richmond Virginia, "Southern Cross" is Patricia Cornwell's sequel to "Hornet's Nest" and features the three main characters of that novel, Police Chief Judy Hammer, Deputy Chief Virginia West and Officer Andy Brazil. The story also includes a raft of criminals and border line crims with endearing names such as Bubba, Fluck, Muskrat, Divinity, Smoke, Beeper, Sick, Dog, Pigeon, Weed and Weed's late brother Twister. Plenty of animals featue in this book too with almost more-human names than ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'll start with the best: narrator Karen White was a pleasure to listen to.
This a prime example just throwing some ideas towards a wordprocessor.
-language was not suitable for young adults
-all the characters were sterotypical
-the plot was disjointed as to be irrelivant
-and really, an anthropomorphic substantial character?
This is not literature for anyone that considers themselves educated.
Jennifer Oddo
Jun 09, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The second Cornwell book I ever read was Isle of Dogs. I hated it so much that I donated it to the book burning event my friends host annually. Each person is supposed to bring the worst book they've ever read. Isle of Dogs earned that privelege.

Southern Cross was only slightly better than Isle of Dogs, and that's being generous. I'm not much into rednecks, and this book is full of them. Mostly, I hate this type of book, in which a series of completely unrelated folies collide at the end in a ve
Miranda Sikorsky
This book was at hand in the best moment!
Roderick Hart
May 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a sequel to Hornet’s Nest and it would be best to read them in order of publication. But if you don’t want read both, Southern Cross makes sense on its own and would be the one to go for. Hornet’s nest is good, but Southern Cross is better. It features the same three main characters, Chief Hammer, Deputy Chief Virginia West and Andy Brazil, now a fully qualified police officer.

The plot involves a planned mass shooting by a character named Smoke, and the efforts of the police to prev
Jul 09, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Southern Cross depicts the experiences of big-city police in Richmond, Virginia. Police chief Judy Hammer has been brought in to clean up the force, bringing with her deputy Virginia West and good-looking rookie Andy Brazil.
There is a bad guy, some suspense, and way too many characters. I found myself irritated with a lot of things early on in this story:
1. Tons of characters, most of them minor who don't seem to have too much to do with the plot. The most annoying thing about them are their nam
Dec 20, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Rarely do I not finish a book but this one got put aside.
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
R. Michael
Jun 17, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: crime
If I could give this disaster of a book zero stars, I'd be tempted. The "plot" is a mishmash of nonsense that depends upon absurd coincidence and supposedly intelligent characters making genuinely idiotic leaps of let's-call-it-logic that none of the people around them bother to question or even wonder about. Because they're so implausibly dim, none of the protagonists are even remotely sympathetic or interesting. Add to this the author's ham-handed, blunt instrument use of language -- by turns ...more
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: electronic
why do most of my recent reads feel read already? #dejavu

lelia's grammatical shenanigans deserve an additional star

p149: "appears a spiders basketball uniform was painted on the statue of jefferson davis," hammer explained.
brazil was stunned. he started laughing and could not stop.
"and i'm afraid his race was altered," she went on.
"you mean, he got michael jordanized?" brazil choked.

p158: "he probably alibied his way from there to here and you take it at fact value."
Aug 24, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just to clarify - I did not read this book. I chucked it in a river. 0/5 stars for a book with a confederate flag on the cover, 3/5 stars on my throwing form.
Lynn Manley
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though I found the couple of Kay Scarpetta books I've read passable, I can't help wondering why Patricia Cornwell has been wasting her time turning out grisly detailed descriptions of autopsies, when she can write with such humor, compassion, and understanding of human frailty. I look forward to getting my hands on "Hornet's Nest" and any future books in the vein of these two. ...more
Carole Hazell
Feb 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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May 08, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Although Cornwell has a few very good series, this one is not satisfying. It features two infuriating characters and a cast of stereotypes. The story relies heavily on a character that is a teenager. Additionally, it is clear that Cornwell does not want to kill off any of the characters because they are all necessary/likable in their own ways. Therefore, although the primary threat is built-up as scary, he doesn't even deliver. The reader also knows who he is from early on in the book and so tha ...more
Amber Griffith
Dec 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This could honestly be the worst book of hers I have ever read. Random people who seemed to have no need to be in the story were introduced all over the place, some near the ending of the book for absolutely no reason.

The one character who I basically read the whole book to find out his fate was Weed. If she had focused more on his story this would have been an excellent read.

Sorry Ms. Cornwell but you missed the mark on this one!
Apr 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was strange, for lack of a better word. I don't know if the author intended to do so, but it came across almost like a cartoon representation of the police department in Richmond, Virginia and most of the characters could have been played by toddlers in a daycare ...more
Ellen Willmore
A whole bunch of characters with little plot. If this is your introduction to Patricia Cornwell, it's a really bad place to start. ...more
Marian Tustison O'Connor
Loved this book. I laughed so much. The story was great.
Julie Tyuk
Dec 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, audiobook
I guess my thoughts will be shorter than the blurb for the book. It was even lamer than the first one. And while I enjoyed some the main characters in the first one and was laughing from time to time; this time I could not make my mind how this book was even published. It is really random ideas poorly developed and poorly connected.

First, this gang, which not a gang but a psycho with some strange plot; then this boy, who is slow, but not slow but a genius, bringing down the whole psycho's plot
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a disappointment! I read Hornet's Nest and could not put it down, so was excited to get the next in the series. Really badly written, poor characterisation. She has taken the same characters (even some of the 'bad guys' seem to have the same names), moved them to another city and churned out another tale, presumably trading on the success of the first.
It doesn't work, the relationship between West and Brazil doesn't work at all; its totally unbelievable how they all have moved to this new
Arto Mutka
This book was OK... I think I enjoyed it more than the previous one in the series Hornet's Nest but this is no way remotely as good as Patricia Cornwall's early Scarpetta novels. Took quite a while to get into the novel... Lots of scenes with different characters that one foes not really understand how they connect together. It does all come together in the end but was a chore to really get into it. Thankfully it was a relatively short 340 pages. I don't think I will bother seeking out the third ...more
Dec 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cornwell
Although I enjoyed the first Andy Brazil book, "Hornet's Nest" except for the ending, I found very little to redeem "Southern Cross". The interesting main characters of Brazil, West and Hammer have been transplanted to a new city. But this time the characters shallow cardboard cutouts with no substance at all. The book is overpopulated with stereotypical characters and the plot is ludicrous. After reading the first book, I wondered why the series only had three books. Now I am surprised that the ...more
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book started slow and never really gathered speed. There were so many things that didn't make sense. Why would a brand new-to-the-area loser like Smoke be able to generate a cult following that would do anything he told them to? Why would you place something important like COMSTAT in the hands of someone with no knowledge and give him enough access to screw up the system? It was just not a good book. If I didn't already know and love the Scarpetta series, I would put down this author and no ...more
Crystal Toller
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Andy Brazil

In this second book of the Andy Brazil, West, Hammer and Brazil have moved to Richmond temporarily to set up Comstat in Richmond and get a handle on crime. When West and Hammer are on the phone they hear another conversation and think they are hearing a murder being planned which turns out not to be the case. There are also a series of ATM robberies happening that have the police very worried. How West, Hammer and Brazil solve the ATM robberies and discover who has hijacked the comsta
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the series of Andy Brazil. I am sad to think that Cornwell will not write any more in this series because of some of the remarks people make. These books are written with a twist of the tongue, a twist on the English language and a twist on human nature and done humorously. This a work of fiction for cripes sake. It does not have to be politically correct and it does not have to take your sensitive nature into consideration thank God. Kick back and enjoy a funny read.
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
From Patricia Cornwell after Kay Scarpetta I really expected something better. First book was also not her best but I wanted to give her another chance with Southern Cross... I will not read 3rd book from this series, it is really not worth it...
Book (at least my version) has 310-ish pages, and it is about everything bringing new characters in, but again, it is resolved in 2 or 3 sentences, too quickly without any thriller or tensity almost by accident.
Barbara Blindauer
This is number 2 in the Andy Brazil series. Andy has become a police officer and along with Chief Hammer and Deputy Chief West have moved fro North Carolina to Richmond, Virginia. It was good to read about Richmond history and to see the characters of Andy, Judy, and Virginia develop, but I thought the plot was weak and sad that it really dealt with juveniles that the system had abandoned or were treated badly by others.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've been dragging through this book. I guess I'm not a fan of Andy Brazil, West, and Hammer. I've read half the book and decided to close the book as finished. I'm not attempting the third one.

I've read books by Patricia Cornwell before and found the very good. I'm not sure why these two do not hold my interest.

I'm not recommending to read or not read these books.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
A strange, and at times unsettling, mish-mash with some nice touches of humour in what is at its heart a very dark story.

Listening to the story (and others written by Cornwell) I'm beginning to wonder if there isn't an aspect of 'brand placement' advertising going on ... the seemingly constant naming of brands is becoming, for me, annoying.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a typical Cornwell. Not a Kay Scarpetta novel.

This story is about Judith Hammer, a southern Police Chief brought in to clean up a corrupt police force. She ends up on the line, having to solve a brutal murder.

I find Ms. Cornwell's portrail of the coroner Kay Scarpetta more believable than that of Judy Hammer.
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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.

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