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The Patricial Cornwell CD Audio Treasury, Volume 2: Body of Evidence / Postmortem

(Kay Scarpetta #1-2)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  919 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Body of Evidence

After months of menacing phone calls and feeling that her every move is being watched, successful writer Beryl Madison flees Key West when a terrifying message is scratched on her car. But the very night she returns to Richmond, she deactivates her burglar alarm and opens her door to someone who nearly decapitates her. Why did she let him in, wonders Chief
Audio CD, Abridged, 5 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by HarperAudio (first published July 6th 1995)
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Mary Jo
Jul 05, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
very dated.
Jun 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers 18+
Recommended to Jennifer by: Alice Haas
Well worth a second listen!
Jane Farr
Good mysteries. Best read in order.
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! Read it! 5+ stars! Ready to read # 3!
Yolande Duplessis
As with all Cornwell novels, a chiller. In the second novel in the Scarpetta collection(the first being Postmortem), Dr. Kay Scarpetta gets tangled up in the murder and life of romance novelist Beryl Madison, only to find the killer becoming her own nightmare.

Body of Evidence is an easy to read thriller with compelling details about forensic pathology. At times the detail can become overwhelming, but in the end it adds to the richness of the research behind the killings. Nothing seems fabricated
Dorothea Müller
Dr. Kay Scarpetta ist erst seit kurzem die Leiterin der Gerichtsmedizin im Fall eines mehrfachen Frauenmörders, der in Virginia sein Unwesen treibt. Doch plötzlich werden die Untersuchung gesört. Als ein weiterer Mord geschieht, will Dr. Scarpetta dem Täter eine Falle stellen.

Ich bin im Moment total auf der Schiene Krimi und Thriller her damit. Also bin ich über Kay Scarpetta gestolpert. Eine sehr lange Reihe aber ich war sehr neugierig. Kaum angefangen hat mich Kay in ihrem Bann gezogen. Natürl
Jan 27, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Being the CSI freak that I am, I don't know why I never read the Scarpetta books before - perhaps a bandwagon I was letting pass by, I don't know.

But, being home sick, and not in the mood for trashy romance, I went trashy crime. Fast read, a little outdated with the advances made in DNA technology, but if you're going to read a series, I guess its best to start in the beginning.

Update - now that I've finished both books, I'm downgrading this from three stars to two stars. For a highly educated w
Jun 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far, I am amazed at how much smoking goes on in public places, and how technology was so primitive. Typing in commands on the computer, the scarcity of computers, and using a phone booth to make calls away from home or office.
Postmortem was written in 1990. I remember in my own life, when we were visiting colleges in 1997 and '98, that the dorms were just then being wired for personal computers, and that it was a big deal. By the time we were visiting again in 2003,issuing cell phones to each
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was two books in one. The first story was okay but seemed rushed to me. The second was much better until the end. Again, it seemed rushed and just ended. Towards the end, the main character, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, started (in my opinion) making stupid decisions. I mean really, her ex boyfriend who has already been caught lying to her in the earlier part of the book, shows up and tells her a story and "Bam!" just like that (notice she didn't dial the phone), she believes him enough to let h ...more
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading this book. I didn't think I would like it from a medical examiner's point of view, but it took me most of the way through to figure out the killer and what happened was summed up in the end. I was completely surprised. I like her writing and the plot line. I really didn't know what to think of the old love interest who comes along in the story and was surprised at the end about him. Read this if you like mysteries with women investigators and plots that don't spell it out ...more
Dec 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the second book in my list of required reads on my class' roster. And it was a breath of icy crisp air. Beginning The the mind of scarpetta, right before the call to the first murder scene. Right up until the end you wonder (or at least i do) who the killer could be. Is it someone we know? Is it a complete stranger? Is is a woman? is it a man? nothing is for sure until the very end. And even then you are left in amazment. Patricia Cornwell has my respect, I have never seen an author mak ...more
Jan 12, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is actually a collection of two books, I only completed Omnibus: Postmortem. While this isn't a genre that I partake in very often, I found this book engaging enough to finish (so really I would give it 2.5 or 2.75 starts). I suppose I just don't have the taste for some of the "gore" that accompanies many murder mysteries. I did get a kick out of the very "vintage" computer technology that was used through out the book. Sigh, we've come a long way since then, tee hee. ...more
Feb 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-book
Audio CD I read these books when they originally were published. Forgot that Kay Scarpetta used to smoke, she and Marino weren't friends in the beginning and Lucy was quite young! Enjoyed the second time around also! ...more
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good goose bump kinda read if you don't want to think. With as much running around as I have been doing these were just right. I like this main character and will read more of her! ...more
Shell Ward
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really like the early Scarpetta books, great characters and storylines.
Sarah Warren
First book. Enjoyed it!
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The stories that started it all! What more can be said?
Orma Jean
Excellent as always!
Taylor Hambrick
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I watch and read so much about homicide investigations that I can always guess who the killer is, but this book had me on my toes all the way through! Great character development as well.
Nell George
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always lots of twists in her books.
Pretty good introduction to Dr. Scarpetta. Entertaining and although there were some jumps in logic that didn't quite make sense at times, overall it was a fun read ...more
Marie O'brien
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who enjoys thrillers
First Scarpetta books I read had me hooked immediately.
Awesome reads!
Karleene West
Great series
Aug 31, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone knows I like forensic stuff... this is just a forensic version of the popcorn mystery/thriller. I've only read the two books, but they seem formulaic, but with some ok twists and turns. ...more
Nupur Dogra
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
story is superbly woven and paced..
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad
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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,

Other books in the series

Kay Scarpetta (1 - 10 of 25 books)
  • Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta, #1)
  • Body of Evidence (Kay Scarpetta, #2)
  • All That Remains (Kay Scarpetta, #3)
  • Cruel & Unusual (Kay Scarpetta, #4)
  • The Body Farm (Kay Scarpetta, #5)
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  • Cause of Death (Kay Scarpetta, #7)
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