I have read most of Patricia Cornwell's books. I loved her gift as a wordsmith . . . not an academic, but a person who has learned her craft well. I was surprised in this book to realize that it was a step way back in time . . . the characters were young and many of the "latest" technical developments are ancient history in the technological sense of the word. Having said that . . . Patricia Cornwell is a masterful story teller and this book is no exception. It is skillfully written and reflects the technology and environment of the day. (does anyone else remember the gritty powdered hand soap in public washrooms????). The story is certain to hold your attention - and the issues addressed (police scandal) are remarkably forward thinking.
I must however, take exception to the narrator. I gave her 2 stars only because she didn't mispronounce any words. Her accents were everywhere from the deep south to downtown Boston (and everything in between - sometimes in the same sentence). The volume of her voice ranges from very quiet to very loud - making it a difficult listen because of the variations in volume. Her narrating was a detraction from a very well written mystery!
For those medical mystery lovers, however, this is a great "read." Just hold disbelief in suspense when the accents for the characters are "off-putting" - and keep your hand on the volume control so you neither miss important passages nor blast your ears to an unhealthy jump in volume. It's well worth the effort.
Yes I will try another Cornwell novel. The character development is decent but a little too background intensive regarding the technical details. I believe this may be due to the fact that this book was written several years ago. I will never listen to another book narrated by CJ Critt. She takes a deep breath at the beginning of most paragraphs and it is very distracting. She doesn't seem to be able to grasp the characters personalities and makes Scarpetta seem like a delicate flower that is afraid to speak.
It's slow to start but weaves a nice intrigue
The narrator was completely off base with the character. Needs to be a totally different reader.
I have been wanting to read the Scarpetta books for a long time because I love the Bones novels and another series that is similar so I figured I would like these as well. Being OCD about the way I read books of course I had to read them from the first book in order. After I got back into the mindframe of pre-computers/laptops being on every surface of my house and a cell phone in my pocket, I was able to appreciate the story because the old style computers really play a part in the story. I am hooked on Scarpetta and just got the second in the series.
This story is well told and I really enjoyed it all the way through. Sometimes with this type of novel it is easy to get bogged down by too many details but this book has a perfect balance of information vs. story. I can see that I will be a Patricia Cornwell fan from now on. The character, Kay Scarpetta, really grows on you and CJ Critt is the perfect voice for her. When I read this book in print that was not the voice I imagined but after hearing this book I realize that is the voice the author meant for her to have and now I can't imagine any other voice for her.
The plot was passable, but the characters were a little superficial and the some of the character development didn't seem to go anywhere. The narrator could have varied accents for the different characters. It was not "an on the edge of your seat" mystery.
lots of talk of mainframes which is a testament to the powerful 1970s technology. not a bad mystery. not a genre i love.
You can feel the apprehension, the tension and the excitement.
Yes, trying to guess who the killer was and why he was killing.
All of the ones with the main character and her niece. Such depth and understanding but still pivotal to the plot.
No matter who you think the killer is, think again.
Looking forward to more books from this author.
I like the way Patricia Cornwell writes and she tells a great story.
All of it.
She makes the characters come to life.
This book was great at describing the scene, character, and activities of each of them. The voice actor did a great job of picking voices that allowed you to visualize each character.
Currently this is one of my favorite audio books!
Yes. It kept dragging you in with new clues to who the killer might be and how they were going to catch him.