I love the Scarpetta books, but this one was a bit disappointing and slow. I still gave it a pretty high rating as I'm so picky that even a not so great Patricia Cornwell novel is a lot better than so many other authors.
I loved the earlier Kay Scarpetta novels, but have not enjoyed the last couple. This one was just awful. It was just all over the place, and never really fleshed anything out completely. There was too much about Kay's feelings, and not enough about the other characters, and how they related to the plot. Lucy seemed a little more human this time, but poor Marino ends up looking stupid, as always. I had to listen to some of the last parts again to see if I missed something, or if it really was that dumb.
This hasn't turned me off from other books in this genre, but definitely turned me off from Patricia Cornwell.
The narration was awful. She makes Kay and Lucy sound like robots, and her male voices are just silly.
I was hoping for a substantial "older style" Scarpetta mystery - but again was disappointed. The story seems to have no plot, jumps around to different random murders that seem to be connected, yet we can't imagine why and has no more character development. I think it is time to be done with Kay Scarpetta.
I found the narrator to be slightly irritating and her character voices to be odd. She did not add to the books enjoyment, in fact, detracted from it.
It took to long to get to the story plot. Almost stopped the story.
Yes I will not read or lissen to any more by the outher. See need to change her story line.
It seemed the the reader was not into the book shile she read it. I can see why.
The whole first half of the book. It took way to long to get to the story line.
Nothing. I loved Patricia Cornwall 10+ years ago and decided to give her another shot. The characters were the same but the story was mundane. Too many details about the coffee machine in the bathroom. The story didn't grab me. I stopped listening about ten minutes in.
I'm done with Patricia Cornwall.
All of them. Lucy especially.
I was hoping this would be a Patricia Cornwell come back....it was disappointing.....It was a chore listening......I found that the beginning was a tedious long and boring dialogue with much to much description of things that did not really matter....did not enhance the story line, or encourage one to continue the book......it was really hard for me to continue, but I kept hoping it would get better.........
The monotone of the narration did not enhance the experience......
I will not get caught again !
Story fell flat in the middle and I felt that the ending was abrupt.
Not as good as her previous novel Red Mist.
I have read all her books but this one just wasn't up to standard.
No, I will read new books that she writes
Am A. Hag
Enjoyed this continuing saga, but it's not one of her best. Will listen again as I start the series for the second time.
I've been a fan of Cornwell...and Scarpetta...for many years. I'm not sure if I can say the same after Bone Bed. It's hard to say how much the narrator's interpretation of Scarpetta and other key characters affected the way I experienced this story, but I found Scarpetta moved from flawed (but brilliant and admirable) to unbearable (inexplicably petulant, arrogant, and oblivious to much of what is going on around her).
I may have to *read* this book myself to determine whether I can return for another Scarpetta novel. Perhaps I've misread the character of Scarpetta for years, but the narrator and I clearly have very different interpretations of her personality.
I also hope that Cornwell allows the characters to grow a bit in the next novel. This was one of my favorite series, and I'm crossing my fingers that the next book brings something fresh to the table.