With her knowledge of state-of-the-art forensics and investigative technique that have made her America's most alluring crime writer, Patricia Cornwell once again brings to life a world both frightening and irresistibly compelling. Blow Fly is Scarpetta's, and Cornwell's, most unforgettable journey yet.
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I have been a consistent, possibly obsessed audiobook listener since 2003. My listening ranges from suspenseful mysteries to science and technology, but I return again and again to the unexpected depth and breadth of books which fall into the "Mysteries and Thrillers" category.
Unlike many other reviewers, I like the slow building of the complexity of these characters and the slight meandering of the overall plot of this group of books about the deteriorating of Kate Scarpetta's work in Virginia and what she does next. They do end abruptly, I admit, but together they feel linked and compelling and rich to me.
When I got to the end I just blinked. I couldn't believe that was the end. I felt let down. All this build up and then nothing. I felt nothing was resolved. I felt like there was 15 minutes to finish the last chapter and it was done in one line.
I was very disappointed in this newest Kay Scarpetta novel. At the end of The Last Precinct, Kay was headed off to New York to help with a murder trial. I expected Blow Fly to start where TLP left off. It didn't. Not only that, but Cornwell changes things from the end of one to the beginning of the next and doesn't explain why the changes. There were a LOT of characters and character building, but Cornwell builds to a climax that she doesn't deliver. I tend to listen to my books over and over again - but I won't this one.
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Yes, I am really enjoying the book and like movies, if you listen to it again you might pick up other things that you missed the first time. I own the hard cover book, but have not had time to finish reading the book, so I figured this would be the best way to finish the book.
I'm still listening to the book, but I have always enjoyed all of the characters, Scarpetta, Lucy, Benton and Pete Mareno
I purchased more of the Scarpetta books on CD so I can listen to more while driving. I really enjoy listening to the books. The narrators make it interesting.
The characters were not believable and the story was slow and tedious. It seems more like the author is trying to exorcize her own personal demons. Kay has become boring and that is too bad. The ending was just plain silly. The narration was terrible and I don't know why all of the male renditions sounded like a blustery old grampa talking to children.
It may be that the book is wonderful and, though a veteran Cornwell reader, just the wrong kind for this book. The plot is complicated and weak. The book is long on introspection by Benton, Marino, and Kay. Their autopsychological effort bears no fruit. They start out unhappy and continue to drag the reader down emotonally, to an abrupt ending, which resolves only the case. I switched off my Otis depressed and angry.
I have enjoyed the other stories about Kay Scarpetta. However, in this episode, Patricia Cornwell steps back from the character and writes in a totally different way. Even when Dr. Scarpetta is in the scene, she is a stranger to the reader. Too often in the story, Patricia has told what is going on instead of showing us. Too often in the story, Patricia has given too much information that has nothing to do with the scene or the storyline.
The narrator does a good job, however, whenever Pete Marino is speaking, he even seems like a different character. In the other books, when Pete speaks, we know it's him by the tone of the narrators voice, even before we are told that he is speaking. But in this episode, she changed the way he spoke.
The plot twisted and intricate, the characters developed nicely. Scarpetta seems like she plays a smaller role, or rather other characters emerge. Old villains continue to plague the members of the Last Precinct. The ending leaves room for another novel...I'll get it next month.
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