As the police begin searching for clues, the wallet of investigative reporter Ted Eddings is found. Unnerved by the possible identity of the victim, Scarpetta orders the crime scene roped off and left alone until she arrives. What was he doing there, searching for Civil War relics as the officer suggested, or was there a bigger story? As she rifles through the multitude of clues, a second murder hits much closer to home. This new development puts Scarpetta and her colleagues hot on the trail of a military conspiracy.
Filled with lurid details that Cornwell's legions of fans have come to expect, Cause of Death is a breathtaking mystery further enhanced by C. J. Critt's gripping narration.
Cause of Death is the 7th book in the Kay Scarpetta series.
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"Cornwell remains a master of the genre, instilling in readers an appetite that only she can satisfy." (Publishers Weekly)
"The fascination with monstrous evil that's run through Cornwell's recent work blossoms with a vengeance....Full marks, as always, for the gripping forensic detail and beleaguered Scarpetta's legendary toughness." (Kirkus)
After nine surgeries on my brain and looking at a tenth, audio is the choice for me to feel whole again. I am myself in the world of books!
Kay is the new and inproved Dr. of the dead. She is way more hands on and fun with all the characters she happens to come in contact with. I liked her spirit and her family and her friends. If I sound as if she is real that is because the story and the reader make it seem so real that you buy into the life the Dr. The story is fresh and not the kind that you guess the plot before you get out the first chapter. I want more books from this author!
This story kept my attention through most of the book, but seemed to lack something. When I got to the ending my mind said...."Huh? It's over?" So who killed the victim? Maybe I was asleep during that part. Definitely not her best.
I really enjoyed the IDEA of the book, that's about it.
The narrator was terrible. She inserts pauses so long between the dialog and the "I said, she said".....etc, that I wondered if my player shut off. She seemed winded after long sentences. Also, there are characters that are in the begining of the book that seem to have an important role, but just fade away with minimal reference to them. The end of the book was the best thing about this book.
I think this is one of those cases where the narrator ruined the audio book which is a shame since it seemed like a great book. However since an audio book is only the sum of it's parts it doesn't matter if the text is a masterpiece if the narrator is grating and un-listenable.
Say something about yourself!
What ending? Oh wait, did I miss the ending? Oh, now I remember, the abrupt unrealistic ending.
Wish Patricia Cornwell would not leave several story lines that went on in excruciatingly painful detail just hanging without a resolution. Whats up with that?
The early Scarpetta books are great, and this book is no exception. The problem is the narrator. She doesn't get the Kay Scarpetta or Pete Marino characters at all. Not only that, the narrator seems to be struggling for oxygen and sucks in air between sentences. It is so annoying that I couldn't finish the book. I recommend getting the hardcopy of this book or going for Kate Reading's narration of the Cornwell books instead.
I thought this narrator wasn't as good as most of the others in audio books. I couldn't really listen to the story because of her voice and pitches. Some of her pronunciations were incorrect also. The story itself I would give a 4 but a 1 for the narrator.
The Audio edition is done very well so I can't imagine my reading it would have made it any better. Therefore, yes.
I'm not really sure. I am a great English mystery enthusiast and maybe it's my imagination but there seem to be a lot of women main characters now-a-days. I like them and I like their male counterparts, also. So in particular Cause of Death in of itself may not remind me of another book but the main character as, well, Miss Marple. Call me old fashioned.
Well, Dr. Scarpetta of course but I thought Captain Moreno was very funny. C.J. Critt does a marvelous job of reading the characters. She did sound a little like "the other character" than the one she was speaking at times but that didn't really bother me too much. It must be like playing all the parts in a play. It can't be easy.
It made me laugh out loud at times. But, it is scary because this could happen and you have to wonder.
Yes, at first I couldn't understand why P. Cornwell delved so deeply into the when/how radioactive material is harmful. It got a little boring. And I stayed the course as the last few "pages" or chapter revealed at least some of the reason.
I am a long time Cornwell fan, and this installment did not disappoint. I literally could not stop listening to it. The narrator was on point, and the story was riveting.
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