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Cause of Death Audiobook

Cause of Death

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Publisher's Summary

On a quiet day, away from the hustle of Richmond, in a small cottage on the Virginia coast, Dr. Kay Scarpetta receives a disturbing phone call from the Chesapeake police. Thirty feet deep in the murky waters of Virginia's Elizabeth River, a scuba diver's body is discovered near the Inactive Naval Shipyard.

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.

Don't miss the other titles in Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series.

©1996 Patricia Daniels Cornwell; (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    DONA 02-26-13
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    "ALWAYS A PLEASURE"

    I know that sounds like an odd title for any Cornwell book. This one is so intriguing on so many levels. Whose cause of death is Scarpetta going to discover next? The story moves from one tragic and ugly scene to another keeping the reader guessing and then getting things all figured out only to come to the next twist in the road. That's why reading PC"s novels is always a pleasure.

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    ANNE R HARRIS MISSOULA, MT, US 01-19-13
    ANNE R HARRIS MISSOULA, MT, US 01-19-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Story and performance top notch"

    Cornwell does an excellent mystery again. I'll admit that I've skipped a few novels and I'm now "backfilling" the story with some of the earlier Scarpeta stories. I find the performance by CJ Critt easy to listen to and I enjoy her rendition of the characters. I recommend the story, performance, and production.

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    France St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, Canada 06-14-05
    France St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, Canada 06-14-05
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    "I almost fell asleep on the autopsy table!"

    When I listened to the sample, I liked the lilt of the reader's voice. But a half hour into the book I wished I could make her read faster! I plodded along to the end of the story, but found that just not much was going on with the main plot. The story branched out into several mini-tales which were uninteresting to me and made me think I should have bought the unabridged version this time around. The forensics aspect was interesting enough which is why I'm giving this two stars, but I was never on the edge of my seat.

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    Amazon Customer Kansas City, MO 01-20-17
    Amazon Customer Kansas City, MO 01-20-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Only My Fourth Book in This Series, I'm Addicted!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cause of Death to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print verstion


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not on the edge of my seat, but it kept my interest.


    Any additional comments?

    Get rid of Lucy! She's been annoying in all 4 of the books I've read!

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    jodonna gautschy 12-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazement at how well written"

    Patricia Cornwell does it again.... a creative story. well written, and fast moving. I find myself not able to leave the car.... I listened to the audio version.... I feel like I'm with a friend.

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    William 11-04-16
    William 11-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "love her books"

    love that charter is strong,intelligent and loving. love the twist n turns the author makes through the book

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    N. Thompson Emlenton Pa 12-22-15
    N. Thompson Emlenton Pa 12-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Did not like the narrator"

    I always loved reading Patricia Cornwell, but listening to this story really turned me off. The narrator seemed condescending and I just didn't like her. I think I'll stick to reading these stories rather than listening to them.

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    Jennifer 12-05-15
    Jennifer 12-05-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Not my favorite Scarpetta novel."

    I really enjoy the Scarpetta series. However I must say this wasn't one of my favorites. This is probably the worst one so far. I love CJ Critt as a narrator. I am sorry to see she doesn't narrate all of the books in this series. I have gotten used to the different characters voices and by bringing in a new narrator totally messes things up. I almost don't want to continue the series due to the changing of narrators. Hoping the next books are better than this.

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    Jay Quintana 10-31-15 Member Since 2017
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    "My Last Scarpetta, Plot too Absurd"

    I enjoyed the first five books in the series, didn't care for the sixth and don't care for this one. In the latter two books, the plots were just too ridiculous to believe. Not only that, but we don't really have a clue about the antagonists. I understand these books are being told in the first person, but we have to have some sense of who the bad guys are and why they do what they do. Also, they need to be interesting. I usually find cults fascinating. All I know about the cult here is they wanted to blow up the world (I think, I have to confess to zoning out at times).

    It felt like the first five books were whodunits. While with the latter two, we know who did it and it's about a cat-and-mouse game between Scapetta and the baddies. Anyone who's read Day of the Jackal knows this can be done compellingly, but that absolutely has not been achieved with the sixth and seventh installments of Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

    Too many other authors out there, too little time. Hopefully, over time, I'll remember the joy I got out of the first five books, rather than the disappointment I experienced with the latter two.

    Btw, Mr./Ms. Editor, there's a Navy General in the book. General?

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    Miaxara Left Coast, USA 12-20-13
    Miaxara Left Coast, USA 12-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great writing, terrible narration"

    I have enjoyed all of the Kate Scarpetta stories so far -- the characters are well-developed, the dialogue is great, and they have a great storyline. However, C.J. Critt is not an appropriate narrator for this type of subject matter. She reads with the syrupy, sing-song voice of a grandmother reading a fairytale to a five-year-old, which just doesn't set well when Kate Scarpetta is providing vivid detail of making a Y-incision during an autopsy. I hope this is the last of the Critt-narrated novels in the series. If not, I'm going to resort to reading them via Kindle until the series starts with a new narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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