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)
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Love the series, but this one seemed to lack the same thrill to keep listening.
Honestly? SNOBBISH. If the stories weren't so interesting, I might revert back to the paperbacks I also bought of the same series.
This plot was disappointing and implausible.
I have read several reviews mentioning the bad reader - I'm afraid it's true. The lady that reads this book I'm sure is very nice but does not do well as an audio book reader. The inappropriate voice inflections, mispronunciations and general dullness is very distracting.
The characters have always been written as very skilled and experienced professionals. In this particular story the main characters leaped to irrational and unwarranted conclusions several times during the story, which was disappointing. It's been a while since I have read a Kay Scarpetta novel, but I remember really liking them. In this story character Kay was overly emotional, selfish and irrational. Not the Scarpetta novels I remember - maybe I have moved past these? Not sure.
Nothing - I'm sorry but I thought she was a terrible reader. I would not get another book she reads.
What a great story line. Not one of her strongest endings but this writer continues to beguile her readers as we follow the body trail to the irresistible ending. I'm behind in the series and can't wait to read the next installment. In looking ahead I noticed that Point of Origin is not on the audible list. Please hurry and add this one. I'll be there by next week. :)
Compared to the rest this one is about a 7.
She does a pretty good Marino
When will Point of Origin be added?
The story is entertaining and holds the attention for the most part. dragging only in a few places. There ARE a couple holes in the plot but nothing too bad or beyond the implicit requirement to suspend a certain bit of skepticism common to most fiction.
You'd be better off reading this one though, as the performance of C.J. Critt is grating to say the least. She is ponderous through expository portions and especially any technical descriptions. Her renditions of the dialogue make Kay Scarpetta sound like a 1940's "dame" combined with a sexpot, instead of a contemporary, accomplished doctor and CME. Scarpetta's niece Lucy, a 24 year old highly intelligent FBI Agent, sounds like a spoiled 14 year old. And C.J. seems to have zero clue as to how to portray any of the male characters. Skip this listen and get the book. The voices in your imagination will be much more satisfying.
After several tries I finally got through this good story. The narrator needs to find other work or maybe a gallon or two of black coffee before work. It ruins the... suspense when one... pauses every third... word for no... apparent reason.
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