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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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