After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call. The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike. A preliminary examination in the sea of red mud where the body has been left also reveals a bizarre residue that fluoresces blood red, emerald green, and sapphire blue.
Physical evidence links the case to a series of uniquely weird homicides in Washington, D.C., where Scarpetta's FBI husband has been deployed to help capture a serial killer dubbed the Capital Murderer. The cases all connect and yet seem to conflict. Gail Shipman was murdered for financial gain - or was she? It will require the usual ensemble of characters to find out the truth, including Scarpetta's sidekick Pete Marino, who has undergone a drastic change in his life that places him center stage in a Cambridge investigation that puts everyone at risk.
©2013 Patricia Cornwell (P)2013 Penguin Audio
The repetitive history! Patricia Cornwell is filling up pages with too much verbiage of needless prattle in her last three Scarpetta books!. Too Much repeating of old 'stuff' just to fill pages (the needless prattle). And the Scarpetta books are getting depressing to read/listen. Overall I found this book boring.
Reader does a good job with a boring book. She can only bring so much 'life' into this storyline.
Glad Marino has left Scarpetta.
The storyline repetitive, and I was waiting for action the entire time. BORING!
I'm not sure. I used to enjoy Jonathan's Kellerman's books as well, but his are getting slow as well. Cast of Shadows has been the best thriller that I have read in months. I'm hoping that this author will write another book soon. However, I hope it's not a disappointment like a lot of my favorite authors. Robyn Cook needs to step it up and write another book as well!
None. I always enjoy Dr. Scarpetta, Lucy, Benton, and Marino. However, the plot was just not exciting.
I would not purchase this book!
Again, another great book of the Scarpetta series. This last book is as good as the first ones, and showing the aging process, moving on with life and all, it's great!!
Same, not sure why I listen to them because this narrator is horrible.
Boring, reader is just not involved, phones it in. Very irritating. Won't listen to another booker with Kate Reading as narrator. I am just so done with her horrible performance.
I kept listening only because I wanted to see the ending and as usual, was way too obvious.
I have enjoyed every other one of the Scarpetta series and have always looked forward to the next book.
I found this story to be long and drawn out, Scarpetta was self centered and self indulgent.
Margaret in the Mountains
No. I'm never sure that listening to thrillers and mysteries is "time well-spent", but this book was not enjoyable. I listen to books to help pass the time on long drives. With this book, I found my attention drifting. It also seemed like Cornwell could have told the story with fewer words. The narrator did not make it easy to distinguish the characters. Lucy sounded a lot like Marino at times.
Yes. I keep hoping for books that were as good as her first few.
I don't know.
I don't know
The story might be pretty good, but the reader was so boring that it was easy to tune out.
Yes, but not with the same reader. I read her books and they are usually pretty good.
She was very flat. Really didn't put any personality into the characters, and these characters have personality. If Kay were this boring in real life, Benton would not be interested in her.......
No. I was happy when it ended. I needed the ending, but I wanted to get there quicker because I couldn't stand listening to it..
I don't over-eat, I over listen. I don't do drugs, I do books. Book addict from infancy on. Skip the diamonds. Just give me a book.
Patricia Cornwell is one of the most professionally informed writers that I read from cover to cover and series book to series book. Although "dust" was a great listen, it was darker and more disturbing then most of her other books. However, in this, her latest book she failed to make her two side characters, Benton Wesley and Pete Marino anything but wooden replicas of themselves. Actually, the character of Marino was so unappealing in this novel that it was almost painful to listen to his part.
Considering that 20 out of the 21 books in the Scarpetta series were terrific, I guess that Patricia Cornwell should be forgiven for one partial dud.
The thing that saved the entire book from being a 2 star failure was the intricate plot that wove logically through the tale of murder and mayhem without becoming ho hum and boring or confused and tangled. I did figure out "who done it" before the story reached that part, but at least I didn't figure it out 15 minutes into listening, as I do with some less talented authors of detective and mystery tales. And of course, Kay Readings performance was wonderful as usual.
I have read all the books in this series and for a while I have felt like the books weren't the quality that they have been in the past. The last two have been getting better but Patricia knocked it out of the park with this book. Finally, I felt like there was actual resolve to the end of the book instead of reaching the climax and then it ends. I think she is heading in a new direction and no longer felt like the books were getting "stale".
I enjoy Kate reading of the series. Her voices for the characters are great and help me form a mental image of who is speaking.
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