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Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel, Book 22 | [Patricia Cornwell]

Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel, Book 22

It's Dr. Kay Scarpetta's birthday, and she's about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids' game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there's been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car.
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Publisher's Summary

Number one New York Times best-selling author Patricia Cornwell delivers the next enthralling thriller in her high-stakes series starring Kay Scarpetta - a complex tale involving a serial sniper who strikes chillingly close to the forensic sleuth herself.

It's Dr. Kay Scarpetta's birthday, and she's about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids' game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there's been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. No one has heard or seen a thing.

In this twenty-second Scarpetta novel, the master forensic sleuth finds herself in the unsettling pursuit of a serial sniper who leaves no incriminating evidence except fragments of copper. The shots seem impossible, yet they are so perfect they cause instant death. The victims appear to have had nothing in common, and there is no pattern to indicate where the killer will strike next. First New Jersey, then Massachusetts, and then the murky depths off the coast of South Florida, where Scarpetta investigates a shipwreck, looking for answers that only she can discover and analyze. And it is there that she comes face to face with shocking evidence that implicates her techno genius niece, Lucy, Scarpetta's own flesh and blood.

©2014 Cornwell Entertainment, Inc. (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 11-25-14
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 11-25-14 Member Since 2012

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "Series badly needs to change focus"

    There are so many things about the novel I do not like, I hardly know where to start. The novel starts with seven pennies against a wall and a shooting -- so far so good. But Cornwell does the same, tired thing, she make this whole novel about her inner circle casting doubt on those close to her. With so much intelligence and abilities in her, Benton, Lucy, and Marino, your would like that she could conjure up a plot line that doesn't have one of her own family suspected of stuff (I won't spoil). You see her laying some groundwork for future additions to the series which is okay. She really needs to get out of this self-doubt kick with Scarpetta and get everyone sharing information with each other taking a nasty as hell crime with intricacies like she has done in the past. A little more depth on supporting cast will do and it would be nice to see the character grow a bit -- okay maybe there was a little in this novel, but we need to see more. This plot is tired -- time for a change.

    I love Lorelie King -- but NOT in the Scapetta series. For those of you who know, she narrates the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie is a ditzy comic character. Her voice makes Scapetta sound like Plum and Benton like Joe Morelli -- not a compliment. Go back to having Kate Reading do the narration -- no disrespect to Lorelie King.

    Overall, this story is a meh. Try not to be too disappointed, it's worth the credit but I wouldn't rush to listen to it like I did.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-16-14
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-16-14 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Spine-tingling"

    This is book twenty-two in the Dr. Kay Scarpetta series. It is Kay’s birthday and FBI agent Benton Wesley, Kay’s husband are about to leave for a birthday trip to Florida. Det. Pete Marino calls Scarpetta to the scene of a fatal shooting in Cambridge. Questions arise—are these serial sniper attacks? Is it related to two shootings in New Jersey? The victim was erroneously classified a terrorist is this a factor? The hunt is on. Lucy, Scarpetta’s technology genius niece is being framed and Scarpetta is out to prove Lucy is the victim. We have the usual conflicts and infighting among the usual series characters.

    The book has lots of suspense. Cornwell’s writing has improved with this book. She is now back to her old elegant style. The book is back to the old style of having Scarpetta narrating the story. The book ends with an unusual ending for Cornwell—a cliffhanger.

    I keep wondering when Cornwell will close the Scarpetta series and start a new one featuring Lucy. This audio book also has a new narrator Lorelei King. Kate Burton (Richard Burton’s daughter) has probably narrated more of the series than any other narrator. I prefer a series always use the same narrator but unfortunately this series does not.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Gillian's Mommy SC 11-12-14
    Gillian's Mommy SC 11-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book, terrible choice of narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd suggest anyone interested should read the book, not listen to the audio version. Lorelei King is an awful choice to narrate this series. She's wonderful in many other books or series, but NOT this. Kate Reading, Kate Burton, or even C.J. Critt would have been so much better (as proven by listening to earlier books in the series).


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lorelei King’s performances?

    Absolutely, I really enjoy her work. However I won't download another Scarpetta novel narrated by Ms. King


    Any additional comments?

    Please, please, PLEASE go back to one of the earlier narrators.

    17 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Shara 11-19-14
    Shara 11-19-14
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    "FLAT. ORDINARY. AVERAGE. POOR NARRATOR"

    One of the biggest problems I found with this book is "here comes the Lucy drama, AGAIN."
    On and on about is she in trouble again? Has she gone off the range? Is she keeping secrets from Kay with Benton and/or Marino? Her sexuality. Her relationships. It's old. Stale. Unimaginative. Predictable. Can we please just get back to some good old crime solving and pathology!? And the narrator just made it drag worse. Actually had hard time finishing. Seriously considered returning for credit.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    pamela Tarpon Springs, FL, United States 11-20-14
    pamela Tarpon Springs, FL, United States 11-20-14 Member Since 2009
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    "I want those 12 hrs of my life back."

    At the begining of the series,the Scarpetta books could not publish fast enough for me. I lost interest, and stopped reading them. I saw this one and thought I'd give the series another shot-now I remember WHY I quit reading them!!! I don't understand why the characters are even together! They clearly dislike each other, they lie to each other, and routinely disrespect each other!!! Scarpetta disrespects EVERYONE, regarding all with dismissive arrogance and superiority. The characters are all pathetically morose and unhappy, and the tone is so dark, it put me in really bad moods as I listened. The book was merely hours long detail of firearms with a hurried side trip and two minute ending that solved NOTHING. The storyline was scattered, uninteresting, and completely lacked innovation. I regret the purchase and the hours lost!

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 11-15-14
    Mark 11-15-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Wrong Narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Flesh and Blood the most enjoyable?

    Plot and the depth of technical details.


    What didn’t you like about Lorelei King’s performance?

    Wrong narrator for this series. I couldn't shake Stephanie Plum and Morelli and that just doesn't fit the genre or the book. Please do not use her again for Scarpetta and crew.


    Any additional comments?

    I had to work to get to the story through the narrator but it was very good when i could.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    g 12-23-14
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    "Never got into the story.,terrible reader yuk"
    What would have made Flesh and Blood better?

    another reader


    How could the performance have been better?

    I enjoy Lorelie King when she reads Janet Evonivich...she is fun..Cornwell does not wirte
    fun books. Not a good match.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Watsonville, CA, United States 12-19-14
    Natalie Watsonville, CA, United States 12-19-14 Member Since 2010

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    "I used to love this series"
    Would you try another book from Patricia Cornwell and/or Lorelei King?

    I used to LOVE these books. I have read or listened to every one of the. I love that Kay is a complicated character and Cornwell is so good at description and putting you in the mood of the scene. Her later books just got too "busy" for lack of a better term. Too many sub-plots and new characters that it's hard to keep up and be engaged with the characters. One of my biggest frustrations is how she developed such great characters in Marino, Lucy and Benton.... .. In an effort to keep the plots fresh and interesting these characters will turn "bad" or "dangerous" in one book and revert to "good" and "safe" in the next. It's just too soap-opera ish and spoils the whole book for me. I couldn't even finish this book and don't think I'll try the next one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christian Omaha, NE, United States 12-16-14
    Christian Omaha, NE, United States 12-16-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Plot did not disappoint; Lorelei King was aweful"

    I'm familiar with Lorelei King from her naration of Janet Evanovich's series. It was all I could do to not turn off the recording when I realized that she was giving the voices of the characters in this book the exact same voices and characteristics of the characters in Janet Evanovich's books. And reading this book at the exact same speed - very fast.
    Could King not have done a little home work before doing the reading? There have only been 21 books before this one! interestingly, about 3/4 of the way through the book, she finally slowed down her reading a bit. I even book marked where that happened, since it was so noticable.

    I guess my biggest question is - where were the normal narators for the Scarpetta books?

    As for the book itself, Cornwell seemed to focus on bringing out the characters more - loosening them up some. The plot was good, and it certainly left readers hanging for the next installment. I liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    domlav 11-29-14
    domlav 11-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Who thought this was a good narrator?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Wow, I'm only about an hour into the book and I don't know if I'm going to make it. The narrator is horrible. Why? One reason, she talks in a sing song.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Patricia Cornwell? Why or why not?

    I've read a ton of Patricia Cornwell and overall, her stories are very good. She was a pioneer in the forensic pathology field and shows her knowledge of the field well. She also keeps up with the latest technology in each book to show how the field has grown. The mysteries are well thought out and enjoyable.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She was horrible. When doing the character voices, she seemed fine. But whenever doing the voiceover or internal dialogue of Kay Scarpetta, her sentences were spoken in sing song. And once you notice that, you can't un-notice it.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm probably going to listen to the rest of the book since I like Patricia Cornwell and I'm one of those people who have to finish a book once started, but definitely sample listen beforehand to see if you can stand the narrator's performance.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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