In this first title of a new mystery series, Cornwell introduces us to a dynamic trio of crime solvers in Charlotte, North Carolina: Andy Brazil, an eager young reporter; Judy Hammer, the city's police chief; and Virginia West, Hammer's deputy and a genuine head turner. They're after a serial killer who pulls male out-of-towners from their rental cars and then mutilates, spray paints, and shoots them, in that order. What the trio uncovers jolts them like the sting of the hornet - Charlotte's symbol.
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I was excited to listen to a different series from Patricia Cornwell, but instead I was very disappointed. The characters were under developed, the story line made very little sense, especially when little glimpses of the supernatural were tossed in without any attachment to the storyline.
Going from one character to another in same paragraph within same thought. Even from cats perspective. Ridiculous. Plot and story interesting
Over the past few years, Patricia Cornwell has changed from an exciting writer who used her knowledge of forensic medical examination of crime victims to weave interesting and suspenseful plots. Her characters (a long-time cop-associate, her niece who is a computer expert and her husband, a profiler) used to work as a team, and each contributed in his own field of knowledge to solve the crime.
Cornwell now has morphed into to the worst type of gossip-writer. The entire book is very negative, with all the principal characters fighting and resenting one another. Gone is any spirit of cooperation. They all seem to hate one another - why they are still associated is anyone's guess. So little time is spent on the plot and so much on all the over-the-back-fence gossip and negativity that the plotline becomes totally lost and is subservient to all the negative sorority talk.
I stopped this book after the first 2 hours, disgusted that Cornwell places emphasis on nothing but fractured relationships among the characters instead of on a real plot.
And the narrator uses a montone voice that sounds as pointless as the plot.
No more Cornwell for me - she's totally LOST IT.
This was a shocker from what I was used to with her other books. It took me awhile to finish this It just seemed so silly at first with the accents. Really didn't like the ending at all. Left like unfinished sorry if I had heard this first I would have never tried the scarpetta series.
I have listened to all of her books. This was definitely not her best and I was glad when it was over.
The narrator was not the problem and did a good job.
This book wasn't for me, but who do I think might enjoy it more?? Okay - anyone who either wants to feel WAY better off as a human being when it is over OR anyone who enjoys wallowing in negativity, pessimism and ridiculous stereotypes... for starters.
What would have made this book better? Almost anything. Seriously, I love the Scarpetta series, though I have found the last two to be rather depressing - full of anxiety, self-doubt, and negativity. What happened to putting fun, interesting and witty characters in a book? This book leads me to believe that Patricia Cornwell has actually fallen down the rabbit hole of depression and this is all that comes out!
I was mostly okay with the narrator's performance. I feel the writing is more to blame than the voice.
Honestly, I would cut Brazil. Or at least this version of Brazil. He is a whiny, unstable, and emotionally immature drain on society. I found myself at one point near the end hoping HE was the killer... Not really sure that is how I am supposed to feel about the darling of the story...
So, not only did I find almost all of the characters - even extraneous ones - to be narcissistic or masochistic, jealous, spiteful and even hateful towards... everyone, but the book just ended. That's it... drama drama drama - the end. What a waste.
This is very different from a Kay Scarpetta novel! Quirky, but great story. Interesting characters. Down right funny in places.
I bought this book because of Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta novels. I still have 5 hours to go and I still can;t find a reason to go on. I have bo idea what it's about, it starts out as a murder mystery and continues on with the chief of police, deputy commissioner and a reporter that take turns whining about their miserable lives so much that it takes over the entire story.
This is a disappointment
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