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The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20 | [Patricia Cornwell]

The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.
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Publisher's Summary

A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

When she turns to those around her, Scarpetta finds that the danger and suspicion have penetrated even her closest circles. Her niece Lucy speaks in riddles. Her lead investigator, Pete Marino, and FBI forensic psychologist and husband, Benton Wesley, have secrets of their own. Feeling alone and betrayed, Scarpetta is tempted by someone from her past as she tracks a killer both cunning and cruel.

This is Kay Scarpetta as you have never seen her before. The Bone Bedis a must-listen for any fan of this series, or an ideal starting point for new readers.

©2012 Patricia Cromwell (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    dodie 01-03-13
    dodie 01-03-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Patricia weaves another Kay mystery"
    If you could sum up The Bone Bed in three words, what would they be?

    Very good read


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the beginning where Kay had 2 deal with the sea turtle and the body entwined. Then came the conflict with the people closest 2 her...Marino & Benton. I thought the FBI agent that likes Benton was a good part of the story. Her character shows us how wrong we can go if we let our flaws take over parts of our lives.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Good


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It's interesting that Patricia is showing Kay as more vulnerable. I just wonder if she is ever going write Marino a happier life.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    latara 01-02-13
    latara 01-02-13
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    "Eh,Ive read better"
    Would you try another book from Patricia Cornwell and/or Kate Reading?

    Possibly, but not on my top list


    If you’ve listened to books by Patricia Cornwell before, how does this one compare?

    First cornwell book


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Voices were a bit strained. Some of the women were way to masculine


    Could you see The Bone Bed being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Sure. These days anything can be put on tv. I actually think this title would work better as an episodic series. With the dark haired actress from Cagney and Lacey as Scarpetti.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 12-13-12
    Brenda 12-13-12

    I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.

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    "Loved it"

    I've read all of her books and I believe this is my favorite. I was engrossed from the very first sentence. Poor Marino just seems to be in trouble all the time.

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    Jerri Cary, NC, United States 11-28-12
    Jerri Cary, NC, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Another Scarpetta mystery"
    Where does The Bone Bed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up at the top


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. However, I do get frustrated at Scapetta's thinking and not speaking at times


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was to many


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't know


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Highland Village, TX, United States 11-28-12
    Linda Highland Village, TX, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Read"
    Would you try another book from Patricia Cornwell and/or Kate Reading?

    Have read all of Patricia Cornwell's books and hope she writes another in the series.


    What could Patricia Cornwell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Great as it was.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader did a fantastic job.


    What character would you cut from The Bone Bed?

    Would not change a thing.


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    Linda Joyce Vanderveen 10-31-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting, but Depressing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bone Bed to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bone Bed?

    When Dr. Scarpetta was kidnapped


    What three words best describe Kate Reading’s performance?

    I didn't like it....too unemotional


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    ?


    Any additional comments?

    It was okay....but Lucy can't be that perfect

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Louisville, KY, United States 10-21-12
    Karen Louisville, KY, United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story and narration!"
    Would you listen to The Bone Bed again? Why?

    Sure. There was a good balance of plot and character development. Like Red Mist, this story was closer to the early Scarpetta books. Lucy and Marino are maturing, and Scarpetta has left her paranoid period behind.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes it did keep me on the edge of my seat. When Benton mentioned the killer was targeting women who reminded him of an older, strong woman from his life, I was sure I knew who the killer was. And I was wrong.


    What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm not sure what other reviewers were unhappy about, but to me Kate Reading is Scarpetta.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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