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
The first half of the book was like a beach without water. I repeatedly threatened to stop listening, but stayed with it because of all the rave reviews I'd read before I purchased it. I kept thinking it's got to "get good" sooner or later. The characters, including the heroine, seemed entirely self obsessed with needlessly long dialogue that didn't help much in the telling of the story. This is the first Scarpetta story I've encountered and it will be the last.
If I had encountered these characters in "real life" I would have walked away. Make me like at least some of the people I'm learning about. I thought the court grilling Scarpetta received was totally unrealistic. The lawyers behaviors were over the top, and I never did understand what their behavior had to do with the story.
The four plus stars this book rated when I first chose it make me wonder about the judgement of those writing the reviews. It has a lower rating now, so I guess I'm not alone in my reaction to it.
After reading the first page of reviews, I figure I am again in the minority. I thought the story line was predictable. It was nice to see all the characters together again 2 books in a row. If it were still summer, I'd say it's a good weekend beach read. Where I'm really in the minority is my opinion of Kate Reading. I love listening to her. If it weren't for her, I probably wouldn't have made it to the end.
My first Cornwall audio book, bought because of interesting TV interview, but it was just so badly narrated and so full of meaningless detail that it was a turn-off.
Yes, I won't waste my time on this kind of mind anesthesia again.
I don't even think she is a very good cook...
I have read or listened to every book Patricia Cornwell has ever written. I will never listen to Kate Reading again. This is the worst narration I have ever heard. Ruins a very good book.
Usual Scarpetta excitement.
Boring monotone. Poor characterization.
With a better narrator telling the story.
I have read all the Kay Scarpetta novels and have enjoyed most of them. However, this last novel, Kay seems to be a complaining, somewhat souless character. Her attitude to Marino, who used to be a good friend is always angry, her relationship with Lucy seems somewhat disconnected, as wtih Bently. And when the villain is finally identified, it is almost as if Ms Cornwall had no idea who should be in this role, and quickly selected a character we had not met before in the story. So all in all this novel seems discordant and disconnected.
I usually don't read reviews on books. I find out for myself. How ever I will only read Cornwell books/listen if I see and excellent review. I don't ever have a problem with Kate Reading.
It was more about disfunction with the characters than the store of a crime.
She is a good reader.
They all are having break up type issues. This book is more about relationship problems than the story line of crime.
Very sad that Cornwell has lost the focus of her books which are the crimes.
Like the first few Scarpetta but they keep getting worse and this was dreadful - so many sub--'plots' - (it's hard to even consider them plots) - none came together and then the end just happened!!!!! Not a 'surprise ending" , just a "I've used up enough words and now time to publish" end).
A sensible plot just never developed.
She made the best of what she had to read.
Initially good characters to draw from but absolutely no resemblance of a story plot.
I used to really enjoy these novels...the story is good but all of the introspection by Scarpetta gets old. I am not sure if it is the narrator or the writing...Scarpetta whines a lot and seems to always be wallowing in self pity, doubt and insecurity. Men always seem to be attracted to her though she is married to a wealthy, intelligent one and the good Doctor always seems to be torn between the other men and her husband. Lucy has become an unbelievable character who struggles to just enjoy life while having an insane amount of money and focusing on possessions. Poor Marino continues to be portrayed as an impulsive, angry dim wit with little self control. The plot and development of the story is good but the characters seem to devolve in each book rather than evolve. A good listen but Dr. Scarpetta might want to seek counseling in a future book to lighten her mood!
The book has such promising subject matter regarding the forensics, the bone bed, location(s) etc. The story line, however, was mundane in the extreme with much of the dialog dedicated to unattached thoughts and interests. In the absence of an exciting story line, the readers is stretching to make sense of the plethora of unrelated facts and emotions.
Included a story line that actually held interest. There was so much information about the mundane aspects of everyone's lives, it was difficult to attach myself to any sense of a plot.
The attempted Brooklyn accent of the lab assistant was distracting and annoying. It distracted significantly form the story.
Boredom and disappointment that I spent so many hours waiting for a plot to develop. The "Bone Bed" interested me in the purchase because I expected a story line that engages both modern forensics and a heavy implication of a sub-plot in the "Bone Bed". After listening to the book, the "Bone Bed" had no role whatsoever in the story. The sea turtle had more of a role in the book and neither deserved a mention in the title.
This was my first Patricia Cornwell book and I doubt I'll be investing in another.
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