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
Advantage of audiobooks is being able to listen while having my hands free to do other activities (internet surfing,exercising, cleaning house, etc). Disadvantage is you are at the mercy of the narrator's reading. If you don't like the way characters are read, you must suffer through that character's part (e.g., Lucy sounding like a sterotypical deep-voiced lesbian that I can onlly imagine the narrator thinks must be appropriate when earlier narrator had a more innocent, sweet voice for the character I miss the "earlier" Lucy!)
Kay Scarpetta - logical, analytical, and rarely emotional, unlike other characters in the series. A heroine to admire.
Audiobooks makes it easy to close your eyes and mentally escape to somewhere else.Dislikes some of the voices by the narrator, particularly Lucy's.
Always hate to reach the end of the book, particularly this one. I spent the past year reading the entire Scarpetta series, and now I've reached the end (till the next book release).
The references to food in details seem over the top throughout all of the Scarpetta books series. It nearly made me want to hit the FF.
Well, I found the book dragging. I've read all 20 books and found them riveting and loved the characters. In this book I found the characters boring, even Kay herself didn't reach me. Maybe it was the reader but she sounded whiny and unsure of herself. The book spent too much time in Kay's head and she spent too much time theorizing about what it might be and why. Didn't measure up to earlier books BUT having said that, it is still better than many similar books published today. I'll wait for Book 21 to see what's next. I was happy to see that Kay and Bennett resolved their (her) fears.
I enjoyed the attention to the technical details but the story was darker than I remember the previous Scarpetta stories I listened.
Readers who love a self-absorbed women character who does nothing but complain and criticize others; the old Kay back in Richmond got on with things at least. The plots were interesting back then-- this one seems like a very boring soap opera character dragged through an unbelievable plot. I listen to audible books while walking to work , and I stopped in the FREEZING cold, took off my gloves, deleted this book, and started a new one mid-journey. It is that boring and annoying -- both characters and narrator. The writer tells rather than shows. The writer repeats and in case you didn't get it she repeats.
not sure but the Marino act was unlisten-able after a while.
All but Lucy, and she is a pain and a bit one dimensional so far.
not happy -- bought on impulse and now remember why I haven't read all the 15 or so in between the first few and this one. Did not like the "Cain" one set in the subway either...
i have always liked the scarpeta books but this one seemed to go on and on about medical terminology and procedures the were way over my head.
when they were able to remove the body from the water
she has an easy listening voice
yes, when kay took the cat. i am a big animal lover and can't stand to read/listen about any kind of cruelty or killing of animals
try not to get so detailed in the medical termnology for everyday folks like me
This book was about average compared to the other books I have listened to on Audible.
The Scarpetta story line gets a bit weirder and a little more unbelievable with each book.
I really enjoy the Scarpetta novels and this one did not disappoint. The narrator was pretty good transferring between different characters, but a little awkward with the male voices.
I would, I usually like Patricia's books... but these recent books seem to be making Kay more and more selfish and self absorbed... kind of obnoxious.
Not really, but a male Reader would have been a better choice for this audio book.
The book really wasn't about a Canadian "bone bed" where a paleontologist's ear was severed and emailed to Scarpetta, and then was later abducted and murdered.
I have read a number of Cornwell books. However, listening to a Cornwell book is a new experience. The audio version of The Bone Bed did not invoke intrigue nor did the story line come close to the book's title. The number of male impersonations by the Reader was a distraction.
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