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 Bone Bed was very slow moving at the beginning, then the story wrapped up quickly.
This and more recent books by Cornwell have been disappointing, not as good as her earlier works.
never should have been published!
excessive meaningless conversations with too many thoughts thrown in that are obviously meant to take up book space. unfortunate that this book ever got published. very disappointed!!!!!
all of the above
don't want to continue to waste my time!
While there's some mystery about who the main villain is, there's little reason to care. Perhaps someone who likes verbose descriptions of incredibly self-absorbed people would be drawn to this narrative of how great thou art and how lacking everyone else is...it wasn't for me.
See above - no real mystery and all the subplots were equally pointless.
OMG - this woman's diction was like Peggy Noonan speaking English as a second language. There were odd pronunciations of relatively common words, and a bizarre cadence that was somewhat hypnotic in is arhythmic hautiness. Listening was a chore driven my curiosity to see whodunnit...a waste of time in the end due to the ho-humness of it all.
Professional female with little time for the fun things (cooking, reading and traveling)!
This is a hard review to write because I really enjoy Kay Scarpetta books. But there were times when the narrator's condescending tone was truly annoying because that's not how I see Ms. Scarpetta. The tone was just plain wrong in places. Maybe it is because I'm a professional myself and idenify with Scarpetta. When others around me don't understand what I'm doing or why I'm doing it, I know I don't "look down my nose" at them. The annoying tone abated as the book went on, but it really was a serious problem for me. Perhaps others disagree.
This book would be good for anyone unfamiliar with the series
I would sample the book first.
Way too much regurgitation of the same facts.
Thrilling, real feelings, fast
I generally like all of Cornwell's ending ... I like it when there are NOT details left hanging.
Readings one of my favorites ... brings all to life
No NEED ... but always enjoy more Scarpetta
Now there's gotten to be so many I've find myself wanting to go back to reread to see what I missed or mixed up or just totally forgot!
about two of them
the connectivity between all the characters was too confusing and often uninteresting. The author used the first person way too many times
I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.
No! The story does not start untill past half of the book.
XO by Jeffery Deaver
She adds a certain feeling that makes Scarlett's come to life. Even when she only seems to wake up untill past half of the audio.
Cornwell needs to concentrate on a story…not the soap opera of past events.
Ranks in top 10 and I've listened to probably 500 audiobooks over the last 20 years. Best audio book was "Hunt for Red October", then Cornwell's "All that Remains." Brillant piece of writing. This is a great book too but not my all time favorite.
Just when you can't imagine how Patricia Cornwell can come up with a new fresh angle for Lucy, Benton, Marino and Kay -- Cornwell blows you away with a whole new interesting plot with twists and turns. Love the complexity of Scarpetta and how Cornwell always has a way of making you feel what Scarpetta feels. Story comes to life.
No. She's good but I've heard better.
Beginning drags -- too much flowery description at the very beginning. Wasn't necessary. Once that stops and Patricia Cornwell gets into storyline -- story is gripping -- true Cornwell style. I sat in my car for 30 minutes once in a parking lot while out and about because I didn't want to miss the next part or stop listening! This is what I like about her writing -- she pulls you in and you feel like you are there, part of the action -- part of the intrigue!
I love Kate Reading and I love Scarpetta novels. The worst part of the audio edition is that I can listen to it while I cook or clean and that just makes the listening experience not last as long.
In comparison to the other novels I would have to say this one is the middle of the road. If I'd have had a hard copy, I doubt that I would have spent late hours reading. But, with that said, I loved it.
I would definitely recommend it to other fans of Patricia Cornwell and Scarpetta.
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