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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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    kelly los gatos, CA, United States 11-28-12
    kelly los gatos, CA, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Dour, predictable plot made even worse by narrator"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Perhaps Patricia Cornwell's style holds more appeal for new fans. I miss the excitement and intensity of her earliest works, such as "All That Remains", "Postmortem", or "Cruel and Unusual". In these books, her characters evolved and had dimension, passion. Very different from Bone Bed.


    Has The Bone Bed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love the genre, with its blend of police procedure and medical technology.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bone Bed?

    I would have cut the conflict between Kay and Benton - its gotten predictable and they get through it, and it just adds to the frustration of trying to find something to like about her books. I would also resolve and never mention again the conflict between Benton and Marino. Lucy and Marino have become one dimensional in their messed up lives, and add to the bitter, dour flavor of Cornwell's books.


    Any additional comments?

    I found this narrator to be pedantic and melodramatic, envisioning her pacing dramatically with her hand to her forehead as she carefully enunciated words like she was reading to idiots. I realize this is harsh, but it was awful. I may not be done with the genre, but I am done with Patricia Cornwell

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    J. Donovan St. Augustine, FL. United States 11-27-12
    J. Donovan St. Augustine, FL. United States 11-27-12

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    "Horrible narration"
    What disappointed you about The Bone Bed?

    The narration on this book is absolutely horrible. I’ll never get to know if the book is good because every time I try to listen, and the narrator tries to create a male voice, I’m turned off by the most irritating sounds I have ever heard. Next time the publisher needs to spend the money to hire both a male and female reader when the parts call for 2. There is nothing professional about this recording, it is pure amateur.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Cornwell again?

    Yes


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Reading?

    Kate was OK in female voice rolls but needed a male to do the male voices.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Don't know - could not finish


    Any additional comments?

    To the publisher - spend the money to do a professional job

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    Karen Thompson 11-26-12
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    "Weak Story, Weak Narration for a suspense novel"

    This story seems almost one dimensional without sufficient character development of the important (most interesting) characters (the villan, the suspect) and ends with so many threads dangling you could feel the author rushing to the publisher to meet the deadline. Then, at times in the middle, there is such a depth of analysis and description of a peripheral character you want to scream as the details go on and on and on... Sorry, but I'm afraid I do not recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lanie Louisville, KY, United States 11-26-12
    Lanie Louisville, KY, United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "standard patricia cornwell"
    Any additional comments?

    If you're a fan of patricia cornwell (and Kay Scarpetta) then you will enjoy this book. The narration is done by the same reader as many of her audiobook renditions, her voice is calm and easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Tilman Sunny Florida United States 11-25-12
    E. Tilman Sunny Florida United States 11-25-12 Member Since 2013
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    "If You Like Kay Scarpette, This Book is For You"
    Would you listen to The Bone Bed again? Why?

    I don't listen to books twice but I am a "rewinder" as I love details as I like to picture the scene and there was a fair amount of description of scenes.


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

    Not on the edge of my seat but entertained


    Did Kate Reading do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did do a good job of differenetiating the characters but in my mind, Scarpetta has a different, more "attractive" voice


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    If you like Lucy and have followed her in the prior books, the part where she is happy in the end made me feel good. Also the relationship between Scarpetta and Benton seems real to me.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Cornwell's Scarpetta series, you will enjoy this. I did.

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    Angelique 11-25-12
    Angelique 11-25-12
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    "Awful Narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Change the narrator, she was terrible and made the story hard to listen to. I am very disappointed in this one...the voice - terrible for story telling.


    Would you recommend The Bone Bed to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not the audio version, it was horribly done.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A two year old could have done better.


    Do you think The Bone Bed needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I hope there are more Scarpetta novels, but the audio version read by someone else!


    Any additional comments?

    Redo the audio version and give those of us who hated how it was read a chance to listen to it again by someone who can actually do the story justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Loraine KAYCEE, WY, United States 11-24-12
    Loraine KAYCEE, WY, United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2014
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    "just "OK""
    What made the experience of listening to The Bone Bed the most enjoyable?

    I love the Scarpetta books, but this one was a bit disappointing and slow. I still gave it a pretty high rating as I'm so picky that even a not so great Patricia Cornwell novel is a lot better than so many other authors.


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    Ann Chandler, AZ, United States 11-22-12
    Ann Chandler, AZ, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Bone Bed . . . very disappointing."
    What disappointed you about The Bone Bed?

    I loved the earlier Kay Scarpetta novels, but have not enjoyed the last couple. This one was just awful. It was just all over the place, and never really fleshed anything out completely. There was too much about Kay's feelings, and not enough about the other characters, and how they related to the plot. Lucy seemed a little more human this time, but poor Marino ends up looking stupid, as always. I had to listen to some of the last parts again to see if I missed something, or if it really was that dumb.


    Has The Bone Bed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This hasn't turned me off from other books in this genre, but definitely turned me off from Patricia Cornwell.


    What didn’t you like about Kate Reading’s performance?

    The narration was awful. She makes Kay and Lucy sound like robots, and her male voices are just silly.


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    Rebecca MIDDLEVILLE, MI, United States 11-20-12
    Rebecca MIDDLEVILLE, MI, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not like the "older" Scarpetta Novels"

    I was hoping for a substantial "older style" Scarpetta mystery - but again was disappointed. The story seems to have no plot, jumps around to different random murders that seem to be connected, yet we can't imagine why and has no more character development. I think it is time to be done with Kay Scarpetta.


    I found the narrator to be slightly irritating and her character voices to be odd. She did not add to the books enjoyment, in fact, detracted from it.

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    ed PACIFIC JCT, IA, United States 11-19-12
    ed PACIFIC JCT, IA, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not worth the time"
    What would have made The Bone Bed better?

    It took to long to get to the story plot. Almost stopped the story.


    Has The Bone Bed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes I will not read or lissen to any more by the outher. See need to change her story line.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It seemed the the reader was not into the book shile she read it. I can see why.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bone Bed?

    The whole first half of the book. It took way to long to get to the story line.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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