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

The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

In Alberta, Canada, an eminent paleontologist disappears from a dinosaur dig site, and at the Cambridge Forensic Center, Kay Scarpetta receives a grisly communication that gives her a dreadful reason to suspect this may become her next case. Then, with shocking speed, events begin to unfold.

A body recovered from Boston Harbor reveals bizarre trace evidence hinting of a link to other unsolved cases that seem to have nothing in common. Who is behind all this? And whom can Scarpetta trust?

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Publisher's Summary

The new Kay Scarpetta novel from the world's number-one best-selling crime writer. In Alberta, Canada, an eminent paleontologist disappears from a dinosaur dig site, and at the Cambridge Forensic Center, Kay Scarpetta receives a grisly communication that gives her a dreadful reason to suspect this may become her next case. Then, with shocking speed, events begin to unfold.

A body recovered from Boston Harbor reveals bizarre trace evidence hinting of a link to other unsolved cases that seem to have nothing in common. Who is behind all this? And whom can Scarpetta trust? Her lead investigator Pete Marino and FBI husband Benton Wesley are both unhappy with her because of personnel changes at the CFC, and her niece Lucy has become even more secretive than usual. Scarpetta fears she just may be on her own this time - against an enormously powerful and cunning enemy who seems impossible to defeat.

©2012 Patricia Cornwell ; ©2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 11-05-13
    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 11-05-13 Member Since 2010

    I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!

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    "A good story.. usual Scarpetta.."

    I cannot fault this book, but I must be honest.. I was a little bored. maybe I've had too much of Kay Scarpetta.. blah, blah, blah..... I didn't finish it, but probably will go back t it once i'm over my boredom. If you are an avid Scarpetta fan, then by all means read this one!

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  • Jane
    United Kingdom
    11/11/12
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    "Cornwell back to her best!"

    Enjoyed this audio book whilst on holiday in Turkey. Cornwell is definately back to her best in this gripper, Great plot, well written and had the depth I have missed in some of her more recent novels.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dr
    Swansea, United Kingdom
    7/25/13
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    "Read by speech recognition software???!!??"

    I have been a fan of Patricia Cornwell and the Scarpetta novels since they were first published, and have read them all. I joined audible and found the latest novel available, downloaded it and was quite looking forward to experiencing a tale with energy, character and complexity.

    Accepting that the book would not be in the internal voice that I am used to, when reading a paper copy, and having had some excellent experiences with audio books, I was raring to go.


    Getting used to the narrator took some time, the narrators tone was rather flat, although not to the point of being completely monotone and often seemed mechanical in the pronunciation. Apart from the voice changing to a more masculine tone for Pete Marino, the narration often led me to think I had switched on the narration function of my Kindle!
    The story lines were pretty weak, and predictable and crossover for explanation and linking poor. The finale - a disappointment.

    I wont be buying another audible Scarpetta novel, or anything else by Patricia Cornwell, as she seems tired and the book is lacklustre. I will also remember that narration by Lorelei King is definitely not for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • G. Cameron
    UK
    3/7/13
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    "Classic Cornwell"

    Much better than other recent works by same author. Getting back to the quality of storytelling in her early books.



    Well narrated as usual by Lorelei King...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • isobel
    United Kingdom
    3/31/14
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    "SCARPETTA! What are you doing?"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The first half of the book was very descriptive, laying out in great detail the recovery of the Leatherback turtle and the attached body


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Hugely disappointing


    Did Lorelei King do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    She reads well, but she needs better material than this


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I have read all the Scarpetta books the early ones were very enjoyable. However I think this book is mt last

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    Marchington, United Kingdom
    2/9/14
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    "Disappointing"

    I like forensic thrillers so thought I'd try one of the Scarpetta books. Thin plot, far too much dialogue and a sudden conclusion which comes out of nowhere

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma
    MILTON KEYNES, United Kingdom
    12/27/13
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    "Good, but not earth shattering"

    I enjoyed the story, which was fairly easy to follow and pick up and put down. No problems, and the narration didn't drive me bonkers which usually happens, but not earth shatteringly riveting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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