Scarpetta
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  • 11
    The Last Precinct | Patricia Cornwell

    The Last Precinct

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta is under suspicion and criminal investigation. And the nightmare perpetuated on Scarpetta's doorstep continues as she discovers that the so-called Werewolf murders may have extended to New York City and into the darkest corners of her past.

    ENOUGH OF THE "WEREWOLF" ALREADY

    It is with mixed feelings that I write a review of a Patricia Cornwell book and give it less than a stellar rating. Unfortunately, in good conscience,..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 25 2014 by Lia (Sutton, Australia)
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    The Last Precinct | Patricia Cornwell

    The Last Precinct

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (152)

    We enter The Last Precinct through the reverberating aftershocks of Black Notice, inconceivably finding Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner, Kay Scarpetta, an object of suspicion and criminal investigation. The nightmare on Scarpetta's doorstep continues as she discovers that the so-called Werewolf murders may have extended to New York City and into the darkest corners of her past.

    Another great Scarpetta novel

    A really good read. Enough twists and turns to keep both the new readers and faithful Patricia Cornwell fans guessing.

    Reviewed on June 28 2004 by Kathleen (Canyon Country , CA, USA)
  • 12
    Blow Fly | Patricia Cornwell

    Blow Fly

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (9)

    Dr. Kay Scarpetta has left Virgina in quest of peace, but instead finds herself drawn into baffling, horrific murders in Florida, where she becomes entangled in an international conspiracy that confronts her with the shock of her life.

    Frivilous girlie pap

    Nothing had happened after an hour and a half so I gave up. Dont bother with this. I think Ms Cornwell is just trading off her reputation from years..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 09 2014 by Marcus (Middle Park, Australia)
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    Blow Fly | Patricia Cornwell

    Blow Fly

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (120)

    In Blow Fly, Kay Scarpetta stands at the threshold of a new life after her work as Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner has come to a jarring end. At the close of The Last Precinct, she knew she would have to leave Richmond if she were to find any peace. So she packed up her belongings and set out for Florida. Now she must unravel a conspiracy with an international reach and confront the shock of her life, a blow that will force her to question all she holds dear.

    Blow Fly Blows

    I was very disappointed in this newest Kay Scarpetta novel. At the end of The Last Precinct, Kay was headed off to New York to help with a murder tri..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 03 2005 by Vida (Eatonville, WA, USA)
  • 13
    Trace | Patricia Cornwell

    Trace

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (11)

    Against her own judgment, Kay Scarpetta agrees to return to Virginia as a consultant pathologist on the case involving the death of a 14-year-old girl. Soon Kay is investigating the probability that someone is after those closest to her.

    Narrator's performance

    Although I love Patricia Cornwell's books, it is difficult for me to get used to the way in which this narrator, Lorelei King, reads the book. Since I..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 03 2012 by Hermine (PRETORIA, South Africa)
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    Trace: A Scarpetta Novel | Patricia Cornwell

    Trace: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (145)

    In Trace, Kay Scarpetta travels to Richmond, Virginia, at the odd behest of the recently appointed Chief Medical Examiner, who claims that he needs her help to solve a perplexing crime. When she arrives, however, Scarpetta finds that nothing is as she expected: her former lab is in the final stages of demolition; the inept chief isn't the one who requested her after all; her old assistant chief has developed personal problems that he won't reveal; and a glamorous FBI agent meddles with the case.

    A little harsh?

    I have read other reviews here, and while I can understand some of the frustration, I would not classify this as one of Cornwell's "worst". I was mor..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 15 2005 by Eileen (Tinley Park, IL, United States)
  • 14
    Predator | Patricia Cornwell

    Predator

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Florida is full of predators, from the animals who thrive in its heat to the humans who stalk the malls, and they all give Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a forensics specialist, the opportunity and the means to do what she does best: persuading the dead to speak to her.

    Predator is awful

    I am very sorry I ever downloaded this book. The writing style is very weird, the characters act like children - actually worse. The profanity is unbe..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 28 2010 by Henry F. Ward (Kobe Shi, Kita Ku, Hyogo Ken Japan)
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    Predator | Patricia Cornwell

    Predator

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (163)

    Dr. Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing with the National Forensic Academy in Florida, takes charge of a case that stretches from steamy Florida to snowbound Boston, one as unnerving as any she has ever faced. The teasing psychological clues lead Scarpetta and her team, Pete Marino, Benton Wesley, and Lucy Farinelli, to suspect that they are hunting someone with a cunning and malevolent mind whose secrets have kept them in the shadows, until now.

    What's next? Scarpetta kidnapped by aliens?

    I used to look forward to every new Scarpetta novel. They were intelligent, tight and gripping, and the author's knowledge of forensic detail added an..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 02 2005 by Babs (Ottawa, ON, Canada)
  • 15
    Book of the Dead | Patricia Cornwell

    Book of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (918)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (207)

    Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace. Moving to Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues, including Pete Marino and her niece, Lucy, offer expert crime-scene investigation and autopsy services to communities lacking local access to competent death investigation and modern technology.

    Time to end the series

    All several characters seemed to do throughout the whole book was to whine. It made their dialogue very boring. Marino's character, whom you started..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 07 2007 by Bernie (Bloomfield Hills, MI, United States)
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    Scarpetta | Patricia Cornwell

    Scarpetta

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Leaving behind her forensic pathology practice in South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta takes up an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured patient in a psychiatric ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and he begins to talk. He says his injuries were sustained in the course of a murder... that he did not commit.

    Great listening

    I really enjoyed this book once I got into it. The first couple of chapters were a bit of a drag but after that the book was rally good

    Reviewed on August 19 2009 by Lia (Sutton, Australia)
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    Scarpetta | Patricia Cornwell

    Scarpetta

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (888)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (253)

    Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk - and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

    Don't waste your money

    Slow, boring plot. The Cornwell of old is gone. I have been a big fan of hers for years, but its time to move on.

    Reviewed on January 20 2009 by Becky ()
  • 17
    The Scarpetta Factor | Patricia Cornwell

    The Scarpetta Factor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    It is the week before Christmas. The effects of the credit crunch have prompted Dr Kay Scarpetta to offer her services pro bono to New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. But in no time at all, her increased visibility precipitates a string of dramatic and unsettling events. She is asked live on the air about the sensational case of Hannah Starr, who has vanished and is presumed dead.

    Nail Biting

    A brilliant Scarpetta novel - when Patricia Cornwell still kept the tension high. It would help to have read the book before to understand some of th..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 17 2013 by Pamela (Bedfordview, South Africa)
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    The Scarpetta Factor | Patricia Cornwell

    The Scarpetta Factor

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (266)

    It is the week before Christmas. A tanking economy has prompted Dr. Kay Scarpetta - despite her busy schedule and her continuing work as the senior forensic analyst for CNN - to offer her services pro bono to New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In no time at all, her increased visibility seems to precipitate a string of unexpected and unsettling events.

    Disappointed

    I've found since the "death" of Benton Wesley that the books have taken a very dark turn. There doesn't seem to be any joy in them at all. Even when t..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 22 2009 by Lee (Shamrock, TX, United States)
  • 18
    Port Mortuary: A Scarpetta Novel | Patricia Cornwell

    Port Mortuary: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (873)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (354)

    In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta's past merges with the high tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she enlisted in the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt and found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa.

    once again angry

    While the plot is good, Kay Scapetta's constant anger, resentmet, and certainty that she is at the center of everything that happens, turns a "must re..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 09 2010 by Terry (mammoth lakes, CA, United States)
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    Port Mortuary | Patricia Cornwell

    Port Mortuary

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Kay Scarpetta has been training at the Dover Port Mortuary, mastering the art of ‘virtual autopsy’ - a groundbreaking procedure that could soon revolutionise forensic science. And it is not too long before these new skills urgently need to be put into practice. A young man drops dead, apparently from a heart condition, eerily close to Scarpetta’s home.

    Good book

    I enjoyed this book but sometimes the story did tend to woffle on about nothing. The narrator was good and so was the plot. If you like Patricia Cornw..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 17 2010 by Lia (Sutton, Australia)
  • 19
    Red Mist | Patricia Cornwell

    Red Mist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1151)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (927)

    Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated. But Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding's death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning....

    Too much dialog, too little story

    The maddeningly endless dialog of worthless detail that has little to do with the story.

    Reviewed on December 12 2011 by Rene (Bethlehem, Panama)
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    Red Mist | Patricia Cornwell

    Red Mist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated.

    Cornwell in good form

    Yes, in my opinion this is one of the better recent Scarpetta novels. It's got a good range of interesting characters and explores subject matter that..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 08 2012 by Kate (Australia)
  • 20
    The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20 | Patricia Cornwell

    The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (883)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (736)

    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.

    A tedious disappointment - Don't Bother!

    Where is the confident, take no prisoners Scarpetta gone? Over the last 20 books she has steadily deteriorated. Readers want humanistic heroes, but ..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 25 2012 by G. House Sr. (Sherborn, MA, United States)
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    The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20 | Patricia Cornwell

    The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    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?

    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 fi..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 05 2013 by Lorna (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • 21
    Dust: Kay Scarpetta, Book 21 | Patricia Cornwell

    Dust: Kay Scarpetta, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (773)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (666)

    After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call. The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike.

    Part Great, Part Tired

    The technical & procedural parts of the Scarpetta stories are fantastic but I am so tired of the depressing Benton, the desperate Marino, and the dysf..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 14 2013 by MARRILEE (KENNESAW, GA, United States)
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    Dust: Kay Scarpetta, Book 21 | Patricia Cornwell

    Dust: Kay Scarpetta, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The body of a woman has been discovered inside the gates of MIT, draped in an unusual cloth. An examination reveals that the body is covered in a fine dust that under ultra-violet light fluoresces blood-red, emerald-green and sapphire-blue. As Kay Scarpetta pieces together the evidence, she draws herself and her team deeper into the dark world of designer drugs, drone technology and shocking corruption at the highest level.

    Why do I keep hoping and wasting money ..

    I keep hoping to re-capture my initial love of the stories from this author, however it does not happen. This story line is weak; continual complaints..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 20 2014 by Donna & Jack (Sydney, Australia)
  • 22
    Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel, Book 22 | Patricia Cornwell

    Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (74)

    It's Dr. Kay Scarpetta's birthday, and she's about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids' game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there's been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car.

    Series badly needs to change focus

    There are so many things about the novel I do not like, I hardly know where to start. The novel starts with seven pennies against a wall and a shootin..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 25 2014 by G. House Sr. (Sherborn, MA, United States)