Patricia Cornwell
AUTHOR

Patricia Cornwell

In 1990, Patricia Cornwell sold her first novel, Postmortem, while working at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. An auspicious debut, it went on to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards as well as the French Prix du Roman d'Aventure prize - the first book ever to claim all these distinctions in a single year.

Today, Cornwell's novels and now iconic characters, medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, her niece Lucy and fellow investigator Pete Marino, are known all over the world. Beyond the Scarpetta series, Patricia has written a definitive account of Jack the Ripper's identity, cookbooks, a children's book, a biography of Ruth Graham, and two other fiction series based on the characters Win Garano and Andy Brazil.

Cornwell was born in Miami, grew up in Montreat, North Carolina, and now lives and works in Boston.

Visit the author's website at: www.patriciacornwell.com

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Best Sellers

    • Postmortem

    • A Scarpetta Novel
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,408
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,086
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,085

    Four young women have been found murdered—tortured and strangled in their own beds—all victims of the same brilliant monster....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Forgot how much I loved the old Scarpetta novels

    • By Janie on 03-29-12

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Chaos

    • A Scarpetta Novel
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,656
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,480
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,478

    In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, 26-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Another chance, another disappointment.

    • By Lonna on 11-24-16

    Regular price: $34.22

    • Depraved Heart

    • A Scarpetta Novel, Book 23
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,817
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,654
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,647

    Patricia Cornwell delivers the newest engrossing thriller in her high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A train wreck you can't look away from.

    • By GH on 10-29-15

    Regular price: $34.22

    • Body of Evidence

    • A Scarpetta Novel
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004

    Late one night Beryl Madison turns off her burglar alarm, puts down her gun and opens her door to the man who has stalked and terrorized her for months....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Well writen & performed. Kept me guessing .

    • By Ray on 12-01-12

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Unnatural Exposure

    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: C.J. Critt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 959
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 657
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 650

    Filled with tension and continual surprises, Unnatural Exposure is a thrilling chapter in Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta's life....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • narrator

    • By Donna on 07-12-07

    Regular price: $16.95

    • Ripper

    • The Secret Life of Walter Sickert
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 497
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 420
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 418

    Vain and charismatic Walter Sickert made a name for himself as a painter in Victorian London. But the ghoulish nature of his art - as well as extensive evidence - points to another name....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • I thought this was a new book.

    • By Stephanie on 03-01-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • All That Remains

    • A Scarpetta Novel
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 993
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 986

    A serial killer is stalking Virginia’s young lovers, taking their lives and taunting police with a single clue: a jack of hearts....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good early one...

    • By karen on 01-10-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Dust

    • Kay Scarpetta, Book 21
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,457
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,274
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,268

    After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Way too much angst

    • By Cindy on 01-19-14

    Regular price: $33.60

    • Flesh and Blood

    • A Scarpetta Novel, Book 22
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,427
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,261
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,266

    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?....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Series badly needs to change focus

    • By GH on 11-25-14

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Cruel and Unusual

    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 781
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 660
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 662

    When an executed murderer’s fingerprints turn up at a new crime scene, Kay Scarpetta investigates. Prepare for the kind of riveting suspense this best-selling author delivers so well....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Exciting

    • By Gloria on 08-27-12

    Regular price: $27.99

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