Patricia Cornwell
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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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    • Cruel and Unusual

    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 908
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 773
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 773

    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

    • Postmortem

    • A Scarpetta Novel
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,635
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,295
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,293

    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

    • Cause of Death

    • Kay Scarpetta Series, Book 7
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    It's New Year's Eve, the final night of Virginia's bloodiest year since the Civil War, and another poor soul has turned up dead....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great

    • By no1hdwelady on 02-11-19

    Regular price: $11.19

    • Body of Evidence

    • A Scarpetta Novel
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142

    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

    • 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 1,948
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,772
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,766

    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

    • All That Remains

    • A Scarpetta Novel
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,265
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085

    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

    • Chaos

    • A Scarpetta Novel
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,756
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,566
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,566

    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

    • Unnatural Exposure

    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: C.J. Critt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,014
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 702
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 694

    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

    • Dust

    • Scarpetta, Book 21
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,535
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,342
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,335

    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

    • Blow Fly

    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 332
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 300
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 302

    Dr. Kay Scarpetta has left Virginia in search of peace but instead finds herself drawn into baffling, horrific murders in Florida....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Rereading the older books

    • By Toni on 12-12-15

    Regular price: $28.51

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