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Cause of Death

Kay Scarpetta Series, Book 7
Narrated by: C. J. Critt
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (153 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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. Ted Eddings, a scuba diver and investigative reporter who was a favorite at the medical examiner's office, is found 30 feet below the Elizabeth River's icy surface. Kay Scarpetta, chief medical examiner for the state of Virginia, can't help but wonder why she received a phone call from someone reporting the death before the police were notified. Was Eddings probing the frigid depths of the Inactive Ship Yard for a story or simply diving for sunken trinkets? With the advent of a second murder - this one hitting even closer to home - the case envelops Scarpetta, her niece Lucy, and Police Captain Pete Marino in a world where both cutting-edge technology and old-fashioned detective work are critical offensive weapons. Together, they follow the trail of violence to its forbidding and unexpected source.

©1996 Cornwell Entertainment (P)2002, 2017 New Millennium Entertainment / Phoenix Books

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Love Scarpetta

always love this series... excellent story line... I will continue to read Patricia Cornwells books.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great

I love these series. Great writing. I have been a fan of Patria Cornwall for years.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Love it.

I absolute love it!! Go Doctor Kay! A little different than the rest of the books. But it was so good!

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Interesting story not as good as other Cornwall

interesting plot but not as engaging as other Scarpetta books. Narratator was excellent. Recommend for Scarpetta fans.

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  • Betty
  • Plattsburgh, N.Y., United States
  • 10-24-18

Book 7. Cause of Death

I did not enjoy the story line of this particular Scarpetta book as much as the first 4...somehow I have skipped 5 and 6....I missed a lot by not reading those first....Some people might like the story very much.

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I love The Scarpetta series

I love the Scarpetta series but I did not like the speaker for this book. It was hard to determine what character was talking. The story line was ok but not her best.

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Great book

if you have read her previous books then you will love this one as well.

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Meh

I usually like Scarpetta but I found my mind wandering a bit at times listening to this story.

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  • JR
  • 04-13-18

too lengthy & drawn out for an abridged version

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

story was somewhat convoluted and redundant. boring to a point that we wanted to stop listening.

Has Cause of Death turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

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Any additional comments?

don't know how it sold.

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Poor Story

Did not enjoy the story at all. I've always loved the Patricia Cornwell books in the past but this was very disappointing.