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Hornet's Nest

By: Patricia Cornwell
Narrated by: Karen White
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In this first title of a new mystery series, Cornwell introduces us to a dynamic trio of crime solvers in Charlotte, North Carolina: Andy Brazil, an eager young reporter; Judy Hammer, the city's police chief; and Virginia West, Hammer's deputy and a genuine head turner. They're after a serial killer who pulls male out-of-towners from their rental cars and then mutilates, spray paints, and shoots them, in that order. What the trio uncovers jolts them like the sting of the hornet - Charlotte's symbol.

©1996 Cornwell Enterpises, Inc. (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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Not Up To Usual Cornwell Standards

I was excited to listen to a different series from Patricia Cornwell, but instead I was very disappointed. The characters were under developed, the story line made very little sense, especially when little glimpses of the supernatural were tossed in without any attachment to the storyline.

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CORNWELL HAS LOST IT

Over the past few years, Patricia Cornwell has changed from an exciting writer who used her knowledge of forensic medical examination of crime victims to weave interesting and suspenseful plots. Her characters (a long-time cop-associate, her niece who is a computer expert and her husband, a profiler) used to work as a team, and each contributed in his own field of knowledge to solve the crime.

Cornwell now has morphed into to the worst type of gossip-writer. The entire book is very negative, with all the principal characters fighting and resenting one another. Gone is any spirit of cooperation. They all seem to hate one another - why they are still associated is anyone's guess. So little time is spent on the plot and so much on all the over-the-back-fence gossip and negativity that the plotline becomes totally lost and is subservient to all the negative sorority talk.

I stopped this book after the first 2 hours, disgusted that Cornwell places emphasis on nothing but fractured relationships among the characters instead of on a real plot.

And the narrator uses a montone voice that sounds as pointless as the plot.

No more Cornwell for me - she's totally LOST IT.

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confusing.

it started off slow, then picked up, but then there were so many story lines and I was used to her Scarpetta books so was focused on the killer and that seems to be the story line that got the least attention. the end felt rushed.

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Good plot. To many characters switches

Going from one character to another in same paragraph within same thought. Even from cats perspective. Ridiculous. Plot and story interesting

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Hornets Nest Review

Boring. Could finish list listening to the book. Did not concentrate on the story line. All over the place with the characters who are very uninteresting.

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Hornet's Nest

The best character descriptions ever; you feel you know the people and can actually visualize them. My favorite - the cat owned by the deputy chief, he is a minor player, but you just have to love him. The story covers a new reporter that wants to cover the crime beat and the mutiple mutilation murders plaguing the city.

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great book

I'm a huge Cornwell fan. I've read all Scarpetta books. I have become a new fan.

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boring

really boring. too many people. can't keep up with who everyone is. don't waste your credits

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The authors detail in her story telling is amazing

This is the second time I have enjoyed this book, once before I moved to Charlotte and more recently after living here for more than 10 years. In the middle of the road trip a friend hits the pause button and says “ Can we just take a minute to approximate the detail that the author puts in to her description of the city”. Patricia Cornwall is this detailed in every one of her books, this detail dream the reader into the story so completely.

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Excellent

never disappoints always on the edge of my seat. want more.two more in bundle

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