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A serial killer is stalking Virginia’s young lovers, taking their lives and taunting police with a single clue: a jack of hearts. For two years, the meaning of this card has eluded FBI investigators. But as Scarpetta begins searching the victims’ remains for microscopic clues, she begins to suspect that someone in the FBI knows more about the murderer.

Flesh and bone: investigate more of Kay Scarpetta's forensic cases.
©1992 Patricia D. Cornwell (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC

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Good early one...

It's good to remember how good these early Scarpetta books are, before the dreadful Lucy co-opted the series with her myriad of woes. "All That Remains" has Scarpetta at her best -- dedicated to her job, interesting with her cooking skills, open and friendly -- and most of all, being nice to Marino -- as compared to latter books, where she openly makes fun of him. I suppose Patricia Cornwell took a lot of heat from her feminist friends, for her early books like this that had Marino as a "good' character, in spite of his rough exterior. Too bad Cornwell caved in. I like Marino, always have. And in this book, you can see why.

Interesting, too, to hear this book read -- first time for me, although I've probably read it twice, maybe more. For Scarpetta fans, we know that Benton Wesley continues to play a major role throughout this series. In print, he seems like an okay-enough guy, maybe as good a counterpart for Kay as any man could be. But hearing how narrator C. J. Critt renders him, the voice she gives him, he comes across as a total loser as a human, friend or certainly love interest -- he sounds cold, nasty and self-absorbed. No criticism of Miz Critt intended -- her interpretation is just as valid as mine. It was just interesting to see this character in a very different way.

Good listen. I enjoyed it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Joseph
  • Steubenville, OH, United States
  • 02-13-12

Glad I didn't skip this one!

Would you consider the audio edition of All That Remains to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of All That Remains?

Serious character development of peripheral characters- some cute Moreno moments.

What does C. J. Critt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I enjoy her reading if Moreno and his New York accent.

Any additional comments?

I'm so glad I didn't let other reviews sway me from purchasing this book. I'm going through the Scarpetta series for the first time and other readers had me worried. I have no idea what they were talking about! This story is smart, twisty, and dark like the pervious Kay novels. <br/><br/>Abby Turnbull returns. Additionally, we learn a lot more about Moreno and Wesley in this installment.I enjoyed the whole story and it definitely kept me listening, waiting to see whodunit. <br/><br/>For anyone reading the whole series, I can't imagine not including this book in the lineup! Worth the listen.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Story was slow, anti-climatic - Critts destroys it

Would you try another book from Patricia Cornwell and/or C. J. Critt?

Cornwell - yes. Critt - NO

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Boring, predictable.

How could the performance have been better?

It could have been read by someone else. Critt takes pauses that are so long, I have checked numerous times to see if my device has died. Her voice for Benton is absurd - some snarky, angry-at-the-world jerk that snaps every word he says. Not Benton at all. And for god's sake, does she have the mic shoved in her mouth or does she breathe abnormally loud? Disgusting.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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SCARPETTA BOOK AT IT'S BEST

This book was very good, but then all the Scarpetta novels are good. They all have such twists and turns. Sometimes I do wonder though, about how all these weirdos get to her! ;o)

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  • Pgull
  • Pine Bluff, Ar USA
  • 09-19-12

I always enjoy Kay Scarpetta and this no exception

What did you love best about All That Remains?

This was one of the earlier of the Kay series and it was one that I had not read so I enjoyed how the story developed and I felt like an observer watching the development of not only solving the case, but in the shifting each character's personal life.

What did you like best about this story?

The strategy and the plot and development of the case

Have you listened to any of C. J. Critt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first time listening to C.J. , it took me about ten minutes into the story and then I was used to her voice and it seem to fit very well.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There was a lot of emotion in this book, not enough humor, but not sure if it was needed. I was guessing throughout trying to figure the case and the life of the characters and the ending left me wanting to go to the next book.

Any additional comments?

I always enjoy Patrica Cornwell's books, she is complicated but yet puts it all so simple and smooth. I even like the way she takes the time to describe the scenery, the weather, the color of hair, clothes, all the small but important details that bring the story to life.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 12-01-15

An early Kay Scarpetta novel

Scarpetta Book 3 was written before Patricia Cornwell started becoming repetitive. I highly recommend this and other earlier novels in the Kay Scarpetta series.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Good Read

Fun read...Kay Scarpetta, our heroine, hangs in there against entrenched bureaucracy and Washington DC favorite political appointees. But, her relationships go nowhere. Nobody reviews Pete Marino; in this book, she remakes him into a decent human being from a slob. One wonders if Cornwell knows somebody like that and does a virtual redo. Page turner that does not lag or sag. Show me the next book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Typical mystery

Pretty standard fare, nice listening. Dragged in spots, you could skip sections and still be happy.

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Good, but background noise is distracting

I like this series. I wish tgere was a way to get rid of the background ghost echo in the recording because it is distracting.

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  • Kelly
  • Colorado Springs
  • 05-08-17

Not quite as good as the first two.

OK. there are probably hundreds of reviews of these books and trying to figure out my own path on this one is difficult... I like the Scarpetta books a lot. This genre fits into my junk-food-for-the-brain category of reading, and this series was one of my favorites back in the 1990s when they were written. But I stopped reading after one of my favorite characters was killed. I decided to start from the beginning - and hopefully get past that event next time. It has been a very long time since I read these, so the stories are like new again, and this time I am listening which is a very different experience.

So, on to my opinion. I like the book, but do not love it.

Pros:
1. The relationship between Marino and Scarpetta is challenging and intriguing.
2. Mariono's gruff exterior is sometimes difficult to handle and that makes him more interesting.
3. Scarpetta's bond with Lucy. It makes Kay more vulnerable.
4. The fact that the protagonist is a smart and educated woman.

Cons:
1. The plot in this one is a bit too political for my taste.
2. Benton Wesley is not being portrayed as particularly smart even though I know he is brilliant. (This may be partially attributable to the narrator's choice of voice for him.)
3. The description of the crimes gets a bit gruesome, and it doesn't feel necessary to the tension of the story.
4. Kay's relationship with her mother and sister is too extreme. It doesn't feel like the animosity is real, and it makes Kay come off as "better-than-thou". I remember feeling this way when I read the series before too.

And my opinion of CJ Critt is still the same. I like her much better than most of the reviewers. I think she gives Kay the appropriate silliness that lightens her and makes her less perfect. I like the grit she gives to Marino. I fell like she blends into the narrators voice. The only negative for me is her reading of Benton. I hope this improves in future volumes. One note: I listen to most books at 1.5 speed (because I like it better) and I think the faster speed eliminated some of the complaints I saw from other reviewers.