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Cause of Death Audiobook

Cause of Death

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Publisher's Summary

On a quiet day, away from the hustle of Richmond, in a small cottage on the Virginia coast, Dr. Kay Scarpetta receives a disturbing phone call from the Chesapeake police. Thirty feet deep in the murky waters of Virginia's Elizabeth River, a scuba diver's body is discovered near the Inactive Naval Shipyard.

As the police begin searching for clues, the wallet of investigative reporter Ted Eddings is found. Unnerved by the possible identity of the victim, Scarpetta orders the crime scene roped off and left alone until she arrives. What was he doing there, searching for Civil War relics as the officer suggested, or was there a bigger story? As she rifles through the multitude of clues, a second murder hits much closer to home. This new development puts Scarpetta and her colleagues hot on the trail of a military conspiracy.

Filled with lurid details that Cornwell's legions of fans have come to expect, Cause of Death is a breathtaking mystery further enhanced by C. J. Critt's gripping narration.

Cause of Death is the 7th book in the Kay Scarpetta series.

Don't miss the other titles in Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series.

©1996 Patricia Daniels Cornwell; (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Cornwell remains a master of the genre, instilling in readers an appetite that only she can satisfy." (Publishers Weekly)
"The fascination with monstrous evil that's run through Cornwell's recent work blossoms with a vengeance....Full marks, as always, for the gripping forensic detail and beleaguered Scarpetta's legendary toughness." (Kirkus)

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    DONA 02-26-13
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    "ALWAYS A PLEASURE"

    I know that sounds like an odd title for any Cornwell book. This one is so intriguing on so many levels. Whose cause of death is Scarpetta going to discover next? The story moves from one tragic and ugly scene to another keeping the reader guessing and then getting things all figured out only to come to the next twist in the road. That's why reading PC"s novels is always a pleasure.

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    ANNE R HARRIS MISSOULA, MT, US 01-19-13
    ANNE R HARRIS MISSOULA, MT, US 01-19-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Story and performance top notch"

    Cornwell does an excellent mystery again. I'll admit that I've skipped a few novels and I'm now "backfilling" the story with some of the earlier Scarpeta stories. I find the performance by CJ Critt easy to listen to and I enjoy her rendition of the characters. I recommend the story, performance, and production.

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    France St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, Canada 06-14-05
    France St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, Canada 06-14-05
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    "I almost fell asleep on the autopsy table!"

    When I listened to the sample, I liked the lilt of the reader's voice. But a half hour into the book I wished I could make her read faster! I plodded along to the end of the story, but found that just not much was going on with the main plot. The story branched out into several mini-tales which were uninteresting to me and made me think I should have bought the unabridged version this time around. The forensics aspect was interesting enough which is why I'm giving this two stars, but I was never on the edge of my seat.

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    Kelly Colorado Springs 05-13-17
    Kelly Colorado Springs 05-13-17 Member Since 2016

    Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.

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    "Ugh. Unrealistic jumps of character & plot."

    I absolutely loved this series when I read the first 10 or so books the first time (at the time the books were published). But I stopped reading because I was so upset that the author killed a main character. I recently decided to start over and to continue on past that stumbling block. This time the problem is that I do not love the characters and stories as much as I remember. I will blame part of this on the fact that I have become more of a reading snob after having discovered great literature. I will also blame the fact that 20+ years later I am more shocked by some of the prejudices in the books. But mostly I find the characters unbelievable and often unlikable. For now I am continuing on...

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    Dj Marshall 04-24-17
    Dj Marshall 04-24-17 Member Since 2013

    Love listening to stories.

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    "Excellent story."

    This is a womans point of view of doing her job. Wow, society needs to grow up. Excellent story.

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    Amazon Customer Kansas City, MO 01-20-17
    Amazon Customer Kansas City, MO 01-20-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Only My Fourth Book in This Series, I'm Addicted!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cause of Death to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print verstion


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not on the edge of my seat, but it kept my interest.


    Any additional comments?

    Get rid of Lucy! She's been annoying in all 4 of the books I've read!

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    jodonna gautschy 12-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazement at how well written"

    Patricia Cornwell does it again.... a creative story. well written, and fast moving. I find myself not able to leave the car.... I listened to the audio version.... I feel like I'm with a friend.

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    William 11-04-16
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    "love her books"

    love that charter is strong,intelligent and loving. love the twist n turns the author makes through the book

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    N. Thompson Emlenton Pa 12-22-15
    N. Thompson Emlenton Pa 12-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Did not like the narrator"

    I always loved reading Patricia Cornwell, but listening to this story really turned me off. The narrator seemed condescending and I just didn't like her. I think I'll stick to reading these stories rather than listening to them.

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    Jennifer 12-05-15
    Jennifer 12-05-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Not my favorite Scarpetta novel."

    I really enjoy the Scarpetta series. However I must say this wasn't one of my favorites. This is probably the worst one so far. I love CJ Critt as a narrator. I am sorry to see she doesn't narrate all of the books in this series. I have gotten used to the different characters voices and by bringing in a new narrator totally messes things up. I almost don't want to continue the series due to the changing of narrators. Hoping the next books are better than this.

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