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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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    ANNE R HARRIS MISSOULA, MT, US 01-19-13
    ANNE R HARRIS MISSOULA, MT, US 01-19-13 Listener 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dolly Walkup 01-14-05 Listener Since 2001
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    "Narrator lacks something"

    I thought this narrator wasn't as good as most of the others in audio books. I couldn't really listen to the story because of her voice and pitches. Some of her pronunciations were incorrect also. The story itself I would give a 4 but a 1 for the narrator.

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    E. Falk 05-25-09
    E. Falk 05-25-09
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    "Bad choice of narrator!"

    I am a big fan of the Scarpetta series and am working my way through the books in order. I loved the story here, but the narrator's voice was not well suited to the character and was annoying at times. I really hope that there is a different narrator for future books in this series!

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    Pamela Albany, NY United States 10-27-17
    Pamela Albany, NY United States 10-27-17 Member Since 2010
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    Rushed and unbelievable ending starting with the trip to England and finishing with Kay halting nuclear disaster

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    Ralph's mother Los Angeles, CA United States 07-06-17
    Ralph's mother Los Angeles, CA United States 07-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story annoying performance"

    Patricia Cornwell is a fun read. Not challenging but enough technical details to require a bit of awareness. A good read for these challenging political times. The narrator used a voice for one of the characters that was annoying. Less performance and more reading is my response to this reader.

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    Amazon Customer 05-27-17
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    "Abrupt endings "

    I have listened/ read many Scarpetta books. I love the detail in the whole story line I just wish there were more details in the endings. It seems like the minute the problem/crime is solved the books ends. I wish it were drawn out a few minutes at least. Please continue endings with the same detail you give the whole rest of the book! Other then that I love the books and the series.

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    Kelly Colorado Springs 05-13-17
    Kelly Colorado Springs 05-13-17
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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
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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