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Four young women have been found murdered—tortured and strangled in their own beds—all victims of the same brilliant monster. Using a skilled hand and the latest technology in forensic medicine, Kay Scarpetta begins the process of gathering the microscopic clues the latest battered body has to give.

©1990 Patricia D. Cornwell (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Ed
  • Saint Augustine, FL, United States
  • 10-23-13

Very little forensics

This wasn't a bad book but if you're looking forward to learning how a medical examiner uses forensic evidence to uncover the mystery behind crimes, you will be disappointed. The unraveling of the mystery had very little to do with forensics and more to do with generic detective work. Also, listening to this book 20 or so years after it was written might prove a little distracting because of the advances made in computing and investigative techniques. Get past all that and the book will provide some entertainment. Worth a listen if you can pick it up on a $4.99 sale.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Read...

What did you love best about Postmortem?

I loved the pace of the book and the narrator was excellent as well.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Postmortem?

I loved the introduction of Marino to the story line.

What aspect of C. J. Critt’s performance would you have changed?

I loved the performance as it was produced.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Slow start and narrator is horrible

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

Yes I will try another Cornwell novel. The character development is decent but a little too background intensive regarding the technical details. I believe this may be due to the fact that this book was written several years ago. I will never listen to another book narrated by CJ Critt. She takes a deep breath at the beginning of most paragraphs and it is very distracting. She doesn't seem to be able to grasp the characters personalities and makes Scarpetta seem like a delicate flower that is afraid to speak.

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

It's slow to start but weaves a nice intrigue

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator was completely off base with the character. Needs to be a totally different reader.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good Story

Good Story. The technology discussed, like DNA, bloodtyping, and data processing is a bit dated but still interesting.

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Too many cuss words

A cuss word here and there is ok. But not in every other sentence. A good writer can find better words to express the feelings of a character than lowering the intelligence of the reader to cuss words or taking God’s name in vain.

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Standard Fare

Killer has investigators stumped, heroine has some personal issues, a few false leads, bit of a scare and the day is saved. Good storytelling, kept my interest, good start to a series.

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good read

good book. kept me interested. a bit much on the denouement.
otherwise it's quite good.

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Best series

i love the Scarpetta series. i could listen to them a million times and still love them.

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great book

loved it great story good detail didn't lag or get boring like some crime novels do

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  • Kelly
  • Colorado Springs
  • 05-05-17

Gritty -- featuring an intelligent & strong woman

I loved this book when I read it 27 years ago, and continued to love the series through the first 10(ish) books. But then I stopped reading them... for no reason. Recently I made the decision to revisit the series and so I am starting from the beginning. The result is that I still love this book. It was fascinating to find how far technology has come. Often I was surprised by the difficulties they encountered from things that would be easy today. Actually, in some ways this added to the enjoyment for me.

The book is gritty and dark; it is often profane and sometimes a little gruesome. It features a woman in job that is still dominated by men almost 30 years together. It is fierce. And I really like her soon-to-be good friend Pete Marino. Like Milo in the Alex Delaware series, he is gruff, grumpy and sometimes atrocious. Also like Milo, he is dogged in his pursuit of the bad guys and steadfast in his defense of the law. He provides a little levity to the book and is my favorite character.

CJ Critt is one of my favorite narrators. She never fails to give the characters life.