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Publisher's Summary

The new Kay Scarpetta novel from the world's #1 bestselling crime writer.

Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated. But Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding's death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning of something far more destructive: a terrifying terrain of conspiracy and potential terrorism on an international scale. And she is the only one who can stop it.

©2011 Patricia Cornwell (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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even worse than before

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

not so much detail, both medical and techical. Also, even speaking as Scarpetta the character brings out her numerous flaws that have intensified in herself. The sold Scarpetta mysteriess have long dissappeared and now the boring, boring stories have lost the magic

What could Patricia Cornwell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

more mystery and less boredom, Boring, booorrriiinnnggg

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Burton?

Don't know, but her reading of a bad book does not make her a bad narrator

What character would you cut from Red Mist?

Lucy

Any additional comments?

will not make the mistake again thinking new books by Cornwell will be as interesting as the first and will not waste my money

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Talkity talk talk talk

Would you listen to Red Mist again? Why?

I probably wouldn't listen to this story again. I find I'm a bit fatigued with the characters--they've matured and Cornwell is more focused now on their mental states rather than developing the action. Sometimes I'm irritated with all the details of their high-end, consumerist lifestyles. Scarpetta comes off as a complete elitist snob and the author apologizes for it constantly. I can only assume this facet of Kay is a reflection of Cornwell's own life and she feels compelled to brag about it too much in her characterization of Kay.

What did you like best about this story?

The descriptions of the old south make me want to plan a southern vacation touring historic homes.

What aspect of Kate Burton’s performance would you have changed?

Kate did a decent job of narration although there were a a few technical glitches and yes--she did mispronounce some key words.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The dialog and the monlogue

Any additional comments?

It was predictable--someone's out to get Kay Scarpetta. I wish Cornwell would write a story with twists and turns without it being life and death for the ME Kay.

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  • Amanda
  • raleigh, NC, United States
  • 03-11-12

Loved the book itself, but...

Would you listen to Red Mist again? Why?

The narrator was overly-dramatic and annoying mispronounced many, many words throughout the entire novel.

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

Yes

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Stop being so damned dramatic and learn the proper ways to say medical terminology!

Any additional comments?

The book itself is great, as expected. However, I will never listen to a book with this narrator again.

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  • Susan
  • Estero, Florida United States
  • 03-09-12

I hated this book

What disappointed you about Red Mist?

I have read the entire series and this book and her last seem like different authors. Kay is always so angry. I got about half way through and decided it wasn't worth my time.

Has Red Mist turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I love murder, thrillers, and intrigue, but I won't buy another Patricia Cornwell book.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Burton?

No, I think she added to the anger.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Red Mist?

n/a

Any additional comments?

Tone it down an notch!!

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Somewhat dissappointing

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No I liked the continuation of characters that I have known for many years, but standing alone I would not have enjoyed it much. There was a surprising conclusion which I enjoyed.

Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Cornwell again?

Yes.

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  • Jenny
  • Orlando, FL, United States
  • 03-05-12

Huge Disappoinment

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not sure it was boring

What could Patricia Cornwell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It seems Patricia has lost her touch. Kay Scarpetta has become droll and irritating. Her ego is borderline obnoxious and she has no personality. I have read all of her books and this one is the worst. The story line did not even come close to keeping my interest. I started and stopped the book on several occasions. Patricia will have to give Kay an entire new make-over and her plots will have to be a little more thrilling for me to read another one of her books.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Burton’s performances?

I have not problem with Kate's performance. She is a great narrator. It was what she had to work with that I had a problem with.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Red Mist?

Most of them

Any additional comments?

Can I get my money back?

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Probably the last Cornwell book I will read.

What disappointed you about Red Mist?

Wordy & boring.

Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Cornwell again?

Probably not.<------ This from a HUGH Cornwell fan.

What didn’t you like about Kate Burton’s performance?

She did a good job with the material she had to work with.

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Kay does it again.

What made the experience of listening to Red Mist the most enjoyable?

The reader, and the dialogue

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not one but all, I liked Mandy, the addition to the story this time, because of how she dealt with the whole thing.

Which scene was your favorite?

Going into the Jordan bedroom through the pictures taken with the 1st investigation.Kay had an opportunity to see everything and be open about the murder,
She had that moment when she realized all that blood but one small drop made the difference


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Red Mist leads to Bloodlines

Any additional comments?

As always Patricia Cornwell shines with Kay. There was a lot going on in this book that could of be muddled but she held it all together with one bloodline.

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  • Ellen
  • DOVER, OH, United States
  • 02-11-12

Couldn't put it down

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Sure if the person likes this sort of read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Mist?

The end, finding who did it.

What about Kate Burton???s performance did you like?

I'm not sure I like the way she reads, it sounds like Kay is angry all the time and it just goes bang bang bang with facts, maybe too many facts, too much info.

Any additional comments?

I love listening to Patricia Cornwell books. I feel I know the characters.

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Not Cornwell's best effort

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This story was too predictable. I figured out the couple of