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Publisher's Summary

A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

When she turns to those around her, Scarpetta finds that the danger and suspicion have penetrated even her closest circles. Her niece Lucy speaks in riddles. Her lead investigator, Pete Marino, and FBI forensic psychologist and husband, Benton Wesley, have secrets of their own. Feeling alone and betrayed, Scarpetta is tempted by someone from her past as she tracks a killer both cunning and cruel.

This is Kay Scarpetta as you have never seen her before. The Bone Bedis a must-listen for any fan of this series, or an ideal starting point for new readers.

©2012 Patricia Cromwell (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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What disappointed you about The Bone Bed?

It was long and pointless. I am a long time fan of this series and had to start this book over several times to stay tuned in. I must say it didn't get any better.

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  • Donna
  • Beavercreek, OH, United States
  • 02-17-13

Great Twisty Plot as Always

What did you love best about The Bone Bed?

The twists and turns.

Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I thought she was excellent!!

Any additional comments?

It kept my interest the whole way through!

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  • VictoriaS
  • Concord, CA, United States
  • 02-06-13

Okay but not great

Would you try another book from Patricia Cornwell and/or Kate Reading?

Yes

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bone Bed?

Can't recall, story plodded along

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

No

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

Narrator had boring monotone throughout entire story. Many annoying instances of character interactions where one character is participating in a conversation while at the same time going off into their own thoughts... Author interspersed these thoughts within the scene and it comes off weird and distracting hearing this read aloud in that mind-numbing monotone.

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Excellent. Best Scarpetta in some time.

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This book kept me captured from start to finish; couldn't pause until I had reached the end.

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Return to First Person Narrative Improves Series

Would you consider the audio edition of The Bone Bed to be better than the print version?

Advantage of audiobooks is being able to listen while having my hands free to do other activities (internet surfing,exercising, cleaning house, etc). Disadvantage is you are at the mercy of the narrator's reading. If you don't like the way characters are read, you must suffer through that character's part (e.g., Lucy sounding like a sterotypical deep-voiced lesbian that I can onlly imagine the narrator thinks must be appropriate when earlier narrator had a more innocent, sweet voice for the character I miss the "earlier" Lucy!)

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kay Scarpetta - logical, analytical, and rarely emotional, unlike other characters in the series. A heroine to admire.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Audiobooks makes it easy to close your eyes and mentally escape to somewhere else.Dislikes some of the voices by the narrator, particularly Lucy's.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Always hate to reach the end of the book, particularly this one. I spent the past year reading the entire Scarpetta series, and now I've reached the end (till the next book release).

Any additional comments?

The references to food in details seem over the top throughout all of the Scarpetta books series. It nearly made me want to hit the FF.

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  • Linda
  • Bowie, MD, United States
  • 01-25-13

Scarpetta Not Up To Form

Well, I found the book dragging. I've read all 20 books and found them riveting and loved the characters. In this book I found the characters boring, even Kay herself didn't reach me. Maybe it was the reader but she sounded whiny and unsure of herself. The book spent too much time in Kay's head and she spent too much time theorizing about what it might be and why. Didn't measure up to earlier books BUT having said that, it is still better than many similar books published today. I'll wait for Book 21 to see what's next. I was happy to see that Kay and Bennett resolved their (her) fears.

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  • Tom
  • Avon Lake, OH, United States
  • 01-20-13

Depressing

What did you like best about The Bone Bed? What did you like least?

I enjoyed the attention to the technical details but the story was darker than I remember the previous Scarpetta stories I listened.

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Think Cornwall phoned this one in

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

Readers who love a self-absorbed women character who does nothing but complain and criticize others; the old Kay back in Richmond got on with things at least. The plots were interesting back then-- this one seems like a very boring soap opera character dragged through an unbelievable plot. I listen to audible books while walking to work , and I stopped in the FREEZING cold, took off my gloves, deleted this book, and started a new one mid-journey. It is that boring and annoying -- both characters and narrator. The writer tells rather than shows. The writer repeats and in case you didn't get it she repeats.

Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Cornwell again?

nope

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

not sure but the Marino act was unlisten-able after a while.

What character would you cut from The Bone Bed?

All but Lucy, and she is a pain and a bit one dimensional so far.

Any additional comments?

not happy -- bought on impulse and now remember why I haven't read all the 15 or so in between the first few and this one. Did not like the "Cain" one set in the subway either...

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i love the scarpeta books

What did you love best about The Bone Bed?

i have always liked the scarpeta books but this one seemed to go on and on about medical terminology and procedures the were way over my head.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bone Bed?

when they were able to remove the body from the water

What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

she has an easy listening voice

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes, when kay took the cat. i am a big animal lover and can't stand to read/listen about any kind of cruelty or killing of animals

Any additional comments?

try not to get so detailed in the medical termnology for everyday folks like me

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  • Sherri
  • Sharon, PA, United States
  • 01-08-13

a good listen

Where does The Bone Bed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book was about average compared to the other books I have listened to on Audible.

If you’ve listened to books by Patricia Cornwell before, how does this one compare?

The Scarpetta story line gets a bit weirder and a little more unbelievable with each book.

Which scene was your favorite?

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

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