Scarpetta

23 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 555 ratings

Postmortem Publisher's Summary

A serial killer is on the loose in Richmond, Virginia. Three women have died, brutalised and strangled in their own bedrooms. There is no pattern: the killer appears to strike at random, but always early on Saturday mornings.

So when Dr Kay Scarpetta, chief medical officer, is awakened at 2.33 am, she knows the news is bad: there is a fourth victim. And she fears now for those that will follow unless she can dig up new forensic evidence to aid the police.

But not everyone is pleased to see a woman in this powerful job. Someone may even want to ruin her career and reputation.

©1990 Patricia Cornwell; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Book 1

    • Postmortem

    • Kay Scarpetta, Book 1
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Crouse
    • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    A serial killer is on the loose in Richmond, Virginia. Three women have died, brutalised and strangled in their own bedrooms. There is no pattern: the killer appears to strike at random, but always early on Saturday mornings.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing listen

    • By Kelly on 07-26-11

    Regular price: $14.94

  • Book 2

    • Body of Evidence

    • Kay Scarpetta, Book 2
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Crouse
    • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Someone is stalking Beryl Madison. Someone who spies on her and makes threatening, obscene phone-calls. Terrified, Beryl flees to Key West, but eventually she must return to her Richmond home. The very night she arrives, Beryl inexplicably invites her killer in.

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  • Book 3

    • All That Remains

    • Kay Scarpetta, Book 3
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Kate Burton
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    When the bodies of young courting couples start turning up in remote woodland areas, Dr Kay Scarpetta's task as chief medical examiner is made more difficult by the effects of the elements. Eight times she must write that the cause of death is undetermined. But when the latest girl to go missing turns out to be the daughter of one of the most powerful women in America, Kay finds herself prey to political pressure. As she starts to investigate, she finds that vital evidence is being withheld.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story but...

    • By Anonymous User on 05-23-18

    Regular price: $11.93

  • Book 4

    • Cruel and Unusual

    • A Kay Scarpetta Novel
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Kate Burton
    • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    When convicted killer Ronnie Joe Waddell is executed in Virginia's electric chair, he becomes what should be a routine case for Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta. But after Waddell's execution, everyone connected to him begins to die - including a member of Scarpetta's staff. When crucial records disappear from her files, Scarpetta comes under fire for incomeptence. Caught in a web of political intrigue, she must fight to free herself from murderous insinuations and threats to her own life.

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  • Book 5

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  • Book 6

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  • Book 7

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    • Cause of Death (Unabridged)

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  • Book 8

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    • Unnatural Exposure (Unabridged)

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  • Book 9

    • Point of Origin

    • Kay Scarpetta, Book 9
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Joan Allen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Carrie Grethen, partner in crime to William Temple Gault, has escaped from prison. Before she does so, she sends Kay Scarpetta a message that makes it all too clear she blames her for Gault's death, and has specific, if cryptic, plans for revenge. Wary and quite shaken, Scarpetta still has to get on with an investigation into the death of an unknown female in a fire that has destroyed the isolated farmhouse home of her erstwhile political boss.

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  • Book 10

    • Black Notice

    • Kay Scarpetta, Book 10
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Roberta Maxwell
    • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    While Lucy Farinelli goes undercover in Miami to bring down a notorious criminal cartel, Dr Kay Scarpetta and Pete Marino discover a body in a cargo ship recently arrived from Belgium at Virginia's Deep Water Terminal in Richmond. Scarpetta's post mortem reveals neither a cause of death nor an identification. So the victim's personal effects and an odd tattoo take Scarpetta on a hunt for information that eventually leads her and Marino to Interpol's headquarters in Lyon.

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  • Book 11

    • The Last Precinct

    • Kay Scarpetta, Book 11
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Roberta Maxwell
    • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Physically and psychologically bruised by her encounter with the killer Chandonne, Dr Kay Scarpetta has to leave her home in the hands of the police team investigating the attack. She finds shelter with an old friend, Anna Zenner, but it is not the haven of security she needs when she discovers that Anna has been sub- poenaed to appear before a Grand Jury which is investigating Scarpetta for murder.

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  • Book 12

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  • Book 13

    • Trace

    • A Scarpetta Novel
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
    • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    In Trace, Kay Scarpetta travels to Richmond, Virginia, at the odd behest of the recently appointed Chief Medical Examiner, who claims that he needs her help to solve a perplexing crime. When she arrives, however, Scarpetta finds that nothing is as she expected: her former lab is in the final stages of demolition; the inept chief isn't the one who requested her after all; her old assistant chief has developed personal problems that he won't reveal; and a glamorous FBI agent meddles with the case.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not Up to Scarpetta Standards

    • By Susan on 11-15-05

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    • Trace

    • Kay Scarpetta, Book 13
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Since Postmortem garnered critical acclaim and a record-breaking five awards for a first crime novel, the Scarpetta novels have often been imitated, but never bettered. Against her own judgement and the advice of Benton Wesley and her niece, Lucy, Scarpetta agrees to return to Virginia as a consultant pathologist on a case involving the death of a 14-year-old girl.

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  • Book 14

    • Predator

    • Kay Scarpetta, Book 14
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 3
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Florida is full of human predators, and they all give Dr. Kay Scarpetta the opportunity and the means to do what she does best, persuading the dead to speak to her. And in Boston, Benton Wesley is working on a secret case involving convicted killers. It is a project which gives Scarpetta deep disquiet, as does the behaviour of her niece, Lucy, who is spending too much time in cheap bars looking for casual pick-ups.

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  • Book 15

    • Book of the Dead

    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 40

    Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace. Moving to Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues, including Pete Marino and her niece, Lucy, offer expert crime-scene investigation and autopsy services to communities lacking local access to competent death investigation and modern technology.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • enjoyed

    • By barbara meffer on 10-18-15

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    • Book of the Dead

    • Kay Scarpetta, Book 15
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Fresh from her battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace. Moving to Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, offering expert crime scene investigation and autopsies to communities lacking access to modern technology. It seems like an ideal situation, until the murders and violent deaths begin.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent narration, keeps you tuned!

    • By Yumna on 08-02-12

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  • Book 16

    • Scarpetta

    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk - and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book!

    • By Animalhsz on 07-23-18

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    • Scarpetta

    • Kay Scarpetta, Book 16
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Leaving behind her forensic pathology practice in South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta takes up an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured patient in a psychiatric ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk - and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

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  • Book 17

    • The Scarpetta Factor

    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Kate Burton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    It is the week before Christmas. A tanking economy has prompted Dr. Kay Scarpetta - despite her busy schedule and her continuing work as the senior forensic analyst for CNN - to offer her services pro bono to New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In no time at all, her increased visibility seems to precipitate a string of unexpected and unsettling events.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • why did I buy?

    • By Mary Fernandez on 06-05-10

    Regular price: $24.50

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