Thursday, March 20, 2008

Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell

The 'Book of the Dead' is the morgue log, the ledger in which all cases are entered by hand. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to have a new meaning. Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace. Moving to the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues offer expert crime scene investigation and autopsies to communities lacking local access to competent death investigation and modern technology. It seems like an ideal situation, until the murders and other violent deaths begin. A woman is ritualistically murdered in her multi-million-dollar beach home. The body of an abused young boy is found dumped in a desolate marsh. A sixteen-year-old tennis star is found nude and mutilated near Piazza Navona in Rome. Scarpetta has dealt with many brutal and unusual crimes before, but never a string of them as baffling, or as terrifying, as the ones before her now. Before she is through, that book of the dead will contain many names and the pen may be poised to write her own. The first name in forensics. The last name in suspense. Once again, Patricia Cornwell proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.

A new Patricia Cornwell book. I must admit I think I've read her entire Kay Scarpetta series to date. I don't much enjoy her other books tho. But I do love these ones! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I reminded myself of the characters I haven't read about in a long while.

And there is a pretty decent twist at the end that you don't quite see coming. Just exactly how embroiled everyone is in the finale is quite something :)

2 comments:

BecauseIcan said...

Sounds stunning..

Will be adding to shopping list next..
I havent read her books in ages to be honest but love the detail she puts in with Kay Scarpetta..

B

phillygirl said...

@bic - yup, along with Sue Grafton & Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwell is a staple of my book collection :)

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