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The Bone Bed: Scarpetta (Book 20) (The Scarpetta Series) Kindle Edition
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Today, Cornwell's novels and now iconic characters, medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, her niece Lucy and fellow investigator Pete Marino, are known all over the world. Fox 2000 is actively developing a feature film about Kay Scarpetta. Beyond the Scarpetta series, Patricia has written a definitive account of Jack the Ripper's identity, cookbooks, a children's book, a biography of Ruth Graham, and two other fiction series based on the characters Win Garano and Andy Brazil.
Cornwell was born in Miami, grew up in Montreat, North Carolina, and now lives and works in Boston.
Visit the author's website at: www.patriciacornwell.com
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Before I air my complaints, I will give credit where credit is due. Bone Bed reintroduces readers to the Kay Scarpetta they met in Virginia. For the first time in I don't know how many books, Scarpetta is back in her diving gear and working the crime scenes like she used too. That is the one thing I really appreciated about this book. Kay is sharp. I had forgotten what an impressive investigator she could be. As she goes through a crime scene, very little escapes her attention. Her intelligence, ambition, and compassion are magnetic. I can't speak for everyone, but that is the character that captured my attention and held my interest in 90s.
With that said, I found her supporting characters highly annoying and redundant. Marino and Benton are still stuck in a downward spiral of regret and resentment. I know that real life issues (you know, your average faked death and attempted rape) don't go away over night, but I think Cornwell has taken it to a level that is entirely unnecessary. I for one, am very tired of hearing the sad song that refuses to end. Benton played dead; Mario got drunk and tried to play hooky. Naturally, these flaws in character will keep the two of them from being best friends and undoubtably leave some skeletons in the closet, but Cornwell has strung it out to the degree that she has allowed it to monopolize the chemistry that made the characters so captivating in the beginning.
Another issue I had with this book is that I felt like I had read it already.Read more ›
In "Blow Fly" Cornwell changed from writing in the first-person from Scarpetta's viewpoint to a weird present-tense third person. It's a rambling shapeless stream-of-consciousness, and "Blow Fly" is the last Scarpetta book I read to the end. I've tried every one since, and they all lose me in the first few chapters.
"Bone Bed" is billed as a comeback, a return to the old Scarpetta, Cornwell getting back on track. Nah. Don't think so. It's back to first-person Kay, but it's still rambling stream-of-consciousness. It starts out with Kay working alone in her sleek new office, and she's all agitated and freaked out because it sounds like someone is prowling in the building, and nobody else is supposed to be there. So does she get up and look? No, she just sits and frets. Then Lucy comes in, and Kay freaks out some more.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this on Kindle over a year ago even though it had horrible reviews. I waited to read it when waiting for an appointment. I loved this story and couldn't wait to finish. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Kathy
The story line is good as usual with Patricia Cornwell. But spending a lot time with environmental issues gets tiresome. I support wildlife etc. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Mary Dot
Kay Scarpeta continues to be in the forefront and now her niece goes to work for the FBI-cool plot- a must readPublished 14 days ago by DAFM
While I thoroughly enjoyed this riveting novel by Patricia Cornwell, I will advise you not to try and figure out Whodunnit! Read morePublished 18 days ago by Dean Kutzler
Red Mist and Bone Bed were both very disappointing. This is not the Scarpetta or Cornwall I am used to. Read morePublished 21 days ago by LakeLady
I love when Cornwell and Scarpetta have me looking in a completely different direction. I hope we aren't done with Anna's nephew yet.Published 28 days ago by Fireboxgirl
I always enjoy Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta books and this one is no exception! Each book is a story unto itself but is also a continuation of the bigger story of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melissa Street
Patricia Cornwell is the best author she never fails to deliver a heart pounding story, and she still leaves you guessing up to the last page.Published 1 month ago by Janice
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I think I have also decided not to ever read her books again, now that she is writing in first person narrative. I just am not comfortable with that stance. I prefer third person and even though I like Scarpetta, I am not keen on first person so I guess I just lost a favorite author. It's just... Read More
Sep 24, 2013 by Swissfem | See all 2 posts
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