There is a reason why I like the Law & order series & CSI. I am more interested in the actuall plot of the crime than the life events of the people solving the case(a little is ok as long as it pertains to the story) . This book does it well.
The second book of the Kay Scarpetta series is much more brilliant than the first. This book pertains to the murder of an author, Beryl Madison, after returning home from Key West. As the book progresses and clues unfold, it is discovered that Beryl had been stalked prior to her death, receiving disturbing phone calls, etc.
In a plot twist, Kay Scarpetta's former flame, Mark James, enters the picture as an attorney for a Chicago law firm. Mark speaks with Kay at length about his firm's relationship with Beryl Madison and her former sponsor (if you will), Cary Harper. It appears Cary Harper and Beryl Madison had a falling-out over a manuscript that Beryl was intending to write--a memoirs of sorts. A chapter or so later, Mark is introducing Kay to the actualy attorney who represented Beryl and Mr. Harper, and he has some threats of his own to dole out to Kay. However, nothing is what it seems....
Once Kay Scarpetta starts receiving the same disturbing phone calls as Beryl did before she was murdered, she finds herself traveling the same path as Beryl--all the way to Key West and back.
The body of a young and promising writer is discovered in her home shortly after she returns from hiding out. She was the protege of another, famous old writer who was living off the success of his one good book. But it seems she was more than just his protege, and her latest manuscript has disappeared - apparently it was going to be a tell-all book. But then the old writer is murdered, too; and his sister commits suicide.
It's one of those books I kept reading, because I wanted to know who done it, but I did not really enjoy it, because of Scarpetta's self-aggrandizing ways.
Patricia Corwell's series starring Kay Scarpetta as the Chief Medical Examiner is one of the best series of books I have read. Mysteries have never been my genre, but I love the CSI TV series and this book intrigues me in the same manner. Corwell is very knowledgeable and her writing style is descriptive and flowing as well as easy to read. Its not so packed with technical jargon that you cant sit and enjoy a nice quiet read without having to reach for a dictioary.
"Body of Evidence" is a well-plotted mystery with well-developed characters. I highly recommend it