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.
Patricia Cornwells Kay Scarpetta is a character who becomes addicting. Smart, Funny, brave, and tough she is a character who sticks with you, and you will find yourself wanting to read the whole series. Chapters are on the shorter side so the book is easier to digest.
another Kay Scarpetta, medical examine, mystery. after months of harrassing phone calls a writer is discovered dead in her own home. Can the medical examiner piece together the clues to solve this murder?
A reclusive author, Beryl Madison finds no safe haven from months of menacing phone calls--or the tormented feeling that her every move is being watched. when the writer is found slain in her own home, Kay Scarpetta peices together the intricate forensic evidence-while unwittingly edging closer to a killer waiting in the shadows.
I felt that the book started out a bit slow, like the first one in the series, but it did pick up quicker than the last. Although, even though it leads us into the story, I found the prologue a bit corny and it could've been placed later into the story and would've done better. (the fact that there was a typo in the first sentence didn't help either)
This really is one of those books, where I like the story, but the lead character drives me nuts. For all her intelligence, she's a bit of an idiot. Whether it comes to men or her common-sense involving her luggage. I mean, Hello!, you're investigating something where your safety has been threatened and don't question that your luggage goes missing? Yikes... It makes me really think the character, who may be the author's portrayal of herself, has an ego problem. Especially when she even compares herself to god... Puh-lease!
Also, how many times does an author need to write about cigarettes and smoking? Obsessed much? I used to be a smoker, and know the need to for a nic fix, but even after awhile I was like "All right already, you're against the anti-smokers. Get on with the story!" Maybe she's trying to make the characters more believable, but if that were the case, then she could work on it with other things. "Smart" people would acknowledge, to themselves anyway, when another person is using a double-negative instead of agreeing with it and being wrong about the topic. (I'll let the reader find that spot for themselves.) But, there are several things in casual conversation that could be improved upon to make the characters have more dimension than to constantly have them lighting up a smoke.
And another thing. The lack of knowledge portrayed by the lead character and others on AIDS is a bit strange. I remember doing a research paper in high school before this book was published, and even I seem to have found more myth-busters than what these characters know or make comments on between this book and the first one.
Overall though, it's a pretty decent book, but I will probably take a break from the series for a bit just because it's not as well written as some of the other forensic mystery books I've read.
Although I am not an avid Patricia Cornwell reader, I have enjoyed several of her books over the past few years. This one in particular was interesting, but not quite as entralling as I'd expect. It is a great read if you like forensic evidentiary details and like to see them pieced together. I believe it could have had a littlemore depth but instead it read more like a movie then a novela.
A reclusive author, Beryl Madison, finds no safe haven from months of menacing phone calls - or the tormented feeling that her every move is being watched. When the writer is found slain in her own home, Kay Scarpetti pieces together the intricate forensic evidence -while unwittingly edging closer to a killer waiting in the shadows.
A reclusive author, Beryl Madison fins no safe haven from months of menacing phone calls-or the tormented feeling that her every move is being watched. When the writer is found slain in her own home. Kay Scarpetta pieces together the intricate forensic evidence-while unwittingly edging closer to a killer waiting in the shadows.
A reclusive author, Beryl Madison finds no safe haven from months of menacing phone calls - or the tormented feeling that her every move is being watched. When the writer is found slain in her own home, Kay Scarpetta pieces together the intricate forensic evidence - while unwittingly edging closer to a killer waiting in the shadows.