Book Reviews of The Body Farm (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 5)

The Body Farm  (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 5)
The Body Farm - Kay Scarpetta, Bk 5
Author: Patricia Cornwell
ISBN-13: 9780425147627
ISBN-10: 0425147622
Publication Date: 9/1/1995
Pages: 368
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 689 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
This is classic Scarpetta, complimented by her brilliant--and sometimes frustrating risk-taking niece Lucy. Named for the facility founded by eminent forensic anthropoligist William Bass of the University of Tennessee, this is a fascinating glimpse into a real-world facility. Art imitating life. Either way, it's a great read.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is one of the few paperback series that I have kept. They are intelligently written from a professional woman's point of view. Very detailed. A small amount of formula doesn't detract from the entertainment value. I have read this series again and again.
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Helpful Score: 1
I was a bit disappointed in Kay Scarpetta's self-aggrandizing. I did not remember that from other Scarpetta books. There was also a number of times when product brand names were mentioned en passant which makes me suspicious that these were paid product placements.

Aside from that, not bad, but I've read better Scarpetta books.
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I think all of Patricia Cornwells books are excellent. If you like getting into the forensic side of things in a mystery thriller, then her books are for you.
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AWESOME from word 1. I am a big Patricia Cornwell fan! I love all of her books. It is very high tech and full of forensic detail. It has all the eerie suspense too.
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Cornwell at her chilling best. A murdered child, a distraught mother and clues that suggest the return of a serial killer....This one is chock-full of the very latest in dazzling forensic technology.. keeps the reader pinned to the chair--USA Today
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Love kay scarpetta
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In rural North Carolina, the brutal murder of 11 year old Emily Steiner has shaken a small town. But more disturbing are the details of the crime, chillingly reminiscent of the handiwork of a seriel killer who has eluded the unit for years. Into this volatile atmosphere comes Kay Scarpetta's ingenious, rebellious niece Lucy, an FBI intern with a promising future in Quantico's computer engineering facility -- until she is accused of a shocking security violation. While coming to terms with Lucy, Kay must conduct a grisly forensic investigation at a clandestine research facility in Tennessee known as The Body Farm. There she will find more answers to Emily Steiner's murder -- and evidence that paints a picture of a crime more horrifying than she imagined.
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In rural North Carolina, the brutal murder of eleven-year-old Emily Steiner has shaken a small town. But more disturbing are the details of the crimes, chillingly reminiscent of the handiwork of a serial killer who has eluded the unit for years. Into this volatile atmosphere comes Scarpetta's ingenious, rebellious niece Lucy, an FBI intern with a promising future in Quantico's computer engineering facility--until she is accused of a shocking security violation. While coming to terms with Lucy, Kay must conduct a grisly forensic investigation at a clandestine research facility in Tennessee known as the Body Farm. There she will find more answers to Emily Steiner's murder--and evidence that paints a picture of a crime more horrifying than she imagined.
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THis book was a no put down book.. I loved it
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On the 16th of oct. Shadowy deer crept to the edge of dark woods beyond my window as the sun peeked over the cover of the night. Plumbing above and below me groaned, and one by other rooms went bright as sharp tattoos from ranged I could not see riddled the dawn....
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Patricia Cornwell and her knowledge of forensic pathology has written another thriller about the murder of young girl and it's chilling reminiscence of a serial killer who has yet to be captured. One of her best!
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A murdered child, a distraught mother, and clues that suggest the return of a serial killer...This one is chock-full of the very latest in dazzling forensic technology. Will keep you pinned to the chair.
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This is one of the most unusual stories I have ever read.
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Excellent!
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I loved this Kay Scarpetta novel. You will definately be hooked by the 1st chapter.
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New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell brings back Kay Scarpetta, consulting forensic pathologist for the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, in her grittiest and most compelling novel. In rural North Carolina, the brutal murder of eleven-year-old Emily Steiner has shaken a small town. But more disturbing are the details of the crime, chilling reminiscent of the handiwork of a serial killer who has eluded the unit for years. Into this volatile atmosphere comes Scarpetta's ingenious, rebellious niece Lucy, an FBI intern with a promising future in Quantico's security violation. While coming to terms with Lucy, Kay must conduct a grisly forensic investigation at a clandestine research facility known as The Body Farm. There she will find more answers to Emily Steiner's murder - and evidence that paints a picture of a crime more horrifying than she imagined . . .
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Excellent, could not put it down!
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I have read the entire Scarpetta series and have loved them all. This one is no exception.
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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.
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This was really my first book read from this category, and it intrigued me. At times, it didn't feel like a writer was writing it, but I think it was probably deliberate. All in all, it's a good read.
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Great strong women role book, you will enjoy the forensics and the mystery, excellent in details and storyline. Weaves a wonderful story, you will want to read them all.
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This is an AWESOME book!
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This is a good mystery - kept me reading to see how it would end. I've read some of Cornwell's other books and the story of the characters' lives keeps building, but I don't think that would loose anyone who hasn't read other books.
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One of her earlier ones, very good.
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I've just recently started reading the Dr. Scarpetta books. This one is a good read - it held my attention and I couldn't wait to get to the end to figure out just what had happened in the murder. I have many other books in this series that I can't wan't to read.
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This was the first Cornwell book I read, thought it riveting and got hooked on her.
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This is the 5th in the Scarpetta series...a must read for any Cornwell fan!
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AWESOME READ!!!!!
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Good read if you like mysteries and Patricia Cornwell!
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A good read if you are a Patricia Cornwell fan
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Very good Kay Scarpetta mystery -- learn about the Body Farm.
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Patricia Cornwal is the best author - I love her books.
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I've read alot of her books. Like the others this one keeps you guessing "all the pacing and suspence Cornwell fans have come to expect..Her latest will cause a few sleepless nights"
-People
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a Kay scarpetta mystery with plenty to keep you interested
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Very engaging subject matter for anyone who is interested in forensics.
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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.
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New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell brings back Kay Scarpetta, consulting forensic pathologist for the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, in her grittiest and most compelling novel. In rural North Carolina, the brutal murder of eleven-year-old Emily Steiner has shaken a small town. But more disturbing are the details of the crimes, chillingly reminiscent of the handiwork of a serial killer who has eluded the unit for years. Into this volatile atmosphere comes Scarpetta's ingenious, rebellious niece Lucy, an FBI intern with a promising future in Quantico's computer engineering facility--until she is accused of a shocking security violation. While coming to terms with Lucy, Kay must conduct a grisly forensic investigation at a clandestine research facility in Tennessee known as the Body Farm. There she will find more answers to Emily Steiner's murder--and evidence that paints a picture of a crime more horrifying than she imagined . . .
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As with all the Scarpetta novels, it's a hit!
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Patricia Cornwell always leaves me wanting to know what's going happen next.
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Cornwell just does good mysteries. I figured this one out early but it was good to the last page.
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great if you like a good mystery
sue
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This one is good.. I enjoyed reading it.
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well written. engaging main character.
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Loved this one
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Kay Scarpetta is chasing a serial killer in North Carolina and trying to help her niece Lucy.
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Great Patricia Cornwell book as usual.
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excellent as usual
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Kay Scarpetta,consulting forensic patholgist for the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit,in her grittiest and most compelling novel.In rural North Carolina,the brutal murder of eleven-year old Emily Steiner has shaken a small town. But more disturbing are the details of the crime,chillingly reminiscent of the handiwork of a serial killer who has cluded the unit for years. Into this volatile atmosphere comes Scarpetta's ingenous,rebellious niece Lucy,an FBI intern with a promising future in Quantico's computer engineering facility-until she is accused of a shocking security Violation. While coming to terms with Lucy,Kay must conduct a grisly forensic investigation at a clandestine research facility in Tennessee known as The Body Farm. There she will find more answers to Emily Steiner's murder-and evidence that paints a picture of a crime more horrifying than she imagined.
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Another great book, really a page turner.
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So far, this series is getting better with each book as the author progressing in her writing. But, she does need to work on factoid-typos, because in the previous book, her niece was only seventeen. In this one, she's now 21, even though the killer who escaped in the previous book was mentioned as having gone on his spree only 2 years prior. So, either Gault (the killer) went on a 2nd killing spree, or 4 years have actually passed. I wish the author would be consistent, because when a person's reading books back-to-back within a day of each other, things like this get noticed.

As for the drama involving her niece, it's a amazing that a girl who is so smart can be so stupid. It's a little over-dramatic at times, but I suppose it does make for a good side story.

The killer in this one becomes fairly obvious early on, but the fact that they die with Scarpetta in the room is getting redundant for a climactic ending. Especially with the way it's done. The ending just felt rushed, as there was a lot of things happening in a short period of time. The "bad guy" last stand was just a bit too much. The hasty ending makes the reader feel a bit robbed after the rest of the book had been done well and was very interesting.
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Great book in the Kay Scarpetta mystery line.
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A good book, but not the best by Patricia Cornwell.
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A brutal murder, forensic technology, suspense - this book has it all
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Good story, gets you involved fast! Lot of twists in the story!
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Patricia Cornwell is a great author... or so I've been told. I have read several of her books and I just don't think they are that great. However, Many other people like her and she's selling more books than I am, so I don't feel I have room to complain.
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Great book and just love Kay. You have to read.
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A Kay Scarpetta mystery.
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A Dr. Scarpetta novel
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A murdered child, a distraught mother and clues that suggest the return of a serial killer. Chock full of the very latest in dazzling forensic technology.
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you just keep reading--hard to put down
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Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!!
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Page turner..great book!
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a serial killer is on the loose.
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I like this author.
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My first Patricia Cornwell book, and I couldn't put it down. A smart writer, with layers of allusions and occasional homage to real-life artists and scientists, Cornwell is a master of the genre. A real page-turner! Don't start this book on a work night!