Review: The Body Farm

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The Body FarmReview
4 of 5 stars to Patricia Cornwell‘s fifth book in the Kay Scarpetta series, The Body Farm, published in 1994. The title alone tells you what kind of book this will be, and it is full of thrills and suspense. Scarpetta has an opportunity to try to capture a serial killer she’s dealt with sometime in the past. And with the history she needs to revisit in this one, you will learn a lot more about who she is and what’s happened to bring her to today.

Another good part of this book is the development of Scarpetta’s relationship with her niece, Lucy. Lucy’s now 21 and supposed to be an adult; however, her behaviors are still somewhat immature. I like getting to know the character more, even though she isn’t too likable at this point. Detective Pete Marino is prominent again, and you want to love him… but he still makes you angry.

As Scarpetta finds different body parts all over the place, she knows she’s close to meeting her match. The cleverness and complexity in this book makes it one of the better ones. It’s still early on in the series before the books get too “governmental” and “formal,” in regard to Scarpetta’s career.
The games being played are quite amusing and scary. Given the creepiness of the killer’s plans, this is another fine entry in the series.

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15 thoughts on “Review: The Body Farm

    Nel said:
    May 2, 2017 at 12:10 PM

    I’ve not read this particular story and it’s kind of unrelated but I took a course on Body Farms and it’s some pretty interesting stuff!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 2, 2017 at 12:11 PM

      Was this course for pleasure or part of schooling? And what did you do with it?

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        Nel said:
        May 2, 2017 at 12:24 PM

        It was for schooling but I took pleasure in it! It was essentially linked to sustainability and understanding how they help make criminal investigation more accurate! I’ve thought about donating my body to a body farm actually because of that class.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        May 2, 2017 at 12:25 PM

        Sounds kinda cool!


    Emma's Library said:
    May 2, 2017 at 1:52 PM

    I used to really like this series when I first read it but on re-reading the first couple of books, I realised I didn’t enjoy them as much and Scarpetta annoyed me a little. I still have all the books so I might go back and continue the re-reads to see if they get better.

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    bettylouise31 said:
    May 2, 2017 at 6:48 PM

    I read this author until she got to violent.

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    Sassy Brit (Reviewer) said:
    May 3, 2017 at 7:21 AM

    Love it. Also really like your – I read a lot. I review a lot. I blog a lot! I can sympathise. 😀

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    Books, Vertigo and Tea said:
    May 3, 2017 at 2:51 PM

    So ironic that I see this today. My aunt was just speaking with my last night about Patricia Cornwell and how I should try her books. Do you have a specific one you recommend as an intro to her?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 3, 2017 at 4:12 PM

      Oh cool! I’d usually recommend starting with the first one, but that would be a large commitment. Let me review the summaries again and give you some options.

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        Books, Vertigo and Tea said:
        May 3, 2017 at 4:49 PM

        That would be awesome!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        May 4, 2017 at 7:53 AM

        Body of Evidence. It’s #2, but I think because the victim is a writer… and it’s somewhat more connected to books and reading, it’ll be an easier read. It has a lot of violence (i.e. decapitation). The first book in the series is death by strangulation, in case that is more reasonable! 🙂

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        Books, Vertigo and Tea said:
        May 4, 2017 at 9:34 AM

        Ah! Thank you very much for this 🙂 I just added to my TBR.

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