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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