Review: Trace

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TraceBook Review
3.5 of 5 stars to Trace, the 13th book in the Kay Scarpetta thriller series, written in 2004 by Patricia Cornwell. Trace is midway in the series which has about 25 books as of 2017 when I’m finally writing this review! I’m trying to catch up on all my favorite series, finish writing reviews and then read the latest books which are still in my TBR pile.

Trace is a solid story, as we come to expect from Cornwell, but it has a few issues, too. It’s a very emotional book, not only because it’s focus starts with a 14 year old girl’s death, but also because Scarpetta has just come back from Florida, where she basically ran off to for a “break.” When she’s back in Virginia, she’s suddenly faced with being pulled back into her old routine, having to help the new ME figure out what happened in this crime. Scarpetta is also working again with her former right-hand-man, but something is different about him. She even suspects he may be the killer this time; and he’s got some interesting attitude issues towards his former boss. Plus, Scarpetta is on her own, sans Lucy and Benton who are busy elsewhere.

In some respects, we’re back to basics with this book, as she tries to solve the crime on her own, fighting with her colleagues the whole way. But she’s also a different person, and her instincts aren’t as fine-tuned as usual. It’s a game-changing book, which ultimately sets the directional change in the series enough to re-boot it a bit. But the mystery itself is still quite diabolical. I wouldn’t start with this book if you are new to the series, but if you’re a big fan, it’s worth the read to see all the changes going on in her world.

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