Review: Port Mortuary

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Port MortuaryBook Review
3 of 5 stars to Port Mortuary, the 18th book in the Kay Scarpetta thriller series, written by Patricia Cornwell and published in 2010. This was the last Scarpetta book I read, as I then took a hiatus I’ve yet to come back from. I thought this was a decent book in the series, but it had some low points and it had some high points. The series seems to go thru a bit of an identity crisis when it tries to change a little direction, and this one, I am hopeful it is back on track. I’m not sure yet tho. We’re back to first person narration again, so we hear Scarpetta’s thoughts and voice, which is good. But it’s gone super-detail oriented on technology to the point where it’s less about the mystery and more about the information dump. We also have less of the supporting characters, and when we do have them, their idiosyncrasies are on full blast — too high tho. I think we need a reboot here, with some new characters and a change of atmosphere. I’m going to pick up the next book in the series soon to see if it changes or not, then I’ll decide if I’ve given up or am still in it for the long haul

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7 thoughts on “Review: Port Mortuary

    cindy knoke said:
    May 16, 2017 at 12:46 PM

    Her books are getting weaker and weaker which is a shame.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 16, 2017 at 12:49 PM

      I agree. This was the last one I read. Did you get any further?


    Emma's Library said:
    May 16, 2017 at 3:54 PM

    I’m pretty sure I read this one but it might have been soon after that I decided to stop reading the series. And since discovering other crime authors that I like more, I haven’t gone back.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 16, 2017 at 3:55 PM

      I’m right about at that place… I’ll give one more a chance.

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        Emma's Library said:
        May 16, 2017 at 3:59 PM

        I was going back to the beginning and re-reading them. I think I got to book three and haven’t picked another one up since.

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    Felicia Denise said:
    May 16, 2017 at 5:55 PM

    Kudos for making it through eighteen books. You lasted a lot longer than I did. 😏

    Liked by 1 person

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