Review: Scarpetta

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Scarpetta Book Review
3 of 5 stars to Scarpetta, the 16th book in the “Kay Scarpetta” thriller series, written in 2008 by Patricia Cornwell. In this book, Kay takes an assignment in NYC, where she’s handling another crazy potential killer, but one who claims to have a connection to her — again. The past keeps creeping up in these novels… and sometimes it’s just too unbelievable. I enjoyed the book, and it’s better than the last few… but I’m being harder and harder on authors who write lengthy series. It has to be about more than putting out a book a year to make fans happy and to earn more money. I want depth. I need creativity. I want something new.

The good things about the book: lots of gore, detailed autopsy-type info, crazy loons for killers… it’s a good alternative to the norm of a cozy mystery or a historical fiction novel. I like how the books take me away from reality to a place I don’t believe exists, but I’m sure there are some people who deal with murderers like this every day. The other good aspect is the delving into cyber space. Given I work in technology, I love seeing all this stuff, assuming it’s well done. Sometimes it’s dummied down too much, sometimes it’s too detailed. Can’t make everyone happy all the time.

A decent book to read in the series, but still not back on track yet.

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8 thoughts on “Review: Scarpetta

    E. Michael Helms, writer said:
    May 22, 2017 at 8:32 AM

    Makes you wonder how long a series should run. I agree, if the author can’t “infuse” new ideas into the storyline it might be time to close the door. I’m halfway through book five in my mystery series. So far, so good (according to reviews).

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 22, 2017 at 8:34 AM

      Congrats on keeping up the story lines! I need to go check out descriptions on your books. Just made a note on my list of to do’s this week!


    Carrie Rubin said:
    May 22, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    I used to devour Cornwell’s books, but the series seemed to derail and I couldn’t bring myself to even finish some of the books. I took a long hiatus and recently read a newer one of hers because I got it free at a writing conference. It was better than some of the others, but it still didn’t have what the earlier ones did. There’s so much bickering and angst between the main characters now, and everything is so negative. But I still really enjoy the forensics and science.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 22, 2017 at 9:39 AM

      I completely agree. I haven’t read one in almost 7 years. I will try one again this summer, but after 15 or so, sometimes you just need something different in a book.

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    inspirationpie said:
    May 22, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Never heard of this series, but working in a medical lab, I love forensics and science. Must check out some of her books. Can you recommend one to start with?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 22, 2017 at 4:35 PM

      It’s a good series, but there are a lot of books. And the author is still writing with plans to pen a few more, I believe. They are quite gory, very intricate with use of technology, DNA and psychology. It can get a little heavy at times, which is where it went mid-series around book 9 or 10. If you love to read serial fiction, you should start with the first book — Postmortem, as it is a good one and has a good take on all the primary characters.

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