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Review: Predator

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Predator Book Review
3.499999 (rounded down to a 3) out of 5 stars to Predator, the 14th book in the thriller and suspense mystery “Kay Scarpetta” series, published in 2005 by Patricia Cornwell. With so many books in a series, all about crazed serial killers, each successive one needs to do a lot to step it up. I thought this one would do it, as the book focused on multiple killers and tries to understand patterns using brain research. And parts of it were great. But parts of it were too difficult to follow or understand, went off course, had character traits getting more and more annoying… so it fell in the middle of the series for me. I pushed it higher than a 3 only because of how much effort you can tell the author puts into the books, and she should be rewarded for it, as people don’t realize how everything does line up from a technical and scientific perspective — for the most part. It’s one of those series you need to take a break from for a few years, to try new stuff. Then go back. With this one, it’s very analytic from a psychology and thought-pattern perspective, less from a tracking movements of the killer’s actions. Good, but not fantastic.

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Review: Scarpetta’s Winter Table

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Scarpetta's Winter Table Book Review
After 9 books in the “Kay Scarpetta” thriller and mystery series, Patricia Cornwell gives a Christmas present to her fans with a unique edition called Scarpetta’s Winter Table. In this book, there’s no real mystery… it’s just an in depth look at what’s going on the lives of the key characters in the novels… from Lucy to Pete to Kay… you learn more about their home life, family relationships and every day happenings… without wondering what crazy killer is on the loose. It’s a fun way to read about each of your faves without getting bogged down in the drama of the mystery hunt. A fun read… something to keep you interested in the series. All authors should do this in a series! 3+ of 5 stars.

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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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Review: Black Notice

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Black Notice Book Review
3.5 of 5 stars (rounded up due to the topic in the book) for Black Notice, the 10th book in the “Kay Scarpetta” thriller and suspense series, written in 1999 by Patricia Cornwell. For me, this was a transitional book in the series, not so much from good to bad, but in the terms of who Kay Scarpetta is and what happens with the people in her life. If you are still reading the series, or think you will, don’t read the next few lines… then skip ahead to the next paragraph where it will be spoiler free. *** SPOILER *** Kay has lost Benton… and she needs to re-evaluate her life. Knowing what happens later in the books, and thinking about what we learn in this one and the previous one, I really questioned what Cornwell was doing in the series… and if it was just too many directional changes *** SPOILER END ***

So… the best part about this book is that there is the possibility of a werewolf. No… Cornwell didn’t delve into fantasy, but there is a disease that could make someone look like a werewolf and that’s where we go in this installment. Rather than cover the actual details of the story… think about the amount of effort and work Cornwell had to put into this book in order to write this story. It’s highly focused on extreme medical conditions, takes you across the continent, involves shipping procedures, politics, FBI investigations. This is not a normal everyday writer’s story… Cornwell may have a few downs in some of her books, but you can never question her ability to write a good story and to put the effort into surprising her fans. She excels in this area, and this book is one of those reasons for me. You don’t want to stop turning the pages and will end up reading it in one rather long sitting, just to understand what this werewolf thing is all about!

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Review: The Scarpetta Factor

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The Scarpetta Factor Book Review
4 of 5 stars to The Scarpetta Factor, the 17th book in the Kay Scarpetta mystery and thriller series, written by Patricia Cornwell and published in 2009. Many readers had mixed reactions to this book when it was released, thinking Cornwell finally got back on track with the character of Dr. Kay Scarpetta; however, some felt it was still going downhill. I enjoyed the book, mostly because of the focus of the story. It took Scarpetta to Hollywood (so to speak), embroiled in a scandal and possible serial killer over a famous actress, to NYC where she helped work on the crimes and cases (and that’s where I live!), and she had an on-air radio show which kept things feeling different. The content was very sexual in this book, given the victims who died and the way in which it happened. It’s not one of the lighter books, but then again, I do like reading stuff that pushes the limit without just being silly and vulgar. It’s a fine line here, but I enjoyed it. I think it was a good installment in the series, but not the best… gives me hope the series may be back on track.

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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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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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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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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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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