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SPOILERS 26 3 One of my favourite Scarpetta mysteries and another that gets to keep its five star rating It sets up a long running battle between Scarpetta and Gault and her continuing problems with the politicians her bosses I had forgotten the way things, big things, happen off screen so to speak and was practically having a heart attack when Mark s death was casually brought up which left me thinking I d somehow missed a book Then I remembered, things happen in the time that pa SPOILERS 26 3 One of my favourite Scarpetta mysteries and another that gets to keep its five star rating It sets up a long running battle between Scarpetta and Gault and her continuing problems with the politicians her bosses I had forgotten the way things, big things, happen off screen so to speak and was practically having a heart attack when Mark s death was casually brought up which left me thinking I d somehow missed a book Then I remembered, things happen in the time that passes between the books, and I calmed down.Lucy was my favourite character for a long time I forget what happened with her from around book 10, so I m not sure whether she continues to be my favourite, I ll see when I get there and this is the first book where she really gets to shine and show her future potential If she was a whiz with UNIX I can t wait to see how she deals with today s computer technology I m nowhere near up to date with this series, so no spoilers about what s happening with her, or any of the other characters, in the comments.Anyone who knows me knows that I am concerned about climate change and can see its effect on Melbourne s and the rest of Australia s weather, the winters are getting shorter and warmer and the summers just keep getting drier but I still wouldn t want to live through winters like Cornwell s Scarpetta does Melbourne s traffic is bad enough, we really don t need to add snow to the problem.Throughout this book, and to a lesser extent All that Remains, Scarpetta is constantly paging Marino and then bemoaning the fact that he probably can t find a payphone to call her back, all I keep thinking is I can t wait till he gets a mobile, it s going to save him and Scarpetta so much time and annoyance, possibly even save lives like in All that Remains when Pat Harvey has to go searching for a phone after Abby is shot, maybe if she d had a phone in her pocket Abby could have been saved Going straight to the home library for The Body Farm for bedtime tonight I forgot how much I enjoy Patricia Cornwell s Scarpetta series I started reading them many years ago, out of order, and now I ve gone back to the start to correct that I think this is my favorite so far, probably because I just love her niece, Lucy We find out quite a lot about her backstory and Kay s in this one And I just love Merinoandas I get to know him, too If you re interested in forensics, you ll likely learn a few things from each one of these books The main characters I forgot how much I enjoy Patricia Cornwell s Scarpetta series I started reading them many years ago, out of order, and now I ve gone back to the start to correct that I think this is my favorite so far, probably because I just love her niece, Lucy We find out quite a lot about her backstory and Kay s in this one And I just love Merinoandas I get to know him, too If you re interested in forensics, you ll likely learn a few things from each one of these books The main characters have great chemistry and you ll laugh a few times as you read Cornwell knows how to paint a picture with words too A dynamite series and really glad I decided to go back to the beginning and read them, as they should all be new to me from now on One note re the audiobook CJ Critt is a terrific narrator for this series, but I got hold of one through ILL read by Donada Peters Big mistake to have a British narrator I love British everything and prefer British lit to American, but this takes place in America and Merino in particular just doesn t sound authentic with a British accent lol 3.5 StarsChief medical examiner, Kay Scarpetta, gets embroiled in another murder case when she is called in to perform an autopsy on a convicted killer named Ronnie Waddell who has just been executed on death row Things get complicated soon after when another unthinkable crime is committed, leaving a young boy dead and brutalized in the same fashion as Ronnie s previous victim It seems to imply a copy cat is on the loose either that or the wrong man was just executed for a crime he may not h 3.5 StarsChief medical examiner, Kay Scarpetta, gets embroiled in another murder case when she is called in to perform an autopsy on a convicted killer named Ronnie Waddell who has just been executed on death row Things get complicated soon after when another unthinkable crime is committed, leaving a young boy dead and brutalized in the same fashion as Ronnie s previous victim It seems to imply a copy cat is on the loose either that or the wrong man was just executed for a crime he may not have actually committed all those years agoThis 4th installment has been my personal favourite of the Kay Scarpetta books I ve read so far I was intrigued by the premise and the whole idea that a convicted killer may actually be innocent thing It was interesting and engaging, and I liked how the story played out Sadly, I m still completely uninterested in Kay herself To me, she s such a flat, boring character I just can t seem to find anything appealing about her Thankfully, theI read, theI m warming to secondary characters like Wesley Benton and Pete Marino, but even then, I wish my enjoyment of the characters was so muchestablished by now I kind of figure, if I don t love them all by book four then I probably never will Number four in the Dr Scarpetta series and for me the best to date.I found this book to be a bitof an on the edge of your seat type thriller that the other three.I found the whole premise of the book intriguing A death row prisoner is executed and the Dr Scarpetta is called on to do the autopsy Everything seems to be straight forward until fingerprints start turning up at the scene of recent murders that belong to the executed prisoner.When the police investigate they find a lot of mis Number four in the Dr Scarpetta series and for me the best to date.I found this book to be a bitof an on the edge of your seat type thriller that the other three.I found the whole premise of the book intriguing A death row prisoner is executed and the Dr Scarpetta is called on to do the autopsy Everything seems to be straight forward until fingerprints start turning up at the scene of recent murders that belong to the executed prisoner.When the police investigate they find a lot of missing evidence from the office of the Chief Medical Examiner Dr Scarpetta finds the she is under suspicion More information comes to light that further implicates Dr Scarpetta With the help of her friends, Detective Pete Marino and FBI Agent Benton Wesley, Dr Scarpetta embarks on a fight to clear her name and to discover how a man that she did an autopsy on is out there killing people.This book took a hold of me right from page one and kept me held until the end There s enough dead ends to keep you guessing and keep you reading.Not so much in the way of solving by forensics It sabout old fashioned police work An engrossing read and I give it a five star recommendation [ KINDLE ] ⚇ Cruel & Unusual ☣ Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta is called in to autopsy the body of convicted murderer Ronnie Waddell after his execution Several days after the execution, a young boy is discovered murdered in the fashion of Waddell s earlier killings, with Waddell s prints near the body Scarpetta, along with FBI Agent Benton Wesley and Detective Pete Marino, try to discover how a dead inmate could have possibly committed another murder after his death As the story progresses she seeks the assistance of heryear old niece Lucy after she 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Eliot Und Ezra Pound Im Dialog Mit Dante: Die Divina Commedia in Der Modernen Lyrik a young boy is discovered murdered in the fashion of Waddell s earlier killings Sacagawea Speaks: Beyond the Shining Mountains with Lewis and Clark with Waddell s prints near the body Scarpetta Androgen Deprivation Therapy: An Essential Guide for Prostate Cancer Patients and Their Loved Ones, Second Edition along with FBI Agent Benton Wesley and Detective Pete Marino Mörder ohne Gesicht try to discover how a dead inmate could have possibly committed another murder after his death As the story progresses she seeks the assistance of heryear old niece Lucy after she discovers a strange folder on her computer This book made me feel like I d missed a book between this one and the last one I actually stopped and double checked because some very major things in Kay s life seemed to have happened between books and they are just sort of unceremoniously dropped in our laps I hope these events at least happened to make way for other potential things to happen view spoiler Basically in the first chapter you find out that Mark who had been a love interest for Kay over the past few books had been killed This book made me feel like I d missed a book between this one and the last one I actually stopped and double checked because some very major things in Kay s life seemed to have happened between books and they are just sort of unceremoniously dropped in our laps I hope these events at least happened to make way for other potential things to happen view spoiler Basically in the first chapter you find out that Mark who had been a love interest for Kay over the past few books had been killed That s it, no pomp or circumstance It happened and we missed it Oh and she quit smoking I know these books are about the work Kay does, but if you introduce major characters, I would hope we would see where their relationships with Kay go At least now I hope there is potential for a romance with Moreno I like him and have since the beginning I know she keeps trying to present him as a fatherly type figure, but it doesn t come off that way He comes off as a man protecting the women he loves Although I don t know why Kay is kind of unlikeable but this isn t a spoiler so hide spoiler I find the character of Kay, kind of unlikeable She makes selfish bad choices and seems to only have time for people when she needs them to help her Although I can t stand her niece, Lucy, either I don t care how old she is, she is still a bratty child What I do like about this series is that time does move IN other words the last case she worked isn t always the last case we read about WHich doesn t always happen in a series like this And it seems that the only person actually aging in these books is Lucy Actually it seems like Lucy is aging faster than the time is traveling in the books, but if I m not mistaken it s been 7 years since the first book at this point, at this rate Kay will be 70 by the time I get to where the series is now.The case in this book seems to be a set up for a continuing arc Although sometimes there is so much technical jargon, that I tune out I m not a computer person or a medical examiner and I don t plane to be I like reading about the things people can do, but I don t need a play by p lay I mean the trick is always to make a job look appealing and make us believe you know what you are talking about, but its not necessary to actually teach us how to do things Sometimes the book reads like a how to manuel But i got of track the main mystery of this book is so convoluted that I wasn t quite sure I understood what happened by the end I m a big Bones fan and want to start reading the Kathy Reichs books, but until then this series seems like a poor man s substitute and I ll probably keep reading hoping they get better plus they go fast And I can t believe that they are all bad if people keep reading them Scarpetta reminds me somewhat of Bones But slikable version A littlehuman I enjoyed this and the relationships she has was everyone, including her niece Lucy. There was something slightly off putting about this fourth novel in the Kay Scarpetta series While key personal details were skimmed over, trivialized, and told post the actual events in past novels, in Cruel and Unusual, Cornwell killed off an important if not often seen character between books, dropping the news in an offhand manner and never actually dealing with it or its implications for her heroine Granted, the focus of the series is not on Dr Scarpetta s personal life, but, when said p There was something slightly off putting about this fourth novel in the Kay Scarpetta series While key personal details were skimmed over, trivialized, and told post the actual events in past novels, in Cruel and Unusual, Cornwell killed off an important if not often seen character between books, dropping the news in an offhand manner and never actually dealing with it or its implications for her heroine Granted, the focus of the series is not on Dr Scarpetta s personal life, but, when said personal life becomes central to both the current case and the lead character s very personality, then the issues which shape Kay as a person need to be explored on a deeper level.Speaking of Dr Scarpett a personal life having an impact upon Cruel and Unusual s cases, this seems to be a pattern for Cornwell her heroine gets way too involved in her work Given the nature of her responsibilities, their depth and weight, this is to be expected to a certain degree, but to feature Kay as such an integral part of every single crime whether she s a potential victim, a victim s friend, or a suspect, by Cornwell using this approach too much, it s going to become staid and predictable Rather, the plot device should be saved for special books, should be used sporadically, and should be something that is unexpected for readers At this point, the question is just how is Dr Scarpetta going to wind up in trouble this time Finally, despite multiple murders some of which hit a little too close to home for Cruel and Unusual s heroine, the novel seemed to move much slower than some of Cornwell s other Scarpetta books It wasn t really until the last fourth of the book when the pace seemed to pick up, when the suspense seemed to really pull in the reader Plus, because of the nature of the clues the hacking, the feathers, the average reader in all likelihood would struggle to follow their trails and could very easily get bogged down in all the technical jargon bandied about Essentially, this novel wasn t as reader friendly for those who like to attempt to solve the cases right along with Kay As a result, Cruel and Unusual wasn t as entertaining of a read While the series strengths are still there the varied natures of the homicides, the friendship between Kay and Marino, and the great mix between science and psychology, there wereflaws to be found, the biggest of which is the fact that, at the end of this book, the murderer is still at large and, afterthan four hundred pages, nothing feels resolved whether professional or personal for Dr Scarpetta Cruel Unusual is incredibly exciting I couldn t put it down I passed the last three days being tremendously entertained by book 4 in the Dr Kay Scarpetta series Scarpetta is slowly recovering from the death of her unrequited love, Mark James, FBI agent, who was killed in a terrorist bombing in London in the previous book She is going about her duties as Virginia s Chief Medical Examiner emotionally numbed However, several cases of murder begin to interest her, especially since they appe Cruel Unusual is incredibly exciting I couldn t put it down I passed the last three days being tremendously entertained by book 4 in the Dr Kay Scarpetta series Scarpetta is slowly recovering from the death of her unrequited love, Mark James, FBI agent, who was killed in a terrorist bombing in London in the previous book She is going about her duties as Virginia s Chief Medical Examiner emotionally numbed However, several cases of murder begin to interest her, especially since they appear linked to a killer, Ronnie Joe Waddell He could not possibly have committed them, although his fingerprints were found at the various sites of the murders and the brutal manner of killing he had done were copied perfectly But Waddell was executed by electrical chair at the local prison on the same day the first body mutilated in the same style as he was known to do is found Before long, other bodies are turning up, and Scarpetta is in the middle of the investigation by confused police and the FBI Is it a copycat at work, or was it possible Waddell escaped from his cell and another man was executed in his place Was Waddell s body, supposedly lying in the morgue, misidentified And was important confidential information about Waddell s murder victim stolen from the morgue s computerized files about the case Is someone on Scarpetta s medical staff breaking into her computer Soon Scarpetta is being accused of a variety of felonies and malfeasance by her boss and she is being vilified in the front pages of the press She is certain to lose her job if she can t find the mole in her department, if there is a mole, or maybe, even if she does uncover a conspiracy, she will still be out of a job from a lack of confidence in her abilities The miseries keep piling up.She remembers how her niece, Lucy, was able to track down a previous intrusion into her computer before previous book , so reluctantly, she asks her niece to come up again to Virginia from Miami Now seventeen, Lucy begins to crack open the mystery of whether Scarpetta s computer was secretly tampered with, but will she able to help beforepeople die, or save Scarpetta s job This novel is a wild twisting rodeo from beginning to end I regret only one thing it ends with an important plot thread dangling dangerously So, obviously, gentle reader, I will be continuing to the next book in the series I only really read this as I was sick the other day at work and needed some way to keep awake in the evening of my long day with nothing to do With the small choice available in the staff room it was either that, James Patterson or the Twilight books Tough choice I m very rarely without a book or two on my person sofool me.In the interests of disclosure I actually used to read the Scarpetta novels when younger probably read about the first 6 or 7 but eventually gave up when I realised I only really read this as I was sick the other day at work and needed some way to keep awake in the evening of my long day with nothing to do With the small choice available in the staff room it was either that, James Patterson or the Twilight books Tough choice I m very rarely without a book or two on my person sofool me.In the interests of disclosure I actually used to read the Scarpetta novels when younger probably read about the first 6 or 7 but eventually gave up when I realised I didn t care enough Much like Patterson s Alex Cross books It was only at the very end of this that I realised I have probably read this before That it took me so long to realise says a lot.What I now remember is that Cornwell s prose is rather dull, bordering on tedious at times and unnecessarily bogged down in technical jargon in this particular case, loads of talk about UNIX which becomes very annoying It s all rather perfunctory as we cruise through the story which, though at times interesting, never really geared up any excitement or suspense Everything plays out and then after a few small revelations it ends in an unsatisfying manner with little in the way of closure leaving the way for the next 3 books she wrote to continue on some of the characters.When you add the fact that Kay Scarpetta is actually quite an unlikeable character and her niece Lucy profoundly annoying it just makes it all a little difficult to engage with I think I ll avoid reading anyof them again in the future unless really stuck for choice nothing will ever make me read the rest of the Twilight books This will be returning to sit on the shelves at work rather than my bookcases