The Body Farm Book Summary and Study Guide

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Chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the super sleuth of Patricia Cornwell's series of forensic-based crime novels, has returned for another difficult murder mystery needing her special skills and insights to flush out the perpetrator and solve the case. Scarpetta is joined by unit chief Benton Wesley, her prodigy niece Lucy, and homicide detective Captain Pete Marino and together they try to find the killer of a little girl. Cornwell introduces the reader to the FBI's creepy "Body Farm" facility in Tennessee.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Fletcher

Once again Marino, Scarpetta, and Benson team up to thwart a killer after finding the nude body of a young girl. The murderer is thought to be that of Scarpetta's nemisis which motivates the team to question the clues they've found. Lucy, Scarpetta's neice, fits into a complex, but equally inticate parallel criminal plot.
Kay must put two and two together quickly if she is to save Marino after he has been rendered helpless.
The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray

Another great thriller by Patricia Cornwell. Niece Lucy is back and working for the FBI. This one will keep you guessing until the end.
The review of this Book prepared by Carol Patton

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Special suspect?    -   relative Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence    -   Big focus on autopsies Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Midwest    -   Mid-Atlantic states City?    -   Yes City:    -   Chicago Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   lesbians! A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   biology/medical Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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