Patricia Cornwell Message Board
kieran posts on 12/18/2006 12:46:43 PM
Your help would be appreciated. Your spiteful comments though,are completely unwelcome.
Eve Steele posts on 12/18/2006 10:53:20 AM
I don't think Cornwell merits Cliff Notes. Lol. Predator was a very disturbing book. Actually, it had very little to do with Scarpetta.
Robert W. Walker posts on 12/18/2006 9:14:27 AM
Katie - maybe you should have read twenty pages or so a day and then you'd have had a great book report. Did you really expect someone on here to hear your cry soon enough to solve the corner you've painted yourself into by not doing your homework? Can you tell I am a teacher?
Joe -- as you describe what you love about PC's Scarpetta books and what has gone by the boards, you should read the Instinct books by Walker. Forensics novels.
Katie posts on 12/17/2006 11:07:07 PM
Can someone please give me a summary of Cruel and Unusual. Please include the ending too! I need to do a book report on it tonight. Thank you so much...any help is appreciated!
Joe posts on 12/16/2006 6:34:32 PM
The best of the Scarpetta stories start off with Kay getting a chilling call to a murder scene, often connected to another killing in the past. Then she arrives at the horrendous scene and enters into a forensic nightmare. Then through this forensic nightmare, which she desperately is trying to unravel, are woven several other intriques, some political and some of these even involving the Governor, some with her office, some with her friends and relatives. But all through the best stories, the forensic nightmare that she is called to in the beginning is the center. But PREDATOR is different. I just started rereading PREDATOR (after having read it first and then reading the rest of the series in reverse order). I don't like it nearly as much as I did before I'd read the rest of the series. It's now actually a struggle to read it. I've put it down several times and told myself, forget it. I've only made it to about page 100 (and I may not go much further). One problem is that it doesn't start off with Kay getting called to a murder scene and the resulting forensic nightmare she's from then on trying to get through. The first hundred pages in PREDATOR is mostly peripheral stuff -- mostly with Lucy with Lucy's Academy. Denise may be right that Patricia Cornwell has written herself into a corner, but I don't think it's about the age of the characters. The whole Acadaemy thing may be a bad corner to be in. One thing I do find interesting now in PREDATOR, is that Kay has the same annoyed attitude toward Marino at the start of it that she inexplicably had with him at the end of POSTMORTEM (The first book). At the end of that, she was annoyed with him for saving her life from the seriel killer that was about to do the same thing to her he'd done to his other victims -- she was annoyed with his attitude about it and with his remembering the way it happened a little different than she did. It's an interesting relationship in that way, though it has gotten onto some odd ground once in awhile in some of the in-between books. But all of the Academy stuff seems to be a problem. It's not as grpping as everything was back in her old stomping grounds in Richmond.
PattyOi posts on 12/14/2006 9:36:27 AM
You have the correct order so far, here is the order that I copied from her website:
Body of Evidence,
All that Remains,
Cruel and Unusual,
Body Farm ,
From Potter’s Field,
Cause of Death ,
Point of Origin,
I think she leaves the connecting details out of the books, there is a lot more that could be explained that happens in between books. Makes you think you missed something.
I have read them all, Predator was my least favorite, so hope she writes another Scarpetta. I would be happy if the next book would be a reunion-type, like getting the "Old Gang" together if one of the members gets in trouble or something.
Carmel posts on 12/13/2006 10:41:01 PM
Hi All. Denise, in reply to your comment about getting older with reference to PC readers - I am an avid PC fan, also getting older but there the similarity ends. I am of the opinion that "growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional." I know an awful lot of old youngsters some of whom read PC & probably are among those contributing to this board. Is there anyone among us who can take offence at your comment? I think not because everyone who posts here seems young at heart and that is where it counts. Cheers & blessings all and have a wonderful Christmas.
Angie posts on 12/13/2006 7:15:51 PM
I wanted to read the series from the beginning but am having difficulty finding the order of the Dr. Scarpetta series. I have read Post Mortem, Body of Evidence, and All that Remains. I thought Cruel and Unusual was next and started to read it, but it mentioned something as if it already happened that I hadn't read yet. Do I have the order mixed up?
Denise posts on 12/13/2006 7:15:42 PM
At this point I think PC has written herself into a corner. Think of it this way, her characters are all getting older. What's left to write about? Senior living in FL playing golf. I think maybe the saga should shift directions and bring in some fresh blood, with of course refernece to the old characters. I think PC is awesome, anything she writes I'm anxious to read. I also agree she sort of "lost her loving feeling" with the lastest that she has put out. But to re-emphasize what I said earlier, her babies are just getting old. By the way, I ment this post to be light-hearted, for the older folks on this board, I bet your loads of fun, after all, you read PC! Lots of Love and Merry Christmas
Eve Steele posts on 12/13/2006 12:16:17 PM
Ah, yes - Abby Turnbull. I really enjoyed that character. She was well drawn and exploring her depth of character and history could have been very interesting. Wonder why Cornwell threw that opportunity away? It was rather early in her Scarpetta saga, though. Perhaps she wasn't willing to write for TWO protagonists. I wish she had kept her alive and diminished the mostly distasteful character of Lucy.
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