Patricia Cornwell Message Board
Nina posts on 6/9/2010 4:54:46 AM
I am reading "The Scarpetta Factor" by Patricia Cornwell. On the opening pages is a quote by Voltaire. I related to this quote and researched its author. He died in 1778, in the book it lists his quote and the date=Voltaire, 1785. Did no one else notice this error???
Kathleen posts on 4/21/2010 4:47:54 PM
After complaining about the almost unreadable The Front last October, I must rejoin (I didn't want to read any possible spoilers until I was finished with the book) the discussion now that I've finished Scarpetta- which I enjoyed immensely. What a relief! And I'm glad to see Marino back from the depths of hell!
Julie posts on 4/21/2010 4:05:13 PM
I am one of P.C.'s and Kay Scarpetta's biggest fans, having read all her Scarpetta books several times, loving them. I read The Front a while back...never got to At Risk. I looked forward to the movies but why, WHY did she feel compelled to make the women detectives such incapable losers? In both movies/books(?)the female working with Win, the hero, rounds a corner, gun out, freezes, and is shot. I just watched the 2008 movie Untraceable with Diane Lane. She did all the heroics, killing the bad guy at the end even with the FBI coming through the door. Those who made that movie weren't afraid to show a woman that didn't have to wait to be rescued. Did PC's sexual preference give her pause when it came to making the movies about a woman being too capable and strong?
Ethan Roland Child posts on 4/7/2010 5:20:54 PM
My aunts, Karen McCormack and Lisa Macrys, are financial assistants for Patricia Cornwell. They are good friends with her. They recently went on a trip to Florida together, flying in on a private jet. They will be flying to the movie premiere based on Patricia's book in Patricia's helicopter. Did you see the recent interview of Patricia in a library? My aunts were standing just off camera view.
Rebecca posts on 11/26/2009 12:02:08 AM
I agree. For the first time in a long time I actually got bored with one of PC's books! I have never been bored with them before - usually buying them the day of sale and finishing in one sitting ... I bought Scarpetta Factor and still haven't finished the last 150 pages. The writing isn't horrible - just boring. And while it could be applauded that she hasn't looked the other way when it came to the financial 'crisis' - do we really want to start reading about it?
Marc posts on 10/30/2009 10:43:42 PM
Her writing has gotten so bad. There is no flow and no clear plot. Bad soap tv.Gotten to the point that I wish the old characters would start getting knocked off and replaced with new ones that hold my interest and can carry a plot. That assumes that those future books will once again have a plot.
isabella posts on 10/28/2009 6:10:57 PM
Corwell's writing is all over the place. I seriously do not get it.
Jake posts on 10/27/2009 6:39:18 PM
I agree that her first books were the best and her last few are the worst, but I actually like all of them, even the bad ones.
She switched publishers after the first few books, and the ones that followed that switch haven't been as good.
The early ones were all from Scarpetta's POV and tey wee also crisper. The later ones are from the third person POV and and they switch the POV around among numerous characters. It kills the intensity and focus that was there in the early ones.
Another reason for the drop off in quality is that I read her ex husband became her editor after she switched publishers. The switch was because she got mad at her first publisher because that publisher released another big book at the same time it released hers and that kept here book from debuting at #1 on the best seller list.
kristip posts on 10/27/2009 12:38:32 AM
Her newer stuff is impossible! See my post 3 down - very confusing stuff. I don't even know if I'll buy her newest book or not. Her earliest stuff was the best.
Kathleen posts on 10/21/2009 11:42:52 AM
I just got done laboring through "The Front". Up until about three books ago, I savored Cornwell's books, but lately they've been difficult to read because of confusing, choppy writing and shifting points of view where it sometimes take paragraphs for me to figure out who's "talking". Maybe she's bored and trying to shake things up to make it more fun for her? Anyone else have a problem with her new stuff? (Haven't read "Scarpetta" yet-I prefer paperbacks.)
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