Patricia Cornwell Message Board
kristip posts on 3/26/2009 1:50:31 AM
does anyone understand the ending to Scarpetta? Terri, secret apt, Gotham Gotcha writer, European person running it, Isle of Man? Help!
Martha posts on 3/16/2009 6:01:36 PM
I have read two of the Jay Talley series--Blow Fly and Black Notice--but it appears there may be one in the middle I don't have. I can't figure out, what is the title?
constance posts on 3/9/2009 3:16:46 PM
loved the last one of patricia cornwell,characters much warmer,plot ok,she is and stays,one of the best.
i can hardly wait for the next one.
Marc Hassell posts on 3/2/2009 3:35:11 PM
Her writing have turned into very bad soap TV. I always got her book the first day I could.Today,after a glance inside,I did not even bother to read it.
Beverly posts on 3/2/2009 1:09:56 PM
Reminds me of soap operas. Children age on them very quickly, but their parents don't. You end up with a college student, whose mother looks to be about 30. But with Scarpetta, her books are far enough apart, I really don't notice the age thing.
Sarah posts on 3/2/2009 12:49:29 PM
I think Cornwell has been clear in her use of the age difference between Lucy and how the number of years between books doesnt exactly correlate to the characters' chronological ages. I think in this last one, Scarpetta, Lucy is in her late 20s or early 30s and Kay is in her early 50s...Worked for me, as I loed the book.
Jane posts on 1/15/2009 4:06:16 PM
I am interested in an age comparison between Kay and Lucy. Lucy is 10 in the first book and Kay is 40?. This must make Kay about 58 -60 in the latest 2 books. ??
Kerstin Lemke posts on 1/13/2009 2:15:21 PM
I am a big fan of PC and I reed all her scarpetta books. Now I am reading blowfly and I am a bit confused. As I was reading the other messages I have noticed other readers felt the same way. The book is a bit boring .We know who is doing the killing and it is like there are different stories not playing together. The on about Benton , Jay and Bev and Lucy.It is just not like her ,the whole book.Like it is written by someone else , not very good and thrilling. I am at page 245 and still hoping it will get better. I am not looking forward to the last three I have left from the series.I am sorry to say this ,I much rather had loved the book just like the other ones.
Joe posts on 1/5/2009 7:33:39 PM
I too just read SCARPETTA. I liked it. I liked it better than I did many of the recent ones, but it's not nearly as good as the early ones.
The one thing that sticks out most in my mind is the information on the Marilyn Monroe death. People may want to read the book just for that information alone.
Back to the main story of SCARPETTA. I noticed a significant difference in this and her other books. This one seemed to be a combination of her two earlier structural styles.
In the early books, she wrote in FIRST PERSON and the KILLER WAS UNKNOWN to the reader until the end. This was very intense and suspenseful.
Then she started writing stories where it was written in the first person (from her POV) but the killer was known from the outset (the wolfman etc.). In these the suspense wasn't over who is it but in whether or not they can stop him.
Then she started writing in the third person (allowing the story to shift around from character to character), and still the villain was known.
In this one, she still wrote it in the third person, but this time the killer was not known to the reader or to any of the characters, but it was one of the characters that was a big part of the story all along.
It is an interesting kind of story to tell. Ross MacDonald's stories were like that, as are Sue Grafton's (the A is for Alibi, B is for Burglar series). Grafton purposefully modeled her style after Ross MacDonalds', and this Cornwell story seems to use that same basic model.
I style think the most chilling ones are the ones she did early on -- first person, killer unknown.
B Lowery posts on 1/5/2009 6:45:37 PM
I have just finished reading Patricia Cornwell "Scarpetta". I usually enjoy Ms Cornwell's books but I found this one very labor intensive to read. It took about 100 pages to introduce us to the characters and a little of the lay of the land. The book did not then take off..it rather moved like cold lava down a mountainside. It is not the quality that this author usually writes.
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