Patricia Cornwell Message Board
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.
Val posts on 10/23/2008 4:45:34 PM
I have only read 3 books-The Body Farm - From Potters Field & Point of Origin. I enjoyed these very much, but am a little confused. Gault appears to die in the last two. Can anyone clear this is up for me - is he really dead? And when did Carrie get committed to the asylum? Was she actually captured in From Potters Field? Although it's out of order I now want to read Cruel & Unusual which I believe Gault is introduced in. Are there other books in which he and Carrie appear.
toni posts on 10/21/2008 2:29:20 PM
in what book did kay scarpetta and marino and bentley westly stop being friends? I must have missed a book or two. please help
Kmarie posts on 9/14/2008 10:17:33 AM
I have read all Cornwells scarpetta series. I just finish book of the dead. I was disappointed what marino was about to do consider what they been thru 2gether. N0t go0d for kay & benton 2 get married.they spend 2 much time apart & only come 2gether when theres a crime. I dnt think this is the last only the beginning. Crime never stops & marino will be back. He has lost so much. His wife, job as a detective, and son- whom lucy murder. The next book will be as strong & thrilling with a bang. Im looking forward 2 reading Scarpetta coming this fall. :-D
Joy posts on 9/8/2008 4:53:54 PM
I am wondering why Patricia Cornwell has not written anything more about the "little hairy man" from France, I think his name was Chandonne or something like that.
Helechawagirl posts on 9/8/2008 4:22:37 PM
Benton's death was faked in order to save him from a real death. Marino and Lucy knew about it and kept it a secret. Eventually, it was revealed to Kay. She still bears the scars of betrayal by all who loved her.
Erika posts on 9/8/2008 4:00:07 PM
Okay, I've been reading the Patricia Cornwell books from the first, Post Mortem, and am now in the middle of Point of Origin. Someone spoiled it for me by mentioning that Benton dies.
No big deal.
But then I was told that he's in later books.
Someone explain how that's possible!
Jennaj posts on 8/14/2008 7:30:26 PM
I loved Book of the Dead and thought it was even stronger than Predator. Cornwell is immensely talented, and allows readers to get to know the characters intimately. I didn't think she killed anyone off at all-instead I think she set up an amazing cliffhanger with Marino, and lucy's tumor isn't a fatal situation at all. Each of us goes through struggles in life and Cornwell's characters are no exception. I hate books where everything is neatly tied up at the end-I love to think of what's coming in the next one, Scarpetta. The series is anything but dead.
Joe posts on 7/7/2008 5:22:44 PM
I just read The Book of the Dead.
I think the title is a play on words and what she really is doing is killing off all of the characters in this book. I think it's the last of the series. Three of the main characters are likely either dead or about to die at the end of this book. Marino may have killed himself, Lucy has a brain tumor and Rose is dying of lung cancer. The only two who are not likely dead or about to die are Kay and Benton and they are getting married. So it's over. It's now dead. . . . Of course, she already killed Benton once and then brought him back, so I'm not saying she couldn't change her mind, but I really think for right now she's planning on this one ending it and the title is a hint of that.
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