Patricia Cornwell Message Board
Lisa posts on 7/19/2007 7:46:56 AM
I have already read Black Notice which is the next one after Point of Origin. Can I just start with The Last Precinct then go to Blowfly, Trace and then Predator? They are the following ones after Point of Origin? Will that help figure out the Benton angle?
Patty Oi posts on 7/17/2007 7:25:49 AM
Kay Scarpetta books must be read in order for full enjoyment. To tell you about Benton would be to spoil it for you. Go to her website, it lists her novels in order.
Cruel and Unusual is the 4th and Point of Origin is 9th in the series.
Post Mortem, Body of Evidence and All That Remain are 1,2,3 to get you started. I you cannot find them try your local library.
Lisa posts on 7/16/2007 11:14:34 PM
I have read the Kay Scarpetta series out of order, so I am a bit confused with Benton Wesley. I just finished reading Point of Origin and Benton dies, but he reappears in Trace (which I have not read). How does he reappear when Trace was written 6 years after Point of Origin???
Sharon posts on 7/15/2007 9:18:35 PM
Joe, I assume you want something as concolted as P.C. You might want to go to Kellerman or Paterson. Paterson's Womens Murder Club is not as envolved as his Cross books. If you have not read the Cross books you might want to go to the beginning . Many of them can stand alone but the later the books are the more they refer to previous books. Thay are not as emvolved with sciene as P.C. but they are a little deeper then some writers. Good luck.
Patty Oi posts on 7/12/2007 7:34:26 AM
If you want some light, mystery reading, Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum books are suspensful and a real hoot, I laugh outloud. J.A. Jance, Sheriff Joanna Brady novels and Lisa Scottoline, Rosato and Assoc are also good murder mystery.
Sharon posts on 7/12/2007 1:25:42 AM
Release date for the new book is October 23.
Joe posts on 7/5/2007 7:17:42 PM
I've been reading some other authors, looking for something even close to as enthralling as the Scarpetta books. Well, I haven't found any I like that much (no surprise). But I did want to pass on my reactions to what I have read. I read three JD Robb ". . . In Death" books. They were all right, but they were too "out there" for me. They're fifty years in the future and they lacked the realistic bite the Scarpetta books have. I read a couple of Catherine Coulter's FBI series. Again, all right, but they just don't have the individual, hard-edged perpective of the Scarpetti books. People who like Romance writers may like these better than I did (same with the JD Robb stories) A third author I like better than the previous two is Sue Grafton, who writes the alphabet series. I've read four and am looking forward to reading some more of her (unlike the other two writers, who I'm not looking forward to reading any more of, but who knows, may do so anyway). One of Sue Grafton's books actually deals a little (and I mean only a little) with a Medical Examiner office. It's title is "C IS FOR CORPSE". It was written three or four years before the first Scarpetti book, and I found myself wondering if it might not have given Patricia Cornwell her general idea for Scarpetta. (And then I want to mention that, even though they aren't contemporary, most people will enjoy reading all of the Sherlock Holmes stories -- which are the seed for all of these later novels.
Cindy posts on 7/5/2007 3:21:07 PM
My favorite book is Cruel & Unusual. I'd like to see that turned into a movie. Any of her Scarpetts books, really. Does anyone have any ideas IF a movie will ever be made & WHO to play in them???? For Scarpetta: Meg Ryan?? someone mid 5 ft. range, blonde, The lady off CSI, but she'd have to die her red hair. Lucy: Brigette Fonda, Pete: someone smart, quick tongued, a little over weight, balding (a little), northener, Benton: clean cut, amazing looking, intelligent....of course this was all about 6 years ago thinking.
Patty Oi posts on 6/25/2007 4:41:32 PM
I read all the Kay Scarpetta books and did not like the 3rd person style, it made the story and the characters feel less personal. By the time I finished Predator I feel cheated because following the story and characters became very difficult to follow. The characters and their personalities changed and no longer worked together. Out of curiosity I will read another KS book if it is written, however. I absolutely loved all of the earlier books.
Emma posts on 6/19/2007 3:47:23 PM
I was just wanting to know what everyone thought when they started reading Blow fly and it was written in the third person. I love the Scarpetta stories and somehow become her when I am reading. Now in the third person I don't find it as easy to get into her head and understand her.
What does everyone else think?
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