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  • ISBN-10: 0748109323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748109326
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ON THE LAST MORNING OF VIRGINIA'S BLOODIEST YEAR since the Civil War, I built a fire and sat facing a window of darkness where at sunrise I knew I would find the sea. Read the first page
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Read 3 May 2004
Kay is called to a murder of a reporter, Ted Eddings on New Year's Eve. The body is found underwater, which gives the reader Kay's first underwater crime scene. This cases pulls together Lucy, Pete and Benton as further murders follow. The story weaves in the usual dectective work with the high tec world of Lucy. As with all Scarpetta novels, the lives of the characters have significantly moved on since the last novel, you are only given snipbits of information at a time to try and piece together what has happened in the intervening time period. Another great novel. The relationship between the key characters just gets better and better and there is a part of me that is routing for Marino and Kay to get it toegther - who knows....??
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best 19 Nov 2007
'Cause of Death' is the seventh book in the Kay Scarpetta series from Patricia Cornwell and begins when a reporter is found dead in the icy waters of the Elizabeth River in Virginia. This then leads Scarpetta, Marino, Wesley and Lucy into the world of terrorism when the death is found to be related to an investigation into the terrorist group The New Zionists.

I've been reading through the Scarpetta novels in order for about a year now and this was the first one that didn't really grip me at all and in places I was even a little bored. The Kay/Benton relationship is also getting a little tiresome as well as Kay's over-protective relationship and over-exageratted problems with her neice Lucy.

The actual murder investigation is ok, if a little unbeliveable. I did find it interesting how forensics were becoming more advanced at the time that the book was written, as some of the procedures and equipment used are things that are fairly basic in this day and age and really made me think how things have rapidly progressed over the past 10 years.

Overall it is a fairly entertaining read for the most part that unfortunately does get a little boring at points, but is one that regulars to the series should read to keep up to date with the flow of the series. If you're new to the Cornwell books, I'd definitely start at the beginning (Postmortem) as the first six books are much better thank this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A book of two halves 7 Oct 2007
By Mark M
The first half of the book was quite good - Scarpetta was doing her job etc etc (although the reference to Lucy listening to Melissa Etheridge was a bit hamfisted). However, the second half of the book was ridiculous! Dr Scarpetta goes from being the literary equivalent of Quincy to become some kind of undercover CIA operative! I mean, I don't expect my fiction to be believable, but I don't expect it to be this unbelievable!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cause Of Death 23 Mar 2013
This is another good read in the Kay Scarpetta series. This book centres around the death of a reporter Ted Eddings who is found in icy water. This then leads into another investigation a scond murder and a also a police cover up. You still have your other main characters aswell Lucy, Marino and Wesley. I liked this book as it one of her old ones.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cause of Death 21 Jan 2005
After rattling through this, the seventh, instalment in the Dr Kay Scarpetta series, I had the blinding revelation that I'd done all this before.
Although the book is just as solidly written and accurate as all the others, it is basically the same plot with slightly different scenery. Here you have Scarpetta on the trail of the perpetrator of the latest big news murders. Here you have Scarpetta verbally fencing with Marino in their own special brand of love/hate relationship. Here you have Scarpetta fretting and concerned about both her professional and personal relationship with FBI profiler Benton Wesley. Here you have Scarpetta playing both mother hen and fighting with niece Lucy as she struggles with her sexuality and her own professional life.
And to top it all, the book ends with Scarpetta saving the day as once again this medical examiner gets herself into the most unlikely of SWAT team action situations.
As I say, don't get me wrong, the book is good. It ticks along nicely, the evidence and clues are intriguing and educational and as ever the supporting characters are great, Marino especially. I'm just happy to say that the next book is set in Ireland and I'm hoping for something with slightly different angles.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Stretching credibility 15 May 2002
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This was the 4th or 5th Scarpetta novel I'd read. In a number of others it was difficult to believe how she managed to be so closely involved in so many parts of the cases. This one takes that beyond the limit of credibility.
I don't think it gives away the plot, but several areas are totally unbelievable: how does her ex-assistant get a job in London without any references? How on earth did the terrorists expect to get their contraband to the destination once they had recovered it from the site? Was Kay Scarpetta really the only person who could make the trip to London (in the middle of a national emergency), or gone into the middle of the siege? Is it likely that the same small group of characters from different agencies would be involved in so many cases together?
From their reputation, I was expecting far more realistic stories from this series, I am dissapointed. Ms Cornwell should stick to what she does well (the procedural stuff and some of the characterisation) and not stray into Tom Clancy territory (especially when it is done as badly as here).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one
Five stars for Scarpetta and co. I have read every book already but thought I'd revisit them, so glad I did.
Published 20 days ago by Denise Copley
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Book
Enjoyed the book and they are so easy to download. My kindle is always with me so can be read any time.
Published 1 month ago by Ladybirdgb
2.0 out of 5 stars Irritating
I've read all Patricia Cornwells books in the Scarpetta series but this one irritated the hell out of me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by A. H. Mccormack
5.0 out of 5 stars Patricia Cornwell
Excellent addition to my Patricia Cornwell books. Managed to buy this at even lower price than in the charity shops. I am more than happy with it.
Published 6 months ago by Madeline Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Cause of Death - Patricia Cornwell
Very difficult to put the book down - excellent. Once again a masterpiece from Patricia Cornwell. Can't wait for the next one!
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. E. M. Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Loved all these books - I am reading all the series and can not wait to get onto the next book
Published 7 months ago by mrs deborah nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars A good reason to stay at home with a good book
Another weird case that winds through to a successful conclusion for all but the baddies. To England & back to solve the problem.
Published 9 months ago by Eugene F Pannett
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A good engrossing read. Same exciting Scarpetta story line and character flaws. An overall great next stage for Scarpetta and leads you into the next book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Any
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great reading, this was a real page turner, i recommend it for any avid readers of suspense/thrill novels guarantee you will want more!
Published 11 months ago by jane
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best book
This is not the best Patricia Cornwell book I read. I might take a break reading her books they are getting boring.
Published 15 months ago by Tom Thumb
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