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Dust (Dr. Kay Scarpetta Book 21) [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Cornwell
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (513 customer reviews)

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A perfectly formed thriller (Sun)

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Scarpetta is on the trail of a killer in the new outstanding novel by the bestselling author of The Bone Bed

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Patricia Cornwell is the 2008 winner of the Galaxy British Book Awards' Books Direct Crime Thriller of the Year - the first American ever to win this prestigious award. Postmortem was the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year and Cruel and Unusual won the coveted Gold Dagger Award in 1993.

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So disappointed 23 Dec. 2013
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I don't know if I have changed or the Scarpetta books have changed but I'm not enjoying them any more. I've been following them since the first but I'm not gripped any more :( I was bored.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 17 Dec. 2013
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Sorry to say - fallen out of love with all main characters. Finding all irritating now. Used to look forward to these books so much. Fed up with Scarpetta's angst and long dialogues. Shame
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dust - Patricia Cornwell 26 Nov. 2013
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Again, this is a lot better plot-wise than some of Cornwell's recent books. She does autopsies, investigates bizarre forensics, gets into the lives of her victims. These are the strengths of the series, and always have been. And it's good that she's getting back to them. However, whilst she's ditched some of her other bad habits and has got a hold back on her characters again (Benton is actually rather interesting in this book, and Lucy seems more human; only Marino remains slightly a caricature here, a person who no one alive would tolerate, so childish is his behaviour), she's acquired a couple of new ones: she does occasionally get very BORING. Her plots move too slowly nowadays (they didn't used to), mostly because for some reason this one in particular unfolds over less than a day, so she stuffs the rest of the pages with Scarpetta's introspection and musings on the morality of all and sundry. She would be better to ditch this and add in a bit more plot, because let's face it this books, whilst the plot is fine, does not need 500 pages to tell it.

Overall, as with Red Mist and The Bone Bed this is a distinct improvement, but she needs to tell the story over a longer period of time, and I think that would iron out most of the issues.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 26 Nov. 2013
By Stormy
Format:Hardcover
I am over halfway through this book and it is only because I never give up that I am still bothering with it. It is tedious beyond belief with the Scarpetta character whingeing on and on about everyone and everything. Benton has become timid and almost silent, Marino is a bitter old cop and Lucy is just, well, Lucy. Do Benton and Kay EVER have fun (or even smile)? I realise any book about murdered people is going to be serious but there is no depth to the relationship between Scarpetta and Wesley. I no longer care about the main characters and probably will not bother with Ms Cornwall's next offering. Sorry.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Complete tosh, full of unnecessary detail just to make the book bigger than it is. Some of the rubbish makes me laugh out loud, some of it makes me swear - much to my wife's amusement! Just as a tiny for instance - Kay Scarpetta's husband is described as a having a long, lean figure. Yet when he turns up unannounced at the first crime scene he has to borrow a pair of boots as he has no kit of his own with him. He is then described as "walking around the field in boots that are far too big for him". Really? He's supposed to be long (and lean) so who do the Pathologist's team carry spare boots for - Hagrid? Total tosh - unbelievable conversations between senior detectives and FBI investigators that ignore the blatantly obvious and make American law enforcers out to be a bit thick - aaagh, I can't say any more about this. I made it through 32% of the book and then closed my Kindle on this misbegotten excuse for a book for good.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear 28 Nov. 2013
By Maureen
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I have followed Patricia Cornwall through all the ups and downs in her Scarpetta books but to say this is dismal is putting it mildly. Never thought I would write a bad review of her books but this is just awful. I was halfway through and nothing had really happened, apart from a body being found and we were just getting out of the house! Too much on relationships between them all and not enough of the storyline. The end was rushed........one minute we are getting the bad guy and then we are 4 days later and it is all tied up nicely! if the beginning had been reduced by 40% maybe the ending increased by as much it might have been a good read. So disappointing!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing 30 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read all of the Scarpetta books. This is Cornwell's worst. It is not as gripping as her previous books. I was able to put the book down!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Too slow to get started; a third of the story and still describing the first incident. Time to put this character to bed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Can not get better than Patricia Cornwell.
All I can say is, I would recommend her to all my freind's (which I have done) and anyone else who want's to read a good book. Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Geraldine Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best. It seams to go over the same thing ...
Not one of her best. It seams to go over the same thing more than once. But l will still buy her books. Have read all of them so far.
Published 3 days ago by S. K. Cooke
1.0 out of 5 stars worst book written by my favourite author
I did not enjoy this book whatsoever. Full of ramblings. It was slow to get started. So boring that a new reader would have just put it down. Read more
Published 5 days ago by callawast
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Very good value, just what I wanted. Would use this seller again. Very satisfied.
Published 5 days ago by jangirling
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As always Patricia Cornwell hasn't disappointed in this novel. Truly enjoyed.
Published 5 days ago by Miss Maria Townend
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I'm glad I've started reading her books again - thoroughly enjoyable
Published 8 days ago by ted
5.0 out of 5 stars Patricia Cornwell books.
Excellewnt. Very good condition.
Published 9 days ago by jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fantastic as always xx
Published 11 days ago by catherine thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Patricia Cornwell back to her very best . Really enjoyed this one , perhaps one of my favourites in the series
Published 13 days ago by bridget
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good story, as usual.
Published 14 days ago by echoesmyron
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