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Patricia Cornwell
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6 July 1995 Scarpetta Novels (Book 5)

The Body Farm - a research institute that tests the decomposition of corpses.

Black Mountain, North Carolina: a sleepy little town where the local police deal with one homicide a year, if they're unlucky, and where people are still getting used to the idea of locking their doors at night.

But violent death is no respecter of venue, and the discovery of the corpse of the corpse of an 11-year-old girl sends shock waves through the community. Dr Kay Scarpetta, Chief medical Examiner on a similar case in Virginia, is called in to apply her forensic skills to this latest atrocity, but the apparent simplicity of the case proves something of a poisoned chalice - until Scarpetta finds enlightenment through the curious pathologists' playground known as the Body Farm ...

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; Reprint edition (6 July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751530476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751530476
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Forensic pathologist Dr Kay Scarpetta has the fastest growing fan club and I've just joined up. (COSMOPOLITAN)

a very absorbing novel and it will, if you have not read them, send you scurrying to buy the others. (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Cornwell is as good on character and relationships as she is at the dazzling display of scientific knowledge. (SUNDAY EXPRESS)

All the elements of the genre are present, but it is Cornwell's convincing delivery which has won her a huge and loyal following. (DAILY EXPRESS)

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The fifth novel in the best-selling Dr Kay Scarpetta series.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What a shame 9 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What a shame, this book had so much potential and the story line was good but there were several flaws in my opinion. The most annoying one for me was the person they suspect in the beginning of commiting the murder followed on from another book and, even though ive read them all in order, its been a while and i kept waiting for a recap in the book, like Kay thinking about her first encounter with him etc etc but it didnt come and i felt all at sea! It was like id missed a book out and i know i havent so i think thats really bad of Patricia Cornwell to leave us in the lurch like that!
The story with Lucy was cleverly weaved into the plot and i enjoyed it, personally i think it could have been a book on its own if she fleshed it out and added a bit more murder into it but thats my opinion.
I really wanted to give this book 5 stars cos i love Dr Scarpetta and the stories but unfortunately she fell a little short of her usual standard. To many ideas in one book that werent fully explained or exploited in my opinion, but deffinately worth a read if you want to follow Dr Kay Scarpetta's adventures because it will get you through.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
This story begins in the mountains of North Carolina, where eleven year old Emily Steiner lived. She had left a youth meeting at her church one afternoon and was on her way home. She never arrived. A week later, her nude, lifeless body was found.
Kay Scarpetta, medical examiner and noted forensic pathologist, is called in by the North Carolina authorities, After an initial review, she believes that the murder may have been commited by serial killer, Temple Gault. Long known to the FBI, He has managed to elude capture and remains at large. More careful review of the forensic evidence, however, leaves her with unanswered question that initially puzzle her. As she endeavors to untangle these strange and tantalizing clues, she realizes that they begin to point away from Gault and in a direction more horrifying than anyone ever imagined.
Meanwhile, Dr. Scarpetta must contend with other issues closer to home. Her troubled niece, Lucy, an intern at the FBI facility at Quantico, becomes enmeshed in a legal controversy that threatens to derail her future employment hopes. Scarpetta's long time associate and homicide detective, Pete Marino, may have bitten off more than he could chew and has personally gotten involved with Emily Steiner's mother. Meanwhile, Dr. Scarpetta, herself, is undergoing a certain amount of personal angst over the sexual tension that is building between her and married FBI agent, Benton Wesley. All these personal concerns overlay her investigation for Emily Steiner's killer.
The forensic questions that arise from Emily's murder lead Dr. Scarpetta to "The Body Farm", a secret research facility in Tennessee, where some of the answers to her questions may be found. It is the forensic clues and their analysis by Dr. Scarpetta that provide the most interesting aspects of the book. All in all, It is another excellent addition to the Kay Scarpetta series and well worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A weird winding story 14 Aug 2013
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Just when you think you have worked it out a tangent appears shooting off in a totally obscure direction proving you're nowhere as clever as the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Page turner 15 Aug 2013
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A very good read, just one thing wrong, I couldn't put it down, often staying up until early hours of the morning, and falling asleep while reading! I will definitely be buying more Patricia Cornwell novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 4 Aug 2013
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Great reading, this was a real page turner, i recommend it for any avid readers of suspense/thrill novels guarantee you will want more!
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1.0 out of 5 stars not for me 23 Mar 2013
I admire all the readers who love reading Patricia Cornwell books. I mainly brought this book and Postmorton because i liked the reviews. However i have discovered sadly Patricia Cronwell books are not for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good Scarlett novel 3 Mar 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed this one, can't wait to read the next. Enjoy the way the characters continue from book to book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story 19 Feb 2014
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I haven't read a Patricia Cornwell book for a while and a couple of the reviews I read before purchasing this were not brilliant, however, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and felt it to be as good as any of her others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First Cromwell book
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Easy to read and gripping story line. Medical jargon explained really well. Looking forward to the next one.
Published 2 months ago by andrew hampton
5.0 out of 5 stars The Body Farm
Another Scarpetta novel which is absolutely brilliant - can't seem to get enough of this author and will continue to buy her books.
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Published 2 months ago by Keimac
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best in the Scarpetta series
As much as I enjoyed this book, I felt that the end came about very suddenly and seemed a bit rushed.
Published 3 months ago by V.Whittaker
2.0 out of 5 stars Bring back the old Scarpetta
I only read this because we inherited the book from my late mother-in-law. I will be honest and say that while I used to enjoy Scarpetta novels some years ago, they seem to have... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Scribbler
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Very comfortable and exactly as described and as shown in picture. Will be defo be buying more in other colours.
Published 3 months ago by Piotr Wierzbowski
4.0 out of 5 stars The body Farm
Patricia Cornwell is a great writer, kept me guessing nearly to the end, really enjoyed will read more of her books
Published 5 months ago by dolores dormer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Body Farm
Another good novel by Patricia Cornwall. I choose this because I enjoy her Scarpetta novels, always have good plots,a brilliant read.
Published 5 months ago by angela lee
4.0 out of 5 stars WELL WORKED STORYLINE
Not necessarily one of the very best books I have read but certainly a page-turner, Not sure if the title was the right one for the book as the actual 'body farm' is firstly a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by craftyangel
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down
I love the Scarpetta novels . Very difficult to put down as such a good read and Patricia Cornwell is such a good writer.
Published 5 months ago by Patricia Mary Gibbins
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