Imagine a stressed, mother of five, switching on her Kindle and spotting the latest Patricia Cornwell novel has downloaded days before it was meant to! My jaw dropped and all previously arranged appointments were cancelled..and then a small nagging voice(my own not a small childs)whispered "what if you don't like it?"..
I shouldn't have worried. Scarpetta 20 is wonderful! The story, written in the first person, is tightly plotted and feels reminiscent of Postmortem. Each of the now familiar main protagonists Kay, Benton, Marino and Lucy were all there and love em or hate em were all back to the way I remember them from years gone by.
The story focuses on the mysterious disapearance of a female palaeontologist, which is brought to the attention of Kay Scarpetta by an anonymous email with an attached clip of a video showing, amongst other things, a bloody human dismembered ear sitting on a page of newspaper.
As the story progresses we watch Scarpetta retrieve a body from the sea that had become entangled with a Turtle(a dying species),battle with the bureaucracy of the US legal system, fight the age old female problem of becoming older and less physically attractive(at least in our minds!)and grapple with all the new forensic techniques that enable her to listen to what the dead have to say.
Scarpetta has become happier(shes cooking again,hurrah!!)and less introspective which gives this whole book a lift and I couldn't put it down.
I just want to thank Patricia, for ignoring as much of the criticism that has been thrown at her in recent years as possible, and that you have carried on writting through it all. Reading this I can see that you have taken on board some of the more constructive criticism that fans have been able to offer and then produce this wonderful piece of writting.
I'm sure others will produce a far more eloquent synopsis of this book but I really have to say that after staying up all night reading The Bone Bed I thoroughly loved it! The most fun i've had between the sheets in along time!
Well Done and Thankyou, Ava x