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The Bone Bed (A Scarpetta Novel) (Scarpetta Novels) [Hardcover]

Patricia Cornwell
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25 Oct 2012 Scarpetta Novels (Book 20)

A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over two thousand miles away in Boston. She has no idea why.

But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

When she turns to those around her, Scarpetta finds that the danger and suspicion have penetrated even her closest circles. Her niece Lucy speaks in riddles. Her lead investigator Pete Marino and FBI husband Benton Wesley have secrets of their own. Feeling alone and betrayed, Scarpetta is tempted by someone from her past as she tracks a killer both cunning and cruel.

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; First Edition edition (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408703440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408703441
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.4 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (440 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,414 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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Her genuine affection for, and interest in, her main character radiates through the novel, and her research for The Bone Bed is as thorough as ever. Where Cornwell excels is in her ability to transcend the clichés and deliver a good, old fashioned thriller that has enough CSI-style touches to draw in the forensics-obsessed fan while never taking her eye off her plotting and characters (Sunday Business Post Ireland)

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Kay Scarpetta as you have never seen her before - a must-read for any fan of this series, or an ideal starting point for new readers

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Same old same old..... 28 Nov 2012
By Casper
I was hoping that Ms Cornwell had broken away from the template she has adhered to for the last few books. Employee betrays trust placed in them by Scarpetta. Lucy and other family members keep secrets from Scarpetta. Marino betrays Scarpetta. Animal interest, this time Shaw rather than Sock. I really do not need another blow by blow floor tile by floor tile description of the Scarpetta HQ building either. I've read all Cornwells' other books and I'm afraid this will probably be the last, unless something changes. Sorry but this was predictable and tedious.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The End is Nigh! 18 Dec 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have read all the Cornwell books and thoroughly enjoyed them until about 3 books ago. I agree the another reviewer, and will not be giving away the plot - the angst did it. If Ms Cornwell wants to write a book about a paranoid middle aged woman then she should do it and not ruin our enjoyment of Kay Scarpetta and her life. Not sure if i will ever be going back to Ms Cornwell unless she gets back to basics, lots of bones, lots of intrigue, lots of Lucy and Marino and less of the 'does my bottom look big in this stuff'. I do enough of that myself!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Who Cares Anymore 13 Dec 2012
I used to love Kay Scarpetta novels but those days, I fear, are long gone. There is no doubt that Patricia Cornwall can write, but I no longer feel she is a storyteller. However, my review may be tainted by the fact that I can no longer find a character in the book to either like or care about. They are all totally non-sympathetic. I found myself thinking "who cares about these people, they're all getting on my nerves" so regardless of whether or not the story is any good, and it is ok, I just didn't care. I've been buying these books out of some sort of habit or loyalty to the earlier stories, I will stop now. If Kay Scarpetta were a real person and I ever met, I'm sure I couldn't spend longer than 10 minutes in her company without wanting to slap her!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not s good as expected 28 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
To be honest I have not particulrly enjoyed her last few books and with this one I still never felr particularly riveted. If I had been at home rather than holiday I might have abandoned it
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81 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patricia Cornwell Back to her Best 19 Oct 2012
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is a captivating novel, arriving earlier than expected and disrupting sleep pattern. The reason is that it keeps the suspense and interest flowing throughout. Wanting to know the next point of thrilling tension locks the reader in. Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta is right back into the heady drama of investigative forensic science. A mysterious e-mail and video arrive taunting her to examine the case of a palaeontologist who is missing and later found dead in Alberta after studying a dinosaur bed of bones. Kay finds this is just a link with other sinister and macabre murders that point to a relentless killer. The details of the discovery and circumstances of the fatalities are for Kay to find out. These challenges are not without danger. They take her on her many travels. Resolving the mysteries the bodies that are found in such odd situations (attached to a turtle, pulled out of rivers), puts Kay onto the scent of something more sinister.

Meanwhile, partner Marino seems to have resorted to an alcoholic relapse of bizarre vodka drinking whilst Kay's husband, Benton, gives out signals he may have made a new aquaintance. Niece Lucy continues with her data skills but is behaving oddly; puzzled, keeping secrets from her aunt and talking in an uncharacteristic way. Is there something amiss? Where has she acquired an expensive piece of jewellry from? These all add to the relentless exploration of the main protagonist's pursuit of the truth, adding to the narrative. Kay turns to an old psychologist friend, Anna Zenna, for support in her troubles. Who is the villain and why?

This is a compelling book and difficult to put down. It keeps the momentum and pace running at speed from the opening. I enjoyed her last novel but this is a step-up to Scarpetta and hence Patricia Cornwell towards their best. A joy to read and difficult not to award top marks.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Last one for me 5 Dec 2012
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With apologies to all Patricia Cornwell fans I did not enjoy this at all. This is one in a series of Kay Scarpetta books. Scarpetta is supposed to be a forensic genius but there was not a lot of that genius on show in this near 11 hour audio book.

The story was padded out with over blown flowery descriptions of nearly everything that it was possible to mention. At one point in the book there was a remark that a picture is worth a thousand words. I am sure Ms Cornwell believes that and wrote many thousands of unnecessary words in this audio book.

There was no direction to the plot and it seemed secondary to the ups and downs of the relationships between the main characters. Finally with the last CD of ten just about to end the murderer was revealed. This was not by any detective or forensic work but by an improbable set of circumstances set up by Scarpetta's incredible niece who just happens to be brilliant, owns a estate and mansion, a twin rotor helicopter, rides Harley Davidsons and also happens to have a few Italian supercars on hand and is a lesbian. After this improbable ruse the story just then fizzled out and I then decided that this was the last Patricia Cornwell for me.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bogged down in angst 5 Dec 2012
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I normally like the Kay Scarpetta books by Patricia Cornwell but as of late they have been too top heavy in personalised angst that in my opinion has begun to interfere with the main story and in this book it goes way over the top and really becomes the story. The actual murder business and the science of it all was as always first class but let down by the rest of the interpersonal mayhem between Scarpetta and the FBI/Defence lawyers etc etc etc. The tortuous interpersonal bickering went on and on and for me it became all too tedious and I longed for the simpler earlier books where the hunt (scientific) was always the no 1 priority. A poor ending and the culprit is only revealed briefly at the end. A tad disappointing all round. Come on Cornwell, let Kay, Lucy and Marino settle in a job where they are not the instant enemies of the FBI CIA Police or each other and get down to solving a crime by their intellect and make the next books less reliant on interpersonal relationships which have now become the tail wagging the dog.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good
I used to read all the Scarpetta books as soon as they came out but I soon got fed up with her and her headaches and family stuff and Benson and Marino. Read more
Published 2 days ago by angiehoops
4.0 out of 5 stars bones
I enjoyed this book and could not put it down untill i finished it. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Published 5 days ago by wendy king
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
I kept hoping this book would get going but it never did right to the end.
It was boring, complicated, with alot of scientific terminology, lots of errors, in spelling and... Read more
Published 5 days ago by roseline John Alao
2.0 out of 5 stars A hard and sometimes boring read
It was enough to keep me reading but not the most exciting. There were characters that we really quite annoying and the plot seemed rushed and didn't really go anywhere. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Victoria Mobbs
3.0 out of 5 stars ok, but not one of her best
There is too much detail about the small things which detracts from the book as a whole. I have read all of the Scarpetta books but feel that they are now loosing the tension... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Little T
4.0 out of 5 stars The bone bed
Sometimes too much detail and a bit drawn out. I found her first books in this series a lot more exciting and couldn't put them down. Didn't find this with the last three. Read more
Published 8 days ago by MRS M A KING
4.0 out of 5 stars a fan
have not read it yet i have been a fan for quite a while my husband thinks that they are gory but i am reading them in order and this one is next
Published 15 days ago by sandra e lendrum
3.0 out of 5 stars a solid read with all the characters we know
I hadn't read a Cornwell book in quite a while, as I felt they'd become depressing and very heavy-going. I have therefore not read the last two or three of her books. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Sam Collington
4.0 out of 5 stars book
Yes again another good read from good author if you have read her before you will enjoy new worth a try but again not faint hearted
Published 25 days ago by sheilamay
1.0 out of 5 stars The last one
I have read every Cornwell book but I'm sorry to say this will be the last one. I can't believe the killer was revealed and I had no idea who he was ! Read more
Published 26 days ago by Sandimac
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