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Body of Evidence (Kay Scarpetta) Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 1999

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671038567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671038564
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 2.9 x 10.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,875,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cornwell is the one to beat when it comes to slick, speedy chillers (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH )

A great writer ... read these books only in broad daylight (DAILY MAIL )

Head-under-bedclothes tension (THE TIMES )

Cornwell's strength remains her resolute refusal to glamorise crime, hitting sickeningly home with the gruesome details while relentlessly building up the tension to a finger-chewing climax. (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY )

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'Cornwell fabricates intricate plots and paces the action at an ankle-turning clip.' (The New York Times Book Review)

'Cornwell is the one to beat when it comes to slick, speedy chillers.' (The Sunday Telegraph)

'A great writer ... read these books only in broad daylight.' (The Daily Mail)

'Takes the reader into the fascinating world of the forensic crime lab ... a complex, multi-layered novel with enough twists and turns for two books.' (The Washington Post Book World)

'Cornwell has the milieu and the facts down cold ... a complex story that wends a devious path through dark spaces where corpses are discovered at practically every turn.' (The Los Angeles Daily News) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Having purchased all of the Scarpetta books written to date, Body of Evidence has got to be my favourite for several reasons. As usual, Patricia Cornwell skilfully confronts the reader with a horrific murder and leaves no forensic stone unturned as one by one the tiny pieces of evidence and inspired detective work by Scarpetta and Marino reveal clues to the identity of the perpertrator. There is passion and romance for Kay and as an extra bonus a vivid although realistic description of the Florida Keys that made me want to go and see the sunsets and the clear blue water for myself. The characters are interesting and the plot just bowls along so you just want to keep on reading. Best of all Lucy does not feature in this novel. Highly Recommended to new Scarpetta readers.
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Having read "Postmortem" as and not been completely won over by the talents of Ms Cornwell, I was unsure as to whether "Body of Evidence" would thrill me in the same way that it has for her devoted readers.

However, I was pleasantly surprised and, admittedly, gripped to the search for the murderer of a reclusive author, penning her scandalous biography. It doesn't take long for the motives (and the bodies) to start piling up and Dr Scarpetta has conspiracies, deception and swathes of psychopathy to wade through before she uncovers the real reason why the victim comes to a grisly end.

The plot moves deftly, with the twists and turns keeping you on your toes. Scarpetta is crafted as a realistic and, at times, flawed heroine and this certainly is more effective in "Body of Evidence" than "Postmortem". I warmed to Kay far more and felt more involved and invested in her as a character. Marino, her policeman colleague, is a brilliant creation, managing to fill the role of the "sarcastic, cynical co-worker" but also "the grumpy detective with a heart". It shows the breadth of Cornwell's skills that she can create two vastly different characters and not only make them realistic but also have their interactions serve as poignant and believable.

The eventual reveal of the perpetrator was somewhat of a let down for me- it didn't evoke the same kind of tension or realism that Cornwell achieves in the rest of the novel which is disappointing.

However, the rest of the book is entirely enjoyable and a great must-read from one of the big female talents of the crime writing world.
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I read this book immediately after reading Postmortem and felt this was a step up in the way it held my attention and I really enjoyed it. The storyline was very strong and the main plot and little sub plots kept me wanting to read on. The interaction between Scarpetta and the other main characters - Marino, Mark and Benton was enjoyable and occasionally funny. The story builds very nicely and the ending whilst slightly predictable, was still very tense. Excellent stuff. Can't wait to get onto the next one.
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By molko VINE VOICE on 14 Jun. 2008
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this year I decided to start Cornwell's Dr. Kay Scarpetta series. I had high hopes for her first 'postmortem' and was frankly, a bit let down. I think this second attempt is much better than post mortem but is a tad slow to get goin and I also thought it was all a bit confusing at times. That said there are some moments of really high tension and suspense and an introduces some interesting new characters that really make me want to go out and get the 3rd in the series.
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By David H J Ashdown TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Sept. 2014
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Quite a good story about an author who is murdered in her own home after having been pestered by a phone stalker and it falls to Dr Kay Scarpetta to solve the mystery. There are plenty of red herrings thrown in to confuse but the final miscreant is somehow a disappointment as you couldn't have deduced who it was from the early clues however it's worth reading as the eventual outcome makes sense. It's not one to read if you enjoy being clever and trying to solve the mystery from the start as the eureka moment happens in the latter stages of the book.
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As a fan of forensic medicine thrillers, I came to Patricia Cornwell as the next author on my list. I started with the first in the Kay Scarpetta series and am still going - and enjoying them. Will certainly appeal to anyone who loves this genre.
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I am really enjoying the scarpetta series, this is another classic.

Would definitely recommend, although be sure to read them in order. I google the series to work out the order to read them ;)
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Great storyline & kept me guessing. A woman turns up murdered & then others follow, leaving a trail of love, hatred & jealousy. Kay's not allowed to work as she's at risk for her life again & a man from her past turns up out of the blue.
I'd recommend this to anyone who likes crime thrillers.
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