Hornet's Nest (Andy Brazil) Mass Market Paperback – 25 Jun 1998
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About the Author
Patricia Cornwell is considered one of the world's bestselling crime writers. Her intrepid medical examiner Kay Scarpetta first appeared on the scene in 1990 with Postmortem--the only novel to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards and the French Prix du Roman d'Aventure in a single year--and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain's prestigious Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author. Ms. Cornwell's work is translated into 36 languages across more than 120 countries.
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23 May 2000
Having read all of the Scarpetta series and thoroughly enjoyed them I was concerned that this new series would not live up to the high standards Cornwell had set herself. I needn't have worried. The plot was excellent with just the right combination of fast moving action and careful character examination. The characters are believable and I really felt that I could relate to them and their feelings. I knew this book was good when I found myself sitting up till the early hours of the morning screaming at the pages as if Andy Brazil or Virginia West could hear me. The book is very different to Cornwell's earlier novels and, for that reason, may not be to everyone's taste but I loved it and can't wait to read Southern Cross, the sequel. Hornet's Nest has given me a real taste for Cornwell's new characters, who are a lot less sombre than her original creations and in my opinion a lot more fun. I can definitely see why this novel is an international bestseller and I recommend it to all.
18 January 1999
Please Ms. Cornwell, Who ever told you that you can write male characters. I have to start by admitting that I love the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell, and so I really wanted this book to work for me. In the end, it was a monumental disappointment. The characters are flat, the dialogue is sophomoric and the plotting is untidy to say the least. And those are just the good points. If this is your first Patricia Cornwell, then do yourself a favour and stick to the Kay Scarpetta series - you will not be sorry. But please Ms Cornwell, not again.....
29 December 1998
Life in the city is not good. Business is threatened by a killer on the loose who is targeting out of town business men and the cop who has the job of tracking him down also has a journalist/rooky cop in tow, a female boss she admires who is being pressured from on high, a non-understanding paramedic boyfriend and a neurotic cat. A partnership at both levels combined with excellent characterisations and a storyline that keeps your interest at all levels makes this book worth anyone's time - but don't start reading it at bedtime if you have to get up early.
20 May 1999
Hmmmmm... I can't make my mind up about this one. Seeing that it was a Patricia Cornwell book I would have expected so much more. I kept getting the feeling that this book was a transport to its sequel, a necessary evil for us to get to know all these new people for future stories about them. I'll definitely read the sequel but if the storyline doesn't become stronger it doesn't matter how interesting the people are...
2 February 2011
I read the 3 Andy Brazil books against advice from more than one person. I wanted to see for myself if they really were that bad. I liked the Scarpetta books (although I thought that the endings of some of those books were too rushed, too contrived). The Andy Brazil books are nothing like those! Hornet's Nest is probably the best of the three, although the characters are shallow and unconvincing and the plot is weak and implausible. There is some humour and some sexual tension which is frustrating for lack of relief. 5/10. Southern Cross degenerates from this. Ms Cornwell seems to be having fun at our expense, but the result isn't really funny or vaguely satisfying. 3/10. Isle of Dogs, well, how much lower can you go? What were you thinking, Ms Cornwell? Or what drugs were you on? This book was ridiculous! I persisted to the end of these books because I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt. Not sure why I bothered. Even if one reads these as tongue-in-cheek romps through the workings of a Police Dept, the final book is hugely disappointing. 1/10. Scarpetta fans who pay full price for these books will feel angry and very much cheated. Luckily I bought mine 2nd hand. Readers whose first taste of Cornwell is one of these books will never buy another. Whatever you do, don't pay full price for these books!
23 September 2011
I love crime novels - true and fiction crime. I had never read a Cornwell before but heard lots about her. This was my first novel, given to my by my mother. I was SO disappointed. This is not a crime novel so much as a character study and a study of characters that I thought she failed to do any justice to - despite the 100s of pages dedicated to them. They seem so old fashioned, out of date and utterly charmless. It seemed like a strung out collection of short stories. There's a whisper of a seriel killer - but by page 200 I'm still none the wiser as this plot has not been explored. I struggled so much and had it not been for the fact that I was abroad and had no other books in english I would not have finished this. Very dull - you're waiting for the action, the suspense, the unravelling, the tension ..... and it just never comes.
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Who wrote this book it doesn't even have the language of a Patricia Cornwall novel ! A terrible read.