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Enjoyable return to form
on 30 July 2017
I was getting bored of the life and work of Kay Scarpetta, but I am glad that I persevered. Port Mortuary sees a return to the first person narrative of the earlier books and is the better for it.
With the last few in the third person, I was annoyed by all the jumping between characters yet there still seeming to be huge gaps in the readers knowledge meaning that we didn't have enough information to "solve" the crimes ourselves. With the first person narration, we are back with Kay's POV and so any lack of knowledge on our part is understandable because we only know what she knows.
The plot is a little convoluted, and perhaps you could even call it contrived, having the murders so close to where she and Benton live, but if the crimes were not close to them, then the question could by why would they be involved?
The whole story taking place over just a couple of days, so the pace rattles along just nicely. One bugbear is the introduction of a previously unmentioned military past for Kay.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and for me, it is a return to form.