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Body of Evidence [Paperback]

Patricia Cornwell
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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June 11 1992
Someone is stalking Beryl Madison, watching her while she shops and phoning her at all hours. Then, and for reasons unknown, Beryl lets him into her home. The next day she is found dead and Chief Medical examiner, Dr Kay Scarpetta, investigates. By the author of "Postmortem".

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From Publishers Weekly

This second commanding thriller by the Edgar Award-winning author of Postmortem and featuring forensic sleuth Dr. Kay Scarpetta was a Mystery Guild main selection as well as a Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternate in cloth. $250,000 ad/promo.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Kay Scarpetta, chief medical examiner of Virginia and heroine of Postmortem , gets involved in the case of a brutal stabbing death in Richmond of romance writer Beryl Madison. Now Madison's greedy lawyer accuses Scarpetta of losing his client's latest manuscript, an autobiographical expose of Beryl's early life as protege of a legendary novelist. As more deaths occur and the killer closes in on her, Kay suffers palpitations over the sudden and devious reappearance of long-lost lover Mark but still finds time to provide forensic details. Despite its foregone conclusion, a swift-moving, thrilling, and provocative second novel.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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RETURNING THE KEY WEST LETTERS TO THEIR MANILA folder, I got out a packet of surgical gloves, tucked it inside my black medical bag, and took the elevator down one floor to the morgue. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scarpetta rules~ June 10 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book, really went into nice character development. By the middle of it, I felt like Beryl Madison, the first victim, was a real person, and I too wanted to know how she died, why and who did it.
I had a very hard time putting it down, when it was 4am, its a page turner. The evidence and clues are amazing, and they really make u think.
Overall, an excellnt medical thriller mystery....And despite what anyone says, I like Scarpetta, shes not harsh or feministic. She's just perfect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one March 29 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Kay Scarpetta fans will thoroughly enjoy this one. In looking for a good mystery this book will satisfy that desire. A page-turner that doesn't dissappoint. Good reading!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Jan. 9 2004
By Alyssa
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading the first book in Patricia Cornwell's series Postmortem, I knew that I was going to want to read the next book. I really enjoyed the first book and knew that this one would be even better. This book kept me so interested and I never wanted to put it down. In each chapter something else exciting happened that made me want to keep reading. I really loved this book and I would recommend it to anyone that is interested in forensic science and who loves a great mystery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cornwell is very good at plotting Sept. 29 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This mystery involves a series of deaths that somehow all tie together -- yet it is far from clear how, as there are no clear suspects. After the first 50 pages or so, this turned into a real page-turner for me.
The plot involves a young female writer who is being stalked and, at the very beginning of the story, stabbed to death in her own home. Who has been stalking her, why, and is that the killer? The writer may have been writing her autobiography, which would include things someone didn't want written. This could be a motive -- but it could be something else entirely. Eventually Scarpetta (the medical examiner/detective in Cornwell's mysteries) is herself being stalked, apparently by the same killer -- whoever that is. A missing manuscript may hold the key clue to the identity of the killer, but where is the manuscript? And why has a an old lover suddenly reappeared in Scarpetta's life and then just as suddenly disappeared? There's a lot of questions to be asked and the pace of the book is pretty quick.
Now the down side: I find the editorial voice in Cornwell's mysteries annoying, and it's a shame, because the books are so well researched and plotted. But Scarpetta isn't very likable, and Cornwell clearly places great priority on physical beauty. Good people are generally attractive and thin, unattractive people are either comic, annoying, or evil. The narcissism of the author also seems to come through in her character Scarpetta, who is supposed to be wonderful and admirable, but just isn't. Scarpetta comes across as self-absorbed, arrogant, and shallow.
Otherwise, this is a very well-written book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For me - Not as compelling as the first one. July 18 2003
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Although I didn't find this book as compelling as Postmortem, I still enjoyed the book. Ms. Cornwell really knows how to build up suspense in a story. This book is compelling because of the affinity that Kay feels for the first victim. She feels that she must find the killer, and sure enough she gets drawn into the web that caught the first victim. There were a couple of things that I really noticed though. First, there were lots of twists and turns in the plot, and two strands of story. Unfortunately, the two strands don't seem to relate and the one that is not to do with the murders gets lost in the plot. Secondly, does Kay ever have a sense of humour? I certainly haven't seen it yet. Still, the forensics are great, and the psychological thriller part is good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Riveting!!! July 4 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
To be honest, I feel Patricia Cornwell has a true knack for Mystery writing. After all, she was everything this character is in true life. I must admit she is very detailed and leaves no stone unturned. But I do feel as in the suspense department is lacking a little bit, other than that, she is a great writer. I feel if your someone into forensic this is truely the book for you. Someone (my girlfriend) recommended this book and I think it really great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Kay Scarpetta book! March 30 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my second in the series and I can't wait to begin #3, All That Remains. I really enjoy them and highly recommend the series!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Audiotape Performance Ever! Feb. 5 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
I am a big Patricia Cornwell fan and an even bigger fan of murder mysteries on tape or CD. What I've found in all my listening is that the ability of the reader to act out the various voices - to act and not just read, period - is as critical to the listeners' enjoyment as a good plot. I don't know who made the poor decision to enlist Lindsay Crouse as the "reader" of this book, but it was a very bad decision. In the couple hundred audio books I've listed to, she is the third worst - only Jack Welch and the Rich Dad Poor Dad author reading their own books are worse. (Seriously, hire an actor - spend the money and don't do it yourself, particularly if you are a monotone reader or have speech problems like Jack admits he does.) Lindsay has one tone and one voice she uses for all characters, making it both excruciatingly boring and impossible to tell which character is talking at any point. Further, she sounds like she has a cold and talks painfully slowly, I had to keep stopping the tape and backing it up because I kept zoning her out. I have yet to finish the tapes. Do any of you remember the Visine ad guy? She sounds exactly like him but female. I am very frustrated that I paid good money for tapes too boring to get through and I just can't believe any agent or producer (author, for that matter) heard these tapes before they went to distribution and thought, "YES! Yes! That's the voice we're looking for!" I gave it one star only because Patricia Cornwell wrote it.
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