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Port Mortuary: Scarpetta (Book 18) (The Scarpetta Series) [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Cornwell
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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'A thrilling read Best Long, terse and brilliant...Cornwell, who has already won more prizes than you can shake a stick at, seems to be getting better and better City AM A gripping read made more chilling by Cornwell's note that the sci-fi technology she's describing actually exists Metro A bountiful offering from one of crime fiction's most celebrated authors...arguably her most accessible book in more than a decade Hartford Books Examiner

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The world's bestselling crime writer Patricia Cornwell presents an extraordinary novel in which Kay Scarpetta is confronted with a case that could ruin her professionally-and personally.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1389 KB
  • Print Length: 505 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (Nov. 30 2010)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00466ILUK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,201 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Dec 23 2010
I use to read every Scarpetta novel that came along but have been very disappointed with the recent offerings. This one was one exception to that - long, boring, no story line, and one dimensional characters. The thin plot wraps up in the final pages with no excitement. If I was Kay I would divorce Benton, and throw both Marino and Lucy from the top of a tall building.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Sleeper Jan. 1 2011
What a waste of time and money. A disjointed plot, apathetic characters and mind-numbing, irrelevant introspection. You could read just the last 50 pages and not miss a thing. There was no real action and no living suspects/culprits. A great disappointment! The characters were stiff and detached...I didn't recognize them (and I have read ALL the previous Scarpetta novels). Did Patricia Cornwell actually write this drivel?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother Jan. 19 2011
By Laura54
I have been reading Kay Scarpetta books for years. I love the characters and have enjoyed watching them evolve over the years. If this had been the first book of the series I had read, I would never read another one. As a matter of fact, this might be one of the few books I might even consider burning. The plot (if you can even find it) was terrible. Most of the book is written through Kay's thinking process. How did such a strong and vibrant woman become such a whiner?? During the whole book, all I got from it was "Poor me, poor me. Benton is keeping back information. Lucy isnt telling me everything. Marino is being suspicious." And suddenly we have a secret from 20 years ago, that I don;t remember reading anything about before. In my opinion, save your money on this one and let's hope that the next book is back to the caliber that we fans have grown to expect. I miss you Kay Scarpetta.....come back to us.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed Dec 22 2010
By waltdis
I have read everyone of Patricia Cornwell's books. She seems to be loosing the passion she used to have. I love the characters in her books, but this time they were not in it very much. I was very disappointed. Alot of pages, but not alot of story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate cure for insomnia Sept. 27 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Like a lot of other reviewers, I eagerly anticipated reading another Kay Scarpetta story-- the character has received its share of recognition-- but unfortunately, as others have mentioned, Cornwell's ability to spin an entertaining tale has fallen off the tracks lately. This novel deals with issues of nanotechnology, "bots", and similar cutting edge miniaturization that Cornwell accurately picks up as being as much a possible danger to humanity as a bonus. But... I suspect her concern over such areas of dicovery drove the novel more than a plot did. The characters are as before... Marino, Lucy, Benton, but the personalities she has developed for them are starting to be more annoying than usefully descriptive. No one talks to anyone... secrets are kept, even from husband and wife about the smallest of things, questions they ask each other are rudely not answered, and seldom pursued. The reader wants to yell, "Talk to each other! Stop going around in circles!" With Kay overtired, confused, assaulted by events, her queries ignored, the reader gets a feeling of claustrophobia that continues through the book to the last pages. Rather than creating a useful situation, it causes the reader to struggle through the book, identifying only with Kay in the need to have coffee or fall asleep. The only "action" in the book is over with in a couple of paragraphs. It's a struggle that at the end is, I would have to (unfortunately) say: not worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very disappointed Feb. 3 2011
I have read evey previous Patricia Cornwell offering, but this may be my last. Before I read another I will wait for others who waste their money to post reviews. As others have said if this was my first Cornwell novel it would have been my last.
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