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The Scarpetta Collection Volume I: Postmortem and Body of Evidence [Hardcover]

Patricia Cornwell
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Oct. 14 2003 Kay Scarpetta
Fans of Patricia Cornwell, the number one megastar who virtually invented the forensic thriller, will rejoice to see her first two novels, Postmortem and Body of Evidence, united in this much-anticipated omnibus volume. Hugely successful when they were first published, these are the two novels that brought Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta to the book-reading world. They are presented here complete and unabridged.

Postmortem
A serial killer is on the loose in Richmond, Virginia. Three women have died, brutalized and strangled in their own bedrooms. There is little pattern: the killer appears to strike at random -- but always early on Saturday mornings.
When Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta is awakened at 2:33 A.M., she knows the news is bad: there is a fourth victim, and she fears now for those who may follow unless she finds the forensic evidence that can break the case.
But not everyone wants her help. Not everyone is pleased to see a woman in this powerful job. Someone may even want to ruin her career and reputation before she can find the killer.

Body of Evidence
A reclusive writer is dead, and her final manuscript has disappeared...
Someone is stalking Beryl Madison. Someone who spies on her and makes threatening, obscene phone calls. Terrified, Beryl flees to Key West -- but eventually she must return to her Richmond home. The very night she arrives, Beryl inexplicably invites her killer inside.
Thus begins for Dr. Kay Scarpetta the investigation of a crime that is as convoluted as it is bizarre. Why would Beryl open the door to someone who would brutally slash and then neatly decapitate her? Did she know her killer? Adding to the intrigue is Beryl's enigmatic relationship with a prizewinning author and the disappearance of her own manuscript.
As Scarpetta retraces Beryl's footsteps, an investigation that begins in the laboratory with microscopes and lasers leads her deep into a nightmare that soon becomes her own.

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About the Author

“It’s important for me to live in the world I want to write about,” says Patricia Cornwell, “If I want a character to do or know something, I try to do or know the same thing.” The award-winning former police reporter spent time working both as an employee of the Virginia Chief Medical Examiner’s Office and as a volunteer police officer before she wrote her first Kay Scarpetta novel, Postmortem. Her preparation paid off—Postmortem was the first novel ever to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, Macavity, and French Prix du Roman d’Aventure awards in one year. She has followed that up with ten other bestselling novels featuring Kay Scarpetta. She then began a new series with her #1 New York Times bestsellers Hornet’s Nest and Southern Cross. She is also the author of two cookbooks, Scarpetta’s Winter Table and Food to Die For; A Time for Remembering, a biography of Ruth Bell Graham, wife of evangelist Billy Graham; a children’s book, Life’s Little Fable; and her #1 bestselling work of nonfiction, Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—Case Closed. She lives in New York City.

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By Barbara
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I got interested in Patricia Cornwell when I read her book the Bone Bed . Found and started reading all her Scarpetta books in order.
Keep me interested from start to finish.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Cornwell May 26 2009
By D. YEATS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I love Patricia Cornwell. I have all her books in hardback. I did not enjoy this cd at all due to the female orator. She showed no kind of emotion while reading. It was very flat and very boring. I certainly would never pick her to read a book of anyones. I actually threw it away and money doesn't grow on trees here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta Series Feb. 15 2002
By Ann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have all of the books in this series. They are all very worth reading. Cornwell has developed an exciting and indepth character in Kay Scarpetta. If you read them by starting with the first book it is much easier to follow the story. Happy Reading.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A mighty mix up / mess Feb. 19 2007
By Simone Clarke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Id say the story might be good but up to now I havent been able to listen to it because.

1 We all know Post Mortem was her first book but the way the stories have been put on this cd Body of eveidence is first.

2 There is no Gap between to say this is now playing the next story.

it says on the cd it starts on a certain number but Id say its not very well advised. I still havent found the beginning of the story and Ive tried 3 times.

I think Im going to have to buy them again seperatly.

Wasting money is not my favourite occupation.
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Jan. 9 2014
By Barbara - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
We've read a number of Cornwell's books and in our oppinion, this was our least favorite - weak story line.
5.0 out of 5 stars Kay Scarpetta Novel May 15 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm hooked on these. Kay Scarpetta is a Medical Examiner. She's a real investigative, observant person and her character is very complex. You must read these in sequence to fully appreciate the characters.
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