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All That Remains: Scarpetta 3 (The Scarpetta Series) by [Cornwell, Patricia]
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Cornwell combines bone-rattling suspense with an insider's view of forensic science as her sleuth, Richmond, Va., medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, investigates a series of grim murders of young couples. A 13-week PW bestseller, a Mystery Guild selection and a Literary Guild featured alternate in cloth.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA-- The decomposed bodies of Fred Cheyney and Deborah Harvey don't show up for months, well into Dr. Kay Scarpetta's account of her investigation into their disappearance. The two lovers are the fifth pair in a string of mysterious ``couple murders,'' all bearing the same characteristics: two young people completely vanish, leaving behind an abandoned car and no clues about their fate. Months later the skeletal remains are found by hunters in remote wooded locales, and no evidence about the causes of death can be discovered. At the same time, the FBI appears to be foiling attempts to discover the identity of the murderer by withholding crime-scene information, and Kay's old friend Abby, a newspaper reporter, complicates matters by conducting her own search for the truth. This rich brew makes for a compelling story to which Cornwell has added such stand-bys from her two previous Scarpetta novels as Pete Marino, a middle-aged police detective, and Benton Wesley, an FBI investigator who knows how to keep a secret. Mystery-loving YAs and fans of Cornwell's previous novels will enjoy her latest.
- Carolyn E. Gecan, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2811 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (Nov. 19 2009)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002XQAAQ8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,355 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
A female pathologist, dressed in white overalls and rubber boots and carrying a heavy bag, raises the tape and enters the crime scene. Who is she? Well, she is one of a species of investigators that has become enormously popular in recent years. Writer Patricia Cornwall has depicted her in a highly successful series, calling her Dr Kay Scarpetta. With training in forensic pathology herself, and a string of awards for her books, Miss Cornwall's achievements have elevated her to the top of the queue of authors waiting to be read by this reviewer.
I found much to admire, in this my first Patricia Cornwall book. Plotting and planning have been meticulously done. A disappointing ending - so often the ruination of a good crime novel - has been avoided. The narration is in clean, plain sentences. Cornwall has her forensic pathologist character, Dr Kay Scarpetta, lead the investigation into a series of killings, and her knowledge of the forensic pathology involved is highly impressive.
Reducing my admiration, however, are several deficiencies. I happen to like crime investigation novels that mix some charm, warmth, caprice or eccentricity into the investigative proceedings. Cornwall keeps all these additives locked away in her cupboard. Dr Kay Scarpetta's life is a distinctly feminist, answering machine, laboratory gowned and masked one, at least in this book. Am I looking in the wrong place if I expect wit, warmth, vibrant male-female interaction or spruce dialogue as I follow a forensic pathologist investigating serial killings? As if she were aware of the need for these "cozy" qualities, Patricia Cornwall introduced a niece for Dr Kay Scarpetta in her first book which I am now reading, allowing something like maternalism to soften the otherwise strong feminist atmosphere that pervades "All That Remains".
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This is the first book I've read by Patricia Cornwell. It will also be my last. I am absolutely baffled by the hundreds of positive reviews here on Amazon. This book was one of the worst I have ever read.
First, it was so long and drawn out. By the time you get to the end, you're on the edge of your seat waiting for that knock 'em dead moment when the killer is revealed and all of the clues are explained. Instead, you get a boring, predictable, disappointing ending that goes nowhere. It was like Cornwell just gave up on the story. There were so many characters who could have been the killer - their erratic behavior explained and an interesting ending provided. No such luck.
Also, Kay's lack of closure with Mark irritated me. There is no ending to their story. Just disappointing overall.
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Format: Hardcover
So, I’m slowly but surely working my way down my ridiculously long TBR list and All That Remains by Patricia Cornwell is/was #2 on that list. Admittedly, I am a little late coming to the Kay Scarpetta series, with Depraved Heart, book #23 having just been published in October 2015; at the rate I’m going it will take me years just to get to this latest installment but I remain undaunted.

This crime fiction series follows Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Chief Medical Examiner for the state of Virginia, in both her professional endeavors and personal and romantic entanglements. As an aside, the character was actually inspired by former Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Marcella Fierro and paved the way for a slew of TV shows and books based in the forensic sciences.

In All That Remains, the third book in the series, a serial killer is targeting young couples, abandoning their vehicles at rest areas and hiding their dead, mutilated bodies in remote wooded areas, only to be found months later, leaving no traceable clues. When the latest couple is identified as Deborah Harvey, the daughter of prominent politician Pat Harvey, and her boyfriend Fred Cheney, Dr. Scarpetta must try to unravel the mystery and find the link that connects these crimes. Hounded by the press and under the constant scrutiny and unrelenting pressure from various government agencies, inciting rumors of conspiracies and cover ups, she teams up with Detective Lieutenant Pete Marino and FBI Agent Benton Wesley to put to rest a case that has haunted her many years.

All That Remains is a solid, highly enjoyable crime fiction mystery.
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A female pathologist, dressed in white overalls and rubber boots and carrying a heavy bag, raises the tape and enters the crime scene. Who is she? Well, she is one of a species of investigators that has become enormously popular in recent years. Writer Patricia Cornwall has depicted her in a highly successful series, calling her Dr Kay Scarpetta. With training in forensic pathology herself, and a string of awards for her books, Miss Cornwall's achievements have elevated her to the top of the queue of authors waiting to be read by this reviewer.
I found much to admire, in this my first Patricia Cornwall book. Plotting and planning have been meticulously done. A disappointing ending - so often the ruination of a good crime novel - has been avoided. The narration is in clean, plain sentences. Cornwall has her forensic pathologist character, Dr Kay Scarpetta, lead the investigation into a series of killings, and her knowledge of the forensic pathology involved is highly impressive.
Reducing my admiration, however, are several deficiencies. I happen to like crime investigation novels that mix some charm, warmth, caprice or eccentricity into the investigative proceedings. Cornwall keeps all these additives locked away in her cupboard. Dr Kay Scarpetta's life is a distinctly feminist, answering machine, laboratory gowned and masked one, at least in this book. Am I looking in the wrong place if I expect wit, warmth, vibrant male-female interaction or spruce dialogue as I follow a forensic pathologist investigating serial killings? As if she were aware of the need for these "cozy" qualities, Patricia Cornwall introduced a niece for Dr Kay Scarpetta in her first book which I am now reading, allowing something like maternalism to soften the otherwise strong feminist atmosphere that pervades "All That Remains".
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