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Old 11-28-2009, 12:29 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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Now I'm on The Last Precinct, having realized it's better to read them in order. I can't put this one down, either. All her books are great escape novels.
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Old 11-28-2009, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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I truly enjoyed her newest adventure. It is amazing how attached you become to these characters over so many books and so many years!
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Old 11-28-2009, 10:50 PM
 
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I'm with Ummm....While I really enjoyed the earlier books in the series - I used to read 'em like candy...I haven't liked the more recent ones..
I feel the same way! i could not read the others fast enough, i just had to get my hands on the next one. But now i have to say i have not picked up one of books in such a long time.
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:29 AM
 
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The earlier books in the series were very good, I thought. Around the time she switched to writing about Scarpetta in the third person, I began to find the books unreadable. Cornwell's writing changed so much over the years that I wonder if she was having them ghostwritten back in the old days or something.
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:47 PM
 
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"Kay Scarpetta" series - In chronological order.
I finally finished all of Cornwell's books. I actually really enjoyed Scarpetta and am looking forward to Cornwell's next book coming out this year. I was relieved to see that Marino is.....well, I can't give it away, I guess. I like the fact that her characters age and that none of them are infallible people.
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Old 06-25-2010, 08:50 AM
 
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Has anyone read her latest book, The Scarpetta Factor, that came out last fall?
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Old 06-26-2010, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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yes. quite some time ago. I enjoyed it. and it was quite long for one of her books. around 500 pages.
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Old 06-26-2010, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Her books since Black Notice feel cold and antiseptic. There is no real warmth between the regular characters. And the cases aren't any better...
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Old 06-27-2010, 01:14 AM
 
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I have long been a fan of Patricia Cornwell's books. I have read all of the Kay Scarpetta series and I have liked them. I just finished her recent book, Scarpetta and I was disappointed.

I felt that the author spent far too much time examining the relationships between the main characters. The usual crime investigation was lukewarm. I personally dislike the character Lucy, the niece, who is portrayed as a smart-a** at all times, and in this book she is particularly obnoxious.

Any of you read this latest book? If so, how did you feel about it?
I am totally in agreement. "Scarpetta" was a real disappointment and I remember mentioning it in another thread.

It feels like she is running out of ideas and all the characters are forced and they are developing according to what the author probably thinks would sell.

I agree with a few posters who said that after "Black Notice" her books started to be less compelling and interesting.
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Old 06-27-2010, 03:22 PM
 
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The earlier books in the series were very good, I thought. Around the time she switched to writing about Scarpetta in the third person, I began to find the books unreadable. Cornwell's writing changed so much over the years that I wonder if she was having them ghostwritten back in the old days or something.

I've long been convinced that there was a team of ghostwriters either early on that's not doing them now, or that she was writing her own stuff back then, but isn't, now. I enjoyed the first few, but really haven't found any of the more recent ones readable at all. I have to wonder which is the "real" Patricia Cornwell, because I don't believe for a minute that the same writer is responsible for, say, both "Postmortem" and "Blow Fly."
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