Flesh and BloodPatricia Cornwell on Tour August 2015
Genre: Women Sleuths | Crime | Suspense
Published by: William Morrow
Publication Date: 06/30/2015
Number of Pages: 512
It’s Dr. Kay Scarpetta’s birthday, and she’s about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids’ game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted?
Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there’s been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. No one has heard or seen a thing.
In this 22nd Scarpetta novel, the master forensic sleuth finds herself in the unsettling pursuit of a serial sniper who leaves no incriminating evidence except fragments of copper.
The shots seem impossible, yet they are so perfect they cause instant death. The victims appear to have had nothing in common, and there is no pattern to indicate where the killer will strike next.
First New Jersey, then Massachusetts, and then the murky depths off the coast of South Florida, where Scarpetta investigates a shipwreck, looking for answers that only she can discover and analyze. And it is there that she comes face to face with shocking evidence that implicates her techno genius niece, Lucy, Scarpetta’s own flesh and blood.
I love these books! I have been reading the Kay Scarpetta series since the beginning and was very happy to find out I would get to read the latest one!
I love the way that Ms. Cornwell mixes the personal relationships with the technical side of what Dr. Scarpetta does. I think it makes the stories more interesting and also not so gory and bad all the time, just focusing on the murders.
Of course, there has to be some murders to keep Dr. Scarpetta in business, but at least with this particular series, the gory details are not so in your face that you might have nightmares about it. I have read some books that were so graphic, I didn't think I would be able to sleep and then when I did sleep, I was worried I might dream them!
So, these kind of series are the ones that I enjoy the most because it's still a crime investigation with a side of what is going on in these people's lives and how they are fairing both in their careers and in their personal lives. You will definitely want to read this book or go back and pick up some of her earlier books on Dr. Kay Scarpetta if you get the chance!
Patricia Cornwell is recognized as one of the world’s top bestselling crime authors with novels translated into thirty-six languages in more than 120 countries. Her novels have won numerous prestigious awards including the Edgar, the Creasey, the Anthony, the Macavity, and the Prix du Roman d’Aventure.
Beyond the Scarpetta series, she has written a definitive book about Jack the Ripper, a biography, and two more fiction series.
Cornwell, a licensed helicopter pilot and scuba diver, actively researches the cutting-edge forensic technologies that inform her work. She was born in Miami, grew up in Montreat, North Carolina, and now lives and works in Boston.
Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.