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20 March 2014

Patricia Cornwell
First Published
04 November 2010
Crime, pathology

There is something  comforting about a Kay Scarpetta novel, as you know exactly what you are going to get, and let's face it, not many can do a pathologist at work solving a mystery quite like Patricia Cornwell. I know that she puts a lot of research into her her work. As I work in a mortuary environment with pathologists myself, I can truly tell you that her technical descriptions are mostly really accurate. The only major difference to 'real life' as I know it for pathologists is that they don't really investigate the death, but are just there to establish the cause of death … but hey, we do enjoy Scarpetta doing it all. 

This is the 13th (!!) of the Scarpetta novels about Medical Examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta. 

From the Blurb:

Five years after being sacked as Chief Medical Examiner, Dr Kay Scarpetta returns to Richmond, Virginia as Consultant Pathologist in the mysterious death of a teenage girl. Gilly Paulsson's death has stumped the best in the business. There is no obvious cause, nothing suspicious except for the fact that Gilly shouldn't be dead. Then Scarpetta uncovers trace evidence: Gilly Paulsson was murdered. But why? 

Scarpetta's niece, Lucy Farinelli, doesn't want her aunt to get involved and she also has trouble of her own. One of her operatives has been attacked in her home. And whoever attacked her has left clear evidence of his presence. It's as if he deliberately left traces.

For Scarpetta, what began as a forensic puzzle expands into a larger, for more alarming picture. But still the vital pieces are missing. Who is the person tightening the web around her and her loved ones? Revenge is stamped all over this one…

Maybe not one the most life-changing and breathtaking books, but still a page-turner and certainly can be read independently even if you never read a Kay Scarpetta novel before. In fact, I did read the first 3 I think, and another one in the middle, and than this one.