Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell

AS much as I liked "The Racketeer" by John Grisham, that's how much I didn't like "The Bone Bed" by Patricia Cornwell.  I have read and enjoyed all of her books, but this one got on my nerves.

A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence made its way to Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over two thousand miles away in Boston. Kay doesn't know why this evidence came to her, but she comes to suspect (apparently using some form of ESP) that the Paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of murders, tortures and trace evidence of the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

Throughout the book, Cornwell endows Kay Scarpetta with what seemed to me to be intuitive powers that she hasn't exhibited in her other books. Scarpetta comes across as painfully egotistical and by the end of the book, I had decided that the author was rapidly going 'round the bend.

I think that in her mind,  Patricia Cornwell has become Kay Scarpetta.

Stay tuned. 


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lucylocket said...

Even though I have read almost all of the Scarpetta books, I realized by the fourth or fifth one I don't like any of the characters. Scarpetta is an egotistical know-it-all who cares little for the people around her except for the niece. The niece is thoroughly detestable. The one character I did like was the cop sidekick; however, he should develop a bit of a backbone and tell Scarpetta to take a short walk off that short pier.

Having said why I don't like this series, something always insists that I read them.

On another subject, the first comment is a riot!

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patsy said...

i read her finical people had robed her so maybe money is the reason and she also haS of late she is , i forgot what she has but it is mintal. i will will remember later and come back to tell you.

patsy said...

I found it... She has also spoken openly about her struggle with bipolar disorder, comwell says she is bypolar.