The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell. Read May 2014.

“This is Kay Scarpetta as you have never seen her before. The Bone Bed is a must read for any fan of this series, or an ideal starting point for new readers.”
I agree with this quote from the book blurb. The Bone Bed is the 20th in the Scarpetta series and in my opinion the previous few books had become a little stale and predictable. Here however Patricia Cornwell has revitalised her main character and injected new life into the series. The first part of the book sets the scene for later events in a way that Scarpetta fans will relish. There’s plenty of detailed description of the workings of the grisly side of law enforcement and the judicial process. There are several different strands to the plot that are brought together skilfully, and there’s a hint of soap opera with Scarpetta’s emotional life under the microscope.
Having said all that I’m afraid reading a Scarpetta book is now like putting on a comfy old pair of slippers – I know what to expect and that’s exactly what I’ll get with few surprises. Is it time for a spin-off series starring Lucy?
Recommended for die-hard Scarpetta fans (who will of course have read it by now).

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