The Bone Bed

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Little, Brown Book Group Limited, 2012 - Detective and mystery stories - 463 pages
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A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over two thousand miles away in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect the palentologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age. When she turns to those around her, Scarpetta finds that the danger and suspicion have penetrated even her closest circles. Her niece Lucy speaks in riddles. Her lead investigator Pete Marino and FBI husband Benton Wesley have secrets of their own. Feeling alone and betrayed, Scarpetta is tempted by someone from her past as she tracks a killer both cunning and cruel.

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Maybe she is getting tired of writing about Scarpetta. - Goodreads
And ultimately, the plot was tenuous at best. - Goodreads
The story lines and Kay Scarpetta suffered for it. - Goodreads
Disjointedness of plot. - Goodreads
These are rules of writing. - Goodreads
Plot taking half the book to get going. - Goodreads

Review: The Bone Bed (Kay Scarpetta #20)

User Review  - Katrina - Goodreads

Another good instalment of the cases of Dr. Kay Scarpetta. Lots of twists and turns and definitely didn't have the murderer identified until the very end. Lots of detail, but not so much as to bog down the progress of the story. An interesting page turner. Read full review

Review: The Bone Bed (Kay Scarpetta #20)

User Review  - Pennyboller - Goodreads

The story only got going halfway through. It's not as good as her earlier Scarpetta books Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Patricia Cornwell was born in Miami, Florida on June 9, 1956. When she was nine years old, her mother tried to give her and her two brothers to evangelist Billy Graham and his wife to care for. For a while the children lived with missionaries since their mother was unable to care for them. After graduating from Davidson College in 1979, she worked for The Charlotte Observer eventually covering the police beat and winning an investigative reporting award from the North Carolina Press Association for a series of articles on prostitution and crime in downtown Charlotte. Her award-winning biography of Ruth Bell Graham, the wife of Billy Graham, A Time for Remembering, was published in 1983. From 1984 to 1990, she worked as a technical writer and a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. While working for the medical examiner, she began to write novels. Although the award-winning novel Postmortem was initially rejected by seven different publishers, once it was published in 1990 it became the only novel ever to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards as well as the French Prix du Roman d'Adventure, in one year. She is the author of the Kay Scarpetta series, the Andy Brazil series, and the Winston Garano series. She has also written two cookbooks Scarpetta's Winter Table and Food to Die For; a children's book Life's Little Fable; and non-fiction works like Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed.

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