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Summary

New Year's Eve, and the final murder scene of Virginia's bloodiest year takes Scarpetta 30 feet below the Elizabeth River's icy surface. A diver is dead.

Ted Eddings, an investigative reporter who was a favourite at the Medical Examiner's office. Was Eddings probing the frigid depths for a story or simply diving for sunken trinkets? And why did Scarpetta receive a phone call reporting the death before the police were notified?

©1996 Patricia Daniels Cornwell (P)2002 Recorded Books Inc

Critic reviews

"America’s most stimulating and chilling writer of crime fiction." ( The Times)
"Patricia Cornwell is one of the best crime writers writing today. She is precise, she is careful, above all, she is original." ( Guardian)
"Few writers match Patricia Cornwell when it comes to writing crime." ( Daily Express)

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Awful narration, worse than Lorelei King.

I thought that Lorelei King's narration was bad. This was excruciating, it feels forced and unnatural. I never thought that I'd want Lorelei to narrate these books but I do, come back (nearly) all is forgiven. There must be better voice actors out there, I know there are.

I love the Scarpette series but this is mediocre compared to the others. I found it slow and lacking in any suspense.

Unfortunately the quality of this recording isn't very good either, it cuts out on multiple occasions so you miss some of the narrative.

Question: Why aren't 'The Body Farm' and 'From Potter's Field' available? You have to miss two of the books, it doesn't seem logical.

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Good story, but issues with sound in the last chapter

A typical Kay Scarpetta story, easy listening and enjoyable. However, right at the crux the audio is not great which spoils the ending a bit.

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Not the best Scarpetta story

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The storyline needed to be stronger. I was a little bit bored

What will your next listen be?

The Handmaid's Tale

What three words best describe C. J. Critt’s voice?

Fits Scarpetta well

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really, I won't be listening to it again.

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very poor

I was very disappointed with the lame storyline, very unusual for Ms Cornwell. Narrator made Lucy sound like a little girl!

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Classic Scarpetta

Another classic Scarpetta 'mystery'. Dr. Scapetta decamps from Richmond in an intriguing story of religious groups, terrorists and unexplained deaths.
Thoroughly enjoyable.

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She just always nails it

Without spoiling it, its great, I just wish the ending had been more, there just wasn't the aftermath

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Kay was a bit flat

Enjoyable however lacking in the storyline I prefer more drama and more time in the morgue. Cornwall has definitely written better.