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Summary

Kay Scarpetta has been training at the Dover Port Mortuary, mastering the art of ‘virtual autopsy’ - a groundbreaking procedure that could soon revolutionise forensic science. And it is not too long before these new skills urgently need to be put into practice. A young man drops dead, apparently from a heart condition, eerily close to Scarpetta’s home. But when his body is examined the next morning, there are stunning indications that he may have been alive when he was zipped inside a pouch and locked inside the cooler.

When the revolutionary 3D radiology scans reveal more shocking details about internal injuries unlike any Scarpetta has ever seen, Scarpetta realizes that this is a case of murder - and that she is fighting a cunning and uniquely cruel enemy. Now it is a race against time to discover who and why before more people die. But that time is running out...

©2010 CEI Enterprises, Inc (P)2010 Penguin Audio, a member of the Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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Self-pitying characters and limited plot

About 75% of the book is dedicated to the main character feeling sorry for herself. So I spent about 75% of the listening time shouting at her to get on with the story. Really boring and not worth considering - unless you like listening to people feeling sorry for themselves. Whatever happened to the 'old' Patricia Cornwell.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • compo
  • Isle of Bute Scotland
  • 09-12-10

EX SCARPETTA FAN

From book review thought Cornwell would get back to her early styles....she hasn't....very disappointed...story lacking her old panache. Book is just a moneyspinner...So many other great authors of the same genre...chose another author such as Karin Slaughter.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Far from Cornwell's earlier work

Even the liberal use of pointless acronyms cannot disguise the fact that this is a poor novel. The crime based plot is weak and appears hurried into the last 10% of the book, the first 90% having been dominated by the relentless self-pity of the main character.

This is not at all like Cornwell?s earlier books in the series, which on the whole, I really enjoyed. You end up disliking the main character very early on, and finishing the book becomes more of a chore than a pleasure.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Helen
  • jersey, United Kingdom
  • 31-10-10

depressing

the plot is complicated and secondary to the continual moaning of the characters. I really don't know why patricia cornwall doesn't just kill them all off in a fire ball - the constant introspection is tedious. They really don't like each other and the constant distrust and second guessing is generally very depressing.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Poor effort

Very poor novel. Patrica Cornwell can do better than this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Lynda
  • Beckenham, United Kingdom
  • 31-12-12

Port Mortuary

A bit too complicated for it's own good I thought but not a bad read / listen

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda
  • Eastbourne, United Kingdom
  • 04-03-12

Yawn!

I used to be a huge Cornwell fan, but I feel that I completely wasted my money buying this book, and then wasted my time listening to it.
I was relieved when it was over, more fun having my teeth pulled
Tedious
Self-obsessed
No proper plot
Really hard work
Incredibly disappointing
Still not sure of the outcome of the 'story'

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nicholas
  • poulton le fylde, Lancashire, United Kingdom
  • 09-03-11

Getting back to her best

Having listened to almost the entire Scarpetta series I was beginning to think that Patricia Cornwell had lost her way a bit. I found the last few books, whilst still enjoyable, just getting a little daft in places. Port Mortuary is a book more akin to the earlier works and all the better for it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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It was OK

Not the best one of Scarpetta. Too much talking over past experiences but not a bad plot in amongst it all.

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I love the Scarpetta series.

It was difficult to listen to, to start off with as they have changed the narrator.

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  • Lia
  • 17-11-10

Good book

I enjoyed this book but sometimes the story did tend to woffle on about nothing. The narrator was good and so was the plot. If you like Patricia Cornwell you will really enjoy this book

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Aline
  • 07-04-12

Gave me a headache

Recited in such a grim expressionless monotone it's hard to tell if there's a worthwhile book in there.
First chapter sounded like a lot of acronyms and internal politics.
Couldn't take any more after that.

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  • Charmaine
  • 02-01-12

A very good listen!

Would you listen to Port Mortuary again? Why?

Yes, I would. I mostly tend to listen to the books I buy more than once since I often miss a lot first time round. Leave it for a few months and it's like a new book again.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot, like all Scarpetta novels, was great.

Which character – as performed by Kate Burton – was your favorite?

She reads very well and I like her entire rendition.

Who was the most memorable character of Port Mortuary and why?

I remember most of them but mostly the bad guys seem to hang around in a person's memory.

Any additional comments?

If anything, it was too short. I love long books with interesting and cunning plots and lots of twists and turns.