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Summary

Dublin, Ireland and Richmond, Virginia: separated by thousands of miles - linked by murder.

Five dismembered, beheaded bodies were found in Ireland five years ago - now four have been discovered in the States. But the tenth corpse in Virginia is different. A copy-cat killing. Ghoulish, perhaps, but not unusual. Then abject terror grips Scarpetta and her colleagues when the next body is found with a clear and horrifying message: the killer is armed with the most lethal weapon on earth - smallpox.

A sadistic serial killer, the weapon a deadly virus. The eighth novel in the best-selling Dr Kay Scarpetta series.

©1997 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." ( The Guardian)
"Few writers match Patricia Cornwell when it comes to writing crime." ( The Daily Express)

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Story is great, narrator not so good

the story is great as usual for Patricia Cornwell, just found the narrator not so great. I prefer Lorelei King as a narrator. She reads the book as different people. It means you know when 'Scarpetta' is talking, or 'Lucy" or any of the other characters.

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So sad.

When my eyesight was better I read and enjoyed many Patricia Cornwall stories. I may have enjoyed this one too but the reader grated on my senses. This is the first time in listening to an audio book that I cannot bear to turn it on again after listening through 2 and a half chapters. Do wish I could have heard the story. I imagine it might have been as good as her other were.

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Oh dear.

What would have made Unnatural Exposure better?

A coherent story line.

What was most disappointing about Patricia Cornwell’s story?

Lack of character development. Lots of unanswered questions and pointless distractions which were not tied into anything. Complete disregard for common sense. Regular characters not treated with respect.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of C. J. Critt?

Someone who had less of an edge to their voice. The British voice was just dreadful. Made Dick Van Dyke seem authentic.

What character would you cut from Unnatural Exposure?

Kay Scarpetta. She was a complete bore in this book.

Any additional comments?

This was a real disappointment. I have enjoyed all the other books to date but this was a real step backwards. Scarpetta has no redeeming features in this book at all.

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Good book spoilt by narrator

It was really hard to listen to the narrator - I will sadly not be purchasing another book if same narrator.

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Audio book was terrible!

This recording was incredibly poor. The chapters kept skipping back each time I came back to continue the book. There were moments of blurred and choppy speech, making it impossible to follow the story. I’ve no idea what happened in this story, it was near impossible to follow due to the poor quality of recording. I wish I could get my money back!

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Awesome

Awesome, best parts figuring out who dead doc was, the plane journey , and finally putting Mark to rest.Kay can now move on with her life. But loses people she cares about on her way.

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good book, kept my attention all the way through. a few loose ends remaining 😡

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Great Story, shame about the audio glitches

As usual, enjoyed another Kay Scarpetta whodunit and the narrator was great. Unfortunately, at 3 different points in the book, the audio suffered from repitition of phrases and skipping of words and sentences. I would have given it 5 stars overall if not for that.

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really can't say I was impressed with this at all didn't work properly in the middle of it so had to forward and Miss bits of the story.

also comes across that other than the main character everyone else is inbred and has absolutely no brains of their own.

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Just one more....

Just one more chapter is what I have kept thinking to myself making me late for things. Brilliant book brilliant story as all of P C's are