Scarpetta

25 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 2,719 ratings

Postmortem Summary

Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralysed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman. But this investigation will test Kay like no other, because it’s being sabotaged from within - and someone wants her dead.

©1990 Patricia Cornwell (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • Postmortem

    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 365
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 329
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 329

    Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralysed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Won't bother again

    • By Louise on 19-05-17

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  • Book 2

    • Body of Evidence

    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105

    A reclusive author, Beryl Madison finds no safe haven from months of menacing phone calls - or the tormented feeling that her every move is being watched. When the writer is found slain in her own home, Kay Scarpetta pieces together the intricate forensic evidence - while unwittingly edging closer to a killer waiting in the shadows.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book

    • By Anne on 03-12-15

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  • Book 3

    • All That Remains

    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    In Richmond, Virginia, young lovers are dying. So far, four couples in the area have disappeared, only to be found months later as mutilated corpses. When the daughter of the president's newest drug czar vanishes along with her boyfriend, Dr Kay Scarpetta knows time is short. Following a macabre trail of evidence that ties the present homicides to a grisly crime in the past, Kay must draw upon her own personal resources to track down a murderer who is as skilled at eliminating clues as Kay is at finding them.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • wonderful series

    • By Miss L ttophi on 30-04-17

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  • Book 4

    • Cruel and Unusual

    • The Scarpetta Series, Book 4
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113

    When convicted killer Ronnie Joe Waddell is executed in Virginia’s electric chair, he becomes what should be a routine postmortem case for Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. But after Waddell’s execution the murders continue, as everyone connected to him begins to die – including members of Scarpetta’s staff. Then, when crucial records disappear from her files, Scarpetta comes under fire for incompetence. Caught in a web of political intrigue, Scarpetta must fight for her good name and her life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Ultimately unsatisfying

    • By Stella Clarkson on 27-02-15

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  • Book 5

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  • Book 6

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  • Book 7

    • Cause of Death

    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: C.J. Critt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    On a quiet day, away from the hustle of Richmond, in a small cottage on the Virginia coast, Dr. Kay Scarpetta receives a disturbing phone call from the Chesapeake police. Thirty feet deep in the murky waters of Virginia's Elizabeth River, a scuba diver's body is discovered near the Inactive Naval Shipyard.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • rollicking good read.

    • By Yazzie on 18-02-18

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    • Cause of Death

    • Dr Kay Scarpetta, Book 7
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    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?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story, but issues with sound in the last chapter

    • By Knavesmere on 27-10-17

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  • Book 8

    • Unnatural Exposure

    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: C.J. Critt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    The body of an elderly woman is found dismembered in a Virginia landfill. Scarpetta initially believes the clues mirror that of a serial killer she's tracked before. But upon further investigation, she discovers puzzling pox-like erruptions on the woman's body that, perhaps, point in another direction.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • this a fantastic series

    • By Miss L ttophi on 30-04-17

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  • Book 9

    • Point of Origin

    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    Carrie Grethen, partner in crime to William Temple Gault, has escaped from prison. Before she does so she sends a message to Kay Scarpetta blaming her for Gault's death, and has specific plans for revenge.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating but grim

    • By Donna on 30-12-12

    Regular price: £31.49

  • Book 10

    • Black Notice

    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    An intriguing Dr Kay Scarpetta book which will take Kay an ocean's breadth away from home. The decomposed remains of a stowaway lead Dr Kay Scarpetta on an international search to Interpol’s headquarters in Lyon, France - and on a mission that will pull her in two opposite directions: Toward protecting her career or toward the truth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Watch you back Dr Scarpetta!

    • By E-book worm on 06-10-16

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  • Book 11

    • The Last Precinct

    • Kay Scarpetta, Book 11
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta is under suspicion and criminal investigation. And the nightmare perpetuated on Scarpetta's doorstep continues as she discovers that the so-called Werewolf murders may have extended to New York City and into the darkest corners of her past.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Serial Killers and other nasty men

    • By Steve on 17-12-05

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  • Book 12

    • Blow Fly

    • Kay Scarpetta Series, Book 12
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    Dr. Kay Scarpetta has left Virgina in quest of peace, but instead finds herself drawn into baffling, horrific murders in Florida, where she becomes entangled in an international conspiracy that confronts her with the shock of her life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Blow Fly

    • By Stuart on 19-11-08

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  • Book 13

    • Trace

    • Kay Scarpetta, Book 13
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    Against her own judgement, Kay Scarpetta agrees to return to Virginia as a consultant pathologist on the case involving the death of a 14-year-old girl. Soon Kay is investigating the probability that someone is after those closest to her.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • grate book

    • By Miss L ttophi on 02-05-17

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  • Book 14

    • Predator

    • Kay Scarpetta Series, Book 14
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 54

    Florida is full of predators, from the animals who thrive in its heat to the humans who stalk the malls, and they all give Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a forensics specialist, the opportunity and the means to do what she does best: persuading the dead to speak to her.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Huge fan but disappointed this time.

    • By Robert Marinelli on 17-04-18

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  • Book 15

    • Book of the Dead

    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    The book of the dead is the morgue log in which all cases are entered. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to have a new meaning. She moves to South Carolina in the hope of a quieter life, but then a series of violent murders begins.

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  • Book 16

    • Scarpetta

    • Kay Scarpetta, Book 16
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 106
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    Leaving behind her forensic pathology practice in South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta takes up an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured patient in a psychiatric ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and he begins to talk. He says his injuries were sustained in the course of a murder... that he did not commit.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • so hard to keep interested

    • By Jonathan on 29-08-09

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  • Book 17

    • The Scarpetta Factor

    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 54

    It is the week before Christmas. The effects of the credit crunch have prompted Dr Kay Scarpetta to offer her services pro bono to New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. But in no time at all, her increased visibility precipitates a string of dramatic and unsettling events. She is asked live on the air about the sensational case of Hannah Starr, who has vanished and is presumed dead.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it

    • By Sheena Anderson on 21-10-16

    Regular price: £31.49

  • Book 18

    • Port Mortuary

    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Kate Burton
    • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 45

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Self-pitying characters and limited plot

    • By smac902 on 16-11-10

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  • Book 19

    • Red Mist

    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 157
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 75

    On her quest to find out exactly what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months before, Scarpetta drives to the Georgia Prison for Women to meet a convicted sex offender and the mother of a vicious and diabolically brilliant killer. Against the advice of her FBI criminal intelligence agent husband, Benton Wesley, Scarpetta is determined to hear this woman out.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • A disappointment!

    • By Jean on 26-12-11

    Regular price: £31.49

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