Missing: The Body of Evidence
A century after the execution of Dr Crippen for the murder of his wife, Fraser Joyce argues that, in cases hingeing on identification, histories of forensic medicine need to consider the roles played by the public as well as by experts. It often neglects the ordinary people to whom the body in question has profound personal meaning and whose contribution to the investigation is more peripheral but nevertheless significant. The infamous murder of Cora Crippen presents an ideal opportunity to redress the balance. When human remains were discovered at 39 Hilldrop Crescent on July 13th, , Cora Crippen had been missing since February 1st.
A witness said it was covered with a polka-dotted blanket. Although Col. Then they need to track each one of those people down. Law enforcement officials said they could not find her car, and wouldn't say if they thought she was dead or alive. Her father, Willie Coley, told news reporters in December that he found blood on the ground where her car had been parked, along with what he believed to be her broken eyeglasses. She's relatable to me and not a "perfect" person.
This 2nd book in the series allows the character to grow a bit from the first volume and readers also get to see more of her back story. May 05, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery.
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Why read: Reading the series. What impressed me: Body of Evidence was definitely a topsy-turvy mystery. Not only do you not know what's going on with the victims, you really don't have nay clue who to trust in the investigation either. Kay's not knowing friend from foe in her personal life adds a lot of tension and intrigue to the story.
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And either Cornwell does much better in this second book with laying off the excessive explanations, or I'm just getting used to her writing style. What disappoin Why read: Reading the series. What disappointed me: Nothing stood out as disappointing. Well, except the crazed homophobia of law enforcement. Was it really that extreme in the early 90s when this book first came out? Recommended: Yes. Even better than the last. Continue series: Yes. I'm definitely becoming interested in Kay's personal life. A solid murder mystery that, thankfully, does not rely too much on the forensic science element to further the plot.
Cornwell is a terrific writer, and I enjoy her Kay Scarpetta character more than most detectives from other series. The book is fun and light, never disappointing but never reaching the upper echelons of great storytelling, either. Great for a long airplane ride, but not a book you're likely to remember well a couple years after you read it. Dec 17, Gregory Stenson rated it liked it. This was my first Patricia Cornwall and I enjoyed the quality of writing but overall I think the detail was overwhelming and I'm not sure I will be reading another PC just yet.
I have to acknowledge that the story did lead you down certain routes and the truth was revealed. There was a lot of dialogue and protracted evidence and technical descriptions which I found a little laborious.
View 1 comment. Need to be reviewed. EDIT: I actually prefer the later books to the early books. I think her writing got stronger. Mariano was so unlikeable in the early books. Dec 30, RM Alwaysdaddygirl Griffin alwaysdaddyprincess rated it it was amazing. Sep 23, Carol rated it really liked it.
First Read: This is one of her first in this series. I've been reading a lot of the later ones, and there is a different cast of members in this book. Quite nice as her language is a lot better than it gets in later series. Kind of fun to see the trail she forges as the book is beginning. I liked it quite a lot. Second Read: Kay Scarpetta, chief medical examiner of Virginia, gets involved in the case of a brutal stabbing death in Richmond of romance writer Beryl Madison. Then, Madison' First Read: This is one of her first in this series. As more deaths occur and the killer closes in on her, Kay finds herself also having to deal with the unexpected reappearance of long-lost lover Mark James.
Scarpetta soon finds herself living Beryl's nightmare. Beneath his Bureau boilerplate was a human being worth knowing. He was brisk and energetic, even when he was sitting, and he was typically dapper in his dark suit trousers and starched white shirt. His necktie was fashionably narrow and perfectly knotted, the black holster on his belt lonely for its ten-millimeter, which he almost never wore indoors.
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I hadn't seen Benton Wesley for a while and he hadn't changed. He was fit and handsome in a hard way, with premature silver-gray hair that never failed to surprise me. Kay Scarpetta was born in Miami, Florida, in She is of Italian descent on both sides of her family, with the Scarpettas emigrating from Verona, Italy. She is blonde and a sharp dresser, although always professional. As a young girl, she watched her father die slowly from leukemia and the experience has remained with her ever since, translating into her everyday work life, where she is surrounded by death.
She is a perfectionist, an incredibly hard worker completely immersed in her work. Scarpetta loves to cook, particularly Italian food. She makes everything from scratch, including pasta and bread, and has a beautiful, custom-built restaurant kitchen in her home. She was married once, to Tony Benedetti; they divorced about 6 years before the beginning of the first novel set in , Postmortem.
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Since then she had a serious relationship with Mark James, who died in a bombing in a London Tube station in the novel Cruel and Unusual and later Benton Wesley, who was supposedly killed in Point of Origin but later reappeared. By the beginning of 's Scarpetta, Benton and Kay are married.
In addition to a large custom-built house that includes a restaurant kitchen, a great room, and a mud room, Scarpetta also drives a new Mercedes, which she replaces often: in one case, after Lucy wrecks it, and in another after it is involved in the murder of her morgue assistant. He is not killed in it but near it. She can't bear to drive it after his death, so she trades it in for a nearly identical car. She resigns after the events of The Last Precinct and relocates to Florida to become a private forensic consultant. Scarpetta returns to Virginia in Trace, convincing herself that she was fired from her position, at the request of her replacement, Dr.
Joel Marcus. In Predator, Scarpetta becomes the head of the National Forensic Academy in Hollywood, Florida, a private institution founded by her wealthy niece Lucy. In Scarpetta , she has relocated to Massachusetts, where she is an M. This novel points out that the underlying pun is similar to the name of Caligula. The novel features a website named Caligula, which is involved indirectly in the murder of a young woman. Enjoyed second read very much!! This is the second Kay Scarpetta murder mystery, and I found it even better than the first one, if only because the killer did not come out of nothing, but was previously mentioned in passing earlier in the book.
Scarpetta observes in this book that murder does not happen in a vacuum; everything is connected somehow. And that is also how murder mystery novels should be. It is , a year after the previous book; Kay Scarpetta is still the Chief Medical Examiner for Virginia, Pete Marino is now This is the second Kay Scarpetta murder mystery, and I found it even better than the first one, if only because the killer did not come out of nothing, but was previously mentioned in passing earlier in the book.
Scarpetta makes the post-mortem acquaintance of Beryl Madison, a minor novelist who has written her books under various pen names rather than under her real name. Madison apparently lived with Harper and his sister for many years; and there are rumors that the book she was working on was autobiographical, which would cause a sensation in the writing world. However, Madison was also being stalked; she fled to Key West, then returned to Richmond some months later, promptly being brutally murdered in her house mere hours after her return. This was a very good book, and I very much enjoyed reading it; but I will give Scarpetta a rest, and read one of the hundreds of books I own that I have not read yet before I return to her.
The heroine is Dr. Oh, no, you say, another Ouincv. Wrong, corpse-breath. Scarpetta is intelligent, short, we don't know whether she is attractive or not, a relief and she doesn't swoon over each drooling Sylvester Stallone imitation that happens by. Anyway, Scarpetta is investigating the murder of a well-known novelist who has returned from the Florida Keys where she has been hiding from someone who keeps threatening to kill her. The night of her return she inexplicably opens the door to the murderer who does just that.
The plot thickens as her former boyfriend, a lawyer, appears on the scene worried about her safety and to prevent her he says from crossing swords with a crooked entertainment lawyer redundancy? The book is filled with fascinating detail such as the difference between dextromethorphan and levomethorpan which has to do with right and left and why one is legal and the other not. Enough about the plot. Jul 20, Mark Harrison rated it it was ok. Decent but pretty routine addition to the series.
Two brutal murders linked together, her ex making an unexpected return, a celebrity lawyer out to ruin her and some small red herring to keep you guessing. Started well and then tailed away. Still - love the heroine so will be sticking with the series. Feb 09, Randy Tramp rated it it was amazing. Author, Beryl Madison flees Key West when a terrifying message is scratched on her car. Kay Scarpetta pursues the case of, "Who murdered Beryl Madison and why.
The action is exciting, the plot is moving, and the characters are intriguing. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta is a likable character. Her high-tech forensic skills enable her to collect a body of evidence. Even though Beryl is murdered, her life lives on. During the investigation, it's like she's there. I loved the way the author weaved the real-time with the case. The mystery stayed to the very end and what and ending. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Jun 24, Craig Monson rated it it was ok. A mystery thriller that started off well enough, but then grew increasingly tangled and cluttered with characters and complexities: I became more and more impatient with both and cared less and less about where we'd end up. Both Scarpetta and her antagonistic sidekick struck me as somewhat unconvincingly drawn with Marino's abuse of the king's English self-conscious and calling undue attention to itself.
Lots of explaining was required in order to sort it all out in the end and the love angle A mystery thriller that started off well enough, but then grew increasingly tangled and cluttered with characters and complexities: I became more and more impatient with both and cared less and less about where we'd end up. Lots of explaining was required in order to sort it all out in the end and the love angle made for me an unsatisfying final fizzle. Barbara I've become very fed up with Marino.
I wish he'd take a job in California and stay there. Craig Monson Barbara wrote: "I've become very fed up with Marino. But they remain pretty much at each other's throats, don't seem to give an inch, one to the other, and he does or says nothing to make himself any more likeable either to her or to readers , in my view.
Number 2 in the Dr Scarpetta series. This mystery takes place over a twenty years, or so, period. At first it sees simple. A young woman's body is found mutilated and the murder is investigated. But as more mutilated bodies keep turning up it soon becomes obvious that thing are not as simple as first thought. To get to the truth Kay and her sidekick, Lt Marino, need to find out what happened almost twenty years ago. As you read it's hard to imagine how the past and the present will come together Number 2 in the Dr Scarpetta series.
As you read it's hard to imagine how the past and the present will come together but with Patricia Cornwell 's skill, it all makes perfect sense in the end. Well written, good plot and enough characters to love and hate. What more can you ask for? As much as I enjoyed this book, for me, it fell a bit short of the first book Postmortem but it was still good enough to give it 4 stars. Review to follow. Feb 15, Emily rated it liked it.