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Dr Kay Scarpetta now freelancing from South Florida returns to the city that turned its back on her five years ago Richmond Virginia's recently appointed chief medical examiner claims that he needs Scarpetta's help to solve a perplexing crime When she arrives however Scarpetta finds that nothing is as she expected Her former lab is in the final stage Although I m a big fan of Cornwell s Scarpetta series I had great trouble getting into this bookScarpetta goes back to Richmond after 5 years to help solve the case of a young girl found dead in her bed She is called by the new Medical Examiner who reveals himself to be a less than competent man with a few skeletons in his closet At the same time Benton is in Aspen trying to help a member of Lucy s team who was attacked in Lucy s house having had to cancel the vacation plans he had with ScarpettaI think my main problem with this book is one that I have be

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Rape by a stalker Scarpetta is faced with investigating the death of a fourteen year old girl working with the smallest pieces of evidence traces that only the most thorough hunters can identify She must follow the twisting leads and track the strange details in order to make the dead speak and to reveal the sad truth that may be than even she can be I love the Scarpetta character which is based on a real medical examiner Generally Cornwell produces the Scarpetta books with taut and compelling writing But in this novel the characters have become caricatures of themselves Marino is unpleasant than usual As a former detective he is a useful foil and clearly in love with the lovely Kay Scarpetta but became unacceptably irascible and unlikable in this bookI know authors can t hit a home run with every book especially in a long running series with a character most readers probably think they actually know

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S of demolition; the inept chief isn't the one who reuested her after all; her old assistant chief has developed personal problems that he won't reveal; and a glamorous FBI agent whom Scarpetta dislikes instantly meddles with the caseDeprived of assistance from colleagues Benton and Lucy who are embroiled in what appears to be an unrelated attempted First read March 2006Re Read July August 2017The plot Cornwell weaves two separate plots together in Trace The first is from the perspective of Kay Scarpetta as she is called back to her old office in Virginia to help out on a case that the current chief medical examiner doesn t want to deal with A fourteen year old girl named Gilly Paulsson is found dead in her bed with no obvious signs for the cause of deathThe second plot is from the perspective of Kay s niece Lucy who has called Benton to help with an attack that occurred at her home where her work co


10 thoughts on “Trace by Patricia Cornwell

  1. says:

    Book Review 35 of 5 stars to Trace the 13th book in the Kay Scarpetta thriller series written in 2004 by Patricia Cornwell Trace is midway in the series which has about 25 books as of 2017 when I'm finally writing this review I'm trying to catch up on all my favorite series finish writing reviews and then read t

  2. says:

    This is the book I would say where the characters complete their transformation from interesting people with issues you can relate to to characters who are doing things that are so screwed up you don't even want to watch any And now I remember why I stopped reading this series

  3. says:

    Although I'm a big fan of Cornwell's Scarpetta series I had great trouble getting into this bookScarpetta goes back to Richmond after 5 years to help solve the case of a young girl found dead in her bed She is c

  4. says:

    What is up with Patricia Cornwell Her last book Blow Fly sucked and this was not much better Same problems as the last huge unexplained plot holes third person perspective undeveloped minor characters And what's worse the last book ended with a cliff hanger that she ignored in this one and she just started a different track Very Irritating Her books used to be really tight with no holes everything wrapped up nice and neat and she always con

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    Throw some sexual dev

  6. says:

    First read March 2006Re Read July August 2017The plot Cornwell weaves two separate plots together in Trace The first is from the perspective of Kay Scarpetta as she is called back to her old office in Virginia to help out on a case t

  7. says:

    I love the Scarpetta character which is based on a real medical examiner Generally Cornwell produces the Scarpetta books with taut and compelling writing But in this novel the characters have become caricatures of themselves Marino is unpleasant than usual As a former detective he is a useful foil and clearly in love with the lovely Kay Scarpetta but became unacceptably irascible and unlikable in this bookI k

  8. says:

    OH MY GOD PLEASE STOP BOOHOOING ABOUT YOURSELF The entire tone of this book was just so pity party that I couldn't even finish it I had to put it down about a third of the way through Where did the strong woman who valued her mind and knew her capabilities go I understand character developement but why must the protagonist be such a WIMP

  9. says:

    Kay Scarpetta #13 The now freelance team of The Last Precinct sees the series continue to be in a better position This volume sees the team investigating a serial killer who's primary target is one of the team 5 out of 12

  10. says:

    I just don't know This is the second Scarpetta book I have read admittedly out of order and there's something I'm just not gettingThis one begins promisingly enough with Kay and detective Pete Marino heading back to Virginia to help solve the mysterious death of a 14 year old girl We meet some creepy people the new chief medical examiner for one and our real bad guy Edgar Allen Pogue Trace centers around trace evidence found at three seem