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3.12 out of 53.12 out of 53.12 out of 53.12 out of 53.12 out of 5 3.12 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Cornwell Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kay Scarpetta Series Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9780062376206
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Blow Fly is the twelfth installment in New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta series. Doctor Kay Scarpetta has left Virginia in search of peace. Instead she is drawn into baffling, horrific murders in Florida, where she becomes entangled in an international conspiracy that confronts her with the shock of her life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is, in some ways, the most shocking Scarpetta installment…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “With an incredible range of accents (including an impeccable Creole) and vocal ranges (a brutish baritone for a serial killer and more gravelly tones for grim prison guards), Reading’s narration enriches the devilish plot and complements the characters, whose emotions range from hope to despair.”

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  • “A new Patricia Cornwell thriller is always a major event.”

    Irish Independent, praise for the author

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 James Scullard | 2/19/2014

    " It started the series with this book. Alot of back story I was missing. Even with that I couldn't finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda Nelson | 2/17/2014

    " Least favorite so far. It was written in a totally different format and completely shifted gears from previous books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 2/15/2014

    " My first Kay Scarpetta book--I am offically hooked "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Berkles | 2/13/2014

    " This book is second only to Twilight as far as bad books go. How Cornwell ever got published is beyond me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Betty | 2/5/2014

    " i started this book and it was way too graphic for me. I stopped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/30/2014

    " Different type of book, still a good read. Mystery and Murder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 1/26/2014

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 3 stars "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah Franz | 1/24/2014

    " I was hoping this would be a great forensic thriller, but I think I got through about the first chapter before being completely disgusted by the language and theme of the book. I think I may have thrown it away. Not worth even existing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Priscilla | 1/21/2014

    " Another Patricia Cornwell book written in the present tense. It took me all of a page and a half to decide with this, like the last one, that there's no story compelling enough to make me read something that ends up sounding, in my head, like it's being narrated by someone with a heavy New Jersey accent. Patricia Cornwell - you're a great read - WHY do you keep ruining your books this way??? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette Meier | 1/20/2014

    " Much different perspective in the narration this time. Made it more eerie and exposed the reader to more feelings. The story almost seemed to short for the inevitable ending . . . checking the next one of out of the library right away! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 1/14/2014

    " A Kay Scarpetta novel. Although I enjoy her books they are not on the top of my "to read" list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri | 12/26/2013

    " Edge of my seat reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lindsay | 12/2/2013

    " Too many characters, too involved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janette | 11/3/2013

    " generic thriller; entertaining enough "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zach | 10/9/2013

    " great entertaining "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgie | 10/1/2013

    " This book was different to her other books. It is not just from Scarpetta's view. At first, I didn't like it, but it grew on me and really, really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 7/16/2013

    " Good Book, always enjoy reading these. Love Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner and her team. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Noelle | 4/11/2013

    " Book on CD for the Easter drive home. It was just alright for me, dawg. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marianna | 2/7/2013

    " I have decided to give up on this book. I initially started this book in 2009, and again I tried to read it this year. I just have no motivation to continue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Wolak | 12/14/2012

    " I always want more of Lucy! The plot seemed a bit contrived with Benton moving everyone around like a chess master moving pieces on a board, but I still liked it and thought it a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maggie | 11/12/2012

    " I wonder if I'd have liked this book better if I had read the series in order. This book was so confusing! I've been told this is an amazing series, so I'll give it another try...but this book wasn't fun to read at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Speebles | 10/24/2012

    " Am about one third way through this book and am really liking it. Despite the theme of serial killings and unearthing the killer's inner secrets, it is a compelling read. More later.... Loved it. Never read any of Patricia Cornwell before, so wouldn't mind checking out some more of her work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 9/22/2012

    " I really like Paricia Cornwell novels. This was a pretty good one! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Simon | 9/17/2012

    " It was well-written, although for a series that purports to ground itself in gritty realism, the Scarpetta novels have veered into Ludlumesque plot contortions. The ending was rushed, and whatever moral compass Cornwell may have had at the start seems long gone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Salsadancer | 8/29/2012

    " 12th Dr. Scarpetta series, published 2003; Richmond chief medical examiner, crime-solving novel. I've had it with the werewolf theme. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 8/10/2012

    " This one was good, but that is because I really like Scarpetta and the gang. But the story line in this one seemed not as interesting as her previous books. I am reading Scarpetta in sequence so I am looking forward to Trace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 P J | 6/22/2012

    " I was starting to get bored with Scarpetta but this one got me interested again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 {flash} | 5/9/2012

    " another one of those books were i should have read previous novels before getting into this one. good tho. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keri | 11/6/2011

    " Kept me wanting more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 10/9/2011

    " All the previous books in this series have been in 1st person POV, but this book is now in the 3rd person. It was pretty good, however, and I see why the author had to do that. However, the ending is way too abrupt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 5/19/2011

    " Loved it! Suspense all the way! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maggie | 5/10/2011

    " I wonder if I'd have liked this book better if I had read the series in order. This book was so confusing! I've been told this is an amazing series, so I'll give it another try...but this book wasn't fun to read at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 4/25/2011

    " Good story, but a little too much deus ex mahina for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 4/5/2011

    " Added review: Unfortunately, didn't get much better. The holes in and implausibility of the plot, and (in my opinion) problems with the writing style made this a disappointment compared to Cornwell's typical writing. Here's hoping she goes back to writing the way she did earlier in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 3/6/2011

    " best patricia corwell ever
    I couldn't put the book down and the bloating greusomeness of the story would send the squeamish screaming
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/25/2011

    " A Kay Scarpetta novel. Although I enjoy her books they are not on the top of my "to read" list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 2/20/2011

    " Never having read a book by P. Cornwell before I was looking forward to it. I wasn't disappointed, it was exciting and well written. I will be reading more by Cornwell in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonya | 1/11/2011

    " one of my fav series!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shauna | 1/2/2011

    " This was a "Kay Scarpetta" book, which I normally love. This one was good, but not my favorite one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thenerdmom | 12/31/2010

    " I read all the books in the Scarpetta series. I really like the characters and the mysteries. There is nothing earth-shattering about the writing or the concept, but they are fun and entertaining books and easy to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Betty | 12/29/2010

    " i started this book and it was way too graphic for me. I stopped. "

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About the Author
Author Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell sold her first novel, Postmortem, while working as a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. It is the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year. She has since gone on to become a #1 New York Times bestselling author, with some of her more recent bestsellers including The Bone Bed, Red Mist, Port Mortuary, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—Case Closed. To date, Cornwell’s books have sold more than 100 million copies in thirty-six languages in over 120 countries. Her character Dr. Kay Scarpetta won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author. When not writing from her home in Boston, Cornwell tirelessly researches cutting-edge forensic technologies to include in her work.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.