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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (30,521 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Cornwell Narrator: C. J. Critt Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kay Scarpetta Series Release Date: February 1991 ISBN: 9781436125253
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Late one night Beryl Madison turns off her burglar alarm, puts down her gun and opens her door to the man who has stalked and terrorized her for months. Hours later, her brutally mutilated body lies in the city morgue. As Scarpetta begins searching for the microscopic clues to the killer’s identity, one question keeps nagging her: why did Beryl let him in?

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Quotes & Awards

  • C.J. Critt's reading is truly superb. --Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georganne Neely | 2/5/2014

    " loved it! the pair of Dr. Scarpetta & Detective Marino is great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/30/2014

    " I really enjoy book series, where you can follow one or a select few characters through different times in their lives, which was my main motivation in picking up the Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell (that and it's a series about a woman, written by a woman, which is surprisingly rare). So far, I'm really enjoying these novels... it's true they were written a long time ago and at times are almost laughable (like how their cell phones only work when attached in their cars and how when someone isn't home when you call them, you have to leave a message on an answering machine with a tape and wait for them to call you back), but overall the cases are very interesting. I love how Kay Scarpetta cares so much about her victims and finding justice for them. I'm sure not every medical examiner goes through what she does (or even has the power to do so should they want to), but it's entertaining nevertheless. I look forward to seeing how the cases progress over time, and to the time when I catch up to the more current books (the ones where they use actual cell phones and digital cameras). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monique | 1/26/2014

    " Good lazy Saturday murder mystery. Love Cornwell...she writes about forensic pathology, and she's actually a forensic pathologist! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dina Flores | 1/22/2014

    " Excellent read for a murder mystery. I won't read any of her books while I'm traveling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 1/21/2014

    " It was SO good! Cornwell has this amazing ability for descriptions! They were so good, I couldn't read at night ha ha. I definitely am interested in reading some more books by her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelli | 1/20/2014

    " I enjoyed Body of Evidence, although not as much as her first book, Post Mortem. There were so many different paths of information that were very hard to follow and connect, until it was spoon fed to me at the very end. Mark disappeared for most of the book, which nagged at me. I didn't quite understand Joseph McTigue's role in the plot. Also, is Kay going to have near death experiences in every book? In both the first and second book of the series, we find out who the killer is only when they show up at Kay's house to kill her. I felt like the plot was too similar in that way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 1/8/2014

    " Kay Scarpetta series is really good I have read and liked them all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamara Epps | 12/24/2013

    " Easy to read but not particularly well written - with far too much medical explanations that don't make a difference (I don't care how they do something, just that it's doable). Disappointing ending as there was a lot of build up then suddenly it climaxed so fast it only took a page or two with no decent lead in to. Also, as a murder investigation book - I was told who it was about half way through, they just couldn't find him and didn't know how he managed to foil the murdered. An ok read if you want something relatively brain-deadening and easy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 12/21/2013

    " I hate when the killer is someone out of left field not every involved in the main plot. I lost interest half way through, but made myself finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy L. | 11/7/2013

    " One of my favorite authors. This book was by far one of the most interesting books I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie Biamonte | 11/7/2013

    " Cornwell's earlier Scarpetta works are the best and Body of Evidence is my favorite. Two thumbs up! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ursula | 10/25/2013

    " This is the 2nd book in the Kay Scarpetta series and I really enjoyed. Just when you think you have it all figured out it takes a turn on you. This book had a lot of twists and turns it really kept me guessing. A great book in the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kalyn | 10/15/2013

    " Just as engaging and fast-paced as the first book! Not as much emphasis on technology, which helped keep me in the story. Cornwell does an excellent job of keeping the reader guessing on who the murderer is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 10/7/2013

    " No sophomoric slump with Cornwell's second Scarpetta novel. The plot revolves around the case of a fatal stabbing of a writer. Scarpetta has better luck avoiding the fate of the writer but needs a lot of brains to survive. An absolute winner of a detective story, and it becomes personal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhiannon | 9/7/2013

    " love all the kay scarpetta series! i've always wanted to be a medical examiner just like kay! haha "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Clavette | 5/17/2013

    " Cornwell is an awesome writer. The characters seem to become part of your life. Things can get quite gory, convoluted and totally unexpected. You just want the story to keep going, whether to find the answers to the crimes or what the characters have instore for them. Awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eva | 5/14/2013

    " Another great read by Patricia Cornwell. She never disappoints with her Kay Scarpetti books. I highly recommend. This is actually one of her older books but still a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loretta | 12/16/2012

    " Excellent as always. I love this author and thoroughly enjoy every book I have read by her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/21/2012

    " gotta get my brain candy in... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 10/14/2012

    " Meh. Dragged. Very disappointing after the 1st one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barner | 10/11/2012

    " I love Patricia Cornwell and have read most of her books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CJ | 8/20/2012

    " I find the first few Scarpetta books to be solid brain-snacks. Then they just get weird. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee | 7/15/2012

    " 2nd book of the series & getting even better! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malati | 5/7/2012

    " I know this series is old, but I'm really getting into it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin | 9/24/2011

    " Consistantly good, Cornwell's character Kay Scarpetta is solving the case again. Over technical in some places but none the less intriguing. The characters are simple, the plot complex, and the result , as good as we have come to expect from Cornwell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 8/18/2011

    " I'm really enjoying this series so far! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaylol | 7/9/2011

    " I expected a more dynamic ending to this incredible book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefanie | 5/6/2011

    " I didn't like Body of Evidence as much as I did the first in the series. I just found the killer this time to be as disturbing as the first but far more frightening. The body count is high and the mystery is thrilling, but some of the storyline kind of took strange turns I wasn't expecting at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbi | 4/27/2011

    " Second time around for reading this book and I got a lot more out of it this time than last time. GREAT book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 4/17/2011

    " Dr. Scarpetta Novels are always great. Twists and turns in plot.
    Written 20 yrs ago, no cell phones & character got cigarettes for $2.00 a pack. Lol but still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 3/9/2011

    " I hate when the killer is someone out of left field not every involved in the main plot. I lost interest half way through, but made myself finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 2/26/2011

    " Having actually worked in a Medical Examiners office, Patricia Cornwell accurately depicts the job of Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Chief M.E. of the Virgina Commonwealth. Although her character goes much farther than a normal M.E. would go to solve the crime, there's never a dull moment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trak | 1/12/2011

    " The second book in the series and it certainly had me looking for book three. Good gripping, detailed writing and really enjoyable "

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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

C. J. Critt is a veteran of Broadway, regional theater, poetry slams, and solo shows. Hailed “Spoken Word Queen” by the Dallas Observer, Critt is a produced writer-director, an Audie nominee, and a CableACE Award winner.