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2.44 out of 52.44 out of 52.44 out of 52.44 out of 52.44 out of 5 2.44 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Cornwell Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kay Scarpetta Series Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781101461877
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From the world’s #1 bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel. 

Port Mortuary, the title of Patricia Cornwell’s eighteenth Scarpetta novel, is literally a port for the dead. In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta’s past merges with the high tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she enlisted in the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt and found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa. 

Now, more than twenty years and many career successes later, her secret military ties have drawn her to Dover Air Force Base, where she has been immersed in a training fellowship to master the art of CT-assisted virtual autopsy—a procedure the White House has mandated that she introduce in the private sector. As the chief of the new Cambridge Forensic Center in Massachusetts, a joint venture of the state and federal governments and MIT, Scarpetta is confronted with a case that could shut down her new facility and ruin her personally and professionally. 

A young man drops dead, apparently from a cardiac arrhythmia, eerily close to Scarpetta’s new Cambridge home. But when his body is examined the next morning, there are stunning indications that he may have been alive when he was zipped inside a pouch and locked insider the Center’s cooler. Various 3-D radiology scans reveal more shocking details about internal injuries unlike any Scarpetta has ever seen. These suggest the possibility of a conspiracy to cause mass casualties. She realizes that she is fighting a cunning and cruel enemy that is invisible as she races against time to discover who and why before more people die.

In Port Mortuary, Patricia Cornwell brings Scarpetta together with Marino, Benton, and Lucy in an intimate way that is reminiscent of the early novels, and we welcome a voice we haven’t heard in years. The point of view is Scarpetta’s, and this is her story.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Compelling…her strongest work in years.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbi | 2/17/2014

    " After discovering and devouring Patricia Cornwell's "Postmortem" (now 20 years ago), my family and I have been huge fans of the Kay Scarpetta novels. Over the years, we eagerly awaited the release of Ms. Cornwell's next novel, always confident that it would surpass her last. Until something changed and Ms. Cornwell forgot how to tell an interesting story. Instead of flying effortlessly through her books, I now find myself slogging through them, falling asleep over them, yawning through endless pages of dreary detail and introspective angst. I keep hoping that the books will get better, but they don't. I gave up halfway through "The Scarpetta Factor" (2009), but actually read all of "Port Mortuary" (2010). Like "The Scarpetta Factor," Ms. Cornwell's latest offering is a self-indulgent bore. This book features mysteries within mysteries that are not revealed until the bitter end. By then, I didn't care. There's no suspense, no thrill, no passion. The characters that formerly had been drawn with such precision and care are now lackluster at best. Throughout the book, Kay can't figure out how to ask a direct question nor get a direct answer from anyone, including but not limited to Benton (her husband) and Lucy (her niece). That Kay seemingly has so little self-esteem that she would accept everyone's lack of forthright responses is completely contrary to her former strong, confident and capable self. After finally (FINALLY!) reaching the end of "Port Mortuary," I was disconcerted by the complete change of voice in the last few pages of the book. It's almost as though Ms. Cornwell's editor compelled her to tack on a page or two to make it appear that Kay has a soul after all. Ms. Cornwell, please bring back the Kay Scarpetta we used to know and love! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Schroder | 2/11/2014

    " I generally like Patricia Cornwell but her books are getting repetitive and stuff. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura Salas | 2/10/2014

    " Worst in the series, I think. So much interior monolog that's just ridiculous. The level of mind games and analysis on everyone's words. Geez. Scarpetta just comes across as paranoid and emotionally stupid and distant. I liked many of these books, but this one was awful. I'll read one more, but if it doesn't get better, I'm done with the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 2/10/2014

    " A good audio book for when you're crossing the country in a moving truck. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristin | 2/7/2014

    " Loved all of her books, until now. This could not draw me in...I couldn't pinpoint why. I was quite sad because I was so excited to pick it up from the library and I recommend her to everyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hali Sowle | 1/22/2014

    " I was all excited when I realized that this book was back to the first person narrative of Kay Scarpetta but soon I was lost in the overly whiny nature of the narrative. She's not being told everything by Benton (come on, after 20 years you should know the score) Marino is being an overbearing arse, Lucy is hiding something. In other words not much has changed. The venue for the book is Boston where Kay is now the head of a Port Mortuary, and apparently is the Chief Medical Examiner for Boston, but she's not been there pretty much since the building she is overseeing has been opened. She's been in Dover, MD for the last 6 months working with an apparent old colleague and boss General Briggs. The book tells us about some of her life before she started at Richmond as the Chief ME for Virginia, about her time in the military (something that I don't believe I've ever seen alluded to in past novels). Kay had left her one time deputy Jack Fielding in charge, but it seems like Jack has finally lost his marbles and the shiny new state of the art facility is riddled with problems, as are the cases and the people processing them. The book was good, and like I said it was nice to have that first person narrative, I just wish it was not so bogged down through the middle with almost innane, paranoid ramblings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorie | 1/17/2014

    " I liked it, but it wasn't one of her better Scarpetta books. I couldn't bring myself to care about all of the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lbd | 1/13/2014

    " Another page turner with Kay Scarpetta right in the middle of something she's not quite sure about. I'm not sure I liked the ending, but as always I'll be looking for the next book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alice | 1/12/2014

    " I have read all of Cornwell's books and this was the worst. The story was too drawn out and the characters have become boring; they should all be in therapy! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven Lyon | 1/12/2014

    " 2 stars only because there were a few passages of interesting dialogue. It felt like reading the book took longer than the story line. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 12/25/2013

    " While trying to figure out the murder weapon was quite a challenge, this book could easily have been reduced in wordage by at least a third, and still successfully told the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tulara | 12/23/2013

    " I welcome the return of my favorite, Dr.Scarpetta - in her element using her quick wit and thorough techniques to solve a bewildering blend of coincidences. It's like having coffee with a good friend and catching up for hours with hot mochas and scones. Blueberry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marykatedavin | 12/22/2013

    " I don't think I will be reading any more of these books... they just aren't as engaging or interesting any more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rina | 12/9/2013

    " I did not like Kay in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 12/3/2013

    " Very slow, disjointed and far too much technical detail(both nano technology and medical). Clearly not one of her best. I hope this is an aberation ... but I am concerned because her next book seems to be a sequel. I would not recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathrine | 11/23/2013

    " A good read. familiar characters. like going home again. some twists and the usual 'unsettling' characters. comfortable reading "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mirrordance | 11/23/2013

    " Piu' splatter del solito ed anche un po' voyeuristico nelle descrizioni delle autopsie. In declino , come si era gia' notato. Scorre poco, confuso, eccessivo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 11/8/2013

    " Another one of my favorite authors. Have to love Kay Scarpetta! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 11/2/2013

    " The last 20 pages were decent. The first 200 were crap. Scarpetta is usually a confident character & this time that was not the case. Also, it felt like you were dropped into the middle of a very boring story. It took everything I had just to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ferris | 1/15/2013

    " Can't say this was one of my favorite Scarpetta novels, but I am intrigued and think I will read the next one to see if the mystery of Fielding is resolved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 9/3/2012

    " Not my favorite of hers, but still worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janetlee | 8/14/2012

    " I enjoyed the twists and turns in this book, though I was able to figure them out pretty quickly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachael | 4/13/2012

    " Building up the story between 1-116? No thanks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie Traverse | 2/12/2012

    " Another good book in the series. I would recommend to those not familiar with the Scarpetta books to start at the beginning and read through all in order. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 1/20/2012

    " I had a hard time getting into it and ended up taking a break in the middle, so that probably didn't help. Anyway, I didn't like it as much as I remember liking some of her other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bishopr2 | 11/11/2011

    " As usual Patricia Cornwell comes through w/the latest for Dr. Kay. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 5/27/2011

    " Dumb. Waste of time. Done with series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madelle | 5/11/2011

    " This is my first Patricia Cornwell in quite some time as she became a little too graphic in her writing for me. This one was not graphic, but there didn't seem to be much story. Not my favorite. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bonnie K | 5/5/2011

    " Last three books of the Scarpetta series have been so disappointing; disjointed story telling, clipped writting, characthes that you don't bond or care about. Last one I'm reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeffrey | 5/4/2011

    " Too much! And this coming from a long time Kay Scarpetta fan "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 5/4/2011

    " I was really disappointed again with this book. It would have been much better in an abridged version. The book just seemed to go on and on. Scarpetta has written much better books - I miss the older books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kay | 5/3/2011

    " It's time Dr. Scarpetta retire along with Benton, Marino, and Lucy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 5/3/2011

    " Still pretty dark like the last two Scarpetta books. Characters are still moppy and pathetic. Will read one more to see if she sounds stronger in the next book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 5/1/2011

    " Not her best, unless helicopters and highly technical forensic medicine is your thing. "

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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.