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3.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 5 3.86 (44 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Cornwell Narrator: Jill Eikenberry Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kay Scarpetta Series Release Date: October 1994 ISBN: 9780743542104
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Little Emily Steiner left a church meeting late one afternoon and strolled toward home along a lakeside path; a week later, her nude body was discovered, bound in blaze-orange duct tape. Called by the North Carolina authorities, forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta recognizes similarities to the gruesome work of a serial killer who has long eluded the FBI But as she tries to make sense of the evidence, she is left with questions that lead her to the Body Farm, a little known research facility in Tennessee where, with the help of some grisly experiments, she might discover the answer. It is Scarpetta alone who can interpret the forensic hieroglyphics that eventually reveal a solution to the case as staggering as it is horrifying. But she must also endeavor to help her niece, Lucy, who is embroiled in controversy at Quantico. And Scarpetta, too, is vulnerable, as she opens herself to the first physical and emotional bond she has felt in far too long a time. Tenacious and brilliant, tender and gentle, this is Scarpetta even more realized and poignant than we've seen her before--in a stunning achievement from a best-selling author at the peak of her powers. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “All the pacing and suspense Cornwell fans have come to expect...[Body Farm] will cause a few sleepless nights.”

    People

  • “A consistently compelling series.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Cornwell’s name on the cover of a book virtually guarantees both instant bestseller status and enthusiastic raves from reviewers and readers alike. Her latest story is no exception...Her writing is masterful, and she provides evocative backgrounds, provocative characters, and enough ghoulish specifics about autopsies and dead bodies to induce weeks of nightmares. Scarpetta, as usual, is a tenacious, principled investigator who’s the one voice of reason in a story fraught with bizarre unreason. This deserves a place in every mystery collection.” 

    Booklist

  • “Cornwell is...at the top of her form here...Emotionally satisfying reading.” 

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 2/12/2014

    " This was my first read by Ms. Cornwell, I read lots more after this. I love the forensic information, especially the body farm particulars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny Otto | 2/7/2014

    " Great detective, murder mystery read. Plus it takes place in Knoxville, TN so it's cool. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randy | 2/5/2014

    " Typical Patricia Cornwell with Kay Scarpetta after a serial killer, but things aren't what they originally appear and everyone is in more danger than she first suspected. "

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

    " I have to wonder which came first, this series of books featuring a intelligent, beautiful female medical examiner or all the tv series featuring them. I believe it was the series. This is the fifth in the series. Kay falls off the wagona bit and has an affair with a co worker. Her partner, Marino, is not happy with her choice so he makes a bad choice of his own. Her niece tries to enter Kay's world and becomes the target of a homicidal maniac. All of this while Kay is trying to discover how and who killed a young 9 year old girl. The information is just enough to keep you interested and focused, but not enough to predict who did the murders or to predict the ending. I enjoy being kept in suspense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C-Nat | 1/24/2014

    " Ok so i have read every single one of the kay scarpetta novels so i didnt put all the books on here, but p. cornwell is awesome and if you love crime scene and forensics then you will love her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicol | 1/21/2014

    " Cornwell throws us for a loop in this one! Just when you hope they are closing in on Gault - Marino's jealousy is driving him to dangerous choices and once again Cornwell makes us feel like we missed a book somewhere with a new romance. My sister recommended this series to me and mentioned an FBI lover, when I concluded who that was, I guess my naive self assumed he would be divorced or widowed by then, I guess I didn't see Benton's character that way even though there was always something between them, but I guess it's realistic :( Cornwell leaves us on the edge of our seats though as we have no resolution with Gault. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Yurcheshen | 1/18/2014

    " By far the best Scarpetta novel I have read so far!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennisms | 1/16/2014

    " All Patricia Cornwell books are a good mystery read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariah | 1/9/2014

    " Not as exciting as others in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rupesh Goenka | 1/6/2014

    " The book is in first person narrative.. One time read.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holley Murphy | 1/2/2014

    " This was one of favorite Scarpetta novels by Patricia Cornwell. I couldn't put it down the summer that I read it. It also made me want to visit the real Body Farm in Tennessee. One day I will! Read it if you haven't already! Great mystery! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenlyjen | 11/26/2013

    " if I could give this minus stars I would. Just god-awful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bart | 10/7/2013

    " My endnote to this book was "typical--getting predictable." Still, Cornwell still had it here. Things starting going south for this series in the folowing books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Savita | 9/1/2013

    " The writing style was a bit bland, but I did like the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dev | 4/26/2013

    " Cornwell has grit, and Scarpetta's story does incorporate more than your bare bone detective yarns, but the ending is ludicrous and the coda, a Cornwell fixture, is overwrought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 4/2/2013

    " I'm just going to add THIS Patricia Cornwell book, but I love all of her novels involving Kay Scarpetta. Haven't read one in a while...but they are great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martina Marusincova | 3/22/2013

    " My favourite books from Patricia Cornwell! Interesting story and characters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/9/2013

    " I read this while my husband was attending UT and we were living in Knoxville. I found it a fun read and got excited for the next book which I never finished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri | 1/7/2013

    " Huge Kay Scarpetta fan. She was forensics before forensics were cool. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginger | 1/5/2013

    " Not bad but not my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 1/2/2013

    " See full review under "Postmortem." Note:Three is the top mark I give to mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber Jones | 11/28/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book in the series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 10/15/2012

    " Copyright 1994; an oldie but a goodie I had not read Patricia Cornwell before as fiction novels about crime and murder are not my usual genre. I enjoyed this one and look forward to reading the other novels in the series featuring Dr. Kay Scarpetta. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi Jones | 9/15/2012

    " Once again Cornwell writes crime fiction with the eye of a professional. Her experience shines through and allows the reader a true insight into the workings of a criminal investigation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Gatrel | 5/7/2012

    " She delivers as always "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna Jewel | 5/1/2012

    " Great read but does this author really need to be rated? She's one of the best! I always enjoy her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn Littlefield | 3/28/2012

    " Have read most of the Kay Scarpetta character novels -- good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sehlers | 10/1/2011

    " Another FAB "Scarpetta Book". P.Cornwell is such a great writer and definitely keeps you interested. Definitely has some gore, but if you dig CSI, you will dig this too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany | 5/22/2011

    " I love Cornwell's books!! If you love dectective work these are for you. kinda of picture CSI mixed with Criminal Minds, but from the POV of the morgue rather than Hitch or Grissim! Her books literally have moments that your jaw drops and you audibly say "what!?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonian | 5/16/2011

    " I discovered a new passion for detective-stories! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stargazer510 | 5/16/2011

    " This is the first book I read in the Kay Scarpetta Series and I loved it!!! I read this my senior year in high school and I read it several times after. It was by far my most favorite book, and is what opened me to reading more of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zedre | 5/10/2011

    " I think this is one hers that I have enjoyed the most "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 4/28/2011

    " I really enjoyed reading this book. I like how the books are being taken in a different direction and not the same type of ending. My favorite so far. A must read in my eyes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Savita | 4/16/2011

    " The writing style was a bit bland, but I did like the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dev | 4/11/2011

    " Cornwell has grit, and Scarpetta's story does incorporate more than your bare bone detective yarns, but the ending is ludicrous and the coda, a Cornwell fixture, is overwrought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holley | 4/11/2011

    " This was one of favorite Scarpetta novels by Patricia Cornwell. I couldn't put it down the summer that I read it. It also made me want to visit the real Body Farm in Tennessee. One day I will! Read it if you haven't already! Great mystery! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 4/8/2011

    " It was okay, but like most of her books, has this long, drawn out and interesting plot...and then WHAM! It's over like that in fifteen pages. That's the biggest let down
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 4/6/2011

    " Better then I thought - may even give another one of her books a try. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorraine | 3/29/2011

    " Another great book by Patricia Cornwell. I haven't been reading much these days, so am a bit behind on books I want to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 3/27/2011

    " Kobo ebook

    Uneven plot flow. Loys of twists "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marielle | 3/25/2011

    " Love the Cornwell Scarpetta books, but this one is particularly fantastic and I would highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 3/25/2011

    " My favorite Forensic Pathologist of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 3/18/2011

    " My body will now go to the real Body Farm thanks to this book. I have the card in my wallet! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 3/11/2011

    " I read this while my husband was attending UT and we were living in Knoxville. I found it a fun read and got excited for the next book which I never finished. "

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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.