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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,521 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: October 2012 ISBN: 9781101579381
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A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. The only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over two thousand miles away in Boston—and she has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist’s disappearance is connected to a series of crimes much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

When she turns to those around her, Scarpetta finds that the danger and suspicion have penetrated even her closest circles. Her niece Lucy speaks in riddles. Her lead investigator, Pete Marino, and FBI forensic psychologist and husband, Benton Wesley, have secrets of their own. Feeling alone and betrayed, Scarpetta is tempted by someone from her past as she tracks a killer both cunning and cruel.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “The tight plot keeps a local focus, the disconnected deaths are neatly tied together…and there are plenty of stomach-churning autopsies performed with cutting­-edge equipment.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “In this fast-paced outing, Dr. Kay Scarpetta faces problems on all sides…A suave mix of thriller, whodunit, and forensics primer.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “Enticing is the right word for her latest novel. The Bone Bed takes Dr. Kay Scarpetta on a journey she has not previously taken—she goes back to her roots as a forensic specialist and as the independent, solo actor in her own life…There’s a vulnerability to her in this novel that female readers especially will identify with because of what she’s contemplating in her musings…Watching Cornwell weave these separate cases together, watching as Scarpetta reveals parts of herself as well as the parts of the victims definitely makes this read worthwhile. It’s a hefty book—500 pages—but it’s compelling, even as one tries to discern before Scarpetta who has done what and why…For fans of the series, but for newcomers as well: Cornwell backtracks just enough in the first few chapters so that those unfamiliar with who Scarpetta is will be on solid ground.”

    Lambda Literary Review

  • “Excitement rises…[with] an ingenious murder method, more hours in the mortuary and forensics lab than usual, an uncharacteristically muffled killer, and all the trademark battles among the regulars and every potential ally who gets in their way.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta returns in Cornwell’s solid mystery series. This twentieth installment is narrated, as usual, by Kate Reading, whose crisp, assertive tone personifies the intensity and raw intelligence of Dr. Scarpetta. Once again up to her elbows in a grisly murder investigation, Scarpetta speculates about connections between a booby-trapped body in the nearby bay and a missing dinosaur paleontologist from Canada. Reading portrays Scarpetta with a dark disquiet and a cynical outlook as she is in the midst of a shaky phase with her husband, Benton, and simultaneously second-guessing her relationships with both her niece, Lucy, and her longtime colleague Marino. Reading conveys Scarpetta’s new bitterness and her determination to set her world right again.”

    AudioFile

  • When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell.”
  • The New York Times Book Review
  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, October 2012
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicola Hill | 2/15/2014

    " Passed the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lene | 2/9/2014

    " It starts out a bit slow and tedious, but picks up from about half way through. There are parts that are way too detailed, like the one with the dinosaur rescue. Cornwell has spent time with a ridgeback in real life as research, and it seems like she's very intent on using every detail she learned, and showing it off. However, at the end it's an okay read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Ullmer | 2/9/2014

    " You never know what you are going to get with a Scarpetta book. This one had a lot going on; a lot of secrets. Never ceases to amaze me that Scarpetta and Brennan books have the forensic anthropologists/medical examiners act like they are cops and get in predictably dangerous, life threatening situations. This book was better than most but none of this series is as good as the first three. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia Winfield | 2/9/2014

    " Very good. Started a little dark for me but I ended up really liking it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn Percival | 1/26/2014

    " Not her best effort....I find everything is formulaic in her novels now and all of the character flaws in Lucy and Marino are becoming tedious. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meagan | 1/26/2014

    " I keep reading Scarpetta books even though I haven't liked this series since "The Last Precinct". This one started out okay but then it quickly started rambling and jumped around a lot. I found the conclusion came out of no where and abruptly ended the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Delany | 1/23/2014

    " Disappointing. Tedious. Far too much demand that the reader slog through Kay Scarpetta's endless introspection. I think this series has run its course, and continues to limp along. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jocelin | 1/21/2014

    " I am a huge Patricia Cornwell fan, but I have been a bit disappointed in some of the more recent books. I found this story interesting and suspenseful, but the ending felt really rushed and thrown together. Also the character dynamics keep repeating: Lucy is elusive and hiding something (as always) and Marino is behaving idiotically (again) and there is no longer any justification as to why Scarpetta keeps him on. The trouble in Kay & Benton's marriage also felt forced, and it was never clear where this trouble was coming from. Plus the idea that every man Scarpetta comes across is attracted to her is beginning to sound absurd. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nita | 1/17/2014

    " I believe it's time Cornwell allows Scarpetta to rest in peace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry Martin | 1/1/2014

    " I felt recent books in the Scarpetta series were a little disappointing. In this newest in the series Cornwell may have regained her pace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 12/9/2013

    " Its been a while since I've read any from the series. Must admit i struggled with parts but over all i really liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy Vance | 12/5/2013

    " I've been a fan of the Kay Scarpetta novels for a long time. To be honest, I think this book has probably proven that the series has outlived its storyline, but it is always nice to have a light, easy read during NaNoWriMo. : o) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 12/1/2013

    " A trifle long (over 400 pages), but still very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Muriel | 11/11/2013

    " On the whole I enjoyed the book, but I thought the ending was rushed in the last few pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra Petree | 11/4/2013

    " Another great Scarpetta mystery! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim Osbahr | 10/31/2013

    " I want to give 2.5 stars ... Not as bad as the last few, but still not on par with her early books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 9/8/2013

    " No more. I can't do it. Too much cosmetic surgery in both her writing and her appearance. I'm done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 8/25/2013

    " Love the Scarpettas as always~ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori B | 6/26/2013

    " Was really looking forward to Cornwell's new book as I loved Red Mist, which seemed as if she was returning to the style of old. somewhat disappointed. dragged a bit; thought Kay was a bit whiny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michaelannf | 6/3/2013

    " Poor Marino... I am soooo tired of him being in trouble or on the brink of failure... I miss him being the big, strong hunk of a man as in the begining of the Scarpetta series.... Not my favorite Cornwell book... Seemed "slapped" together for the holiday.... "

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

    " Ok, that's more like it. Not as dark and gloomy as her last 2 books were. Pace picked up quite a bit and I flew thru this one like it was a Prey novel. Keep it up Patricia "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeanne Schalko fransway | 4/24/2013

    " Surely not one of her best. Very boring and left something with no great explanantion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 4/12/2013

    " Another good read from Patricia Cornwell. I enjoy this series, and this one kept me guessing until the end in terms of "who done it." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 4/8/2013

    " I enjoyed this Scarpetta novel but Cornwell HAS gotten very wordy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Lou | 4/7/2013

    " This was not one of Cornwells better books. had a real hard time getting through it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 4/5/2013

    " I remembered why I stopped reading these books. Scarpetta got soooo whiny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate Hartman | 3/29/2013

    " I still love the Scarpetta books but this wasn't as good as previous books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne Donovan | 3/16/2013

    " I thought the book was great. Had a little bit of trouble getting into it, but once I did I couldn't put it down.... One of her best so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Dunn | 11/16/2012

    " Not Patricia Cornwall's best book- I struggled to get through it. Still loved being entertwined with the characters that have come to seem like family to me. Interesting to read about their personal struggles in this book but storyline was kind of boring. "

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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 thirty 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.