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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:
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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

  • “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.”


  • When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell.”
  • The New York Times Book Review
  • “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

  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, October 2012

Listener Opinions

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

    " Passed the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by Virginia Winfield | 2/9/2014

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

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