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Author: Patricia Cornwell Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: 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. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over two thousand miles away in Boston. 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.

This is Kay Scarpetta as you have never seen her before. The Bone Bed is a must read for any fan of this series, or an ideal starting point for new readers. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

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

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicola | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 11/4/2013

    " Another great Scarpetta mystery! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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. "

About the Author

Patricia Cornwell is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Kay Scarpetta series. Her bestsellers include Dust, The Bone Bed, Red Mist, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—Case Closed. Her earlier works include Postmortem—the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year—and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain’s prestigious Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel. Dr. Kay Scarpetta was awarded the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author. Patricia Cornwell lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading has recorded hundreds of audiobooks across many genres, over a thirty year plus career. Audie Awards: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (mystery), Breasts (non-fiction), Bellwether (fiction), and Words of Radiance (fantasy), co-narrated with her husband, Michael Kramer. Among other awards, she has been recognized with: the ALA Booklist best of 2019 for Bowlaway (fiction), AudioFile Magazine Voice of the Century, Earphones Awards, Narrator of the Year, Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Publisher’s Weekly’s Listen-Up Award. She records at her home studio, Madison Productions, Inc., in Maryland.