Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Bone Bed (Kay Scarpetta #20) by Patricia Cornwell

The Bone Bed (Kay Scarpetta #20) by Patricia Cornwell
This is an adult thriller/mystery novel. (Rated R)
(Four Stone Cold Hearts)
Book Summary

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.

My Review

The writing is always superb and well researched.  The plot dragged at times with lots of details and not much action.  I was stumped in this one to find the killer.  Still it was an enjoyable read.  It wasn’t the best book in the series, but I don’t regret reading it.
My complaints, I wish Marino would get his act together and find happiness.  I wish Lucy the same.  It seemed in this book all the characters, even minor ones, were unhappy in their relationships.

However, I did enjoy the tension between Benton and Kay with their respected extra marital love interest.  Benton pissed me off the way he handled it.  Kay did a better job yet I thought she was more interested in stepping out than even her husband.
Still, I will continue this series.

Audio Review
Kate Reading has read this series for a while.  But it seemed like she changed a lot of the voices such as Marino, Lucy especially and even Benton.  Kay sounds the same.  This is why I hate when they change narrators (it hard to get back into the story), so I didn’t expect it from the narrator who’s been reading the series for a while.

My book boyfriend is Luke. (Sorry Benton. I’m sure I’ve already chosen you and you made me mad in this story.) FYI – I don’t exactly remember what the guy looks like.  But anyway.
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