Flesh and Blood
by Patricia Cornwell
Read: Aug. 3-15, 2015
Challenge: No Challenge
Yearly count: 26
Source: Partners in Crime Book Tours
Series: Kay Scarpetta #22
Blurb: Dr. Kay Scarpetta is about to head to Miami for a vacation when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their home. Is this a kids’ game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Then she learns there’s been a homicide five minutes away. A high school teacher was shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. Yet no one heard or saw a thing.
Soon more victims surface. The shots seem impossible to achieve, yet they are so perfect they cause death in an instant. There is no pattern to indicate where the killer will strike next. First it was New Jersey, then Massachusetts, and then the murky depths off the coast. There she comes face to face with shocking news that implicates her niece, Lucy – Scarpetta’s own flesh and blood.
Review:I received a copy of this for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions below are my own.
So those of you who follow me regularly will remember that my last experience with Ms. Cornwell did not end well. I was more than a little disappointed. And I even said I was “breaking up” with Kay Scarpetta. So what was it that made me want to read this book for the PICT book tour? I have no idea!
I definitely liked this book a million times more than the last one I read, Port Mortuary. I didn’t read the three books between that one and this one. And honestly, I didn’t really find that it mattered that I had skipped those three books.
Overall, I enjoyed this installment. I found it fast paced and exciting at times. However, there were a few moments where it lagged for me. Mainly, this was when there was a lengthy discussion regarding some ballistic testing. I found it a little too technical for my tastes and found myself skimming those few pages. Other than that, the book was highly entertaining to me.
And the ending. Wow. Talk about a cliff hanger that has me dying to know what happens next.
So while I’m still torn on this series as a whole, I have to say that this was a fun book to read and I would definitely recommend it.
About the Author:
Patricia Cornwell is recognized as one of the world’s top bestselling crime authors with novels translated into thirty-six languages in more than 120 countries. Her novels have won numerous prestigious awards including the Edgar, the Creasey, the Anthony, the Macavity, and the Prix du Roman d’Aventure. Beyond the Scarpetta series, she has written a definitive book about Jack the Ripper, a biography, and two more fiction series. Cornwell, a licensed helicopter pilot and scuba diver, actively researches the cutting-edge forensic technologies that inform her work. She was born in Miami, grew up in Montreat, North Carolina, and now lives and works in Boston.
As always, I hope you will take the time to visit the other stops on the blog tour:
- 08/01 review @ Hezzi-Ds books and Cooks
- 08/05 review @ VicsMedia Room
- 08/06 review @ The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
- 08/07 review @ 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too!
- 08/10 review @ Booked on a Feeling
- 08/11 review @ Mama Knows Books
- 08/12 review @ Griperangs Bookmarks
- 08/13 review @ fundinmental
- 08/15 review @ Deco My Heart
- 08/17 review @ Keenly Kristin
- 08/19/2015 Review @ Lauras Interests
- 08/20 review @ Books Books and More Books
- 08/20 review @ Marys Cup of Tea
- 08/21/2015 Review @ Beas Book Nook
- 08/26 review @ Lazy Day Books
- 08/26 review @ Tales of a Book Addict
- 08/27 review @ fuonlyknew
- 08/28 review @ The Book Divas Reads
- 08/29 review @ Rockin’ Book Reviews
- 08/30 review @ A Room Without Books is Empty
- 08/31 review @ Gabina49s Blog