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Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Classic Mystery of Modern Times

Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell

Adult Murder Mystery

Kay Scarpetta has just landed the job of Virginia State Medical Examiner and not everyone in town is happy about the development.  On top of new job blues, Scarpetta's life is complicated personally.  Her young niece has just come to stay for an indefinite amount of time due to family troubles.  Her romantic prospects aren't much better--Scarpetta is more than a little attracted to a local political bigwig in a relationship that skates very close to being unethical.

Plus, if she doesn't solve her new case, then her new job might just be a thing of the past.  As one murder turns into a potential serial killing spree, Scarpetta trails the clues that is leading too close to home and when someone hacks into her computer at work, she's afraid she'll take all the heat and a killer might get off scot-free.

That's a lot of drama packed into one medium sized book--plus an intricate murder mystery that kept me guessing the whole way through.  Honestly, the ending was a complete surprise as well as a knuckle-biter.  This series reads like a dry CSI  and Kay Scarpetta is drier than ice (the dry variety).  She is humorless and clinical in her technique and Cornwell's writing matches that all the way through.  It is one of those rare books that feels as if the author IS the main character, so well-matched are the tone and voice in the book.  I love the character of Scarpetta--finally, a woman with a life as complicated as mine (minus the dead bodies) that just doesn't get all resolved by the last page.  I already downloaded all the others on my Kindle and can't wait to get started!

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