Body of Evidence: Kay Scarpetta #2 by Patricia CornwellAdult Mystery
This was so so different from the first one! I expected the same basic plot, as is the case with most mystery series, and I would have been fine with that because I loved the first one. But Cornwell really threw me for a surprise in this second installment. For a woman (Kay Scarpetta) who is so obviously a control freak, she is really pushing her own comfort boundary to solve this case as a DE of Virginia.
Scarpetta is called in to investigate the death of a young novelist. As she begins on what seems to be a clear cut case, she is soon trapped in a sticky web of deceit that involves abuse, love triangles, secret manuscripts and a family secret that is murky and tragic. Scarpetta leaves Virgina to chase down the truth and I like the break in the routine. The ending and plot twists are full of surprises the whole way through and I didn't know what to expect from one chapter to another.
I can tell this isn't going to be a regular murder mystery series but a series about a complex woman using her brain to solve a murder. Unique! I have a feeling Scarpetta and I are going to become great friends. I can't wait to read the next one and get to know her better.