Book 4 for RIP.
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Putnam Adult(October 16, 2012)
The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell.
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.
This is the first “Scarpetta” book I have read. But not the first Patricia Cornwell book. In 2002 she put out a book called: Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper–Case Closed. Which was her version of searching who the real Jack the Ripper was, and it was a very good book.
Although she has about 20 Scarpetta books out, and this is far (far) from the first, I did not find it hard to follow the characters. The book is about 6 pages per chapter and 1 1/2 spacing, so reading it is easy and clear.
I found the book engaging but I wouldn’t say it is going to be an “all time favorite” but I will read a second Scarpetta book that I have here in the house , and if it’s as good as this one I have no doubt that somewhere down the road I will read others.
I do have to say there are books in which the characters grab me harder and make me want to read stories with them in it more than this did.. but as I said, it was engaging enough that I didn’t put it down and will read another to see if the characters grow on me more.
It’s a good “forensic mystery” and a fast read for anyone wanting such a book.