Thursday, August 20, 2015

{Blog Tour} {Review} Flesh and Blood (Kay Scarpetta #22) by Patricia Cornwell

About The Book

Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell

Series: Kay Scarpetta, #22

Publication Date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow

Genres: Women Sleuths | Crime | Suspense


It’s Dr. Kay Scarpetta’s birthday, and she’s about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids’ game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there’s been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. No one has heard or seen a thing.

In this 22nd Scarpetta novel, the master forensic sleuth finds herself in the unsettling pursuit of a serial sniper who leaves no incriminating evidence except fragments of copper. The shots seem impossible, yet they are so perfect they cause instant death. The victims appear to have had nothing in common, and there is no pattern to indicate where the killer will strike next. First New Jersey, then Massachusetts, and then the murky depths off the coast of South Florida, where Scarpetta investigates a shipwreck, looking for answers that only she can discover and analyze. And it is there that she comes face to face with shocking evidence that implicates her techno genius niece, Lucy, Scarpetta’s own flesh and blood.


This reader's preference is to read a series from the beginning. However, I was reassured MANY times, by avid Cornwell fans, that I could easy join the series at any point. Two even suggested I would prefer it due to the age of the series (being dated);  they did disagree about which book I would enjoy most. So my debut Patricia Cornwell read is Flesh and Blood, #22 of the Kay Scarpetta series.

This thriller is both intense and atmospheric. The writing style was incredibly detailed, almost to the point of distraction. The case unfolds using subtle hints and loads of evidence. I'll gladly join Dr. Scarpetta on another part of the investigative team.

Review Copy Provided By: Tour Host

This book was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

About The Author

Patricia Cornwell
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.

Catch Up with Patricia Cornwell:
Patricia Cornwell's website Patricia Cornwell's twitter Patricia Cornwell's facebook

1 comment:

  1. I disagree about the early books being "dated". Sure, they were written a couple of decades ago, but I think they are more tautly plotted than some of the more recent titles. Still, this is a good series overall.