Category Archives: Forensic

Novels with lots of forensic detail and procedure

The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell

‘The Body Farm’ is the 5th novel by Patricia Cornwell featuring Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta. In addition to being Virginia’s Chief Medical Examiner and being in charge of a busy morgue, Dr Kay Scarpetta is also consulting with … Continue reading

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Cruel and Unusual by Patricia Cornwell

‘Cruel and Unusual’ is Patricia Cornwell’s 4th Kay Scarpetta novel. Somewhere between the previous novel and this one, the love of Kay’s life Mark has died, Kay has moved house, and Kay’s niece Lucy has done a lot of growing … Continue reading

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All That Remains by Patricia Cornwell

‘All That Remains’ is the 3rd Scarpetta novel by Patricia Cornwell. Once again it contains an excellent mystery as well as the ongoing development of the regular characters. Young Couples have been going missing from their cars with the semi-skeletonised … Continue reading

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Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell

‘Body of Evidence’ is the 2nd instalment in Patricia Cornwell’s Scarpetta series featuring the tough female Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta. Beryl Madison was a reclusive author of historical romance novels. But her current work is an autobiography which promises … Continue reading

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Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell

‘Postmortem’ is the first of Patricia Cornwell’s Scarpetta novels. I first read this book soon after it was written in 1990 and I’d forgotten how good it is. Alas, some younger people may find this book difficult to deal with … Continue reading

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Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs

‘Speaking in Bones’ is the 18th Tempe Brennan novel by Kathy Reichs. There are a group of people known as websleuths who spend their time investigating cold cases, on the web and by gathering clues. These amateurs are not taken … Continue reading

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Spider Bones/ Mortal Remains by Kathy Reichs

‘Spider Bones/ Mortal Remains’ is the 13th Tempe Brennan novel by Kathy Reichs. The main plot of the story concerns the identification of the body of John ‘Spider’ Lowery. A body is found floating in a pond in Quebec. As … Continue reading

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Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs

‘Devil Bones’ is the 11th novel in the Tempe Brennan series by Kathy Reichs. Although the plot in this one was OK, the character interactions weren’t great and overall the book just wasn’t one of the best in the series. … Continue reading

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Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs

‘Bones to Ashes’ is the 10th Tempe Brennan novel by Kathy Reichs, who like her main character is a forensic anthropologist. I have been reading the books in order and have found some more enjoyable than others. This one I … Continue reading

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Break no Bones by Kathy Reichs

‘Break no Bones’ is the 9th novel by Kathy Reichs featuring forensic anthropologist Temperence ‘Tempe’ Brennan. Tempe is helping out a colleague by supervising an archaeological dig on Dewees Island near Charleston South Carolina. The students are preparing to finish … Continue reading

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