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What disappointed you about Dust?
There was so much self talk that the story got lost. I couldn't remember where I was, in the morgue, at the scene, at Scarpetta's home? She would go on about things past or what she was worried about or how someone else might feel ad nauseum. It isn't that I wanted a cold just the facts story but it was so lengthy and the whinneyness of it got overwhelming.Cornwell has been moving in this direction for some time now and this was just too much. I didn't want to listen to it anymore at one point. I stuck it out and it got a little better near the end.
What could Patricia Cornwell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
This book could have been several hours shorter easily. I would not cut out any of the storyline but an editor should have slashed heavily at all the inner dialogue that went on. Yes Lucy has a big truck, great, I'm got it, I don't need to be told 16 times.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
I have a windows phone and I can't change the speed so that colors it somewhat for me. If I could have sped it up I think I would have had no issues with the narrator. At the speed I have listen it was too slow.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
It has the characters that we've come to know so well. But it just didn't hold my interest.
Any additional comments?
So far my least favorite of the Scarpetta series. If this had been the first book I would not have bought others.
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I keep trying new Scarpetta books, Cornwell is just too full of herself to write an engaging mystery...the series that made her. The story wasn't bad, if it hadn't been for her need to write an epic novel maybe she could get back to basics.
I suspect the over inflated ego and self importance of Kay Scarpetta is a reflection of the writer. To bad, but I won't be wasting anymore time or money on Ms. Cornwell's literary illusions.
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