The Bone Bed : Scarpetta

  • by Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • Series: Scarpetta
  • 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 2,000 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 Bedis a must-listen for any fan of this series, or an ideal starting point for new readers.


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A tedious disappointment - Don't Bother!

Where is the confident, take no prisoners Scarpetta gone? Over the last 20 books she has steadily deteriorated. Readers want humanistic heroes, but Cornwell allows her character to slide more and more into the abyss of self-doubt. This novel does not hang together and does not move any of the people forward you care about (except Lucy – for once and only just barely).

The first half of the book goes into way to much autopsy detail and drags on and on and on and on and on. The court case backdrop was not believable; nor, did any real resolution happen in it or to the confrontations that were provoked by it. The story is just flat-out weak. The general theme of Marino screwing up has been done to death (pardon the pun). It would also be nice to see a little more communication between Scarpetta, Lucy and Benton – the non-communication theme has also been played out. Conrwell glosses over this breakdown with flimsy one line justifications. One the positive side, at least Lucy might start to finally catch a break.

If Cornwell wants to keep this series going, she needs to find more inspiration. A great case, a thrill of the chase, let’s get the characters outwardly focused instead of inspecting their own navels. Let Scarpetta and her characters kick some butt instead of having their butts kicked. C’mon Conrwell, Scarpetta deserves better than this!
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Such Frustrating Narration!!!!

What did you like best about The Bone Bed? What did you like least?

I was so excited for a new Scarpetta - but pretty disappointed with the ho-hum story line and the overall tired feeling to the book. It seemed as though Ms. Cornwell was trying to meet a deadline...nothing new, nothing exciting but still nice to hear from the recurring characters.

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Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Reading?

anyone else

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Any additional comments?

I hate to be cruel but Kate Reading has no business narrating. Her character voices vacillate between downright boring and just plain silly...just awful. She also mispronounces several words in this one - so annoying and distracting to the story.

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- Laurel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-16-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio