The Bone Bed

Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Bone Bed
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.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons c2012.
ISBN: 9780399157561
Characteristics: 463 p. ;,25 cm.


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Jul 30, 2013
  • Nefret3 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Cornwell's novels used to be exciting & fast paced, however, the past couple Scarpetta novels have been more about her feelings about her 'familly, and how she is constantly parinoid about some thing or another. I wish she would go back to writing like she used to when she first started

Apr 20, 2013
  • kickassbass rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I checked this book out twice and just could not finish it. I see nothing in it's content but the ramblings of a bored author who needs to fill enough pages to justify her monetary advance and honor here contract. Stephen King wrote in People Magazine that Cornwell hasn't written anything worth reading this century. Spot on, Stephen!

I haven`t read this latest novel and after reading the reviews I`m wondering if I should bother. I agree with the other comments. I`ve also gotten really bored with her mention of very expensive homes, clothing, watches, food, etc; etc. What`s the reason for this and what at all has her mentioning these things have to do with the story

Dec 15, 2012
  • 1mackie rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Cornwell used to write interesting stories. But about 10 novels ago, she decided to expand her character's personalities. Which would be fine, except she can't seem to shut up about it. I get it that Scarpetta's partner (Marino) is a unreliable slob who's in love with her. I also understand her husband (Benton) is an unreliable narcissistic jerk. And I know her daughter (Lucy) is unreliable, gay and has a death wish. How do I know these things? Because Cornwell won't shut up about it. Every novel lately, you'll get those messages in the first 10 pages. And then throughout the book, again and again. No unreliability there, I assure you. Waste of paper.

Dec 11, 2012
  • LucyBo rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Cornwell used to be so good. But, her last 8 books or so are very disjointed, not congruent with earlier stores with the same characters and really, just bad fiction.
The worst part of these is an ersatz suspence. She writes as if all the developments are DIRE, but then usually the loose ends are just forgotten and none of the details mean anything.

Dec 11, 2012
  • SHIRLEY ANN DERIGNE rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I just finished reading this book and I still cannot see the connection between the murders. I also had to go back in the book to figure out who the murderer was and I still don't know why he did it. I don't consider this one of Patricia Cornwell's better books. There have been others I thought were "strange" also.


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May 21, 2013
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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