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review Chaos author Patricia Cornwell Ï eBook or Kindle ePUB Ã #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns with the remarkable twenty fourth thriller in her popular high stakes series starring medical examiner Dr Kay ScarpettaIn the uiet of twilight on an early autumn day twenty six year old Elisa VandAnd her husband FBI analyst Benton WesleyShe also enlists the help of her niece Lucy But to Scarpetta’s surprise tracking the slippery Tailend Charlie is nearly impossible even for someone as brilliant as her niece Also Lucy can’t explain how this anonymous nemesis could have access to private information To make matters worse a venomous media is whipping the public into a frenzy uestioning the seasoned forensics chief’s judgment and a uack cause of death on a par with spontaneous combustio. Bizarre messages from a cyberstalker that are meant to confuse and create fearPhone calls purportedly from Interpola body found in a Cambridge Massachusetts park that appears to have been struck by lightning – on a storm free night These are just some of the peculiar occurrences in Patricia Cornwell’s Chaos The book begins strangely with Pete Marino long time police associate and friend of medical examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta pulling up to her near the Harvard campus to insist on discussing an incident that was called into 9 1 1 From there things only get and puzzling Kay and her husband FBI profiler Benton Wesley have just ordered dinner when each gets a separate phone call pulling them away in different directions Scarpetta meets up with Marino; the two of them wind up at the scene of what could be a bicycle accident – except that not everything adds upThe pacing is extremely slow which isn’t necessarily all bad I do like a story where weather is a factor in the plot and than one character makes a point of emphasizing that Boston’s 100 degree heat and excessive humidity is making things difficult There are actually a few amusing moments included but at times the reminders about the temperature became a bit much It gets redundant after a while and could use some editing Adding to the deliberate tempo is the backtracking that Scarpetta does while she waits for the technicians to prepare the scene for her to do her initial examination I also didn’t mind this – after all this is the twenty fourth installment of the Kay Scarpetta series and it’s difficult to keep track of some of the characters and events of past books Unfortunately the author has been on a sort of treadmill with Scarpetta and niece Lucy’s arch nemesis Carrie Grethen and whenever high tech bullying and freakish deaths occur this is where Kay and Benton’s thoughts immediately go I hoped they might be wrong this time as this story line is becoming tedious in my opinion Never mind There was enough intrigue that I managed to stay interestedYes Benton and Kay still can’t discuss their cases He’s FBI She’s not Dr Scarpetta seems to have a loyal crew working with her so I suppose that says something about her character Marino and Benton still can’t stand one another Yes Marino is still Marino but believe it or not he’s cleaned up his act – a little There’s a reason for that but you have to read the book Lucy is mostly behind the scenes which is fine with me I used to really like Lucy back when she was young Now I think I like Marino better If you’re looking for a fast moving action packed tension filled page turner you might want to look elsewhere Chaos is not without its puzzles and a sense of foreboding Is it worth the wait Yes I think so Late in the novel there is a section that really grabbed my attention There is enough mystery throughout the bulk of the plot that kept me reading Who is Tailend Charlie What killed the young woman on the bike Is her death somehow related to another that comes a bit later Is the diabolical Carrie Grethen really behind all of this If she is will there be a showdown or will she escape once What of Marino Lucy and Janet and their young son Kay Benton and Kay’s sister Dorothy Do they make it through unscathed Some may find the answers to be far fetched or even dreary I’ll admit that once again this one didn’t measure up to the early Scarpetta books but I did find it good enough to get through in just over a day35 stars

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Cides at the scene that this is no accidental Act of GodHer investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie Though subseuent lab results support Scarpetta’s conclusions the threatening messages don’t stop When the tenth poem arrives exactly twenty four hours after Elisa’s death Scarpetta begins to suspect the harasser is involved and sounds the alarm to her investigative partner Pete Marino. This is chaotic indeed and needs some serious work to turn it into anything near an exciting read There’s very little plot and lots of rambling so that we don’t have a dead body till 20% through the book Scarpetta and Marino don’t arrive at the site of the body till 30% and the forensic examination is only at 60% in between we have massive padding lots of rehashing of past storylines and just pointless meanderingI haven’t read a Scarpetta book for years and my heart sank to find that the series is still wallowing in the insane psychopath Carrie Grethen who has been dead then resurrected imprisoned then escaped and still out to get Scarpetta and her extended family The plot is particularly ludicrous here view spoiler You're thinking someone has built a weapon from a meteorite and carbon nanotubes but that's ok because ever resourceful Scarpetta foils the dastardly plot with a um fishing rod seriously hide spoiler

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Chaos author Patricia Cornwe#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns with the remarkable twenty fourth thriller in her popular high stakes series starring medical examiner Dr Kay ScarpettaIn the uiet of twilight on an early autumn day twenty six year old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River It appears she was struck by lightning except the weather is perfectly clear with not a cloud in sight Dr Kay Scarpetta the Cambridge Forensic Center’s director and chief de. Call it a strong 35 starsHaving reached the impressive milestone of twenty four Kay Scarpetta novels Cornwell takes readers on another journey into the fast paced life of this popular medical examiner While attending a seminar in Cambridge Scarpetta is told of a complaint called into the police for disturbing the peace apparently involving an argument she had with her assistant Detailed information knowable only to someone who was close at hand Scarpetta is baffled as to who might be lurking in the shadows and what the rationale could be for such a false report She is left to think back on the odd messages received from one 'Tailend Charlie' a cyber bully that has both her and her techie niece Lucy completely baffled While dining with her husband FBI Agent Benton Wesley both receive calls that pull them away from their date and to handle leads in their respective jobs; Wesley a heightened terror alert for the Boston area and Scarpetta to attend the scene of a potential homicide Scarpetta is met by longtime friend and colleague Pete Marino outside the restaurant where they begin piecing together the narrative After receiving an odd call from INTERPOL Marino is told of the homicide of Elisa Vandersteel who works in England What does not make sense is the fact that INTERPOL was tipped off and took an active interest before the local police have investigated and liaised Marino and Scarpetta head to the scene where twin girls apparently found Vandersteel though they are less than clear in their statements Racing against the clock Scarpetta is still hoping to welcome her sister who is flying in from Florida but has had to pass that along to Lucy Tailend Charlie continues to send messages some in Italian offering shreds of information from Scarpetta's past that only one or two people could know During the examination of Elisa's body there appears to be signs of an electrical shock that knocked her from riding and Scarpetta realises that she met the young woman earlier in the day Trying to synthesise what might be going Scarpetta deduces there might have been a shock from a lightning strike though the night was free of any cloud cover With no firm leads Scarpetta receives a call that her mentor has died after a freak accident which derails her already fractured concentration Things continue to take many twisted turns leaving Scarpetta to have strong memories of her long time nemesis Carrie Grethen How does all this fit together and could someone else be targeting Scarpetta in an attempt to impress Grethen with a degree of psychopathic tendencies All builds up to a grand finale where Scarpetta and Wesley come to terms with the series of events that have plagued them only to leave readers with a stunning revelation that will change the scope of the Scarpetta series for the foreseeable future An interesting instalment to the series that might leave regulars scratching their heads or tossing the novel down in frustration In a twist of fate I have read and reviewed a number of series whose length opens the discussion about the usefulness of character longevity While Kay Scarpetta is a character whose day to day activity is not physically taxing to the point of running her body ragged series followers will have seen her go through many transformations both in personal life and the workplace A character that goes through so much change is sure to become somewhat stagnant without an author at the helm who can rejuvenate the backstory and keep things moving forward Cornwell has done well with Scarpetta and has kept her from becoming too aged or even losing the lustre of her abilities However the writing in his novel showed that the case at hand played second fiddle to an ongoing flashback narrative and one that forced regular readers to pound their heads into the wall I have always found that if a reader chooses to parachute into the middle of a series they should leave confused and without a strong connection to the protagonist However Cornwell spent so much time rehashing the entire backstory of DrKay Scarpetta and how each character tied to her back to the early days that I was left to ask 'when will be focus on the case' The case was present though took closer to 70% of the novel to have the esteemed doctor arrive on the scene Then in an interesting spin the entire case investigation and determination of what happened flowed down like an information avalanche in order to tie things off Fearing I might offer too much I must also say that while the key characters were as strong and present as always the constant reappearance of Carrie Grethen makes me feel as if Scarpetta wanted to tie every case she works to Grethen and all over evildoers must in some way be pawns in her game of chess It gets tiresome and led me to beg Cornwell to have someone cut Grethen's throat once and for all watching her bleed out before dropping her in a vat of acid Kill her once and for all let's find new case and new villains with no ties to anyone else Let Lucy focus her attention elsewhere have Scarpetta not look over her shoulder and let the bodies be tied to actual cases that attract the reader's attention not something tech based that pushes the parameters of reality While Kay Scarpetta does not track down terrorists or have her life threatened as she is beaten up and captured in some Uzbek cave her time as an effective character might have come to an end at twenty four novels Ok I'll push the soapbox away and hush now or at least until the next annual release of Cornwell's Scarpetta Kudos Madam Cornwell for another interesting addition to the Scarpetta series I hope others will see some of what I do and this helps shape your approach to future publicationsLikehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at