Patricia Cornwell


Flesh And Blood (2014)

It’s Dr. Kay Scarpetta’s birthday, and she’s about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids’ game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there’s been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. No one has heard or seen a thing.

In this 22nd Scarpetta novel, the master forensic sleuth finds herself in the unsettling pursuit... Read More >

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  • We will miss #RuthRendell the queen of crime. She was always funny and kind to me - especially when I was getting started.
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Flesh And Blood Back Stage Video



I’m excited to tell you the title of my next Scarpetta novel: DEPRAVED HEART. You’ve seen some of the research I’ve been doing (diving in the Bermuda Triangle, flying, firearms training). So get ready for DEPRAVED HEART... Read More >

The 50 Best First Sentences in Fiction

In a 2013 interview with Joe Fassler, horror fiction maestro Stephen King reflected on the magnitude of a novel's introductory sentence. "An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story," he said. "It should say: ... Read More >