Chaos : Scarpetta

  • by Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by Susan Ericksen
  • Series: Scarpetta
  • 13 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Number one New York Times best-selling author Patricia Cornwell delivers the 24th engrossing thriller in her high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.


What the Critics Say

Praise for Patricia Cornwell and the Kay Scarpetta novels:
"Cutting-edge." ( Sun)
"A pioneer of the genre of forensic psychological thriller." (BBC)
"America's most stimulating and chilling writer of crime fiction." ( The Times)
"Devilishly clever." ( Sunday Times)
"She is a brilliant writer and I was absolutely gripped." ( Mail on Sunday)
"The top gun in this field." ( Daily Telegraph)
"Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reigns" ( Mirror)
"The Agatha Christie of the DNA age." ( Express)
"One of the best crime writers writing today." ( Guardian)
"Few writers match Patricia Cornwell when it comes to writing crime and her latest Scarpetta novel is one of her best." ( Daily Express)
"When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell." ( New York Times)
"Dazzling.... After reading Cornwell's thriller, most others will pale in comparison." ( Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
"Magnificent plotting, masterful writing, and marvelous suspense." ( Booklist)
"Cornwell's instincts are dead-on." ( Chicago Sun-Times)
"Cornwell remains a master of the genre, instilling in readers an appetite that only she can satisfy." ( Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Persistence pays off

Having been a fan of Patricia Cornwell for around 20 years I was keen to read this latest chapter. The problem is though that with every passing novel PC is slowing the action down to a snails pace. Sometimes you just want to scream because there are more time spent on painstakingly detailed descriptions of luxurious houses than any movement of story. The same goes for the constant explanations of the main character’s relationships with each other. So much of it feels like it’s been cut and pasted from the last novel. We get it! If you’re reading this novel there’s a pretty good chance you’ve read the others. We know whose who in the zoo. The constant internal dialogue is making poor Scarpetta sound more like and old grandma than a super sleuth.
So... if you can wade through the achingly slow pace for the first half of the book, the rewards are there. Bizarrely things finally get moving - and resolved - with some twists for good measure.
The performance is also pretty annoying to start, and it feels like everyone’s yelling at each other. That too passes. Just stick with it for a solid finish.
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- Jordan Robinson


For the first 7 chapters it seemed to waffle on and on.....going no where. Talk about the CIA. To listen to the main characters keep information of vital importance from each other I found a joke..... the science was interesting but that’s about it I’m sorry to say.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-10-2016
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited