Saturday, April 28, 2012

Book #24

Red Mist, by Patricia Cornwell. Unabridged audio.

I have read all of Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta novels. The majority of these have been excellent mystery/thrillers, and Red Mist is another solid novel. Following closely on the events of the last few Scarpetta novels, this one finds Kay and her crew (Marino, Lucy & Benton) travelling to Georgia to interview an inmate who claims to have information about Scarpetta's former employee Jack Fielding, as well as a string of unrelated murders.

As Scarpetta investigates, it becomes clear that there is a connection between the murders, and that perhaps the imprisoned woman is innocent. When a former colleague of Scarpetta (who had lured her to Georgia to investigate this case) is fatally attacked, the tension ratchets up. Again, Scarpetta finds herself a potential target as she tries to uncover what exactly connects these disparate cases.

I like that the last few Scarpetta novels have built on each other plot-wise, and how actions in one novel have consequences in the next. The end of this novel come a bit out of the blue for my taste, but that does not diminish the overall enjoyment of reading it. It was a very good read.

As always, narrator Judy Kaye does an excellent job narrating the audiobook version of this novel.


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