Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Patricia Cornwell's Port Mortuary

I have been reading Patricia Cornwell books for years. Sometimes they would remind me of my days as a Pathology secretary, even though I did not work for a county morgue. I did transcribe autopsies though for one of the doctors who was the medical examiner for a county in the mid-upper lower peninsula of Michigan. But even his "patients" were no match for the horror of Patricia Cornwell books.

Over the last few years, even though I still read/listened to them, I was becoming less of a fan. Mainly, I think because of the turns her characters were taking. And, quite frankly, you get tired of the paranoia.

As I listened to the last one, Port Mortuary, I kept asking myself "Why are you still listening to this?" I am finding it difficult to like any of the characters at all. Finally, this book introduced a new one - Sock - a retired racing greyhound. Hopefully, he will insert some warmth into Kay Scarpetta's cold life.

Copyright 2011, ACK, for Generational


  1. I have been reading Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta books for a couple years. I have enjoyed them, but as I have worked thru the series, as the stories became ever more fantastic, I realized I needed a break from them. I have to space out reading the books. Next up for me is "Scarpetta."

  2. If I actually had to sit and read it, I'd probably not read them. Most of them I've listened to on audio.

  3. Hi there--thanks sooo much for stopping by my blog today!
    I'm now following you too!
    I LOVE to read books--and rarely watch any TV.
    I love that you are into genealogy.
    Big Cricky Hugs,
    K Andrew

  4. Chuck has gotten me reading the Patricia Cornwell books. I've only read 5 but hearing what you have to say and what Chuck said about them getting more 'way out there', I'm not sure how many more I'll actually read. I've read all except maybe the latest of Kathy Reichs book. They are quite similar and are the books the 'Bones' series on tv is based on. I like her books better than P. Cornwell's. That is probably based on the characters being a bit more likable.

  5. I might try those Kathy Reichs books.