If you can handle scary, and can look past gory and profane, Patricia Cornwell s novels are AMAZING Aside from good old J.K and Harper Lee, Cornwell is my favorite author I m convinced that all the CSI esque shows were spawned from her books, and if you like that kind of thing, you ll LOVE these Gripping, intense, nightmare inducing plus you might learn some new things.Start with the older books in the series, her newer works aren t as good. Mysteries have long been recreational reading for me About every fourth or fifth book, I read is a mystery sandwiched in between literary best sellers and stellar non fiction I ve been meaning to get around to Patricia Cornwall and had picked up a few of her books at yard sales, but I was waiting until I found the first book in her Kay Scarpetta series before I dove in Postmortem won numerous awards when it came out in 1990 including the Edgar and the Anthony awards.For the first 100 or so pages, I was not overly impressed As a fan of Kathy Reichs, I felt that Cornwall was not as good but then I realized that Reichs first book came out 10 years after Cornwall s first Scarpetta book Put in that historical perspective, I understood that she was the antecedent who set the stage for writers like Reichs There are other historical aspects of this book that make it fun For instance there are no cell phones AND the use of the computer was infantile compared to now and Cornwall does a terrific job of employing computers as part of the mystery with a degree of sophistication that was likely unprecedented at the time Postmortem is definitely a page turner that kept me up late two nights reading I ll be reading of Cornwall in part to see her influence on later mystery writers. The First Novel Featuring Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta From The Bestselling Author Of Black Notice And Point Of OriginWinner Of The Edgar Award And The Macavity Award For Best First MysteryFour Women With Nothing In Common, United Only In Death Four Brutalized Victims Of A Brilliant Monster A Mr Nobody , Moving Undetected Through A Paralyzed City, Leaving Behind A Gruesome Trail Of Carnage But Few Clues With Skilled Hands, An Unerring Eye, And The Latest Advances In Forensic Research, An Unrelenting Female Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta Is Determined To Unmask A Maniac But Someone Is Trying To Sabotage Kay S Investigation From The Inside And Worse Yet, Someone Wants Her Dead Patricia Cornwell s Postmortem was my first foray into the forensic science crime novel While I am fully capable of reading detailed descriptions of gore and autopsies without getting sick, I was a tad worried that it would get too technical where I d lose some of the understanding of the medical aspects While it happens on occasion, the editors and author have done a great job at finding the perfect level of language to keep the words flowing properly most of the time.Scarpetta is a true hero someone to admire, someone to fear She will always solve the case even in the most intricate complex ones out there The style is strong, the descriptions and setting vivid You feel like you are in the story along side the protagonistAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators. A Post Mortem Report on PostmortemManagement Performance Careful project management led to successful achievement of outcome objectives Tension was raised stakes were high stakeholders and key informants displayed a personal engagement with project that enhanced performance.Communication Efficient and professional dry and often uninteresting Occasional well turned and resonant phrases made welcome albeit brief appearances.Group Dynamics Principal Investigator was expertly characterized Supporting characters, less so Child character annoying cop character confusingly developed Villainous functionaries not provided with appropriate villainous attributes other than serving as assessors of PI s activities Assessor s noteSuch activities are not actually villainous despite the annoyance and melodrama displayed by PI upon assessment as they are central to an Assessor s scope of work, for real.Tools Forensic tools well used Forensic details did not overwhelm project.Training Needs Identified Project successfully outlined training needs for crime writers and humanity, e.g train yourself to not drool over the gory details and don t embrace a pornography of violence because that s not a good look for crime writers and humans Well done, project leader Key Problem Areas Poorly developed motivation for killer Killer found almost by accident, which caused snickers and dissatisfaction Project created boredom and sudden sleep periods serviceable as an airplane read although cover should be hidden from fellow passengers view, to avoid raised eyebrows and prevent feelings of shame.Overall Project Assessment Project is best suited for viewers of CSI, NCIS, Criminal Minds, and the like. Patri u mi je otkrila krajem 90 ih moja tetka koja ivi u Americi i koja je njen vatreni obo avalac Dosta italaca je voli ali se to nikad ne bi reklo po prodaji njenih romana teta, moglo bi to i bolje I loved the 1990s There was great television, Pogs, scrunchies, and the Pittsburgh Penguins were amazing at hockey obviously Jaromir Jagr s mullet contributed a significant amount to this last part And although I totally loved playing Seventh Guest, Oregon Trail, Carmen Sandiego, and the like on our old Macs, I m happy with the advancements in technology Okay, moving on, I also love crime novels When they are set in ye oldey times, I get caught up in the story, seeing how Sherlock could deduce his way to victory Or when they are set in the future, I like seeing Eve Dallas use new fangled technology to find her man Or woman Or robot Even when books are set in current times, or in the past few years, it s great BUT Postmortem lies in the bottom of awkward valley for me at the moment I read over and over and over about how maybe someone should change their words only password on a networked computer and how secure the network was Every time I read about dialing in from home to a network that was left in answer mode, I could hear the dial up noise in my headand how grating is that Side note do kids today even know what a dial up noise is I feel old I m sure, nay, positive that I will enjoy the Scarpetta books further down the line as technology catches up but I was frustrated throughout this novel There was many a dramatic eye roll and Oh, brother muttered The printer paper still had those holey side parts and DNA evidence was new They spend at least half of the book talking about some glittery substance and I couldn t figure out why they didn t just test it to figure out what it was Did I miss something here Why couldn t they do chemical testing In terms of the plot, I was entertained throughout I wasn t sure whodunit until the big reveal and I suspected, as I m supposed to, several side characters along the way Cornwell definitely knows the building blocks to a successful medical crime thriller It is easy to tell that she comes from the medical side of things and those were definitely my favorite parts of the book the autopsies, discussions of injuries, etc The least successful read most annoying sections of the book for me were Kay Scarpetta s interactions with her precocious niece Evidently her niece is the Doogie Howser of the computer hacking world but without his boyish charm and lab coat The book is entertaining but it didn t do much for me overall I will keep going in this series though because my dear friend Maja is in love with it and I think it will get better as I get out of the dated technology era I bet I would really enjoy this if I read it in twenty years At this point, I m just going to rehash a few plot points for people who may have forgotten As I keep following series for years I m on number thirtysomething with Eve Dallas , I realize how much I forget about early books This will serve as a reminder to me and you about the events of book one in this series Don t read on if you don t want to absolutely spoil the book view spoiler Several women are murdered by someone with a glittery substance on their hands The perpetrator comes in through open windows Simultaneously, Kay is near raped by her psuedo boyfriend, who d done something similar to the local newswoman whose sister ends up being the last victim Though she and Marino suspect a few other people first, Kay figures out that the link between all the women is that they d all called 911 weeks months before their murder for minor things The 911 operator is the killer The glittery substance was borax based cleanser at his work that he used all the time because he had some random syndrome that made him smell like maple syrup all the time seriously At the end, Kay s niece leaves her window open and the rapist gets in and is going to kill Kay but Marino arrives and shoots him before he can hide spoiler Kay Scarpetta books, like Alex Cross books and anything V.C Andrews wrote, are books I grew up seeing around the house but mostly stayed away from They were are names I associate with story over prose fiction, the type of popular books that are easily consumable but lack any writing prowess whatsoever In the case of Patricia Cornwell, I was admittedly wrong I have no problems with her writing, and her story is sound No complaints there.Mom always had Cornwell paperbacks strewn about the house But, nowadays, she can t remember a single storyline or why she even enjoyed the series My mother has a tremendous memory, especially for books she s read the woman can tell me the entire Terry Brooks s Shannara storyline in succinct detail, it s one of the reasons I ve never read that series , but she can t wrap her head around why she used to love these books as much as she did And I kinda understand that While I did like the writing and the story, there s nothing remarkable here Just an engaging read that is likely to maintain your interest But will I remember it in a week a month a year Highly unlikely Postmortem is an easily accessible piece of forensic thriller fiction Think CSI or any of the lab moments from NCIS and you ll have seen this book coming from across the street The only parts I stumbled on were some words that were not immediately familiar to me Several times throughout the book, Cornwell dropped a seventeen letter or thirty two letter word I had to look up on Google Your average dictionary does not have these words in it, and Cornwell is inconsistent when explaining what these procedures or pieces of equipment are used for I cannot image what it was like to read this book back when it first came out You know, what with the internet and Google not being around Don t get me wrong, there are times when Cornwell describes well these processes and the machines that do them than there are times that she doesn t, but a single time where I have to put down my book to research a word is one time too many And yes, I m aware that many people are able to gloss right over these words and move the fuck on, but I m too damn obsessive compulsive for that shit However, it does piss me off when I look up a word and find there is an equally adequate commonly known word which the author could have used instead of the thesaurus buckling word with which they chose to stuff their book That s not the case here, though Most of the words I didn t know, I didn t know because I don t work in forensic sciences I can forgive that.One final note before we wrap this up Although I cannot remember the kid s name, I really dug the niece character I m a sucker for precocious kids in fiction, and this intelligent little girl fit the bill perfectly I hope she s featured in future installments That being said, Pete Marino stole the show He was equal parts asshole, good guy, red herring, and comic relief Truly my favorite part of the book I have no comments on Kay Scarpetta For me, she was faceless and unremarkable In summation The occasional big technical word aside, this is an easy read Not sure I ll read every book in the series, but I will continue on I will probably end up synopsis hopping until I find a storyline that piques my interest I already have a hardcover of Body Farm I scored for a quarter, so I think I ll read that one next Any reason why I shouldn t skip books Lemme know in the comments below.Final Judgment Not bad, but one good drunk will erase it from your memory. This is a really terrific book I think people forget how things started when they talk about current books by Patricia Cornwell Back in the beginning, she was doing something no other woman was doing, and she did it really well So well that she inspired folks like me I figgered if she could get away with writing the kinds of books I like to read, then I could do it, too I loves me some Sue Grafton and Sara Paretsky, but they weren t into the hard stuff Cornwell really forged a new trail. In introducing the reader to Dr Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell does a masterful job of developing both the character and a back story, while also forging ahead with a novel based mystery While the genre is supersaturated with these types of stories nowadays, Cornwell writes in such a way as to rise above the rest putting aside that the novel came out before the aforementioned overkill When a string of women are left strangled and murdered, Dr Scarpett must piece things together and determine whether this is a serial killer or simply horrific coincidences The latest victim s death points fingers at someone close to her, leaving Scarpetta to use her forensic knowledge to decipher who it might be Cornwell hints at numerous suspects throughout, leaving the reader to wonder whodunit from beginning to end Cornwell uses great research to bring the book to life as well, from detailed forensics, police jargon, and computer speak This being before the wonders of GOOGLE, she took a great amount of time to thoroughly present things in a believable way I cannot attest as to whether it was truthful, but it sounded as such Anyone like me looking for a great series that many people have lauded, should surely begin with this novel and continue on the great journey Cornwell lays out for Dr Scarpetta.Kudos, Madam Cornwell, on a highly entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable novel I look forward to seeing what the rest of the series has to offer.