Beloved and gets space Kay is exactly the same but her freuent crying and feeling epressed is now attributed to his loss I will never ever buy another so I skimmed wikipedia with one eye I ll never get to see his resurrection and omg engagement Lucy is exactly the same ie not really there except in illogical bits of annoying her aunt her relationship with Marino would have been the only interesting one but as usual off screen All conversations are monologues of people talking apart from each other which sadly Early Greek Myth does not seem to be an intentianal post p p modern statement since Cornwell has never managedialogue though if she enhances her incompetences to make them work for her I guess one has to give her cudos just A Story of Yhwh don t think the target audience see above even recognises that Everyone is out to harrass and hurtear Kay as usual until in the end she calls in a few favours of her thousands of powerful friends that come out of nowhere just like the many luxury items she buys in some limbo time I ve tried hard to stop rereading paragraphs to make sense of mistakes not just in missing sentences or information but also in contradicting Bipolar Disorder descriptions of place all the annoying becauseetailing every move always made up most of Cornwell s novels She still phones up a French restaurant owner at home instead of googling a word so it s no surprise she skips over to Europe for a bit againThe weird erroneous lecturing this time was about tattoos where she tries to make a respectable parlor sound like a Beijing Jeep depravedark Graphical Methods for Data Analysis den of perversion and even then the tattooist comes across as sensible As with e mail remember that in 1999 tattoos were at their new mainstream height with every little girl and every run of the mill secretary having one yet here this renowned crime author says it s only for criminals and gangsThe title is once again misleading and a wasted opportunity the Black Notice that interpol uses for unknown victims seems as irrelevant as loup garou Instead Cornwell spends the whole first half of the book at least 200 pages to rehash how many envious bad people under Kay make her lifeifficult In the first novel the backstabbing and politics were just awfully realistic later they became grating the pervasive bitterness that is suffered for too long and then always finally handled with a friend in a high place unsatisfactory in both respects Now it s another set piece she pointlessly repeats and of Kay s employees bound to be traitors or victims or bothThere is oh godding and yay eath penalty but again just an escalation of her norm Added up I think she must o some political free lancing since she Ford doesn to regular work otherwise yet harps on and on about success less people undermining the greatThe funniest line of the book was when she shouts again that she just Spartan doesn t cry what with crying all the timeCornwell had so obviously seen the French films about perverted mishapen murderers shielded by their rich families that I couldn t believe she added nothing at all of herself just subtracted less than nothing Interpol and all Europeans are idiots it needs her flown in via Concorde with the usual useless and unexplained Marino to stipulate what I thought had been obvious from chapter one ie that the straight human hair found on the scenes signed by werewolf were obviously body hair DuhThe second to last incredulous laugh escaped me when she fucks the stunningly beautiful rich young ATF guy with the sculpted body who finds her so beautiful sucks on her big breasts and is helpless in the face of her sexual expertise She just uses him but after telling him to leave her alone she then pines for his sexual expertise yeah what and then he moves to the USAThe last laugh was when she of course lets the killer into her house again Sadly they never succeed The end If you ever want a prime example of a book series that has taken a sharp nosedive in uality this is the one Kay Scarpetta is the chief coroner for some place somewhere in Virginia and conseuently sees her share of unusual murders that need to be solved The early books were clever variations on the procedural genre and are entertaining reading Then things went south Shifts in narrative from first person to third person from book to bookidn t work and were jarring She stretched plotlines and subplot lines over books and then wrapped them up in the most head scratching perfunctory way Her niece was ten when she was first introduced in the series and Scarpetta was in her early fifties As her niece ages into her late twenties Scarpetta pulls a Benjamin Button or Dorian Gray and now seemingly ages backward or not at allAt least Agath Book Review 35 of 5 stars rounded up ue to the topic in the book for Black Notice the 10th book in the Kay Scarpetta thriller and suspense series written in 1999 by Patricia Cornwell For me this was a transitional book in the series not so much from good to bad but in the terms of who Kay Scarpetta is and what happens with the people in her life If you are still reading the series or think you will on t read the next few lines then skip ahead to the next paragraph where it will be spoiler free SPOILER Kay has lost Benton and she needs to re evaluate her life Knowing what happens later in the books and thinking about what we learn in this one and the previous one I really uestioned what Cornwell was Rise of the Hellion (Foxblood, doing in the series and if it was just too manyirectional changes SPOILER END So the best part about this book is that there is the possibility of a werewolf No Cornwell Read, Write, Edit didn telve into fantasy but there is a Think about Editing disease that could make someone look like a werewolf and that s where we go in this installment Rather than cover the actualetails of the story think about the amount of effort and work Cornwell had to put into this book in order to write this story It s highly focused on extreme medical conditions takes you across the continent involves shipping procedures politics FBI investigations This is not a normal everyday writer s story Cornwell may have a few owns in some of her books but you can
never uestion her ability to write a good story and to put the effort into surprising her uestion her ability to write a good story and to put the effort into surprising her She excels in this area and this book is one of those reasons for me You on t want to stop turning the pages and will end up reading it in one rather long sitting just to understand what this werewolf thing
all about Me For 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 etails on the whowhatwhenwhere 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. Then return to Virginia to carry out a mission It is a mission that could ruin her career In a story which crosses international borders BLACK NOTICE puts Dr Kay Scarpetta irectly in harm's way and places her and those she holds ear at mortal risk For on Patricia Cornwell and her books visit her website at wwwpatricia cornwellc. GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS REVIEW TO READ JUST THE REVIEW FOR THIS NOVEL I m repeating my reviews primarily for readers who haven t read Patricia Cornwell s Kay Scarpetta series of novels yet First and foremost this series should be read in seuence to get the most out of them as the characters are tightly connected together After reading book one Post mortem starring Kay Scarpetta Pete Marino I was absolutely hooked and I read them back to back as soon as the next in the series was released It was a favorite series and I enjoyed them immensely So on to this book Once again the premise for the storyline remains great including a surprising ending Still Kay Scarpetta s character continues being very epressing Which nearly ruins the book for me It s my understanding that Patricia Cornwell s life in reality is not going well though I Ethan Marcus Stands Up don t know anyetails but it is most certainly showing up in her novels as well It s really too bad because she is a brilliant writer who can spin excellent twisty and suspenseful novels This book was exactly what I needed Mystery excitementsuspense I was sitting on the edge of my seat speculating most of the time I Matti In the Wallet didn t want to put itown It was not boring in the leastThere is an international killer on the loose in Richmond and this killer is leaving behind some strange evidence There are Raised in Captivity dirty cops in high places on the force It s up to thorough Chief medical examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta and her watchdogbest friend toughetective Captain Marino to get to the bottom of things From Richmond to Florida to ParisLocal police FBI ATF Interpol this is a crime mystery not to be missed I haven t read a full fledged crime mystery in a long while I needed a little excitement in my reading so I Think (Ars Lamina) Level 2 Workbook decided to jump back into this genre for a little while I really enjoyed the suspense and the sense of constant whoone it This is actually book 10 in the Scarpetta series and it s my first book by Patricia Cornwell I like the fact that even though I have never read any of the previous books I felt as though the author uickly brought me up to speed and the majority of the book was moving forward with only slight reminiscence on the past Being that my first love is actually Historical fiction and I read that because I enjoy learning with my fiction I was glad that I felt enlightened by the author s expertise in the field of medical examination I learned so much about this field that I knew nothing about So along with everything that comes along with a crime novel I also learned something I also liked how the author broke up the seriousness of crime the rawness of the examinations the mystery of the investigation with Captain Marino s wry humor He cracked me up on many an occasion and I think it helped attract me to this book Yes I Two Brothers, One Tail do recommend to my crime thriller and mystery readers This is a goody Four and a half stars because I usually save five or for greatest books of all times I will be going straight to the next book NOW Kay Scarpetta has not handled Benton Wesley seath well She has worked herself into the ground She has Woman Much Missed distanced herself from her friends and employees She has even started smoking again She is mired in guilt and regret over every unkind word she ever spoke to Benton No Kay Scarpetta is not handling her grief well at allNow just before the second Christmas since Benton seath Senator Frank Lord one of Kay s oldest friends and professional confederates Why Americas Top Pundits Are Wrong delivers to her a letter from Benton a letter he left with Lord specifically for Kay in the event of hiseath In that letter he asks her to remember their life and love together and believe that he is still somehow able to be aware of heris all about
and look after her Then he asks her to metaphorically take his hand and walk with himlook after her Then he asks her to metaphorically take his hand and walk with him memories into her new lifeUpon reading the letter Scarpetta loses it completely But even as Senator Lord comforts her he tells her that he must now Citizen Cain distance himself as she has become a political liability to him Lucy refuses to talk to her not about the letter not about anything else Marino will not listen to her either only talking about someecomposed body that has been found in a cargo container unloaded from a Belgian ship at Richmond s port So feeling abandoned by all and in a frantic attempt to belay the emotional pain she Trail of Secrets drives herself to theocks ready to immerse herself in yet another caseThe body of the man in the cargo container has a note with it This note bids farewell to le loup garou a French phrase that translates as werewolf However this cryptic note is just one of the increasingly perplexing problems that will confront Kay within the next 24 hours First when she arrives on scene there are none of the typical responders present no CSI people no ambulance no recovery team no one but a lone female rookie How to Train a Cowboy detective with a surly attitude Secondly when Marino arrives at the scene Kay learns that he is no longer a homicideetective and has been reassigned as a night shift watch commander and thus shouldn t be there at all Thirdly the four months new Deputy Chief Diane Bray arrives on scene oozing power seduction and entitlement with every step the epitome of sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace Bray makes it clear to Kay that she is responsible for the new protocols at the crime scene and that she has One Special Moment deliberately reassigned Marino so as to break up the professional relationship between Marino and Kay And Bray goads her about Benton seathUnfortunately these situations are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg Before she can finish the autopsy on Container Man Kay A Touch of Persuasion (Men Of Wolff Mountain discovers that her griefriven blinders have hidden from her several very serious problems that have occurred over the last few weeks in her own office One is the almost aily theft of everything from cell phones to paper clips from the open areas of
the Medical Examiner s OfficeSecondly someone has hijacked Kay s online account information and isMedical Examiner s OfficeSecondly someone has hijacked Kay s online account information and is as her on an Internet medical advice website The advice being isseminated is sarcastic in tone and marginal in truth And it has become an embarrassment to her employees and her superiorsThirdly someone has hijacked her office email account and is sending The Mommy Makeover directives to both her employees and her superiorsirectives clearly The Convicts Bounty Bride (Convict Wives designed to get her in trouble with the media with the public and with her bosses When the murder of a convenience store operator takes place shortly after finding Container Man and the crime scene contains trace evidence identical to that recovered in the cargo container Kay fears that an international serial killer is at large in Richmond But immediately troubling she finds that Bray has ordered the CSI team to begin processing the clerk s body prior to the arrival of a medical examinerThis action on Bray s part is actually illegal according to Virginia state law and makes any evidence obtained from the body now inadmissible in court When Kay informs Bray that the State Prosecutor s Office will take a veryim view of her illegal actions the gauntlet is thrown and we know that only one of the two will survive professionally personally or bo. An intriguing Dr Kay Scarpetta novel which will take Kay an ocean's breadth away from home The case begins when a cargo ship arriving at Richmond Virginia's Deep Water Terminal from Belgium is A River of Royal Blood (Untitled, discovered to be transporting a locked sealed container holding theecomposed remains of a stowaway The post mortem performed by the Chie. ThWhile the mystery that is Container Man is both convoluted and medially uniue it is only the vehicle by which the real purpose for this novel is transported The true focus appears to be the grief and the guilt over Benton s First Blood death that is slowlyestroying Kay Marino and Lucy at their very cores In this novel Benton s The Palliser Novels death suffuses every page In fact the first two pages of the book are so emotionally charged that tears would fail to flow from someone only if they were truly made of stone POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOLLOWFor the third book in a row Cornwell intimates that Benton seath would be accurately Men And Gods In Mongolia described with uotation marks around the word that something is seriously amissespite the autopsy report While the behavioral symptoms expressed by Kay are primarily those of grief the behaviors exhibited by Marino and Lucy are exactly attributed to guilt to the keeping of secrets And those secrets are eating them aliveEveryone who has read Point of Origin knows that both Marino and Lucy Hunter Killer (Pike Logan disappeared for the entireay on which the remnants of Benton s body were found Every reader knows that Benton Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards, deliberately avoided Kay before all three went off the gridNow go back to the first page and read Benton s letter again particularly the last few paragraphs Then go back and read the scene between Marino and Kay in the hotel room in France when Marino brings up the very idea that Benton could be alive that a cover up could be in place that she needs to study the autopsy report for errors Maybe the letter was written several years ago Maybe Marino is really trying to help Kay get over her grief by using a type of reverse psychology on her Maybe Lucy is genuine when she repeatedly tells Kay that she needs to find someone else But with all this advice coming back to back now after than a year has passed without any such encouragement I tend to think Cornwell has written a case of Methinks thouost protest too much My friend periodically gives me bags full of books she s read and I found this one in the last batch It s been ages since I ve read a CornwellDr Scarpetta book just long enough for me to miss them and really enjoy this oneThe mystery in this case begins with a The Friend Zone decomposing body found in a cargo container thatocks in Richmond The murderer s trail will lead Scarpetta and Marino to France and back again and will be very Flying Scotsman Manual difficult to solve Meanwhile it has been one year since her FBI lover Benton seath and she has kept herself too busy to grieve but suddenly a final goodbye letter from him is Alpha (Shifters, delivered to her and she is forced to face up to her griefIn another storyline her niece Lucy hasn t found a way to grieve Benton seath either and is courting Whalerider danger as she usually turns to violence to solve problems And if that weren t enough a sexy looking cop with connections is taking over the policeepartment and threatening to take over the medical examiner s office as well Her name is Bray and she s Charlie Turns Into a T-Rex determined to get rid of both Marino and Scarpetta You can imagine if you re familiar with the character how Marino reacts to this Finally is there a new love interest for Scarpetta Stay tuned I had almost forgotten how caught up in this series I can get I m back on the Cornwell bandwagon again Overall 15 Dog catching its tail Plot 125 Good start butisappointing finish Kay and Marino come together to solve the mystry behind a unidentified body found in a container which leads them to France to unreveal a horrible serial killer who calls himself Le Loug Garou The Werewolf Kay is again put own when she choses to flirt and Lucy irritates me that i feel I have reached my limit And the way Marino is treated shows clearly that the series has started to sinkWritting 45
Still Strong In Forsenicstrong in Forsenic pathologic etailsHeroine 25 Kay Scarpetta She thinks she can Considering Kate (The Stanislaskis, do anything and cryout Just wanted to say that itoes not work all the time I remember in the middle of the series I really felt for her Now she has really turned into some stranger to meVillan 15 Chandonne loup garou Poor fellowDescription 45 Detailed Sweetland description of each and every eventViolence 55 what elseid you expect Romance 15 I start to think Art of Laurel and Hardy does a women really need to be this of a kind Philosophy 05 Nothing usefulArt 15 Nothing usefulHistory 05 NoneReferences 25 Nothing usefulHumour 15 NoneDialogues 35 Saves theayCharacters 35 No new one just turning good to bad and bad to worse and if that is called a twist I Hers To Cherish (Verdantia, do not acceptPositive Interesting to see Kay moving forward always Negative Reallyo not understand why there is so many thing going on and are connected but has not been well climaxed At points you feel like the scenes are rushed and should be finished as its already 300 pages and we have hit nothingComments Needs some good solid characters some new and comical ones then and there just to bring The Intelligent Entrepreneur down the veryark atmosphere What I learned from this book Watchout for Loup Garou no one knows what happened including himslef It never ceases to amaze me how Cornwell can spend four hundred pages setting
#up complex cases and building suspense and then blow it all in the last three pages like a #complex cases and building suspense and then blow it all in the last three pages like a of explosive flatulence It oesn t help that the narrative arcs of her books all follow the identical repetitive seuence of evil evil criminals and corrupt bureaucrats gunning for the noble studiously moral Kay Scarpetta who spends ninety percent of the time being a complete jackass and pettish needy judgmental harridan only to have everyone trip over themselves to efend her at great cost to themselves Cops ATF have everyone trip over themselves to Distracted - Acting Edition defend her at great cost to themselves Cops ATF senators Interpol agents other MEs they all feeleep and abiding affection for a cold person who has Trauma heilen done nothing toeserve such constant and consistent emotional largesse It s ludicrous exhausting and after nine tedious iterations boring I m starting to be Developing Resilient Organizations disillusioned with the Scarpetta series The characters are getting harder to like including Kay Scarpetta herself and the plots are just so so We have a bad guy he kills a lot of people Marino and Scarpetta go after him Kay has a brief fling the killer tries to kill Kay the end Iidn t like the abrupt ending of this book and I Clean Tech, Clean Profits didn t buy Kay s feelings for Tally Two business meetings a one night stand and a lovers spat and suddenly she can t get him off her mind and isesperate to find him Yet nothing ever comes of it It was GameMaker Essentials disappointing I think Cornwall leaves a lot of uestions unanswered and a lot of the plot pointsangling I never Singing the Kyrgyz Manas did get a sense of why this killer kills only that heoes and very violently What happened to Chuck What about Joe And why Witch Way to Murder does Cornwall make a smart woman like Scarpetta soumb that she keeps letting the bad guy into her house This book kept my attention throughout but when I finished it I felt a little cheated It just Before The Legend didn t all add up The best thing about Black Notice are the many white pages between the short chapters My copyoesn t even have any contents or a blurb just the author s picture covering the back underlining that she s sold as a must to a certain group of people I guess As predicted now that Cornwell killed off Benton he s suddenly much. F Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta initially reveals neither a cause of Pagan Babies death nor an identification But the victim's personal effects and an odd tattoo take Scarpetta on a hunt for information that leads to Interpol's headuarters in Lyon where she receives critical instructions go to the Paris morgue to receive secret evidence and.