Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell

by |December 1, 2010

OK, it is the time of year for the block buster. Ken Follett is gracing our shores with Fall of Giants, Bryce Courtenay is doing his Christmas thing with Fortune Cookie, Lee Child is Worth Dying For. But what about Ms Cornwell? Well, Our Patricia is back to her brilliant best with Port Mortuary. How do I know?  Not only did our customers beat down our doors with pre-orders, but we are continuing to sell it strongly week after week.

Of course, Cornwell has her die hard fans:

This from Shelley Adams of Thursday Island:

My favourite crime fiction author is definitely Patrictia Cornwell. When I read her outstanding novels, she is the only author who makes me feel like I am in the story as one of her well defined and scripted characters. One minute I’m Lucy, Benton or Dr Scarpetta. Words can not describe how much I enjoy reading her novels. Can’t wait for her next one.

So what is Port Mortuary all about? In this novel, Patricia Cornwell brings Scarpetta together with Marino, Benton, and Lucy in an intimate way that is reminiscent of the early novels. The point of view is Scarpetta’s, and this is her story.

A treacherous path from Scarpetta’s past merges with the high tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she accepted a military scholarship and found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa.

Now, more than twenty years and many career successes later, her secret military ties have drawn her to Dover Air Force Base, where she has been immersed in a training fellowship to master the art of CT-assisted virtual autopsy–a procedure the White House has mandated that she introduce in the private sector.

As the chief of the new Cambridge Forensic Center in Massachusetts, a joint venture of the state and federal governments and MIT, Scarpetta is confronted with a case that could shut down her new facility and ruin her personally and professionally. A young man drops dead, apparently from a cardiac arrhythmia, eerily close to Scarpetta’s new Cambridge home.

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Now the good news. We had two Patricia Cornwell libraries to give away. One is going up to Shelley on Thursday Island, and the other, is going to Robert Jordan in East Ballina, NSW. How could we resist a comment like this?

I wanted to be one of the first to take up this offer and the chance to get my hands on the Scarpetta backlist, because Patricia Cornwell was the first crime writer I ever read, and from the age of 15 I lovingly collected each new book every year. I absolutely loved them – long before CSI came along! I was disappointed when she stopped writing in first person, although the stories were still okay – but I think thats why I really love Kathy Reichs so much and why this should be good to hear Scarpetta’s voice again!
I’m also about to have my first holiday break in over 5 years and would love to spend some time ‘feet up’ catching up with Scarpetta, Marino and Lucy again!
Please pick me!

Your wish is my command Robert!

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