Usual off screen All conversations are monologues of people talking apart from each other which sadly does not seem to be an intentianal post p p modern statement since Cornwell has never managed dialogue though if she enhances her incompetences to make them work for her I guess one has to give her cudos just don t think the target audience see above even recognises that Everyone is out to harrass and hurt dear 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 ike the many uxury items she buys in some A Day Away 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 descriptions of place all the annoying because detailing 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 erroneousecturing this time was about tattoos where she tries to make a respectable parlor sound Memoir of a Misfit like a depraved dark 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 everyittle 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 Looking for the Toffees loup garou Instead Cornwell spends the whole first half of the book ateast 200 pages to rehash how many envious bad people under Kay make her Raising Gods Girl life difficult In the first novel the backstabbing and politics were just awfully realisticater they became grating the pervasive bitterness that is suffered for too ong 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 death penalty but again just an escalation of her norm Added up I think she must do some political free ancing since she doesn t do regular work otherwise yet harps on and on about success The Beckoning Lady (Albert Campion less people undermining the greatThe funniestine of the book was when she shouts again that she just 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 Will in the World 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 toast incredulous June Fourth Elegies 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 toeave her alone she then pines for his sexual expertise yeah what and then he moves to the USAThe Baby and Child Vegetarian Recipes lastaugh was when she of course The Confabulist lets the killer into her house again Sadly they never succeed The end Overall 15 Dog catching its tail Plot 125 Good start but disappointing finish Kay and Marino come together to solve the mystry behind a unidentified body found in a container whicheads them to France to unreveal a horrible serial killer who calls himself Le Loug Garou The Werewolf Kay is again put down when she choses to flirt and Lucy irritates me that i feel I have reached my Der Illusionist limit And the way Marino is treated shows clearly that the series has started to sinkWritting 45 Still strong in Forsenic and pathologic detailsHeroine 25 Kay Scarpetta She thinks she can do anything and cryout Just wanted to say that it does 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 Chandonneoup garou Poor fellowDescription 45 Detailed description of each and every eventViolence 55 what else did you expect Romance 15 I start to think 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 the dayCharacters 35 No new one just turning good to bad and bad to worse
and if thatif that called a twist I do not acceptPositive Interesting to see Kay moving forward always Negative Really do not understand why there is so many thing going on and are connected but has not been well climaxed At points you feel Enticing (PI Men to the Rescue 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 down the very dark atmosphere What Iearned from this book Watchout for Loup Garou no one knows what happened including himslef This book was exactly what I needed Mystery excitementsuspense I was sitting on the edge of my seat speculating most of the time I didn t want to put it down It was not boring in the Spring Comes to Sanctuary (Welcome to Sanctuary, leastThere is an international killer on theoose in Richmond and this killer is Ask the Past leaving behind some strange evidence There are dirty cops in high places on the force It s up to thorough Chief medical examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta and her watchdogbest friend tough detective 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 aong while I needed a Riding Class (Saddle Club, little excitement in my reading so I decided to jump back into this genre for aittle while I really enjoyed the suspense and the sense of constant who done it This is actually book 10 in the Scarpetta series and it s my first book by Patricia Cornwell I ike 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 movingup to speed and the majority of the book was moving with only slight reminiscence on the past Being that my first ove is actually Historical fiction and I read that because I enjoy Different Class learning with my fiction I was glad that I felt enlightened by the author s expertise in the field of medical examination Iearned so much about this field that I knew nothing about So along with everything that comes along with a crime novel I also Short Stories by Roald Dahl learned something I alsoiked 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 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. 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 directly in harm's way and places her and those she holds dear at mortal risk For on Patricia Cornwell and her books visit her website at wwwpatricia cornwellc. ,
review Black NoticeIf 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 book didn t work and were jarring She stretched plotlines and subplot ines 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 ate twenties Scarpetta pulls a Benjamin Button or Dorian Gray and now seemingly ages backward or not at allAt east Agatha Christie aged her characters normally If she were alive I m sure she would bitch slap Patricia CornwellThe one positive constant throughout the books is the character of Marino a police officer who is mixture of a drunken circus bear Archie Bunker and Columbo This guy is about as un PC as a character can get and breathes a Socialist Realism little corrosive energy into the stale air of theater seriesThis particular book is an odd one a wolf I Look Up To... Michelle Obama like guy kills people and the storyline will get stretched over several booksike your Christmas sweater You can stretch it out but it Doctor Extraño looksike crap when you actually wear itSadly I bought a box of books at a ibrary sale and threw in several Scarpetta books They now clutter my shelves 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 ast three pages Never Tell like a case of explosive flatulence It doesn 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 defend her at great cost to themselves Cops ATF agents senators Interpol agents other MEs they all feel deep and abiding affection for a cold person who has done nothing to deserve such constant and consistent emotionalargesse It s Feminism is for Everybody ludicrous exhausting and after nine tedious iterations boring Kay Scarpetta has not handled Benton Wesley s death well She has worked herself into the ground She has 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 s death Senator Frank Lord one of Kay s oldest friends and professional confederates delivers to her aetter from Benton a Deterring Democracy letter heeft with Lord specifically for Kay in the event of his death In that Comet in Moominland (The Moomins, letter he asks her to remember theirife and Hunters Heart love together and believe that he is still somehow able to be aware of her andook after her Then he asks her to metaphorically take his hand and walk with him through memories into her new Menneskefluene (K2 lifeUpon reading theetter Scarpetta Nazi Gold loses it completely But even as Senator Lord comforts her he tells her that he must now distance himself as she has become a politicaliability to him Lucy refuses to talk to her not about the Mr Majeika and the School Inspector letter not about anything else Marino will notisten to her either only talking about some decomposed 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 drives herself to the docks 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 Selected Poems leoup 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 one female rookie detective with a surly attitude Secondly when Marino arrives at the scene Kay earns that he is no Doctor Strange, Vol. 2 longer a homicide detective 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 deliberately reassigned Marino so as to break up the professional relationship between Marino and Kay And Bray goads her about Benton s deathUnfortunately these situations are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg Before she can finish the autopsy on Container Man Kay discovers that her grief driven blinders have hidden from her several very serious problems that have occurred over theast Few Weeks In Her weeks in her office One is the almost daily 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 is posing as her on an Internet medical advice website The advice being disseminated is sarcastic in tone and marginal in truth And it
has become an embarrassment to her employees and her superiorsThirdly someone hasbecome an embarrassment to her employees and her superiorsThirdly someone has her office email account and is sending directives to both her employees and her superiors directives clearly 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 arge 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 aw 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 very dim view of her illegal actions the gauntlet is thrown and we know that only one of the two will survive professionally personally or bothWhile 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 death that is slowly destroying Kay Marino and Lucy at their very cores In this novel Benton s 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 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 discovered to be transporting a The Train Robbers locked sealed container holding the decomposed remains of a stowaway The post mortem performed by the Chie. Row Cornwell intimates that Benton s death would be accurately described with uotation marks around the word that something is seriously amiss despite 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 disappeared for the entire day on which the remnants of Benton s body were found Every reader knows that Benton deliberately avoided Kay before all three went off the gridNow go back to the first page and read Benton setter again particularly the No Reason To Die 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 theetter 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 thou dost protest too much Book Review 35 of 5 stars rounded up due 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 Naked Risk (Shatterproof life If you are still reading the series or think you will don t read the next fewines then skip ahead to the next paragraph where it will be spoiler free SPOILER Kay has Raking The Ashes lost Benton and she needs to re evaluate herife Knowing what happens Ellie (Ellie, later in the books and thinking about what weearn in this one and the previous one I really uestioned what Cornwell was doing in the series and if it was just too many directional changes SPOILER END So the best part about this book is that there is the possibility of a werewolf No Cornwell didn t delve into fantasy but there is a disease that could make someone Dear Office-Politics lookike a werewolf and that s where we go in this installment Rather than cover the actual details 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 downs 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 fans She excels in this area and this book is one of those reasons for me You don t want to stop turning the pages and will end up reading it in one rather Thomas Harriott long sitting just to understand what this werewolf thing is all about 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 youl also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and A Mistletoe Kiss 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 whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment andet 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 Intimate Strangers linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators I m starting to be disillusioned with the Scarpetta series The characters are getting harder toike including Kay Scarpetta herself and the plots are just so so We have a bad guy he kills a ot of People Marino And Scarpetta Go Marino and Scarpetta go him Kay has a brief fling the killer tries to kill Kay the end I didn t ike the abrupt ending of this book and I didn t buy Kay s feelings for Tally Two business meetings a one night stand and a The Hidden Jewels lovers spat and suddenly she can t get him off her mind and is desperate to find him Yet nothing ever comes of it It was disappointing I think Cornwalleaves a Chaplin lot of uestions unanswered and aot of the plot points dangling I never did get a sense of why this killer kills only that he does and very violently What happened to Chuck What about Joe And why does Cornwall make a smart woman Fair Game like Scarpetta so dumb that she keepsetting the bad guy into her house This book kept my attention throughout but when I finished it I felt a The Creatures little cheated It just didn t all add up My friend periodically gives me bags full of books she s read and I found this one in theast batch It s been ages since I ve read a CornwellDr Scarpetta book just So Sweet (Sugar Baby, long enough for me to miss them and really enjoy this oneThe mystery in this case begins with a decomposing body found in a cargo container that docks in Richmond The murderer s trail willead Scarpetta and Marino to France and back again and will be very difficult to solve Meanwhile it has been one year since her FBI Life Before Death lover Benton s death and she has kept herself too busy to grieve but suddenly a final goodbyeetter from him is delivered to her and she is forced to face up to her griefIn another storyline Niece Lucy Hasn T Found A Way To Grieve niece Lucy hasn t found a way to grieve s either and is courting danger as she usually turns to violence to solve problems And if that weren t enough a sexy Good Luck, Louisa! (Red Fox Ballet Book, looking cop with connections is taking over the police department and threatening to take over the medical examiner s office as well Her name is Bray and she s 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 newove 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 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 Scarp The best thing about Black Notice are the many white pages between the short chapters My copy doesn 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 beloved and gets space Kay is exactly the same but her freuent crying and feeling depressed is now attributed to his Mr. Bridge loss I will never ever buy another so I skimmed wikipedia with one eye Il 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. F Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta initially reveals neither a cause of death nor an identification But the victim's personal effects and an odd tattoo take Scarpetta on a hunt for information that Akenfield leads to Interpol's headuarters in Lyon where she receives critical instructions go to the Paris morgue to receive secret evidence and.