Readers of Patricia Cornwell's crime novels need a strong stomach, both for the gruesome details and the suspenseful turns of her plots. With medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell created a cool and compelling heroine who repeatedly draws readers back for more.
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Also Known As:
Patricia Daniels Cornwell (full name)
Boston, MA and New York, NY
Date of Birth:
June 9, 1956
Place of Birth:
B.A. in English, Davidson College, 1979; King College
Edgar Award for Postmortem, 1991; Gold Dagger for Cruel and Unusual, 1993
Patricia Cornwell's official web site
|The Best Book to Read First|
This is the book where readers first meet Dr. Kay Scarpetta -- Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia -- and the supporting cast of characters that will resurface in the later novels. The Los Angeles Times called Scarpetta's debut "Dazzling....Fascinating....A first-rate thriller."
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|In the Kitchen with Kay||Gruesome Science|
|Food to Die For: Secrets from Kay Scarpetta's Kitchen|
Patricia Cornwell, Marlene Brown
If Cornwell's fictional heroine ever gets out of the crime-solving game, she has a future as a chef. Scarpetta fans are familiar with her predilection for cooking, and the culinary accompaniments to her stomach-turning adventures are all here, from Jack Daniels chocolate-pecan pie to Miami-style chili with beer. Cornwell also gets personal with Kay and crew in the holiday dinner story Scarpetta's Winter Table.
|The Forensic Science of "C.S.I"|
Katherine M. Ramsland, Katharine Ramsland
If you can't get enough of the forensic sleuthing that Kay Scarpetta uses to solve her cases, you're probably already watching the CBS hit show C.S.I. -- and you'll probably want to read these volumes about the real-life business of trawling for miniscule evidence.