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Body of Evidence
by Patricia Cornwell
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Pocket, 1999 (1991)

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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

I stumbled across an older novel of Patricia Cornwell's, one that takes place before the days of cell phones and iPods and other modern conveniences. And guess what! I really enjoyed it anyway.

Cornwell has a way of introducing scientific data so that it is interesting - fascinating, in fact - and even when the details are not completely understandable, at least the reader can get the general drift. Her plots always intrigue, and action moves along at a good clip. I like her characters, especially Marino, a local cop who assists Kay Scarpetta. The chief medical examiner of Virginia, she's a pathologist who just can't help getting involved in her cases.

In this second in the series, romance writer Berle Madison can't run far enough to escape a stalker. Scarpetta becomes incensed at the boldness of Berle's murder and investigates on her own to find the killer. The plot thickens when another author is murdered and then the second writer's sister is found dead. Body of Evidence is well worth a read.

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