Body Farm (A Scarpetta Novel), The

Patricia Cornwell
When an eleven-year-old girl is found murdered, Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Virginia, gets another chance at stopping one of the most heartless and horrifying serial killers of her career: the demented Temple Gault.


Reviewed: 2014-01-01

After reading Death's Acre, I thought I would keep my eyes open for some of Cornwall's work, especially when visiting a used book store. This book is from the mid-90s, and it is easy to tell. The sheer number of forensics shows and books that I have consumed in the last decade has really made me jaded I guess. The biggest problem I had with this book was that the investigators all behaved like they were adolescents, running from crime scene to crime scene, but not thoroughly processing the site once they got there. For example (spoiler-free): at one scene, investigators spent a great amount of time trying to get into a basement which had clearly not been used in ages, but at a different location completely ignored and did not explore a significant portion of the building.

I suppose if it weren't for the mistakes, the book could not have followed the path that it did, but all the mistakes makes the whole thing feel like amateur hour to me.

I might still try one of Cornwall's more recent titles, but it won't be for a while.

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