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Patricia Cornwell returns to gutsy medical examiner Kay Scarpetta for the third installment of her popular series, now in a premium edition. In Richmond, Virginia, young lovers are dying. So far, four couples in the area have disappeared, only to be found months later as mutilated corpses. When the daughter of the president's newest drug czar vanishes along with her boyfrie Patricia Cornwell returns to gutsy medical examiner Kay Scarpetta for the third installment of her popular series, now in a premium edition. In Richmond, Virginia, young lovers are dying. So far, four couples in the area have disappeared, only to be found months later as mutilated corpses. When the daughter of the president's newest drug czar vanishes along with her boyfriend, Dr. Kay Scarpetta knows time is short. Following a macabre trail of evidence that ties the present homicides to a grisly crime in the past, Kay must draw upon her own personal resources to track down a murderer who is as skilled at eliminating clues as Kay is at finding them...

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Patricia Cornwell returns to gutsy medical examiner Kay Scarpetta for the third installment of her popular series, now in a premium edition. In Richmond, Virginia, young lovers are dying. So far, four couples in the area have disappeared, only to be found months later as mutilated corpses. When the daughter of the president's newest drug czar vanishes along with her boyfrie Patricia Cornwell returns to gutsy medical examiner Kay Scarpetta for the third installment of her popular series, now in a premium edition. In Richmond, Virginia, young lovers are dying. So far, four couples in the area have disappeared, only to be found months later as mutilated corpses. When the daughter of the president's newest drug czar vanishes along with her boyfriend, Dr. Kay Scarpetta knows time is short. Following a macabre trail of evidence that ties the present homicides to a grisly crime in the past, Kay must draw upon her own personal resources to track down a murderer who is as skilled at eliminating clues as Kay is at finding them...

30 review for All That Remains

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    The "Kay Scarpetta" mystery series by Patricia Cornwell was one of the first adult mystery book series I began reading. I also started these very young, around 13 or 14, which may not be the best thing for young adults if they don't have a strong sense of right/wrong and a stomach to handle really gory stuff. All That Remains is the third book in the series about a forensic medical examiner in Virginia who helps solve brutal crimes. What I love about the early books is the relationship between th The "Kay Scarpetta" mystery series by Patricia Cornwell was one of the first adult mystery book series I began reading. I also started these very young, around 13 or 14, which may not be the best thing for young adults if they don't have a strong sense of right/wrong and a stomach to handle really gory stuff. All That Remains is the third book in the series about a forensic medical examiner in Virginia who helps solve brutal crimes. What I love about the early books is the relationship between the detective, Pete Marino, and Scarpetta, the medical examiner. It's love/hate, and as the series grows, their relationship gets very volatile and intense. In the early books, like this one, you just want to hate Pete but you know he's got a heart in there. He represents a typical cop of the 1970s / 80s, who is starting to change his philosophy on women being involved in his jurisdiction. And he's of course in love with her but can't do anything about it. In this book, young couples are brutally murdered. And the psychopath behind it all is playing games with Scarpetta. All her serial killers end up wanting to get to Scarpetta, to impress her, because of how methodical and intelligent she is. Cornwell's writing is intense. And she describes everything about the blood and guts during the autopsies, finding the victims and conveying what the murderer is likely doing to his/her victims. As the title suggests, this is all about "what remains" of the body to be able to figure out who is the culprit. Every page leads you to revelations, and you want to close your eyes and pretend you're not reading about the gore, but you can't help needing to keep reading it. Scarpetta is so complex. Sometimes you love her. Sometimes you really want to lock her in a closet until she learns how to play a little nicer. But she will always evoke some huge reaction from the reader. If you can handle the creepy-factor and the explicit language (vicious, usually not too sexual), you have to read a couple of these books to see how hard the author works to make each one unique and a very complex mystery. She was one of my faves, and I stopped around 17 or 18 in the series to give myself a break. I'm close to going back to finish it up. And she's still writing more! 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 https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and 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 who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. [polldaddy poll=9729544] [polldaddy poll=9719251]

  2. 5 out of 5

    Baz M

    This was another very easy read in the Scarpetta series. Non-Scarpetta readers be advised, you do not need to start from the start. Each book is standalone and you can read them in any order. This is another great book in the series by Cornwell. Some awesome settings with some great chilling scenes. Any crime and horror lover would enjoy this and find it very easy to fly through. High 4 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    CAM ♔

    The ending may not make your jaw drop as expected. There was a certain point that did shock me, (view spoiler)[WHEN ABBY DIED!! OH MY GOD! (hide spoiler)] but I was expecting a little more from this one. However, I found myself more interested with its characters, because of how greatly they have developed and how they have faced all of their predicaments— both personal and professional. Hoping that the next books are better! Quotable Quotes "It’s difficult to be sensible when you want the best fo The ending may not make your jaw drop as expected. There was a certain point that did shock me, (view spoiler)[WHEN ABBY DIED!! OH MY GOD! (hide spoiler)] but I was expecting a little more from this one. However, I found myself more interested with its characters, because of how greatly they have developed and how they have faced all of their predicaments— both personal and professional. Hoping that the next books are better! Quotable Quotes "It’s difficult to be sensible when you want the best for your children. Especially when you remember your desires when you were their age, your insecurities about the way you dressed, your physical appearance." "Personal problems can definitely ruin your career. They can, if you let them. But if you survive them, they can make you stronger, more effective." "Nights, Sundays, and holidays were not to be spent working behind a counter or eating a burrito on the road. Those hours were for family." “When people are angry, their behavior can be extreme. They can make big mistakes." "Because you feel betrayed doesn’t mean you truly have been." "I would do it because I have self-respect and because I don’t want anyone to take care of me. I simply want to be cared for, and there’s a very big difference between the two." "People were just as cruel to animals as they were to each other." "No one can ever be sure of anything." "We take risks when we allow ourselves to love." "Things will either get worse or better, but they won’t stay the same." "The irony is that people don’t really give a damn. They’re too preoccupied with themselves." “Make sure what you’re doing is for you." "Don’t hang your future on a hope that may not be there." "Family members tend to stick together in matters like this, even if they don’t get along." "I’ve always wanted things to be easy. They almost never are."

  4. 4 out of 5

    C.

    I was zooming through, enjoying this very well but the end fumbled. Violence isn't my kind of content but Patricia Cornwell has an engaging pace. A good author can peak our interest in nearly anything. I liked a lot in this story. However as we were revving up to the crux, an extra twist disturbed momentum that was better without it. Other elements did too. “All That Remains”, 1992, was sure to score four stars but received three. A person I liked died and it wasn't clear why, nor was a detail ab I was zooming through, enjoying this very well but the end fumbled. Violence isn't my kind of content but Patricia Cornwell has an engaging pace. A good author can peak our interest in nearly anything. I liked a lot in this story. However as we were revving up to the crux, an extra twist disturbed momentum that was better without it. Other elements did too. “All That Remains”, 1992, was sure to score four stars but received three. A person I liked died and it wasn't clear why, nor was a detail about the crimes that was discussed a lot. A victim's Mother often pops up in reaction to confidential information and we accept that she has high security clearance. However her arrival at the end needed to be explained. If the other person's presence was unrelated, was the Mother's timing a coincidence? That detracted from the power of the closing scenes. I also wonder: was it safe to meet with a depraved person or was he only in murder mode in planned scenarios? I prefer Kay over the moon in a romantic life. I was disappointed Patricia fabricated a rift with Mark; meagrely giving readers renewed promises later. Doesn't she think a happily-partnered person can make exciting mysteries? I was sorry Pete Marino's marriage was under stress but by contrast, his thread brings out the most loveable sides to him. It is a pleasure to see his friendship grow with Kay and I like her friendship with Abby. They are my favourite parts of the series, bolstered by the author's focus on advancing her mysteries. There is no time-wasting chat among officers, bosses, nor any superfluous points of view; successful tactics for fiction. Despite being tragic and gory, Patricia's mysteries sweep me along. I have already started her sequel.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Lester Reads

    *3.5 stars* It's a very good read though I was not satisfied the way it ends.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    23/3 - I just finished watching the last episode in season 10 of Bones on Foxtel and considering the fact that Channel 7 is only halfway through season 11 I don't think Foxtel will be getting its hands on it for some time, possibly not until next year even. Coming to the realisation that I might have to wait 12 months before I see a new episode of Bones sent me into almost immediate withdrawal, but then I looked at my to read list for March and had the epiphany of what's the next best thing afte 23/3 - I just finished watching the last episode in season 10 of Bones on Foxtel and considering the fact that Channel 7 is only halfway through season 11 I don't think Foxtel will be getting its hands on it for some time, possibly not until next year even. Coming to the realisation that I might have to wait 12 months before I see a new episode of Bones sent me into almost immediate withdrawal, but then I looked at my to read list for March and had the epiphany of what's the next best thing after Bones? Scarpetta!! that's what! What early Scarpetta lacks in up to date forensic details it makes up for in realism. I've read the first five books a number of times, but this is the first one where I don't actually remember whodunit or why, which will make for a nice surprise when it's revealed. To be continued... 25/3 - The cover is chilling, but it annoys me that it doesn't accurately represent the crimes from the book - yes, there are dead women (and men) found in the woods, but not one of them is described as wearing a skirt and they're all described as being fully clothed and partially skeletonised. So even if one of the women had been wearing a skirt, by the time she was found her bare leg would be nothing but bone and what was left of her flesh, the rest of which had been eaten away by animals, insects and bacteria. I know I'm over thinking things, but details like that bother me. I had forgotten how early on in the series Scarpetta gets caught up in the politics of murder and I was surprised by the climax of the investigation. The killer was revealed way before the actual climax, but I didn't guess/remember how it was all going to end until I read it. The whole way through the book I found myself looking for clues or hints of some of the big events that I know are coming in later books, but unlike in tv shows (I still have Bones on my mind and that's the first thing that popped into my head when it comes to the little hints and sideways glances that gave the viewers hope about Booth and Bones getting together) I couldn't see anything that would lead me to guess what's going to happen (no spoilers) over the next few books. Still a five star read (YAY! I was worried I was going to find myself disillusioned after so many years between reads). I loved this so much I went straight into Cruel and Unusual. 2016 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: A Murder Mystery

  7. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    I'm in the minority, according to the reviews, but I had to put my two cents in after thoroughly reading Patricia Cornwell's novel, All That Remains. Although they're not the first thing I reach for when I want a good read, I quite enjoy a good intrigue/mystery novel. Jeffery Deaver's The Devil's Teardrop, for instance, impressed me quite a bit. I can appreciate a well done and suspenseful crime novel just as much as the die-hard fans. That having been said, I was less than impressed with this boo I'm in the minority, according to the reviews, but I had to put my two cents in after thoroughly reading Patricia Cornwell's novel, All That Remains. Although they're not the first thing I reach for when I want a good read, I quite enjoy a good intrigue/mystery novel. Jeffery Deaver's The Devil's Teardrop, for instance, impressed me quite a bit. I can appreciate a well done and suspenseful crime novel just as much as the die-hard fans. That having been said, I was less than impressed with this book. The story line was laid out in intriguing detail and it certainly hooked my attention. And the novel never lagged or plodded like some have been known to do. However, I have a lot of problems with the style of the book. The dialogue, for the most part, is rather mundane. And although the story had a catchy set-up, the pay-off was rushed and lackluster. In fact, the last five or six pages were a hastily compiled series of awkward explanations for the few dangling loose ends. Additionally, Cornwell's prose is spare and punchy, which I normally don't have a problem with. It makes for unencumbered and breezy reading. However, she chooses to adorn the story in some odd and unnecessary spots. For instance, whenever a character is cooking, Cornwell takes great pains to detail the ingredients and manner of the meal. These descriptions are well-done, but inconsistent with the rest of the stylism, and therefore jarring and out of place. Finally, I understand that Cornwell has a lot of experience and inside knowledge with regards to the investigative procedures and medical examinations, which does lend the book a strong authoritative tone. However, there are times when the central character, the popular Dr. Kay Scarpetta, weighs down her speeches and conversations with lengthy and unnecessary clinical explanations. I understand that a medical examiner is naturally prone to such things, but in All That Remains, it happens often enough and clumsily enough that it begins to look less like true character development, and more like Cornwell attempting to over-authenticate the expertise found in the novel.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This was a reread from over ten years ago, so it felt almost like new to me. I can always count on this series to keep the pages turning and the interest high. The ending was a little too......not pat. Maybe a little far-fetched? Convoluted. But definitely a worthwhile read. Looking forward to getting caught-up with this series. I think the next one will be a reread too and then I'll be in new territory.

  9. 5 out of 5

    AnnaBnana

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I chose this book as one of the mysteries I'm reading for my Adult Pop Lit class, so this is long because I need to remember for discussion... I was compelled to keep reading this book, so I think that's saying something for good pacing and interesting plot and characters. It mostly stands up to Van Dine's 21 rules for mystery writing. There was a love interest for Dr. Scarpetta, but it's not at all central to the story. Because this book is a bit more of a forensic mystery, the conclusion was a I chose this book as one of the mysteries I'm reading for my Adult Pop Lit class, so this is long because I need to remember for discussion... I was compelled to keep reading this book, so I think that's saying something for good pacing and interesting plot and characters. It mostly stands up to Van Dine's 21 rules for mystery writing. There was a love interest for Dr. Scarpetta, but it's not at all central to the story. Because this book is a bit more of a forensic mystery, the conclusion was a little unexpected, given that I don't actually know any more about forensics than what I've learned on SVU and Forensic Files. :) Cornwell gives just enough descriptive detail about her crime scenes and about what the detectives know about the crime themselves. What was a little extra compelling was that there was sort of a mystery within a mystery because Scarpetta was kept in the dark on some of the investigation. So--it was not only about solving the crime but also about figuring out what she knew and didn't know and what was accurate info and what wasn't. It kept me reading and I don't really seek out mysteries, so that's good. There was a bit of breaking of Van Dine's 21 mystery-writing rules--there was a bit of wonderment surrounding cigarette butts left at the scene. Also, the perpetrator of the crime is supposed to be someone who plays a more or less prominent role in the story and I didn't necessarily feel like that was the case. I wished that the killer had been introduced earlier so I would have had more of a chance of guessing who it was. Once they had a suspect, even when they thought it might not be him, it was still pretty obvious to me that it must be because there were only a couple of chapters left in the book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The book makes a good start and PC actually went so far as to develop some of the characters. I thought this book was going to be different from the first two...I was wrong. She did the same thing she did in the other two. She has a great plot and some interesting characters, but they really seem to go no where. Then she proceeds to lay the murders on some guy we never meet and there is no explanation for the murders. All we get from the book is the killer is caught or killed (usually), speculati The book makes a good start and PC actually went so far as to develop some of the characters. I thought this book was going to be different from the first two...I was wrong. She did the same thing she did in the other two. She has a great plot and some interesting characters, but they really seem to go no where. Then she proceeds to lay the murders on some guy we never meet and there is no explanation for the murders. All we get from the book is the killer is caught or killed (usually), speculation from Kay Scarpetta, and then she just kind of shrugs her shoulders and drives away. This book ended horribly for me. I actually thought it was just the end of a chapter, not the end of the book. When I turned the page and saw that it was the end, I actually said, "What the hell...?" out loud. It was that much of a disappointment. Even though I have more of Patricia Cornwell's books in this series, I WILL NOT be reading them. As far as I am concerned, it was and would be a complete waste of my time.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lobstergirl

    The setup seemed promising: young lovers on road trips disappear, their cars found abandoned, and months later their bodies are found by hunters in the woods. But Cornwell did nothing interesting with this, and as in her previous novel Body of Evidence has the killer parachute in at the last minute. Who the *&^% cares about a killer introduced in such a way? The only way to maintain narrative tension in a whodunnit is to be wondering which of the characters you already know dunnit.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Olga

    Conditioned by my previous experiences with detective novels whenever I begin a Scarpetta book I expect a straightforward mystery, and every time Cornwell crafts a story that's everything but. Oh, there is a mystery alright, but there is also a very strong human element and the more I get to know Kay Scarpetta and her circle the more clearly I see it. It is possible of course that this human element is becoming more prominent, with every consecutive book being more about the people than the crim Conditioned by my previous experiences with detective novels whenever I begin a Scarpetta book I expect a straightforward mystery, and every time Cornwell crafts a story that's everything but. Oh, there is a mystery alright, but there is also a very strong human element and the more I get to know Kay Scarpetta and her circle the more clearly I see it. It is possible of course that this human element is becoming more prominent, with every consecutive book being more about the people than the crime, the crime being a catalyst for this humanity to manifest itself and provide a macabre backdrop for it. And you know what? I like seeing something more layered than an cold investigation into disappearances and deaths, I like seeing characters stretch themselves, doubt themselves and their friends and colleagues, struggle through life's problems and emerge changed, even just a little bit. I like seeing relationship develop through the mundane things, and Cornwell delivers that every time. In case you're wondering what it is I'm talking about: here Kay doubts her friendship with Abby Turnbull, the reporter she first met in Postmortem, because Abby isn't being particularly straightforward about her involvement in Scarpetta's latest case. It is also in this book that she realizes that the more she works with Marino the more she likes him, despite his unkempt appearance and irritating behavior, and a true friendship begins to emerge. And last but not least there are the frustrations of finding herself in the middle of basically a face-off between the FBI, the DA's office and higher echelons of government. Cornwell uses these situations wonderfully to develop her characters and since they are so significant in the story they become the stage of power plays and the really dramatic scenes. Politics is big in this book and Cornwell explores the effects of it on people's lives with her usual delicate but firm touch. The potential of a cover-up in her daughter's murder case pushes a prominent politician over the edge and the question of whether she ruined her own career or was helped along the way is a major point of contention in this book. There is also the matter of whether being a public figure at a time like what this politician's family is going through is a blessing or a curse and the reality that there is more than one answer to this question. The fact that Cornwell raises these issues and that everything filters through Kay, the protagonist, makes her a complex individual who navigates a personal and professional maze every day and knows that things are much less straightforward than she would like to see, a person who regularly thinks about life and people, and not just on a simple day-to-day level. My only concern with this novel is that if Cornwell continues along the path she is on the politics will grow to dominate the story and while it is a fertile field for character development I would hate to see it happen - politics tend to make things convoluted and much talk about views and positions on issues is not something I enjoy in my fiction. I think she struck a nice balance in this book and hope the next novels don't veer off into a lot of talk and little action. Read more of my reviews at Bibliophile's Corner

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    Number three in the Dr Scarpetta series. Hard to put a handle on this book. Thriller, mystery, who done it, really all of the aforementioned. For a number of years young couples have going missing only to turn up 4 or 5 months later, dead. Because on the period of time it takes to find the corpses there's not much for Dr. Kay to work on, mostly just bones. As a result, these murders are still open. The most recent murders involves a high powered functionary's daughter and the daughters boyfriend. Number three in the Dr Scarpetta series. Hard to put a handle on this book. Thriller, mystery, who done it, really all of the aforementioned. For a number of years young couples have going missing only to turn up 4 or 5 months later, dead. Because on the period of time it takes to find the corpses there's not much for Dr. Kay to work on, mostly just bones. As a result, these murders are still open. The most recent murders involves a high powered functionary's daughter and the daughters boyfriend. The mother of the dead girl is demanding results and she wants them now. Dr. Kay S. wants to give the mother any information she can but the FBI is asking Dr. Kay to do nothing until the FBI give her the go ahead. The mother becomes more and more frustrated at the lack of information coming to her and starts accusing the CIA, FBI and the Coroners Dept of a cover up. Dr. Kay's level of frustration is also going through the roof so decides to do a little investigation on her own, with Pete Marino help. As is expected with Patricia Cornwell's books, the plot is tight, the pace is fast and the characters are well drawn. And enough of ,who done it, to keep most of us glued. I was not very satisfied with the end. To much speculation and to many unanswered questions. Recommended. A highly entertaining read. Closing note. I have often wondered why the literary world accepts the term (Who Done It) when it should be (Who Did It) :D

  14. 5 out of 5

    Meags

    3 Stars This was another easy and engaging murder-mystery by Cornwell. In this 3rd instalment, medical examiner, Kay Scarpetta, becomes embroiled (yet again) in a murder case in which several young couples have been kidnapped and murdered in the woods of Virginia by an unknown assailant. Once again Kay is joined by cop Marino and FBI profiler Benton while working the case. Unfortunately, I'm still unfeeling towards this cast of characters, but fortunately I enjoy the mystery plots enough to conti 3 Stars This was another easy and engaging murder-mystery by Cornwell. In this 3rd instalment, medical examiner, Kay Scarpetta, becomes embroiled (yet again) in a murder case in which several young couples have been kidnapped and murdered in the woods of Virginia by an unknown assailant. Once again Kay is joined by cop Marino and FBI profiler Benton while working the case. Unfortunately, I'm still unfeeling towards this cast of characters, but fortunately I enjoy the mystery plots enough to continue reading this series at a leisurely pace.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mark Harrison

    Another satisfying Scarpetta story. Five young couples murdered after possibly being hunted in the woods. Lots of twists and turns, the FBI and the CIA are covering something, Kay's old love resurfaces, her reporter friend Abby smells a big story and it rattles along. The conclusion is tragic and oddly unsatisfying but all in all a good read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    aPriL does feral sometimes

    'All That Remains' is third in the Dr. Kay Scarpetta murder mystery series. She is Chief Medical Examiner for the state of Virginia, and besides doing a lot of autopsies, she solves murders! Scarpetta usually begins her days thus: "Saturday, the last day of August, I started work before dawn. I did not witness mist burning off the grass or the sky turning brilliant blue. Steel tables were occupied by bodies all morning, and there are no windows in the morgue. Labor Day weekend had begun with a ba 'All That Remains' is third in the Dr. Kay Scarpetta murder mystery series. She is Chief Medical Examiner for the state of Virginia, and besides doing a lot of autopsies, she solves murders! Scarpetta usually begins her days thus: "Saturday, the last day of August, I started work before dawn. I did not witness mist burning off the grass or the sky turning brilliant blue. Steel tables were occupied by bodies all morning, and there are no windows in the morgue. Labor Day weekend had begun with a bang of car crashes and gunfire in the city of Richmond." I suspect autopsies are a touch boring for her, although she always treats the bodies with respect and does her best to ease the grief of the families and satisfy the requirements and legal regulations of her job. But I think it is the bodies which come in from unsolved murders that bring some spark into her day. She definitely prefers the company of dead people and policemen over that of her family, a sister and mother, except for Lucy, her niece, who she loves very much. The ex-husband has been out of her life for a few years, and she is still hurting over her last boyfriend, a secretive FBI (or maybe not) agent who she still feels betrayed her. Four couples have been done to death! At first, no one knew 'The Couple Murders' were linked, but when forensic evidence and body position commonalities were noticed at all locations where the bodies were found, a Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VICAP) regional team is assembled, consisting of Richmond homicide detective Pete Marino, FBI Special Agent Benton Wesley, and of course, Dr. Scarpetta. The case has been going nowhere for two years, but this is going to change. The news story of the latest couple found murdered isn't going to be on the back pages of newspapers. Deborah Harvey, the dead woman, is the daughter of Pat Harvey, the National Drug Policy Director, appointed by the President of the United States. The reporters are swarming, the politicians want answers, and the FBI is going into panic mode. These are fun murders, people! Don't judge me. After some of the heavy and sad books I've been reading, a Scarpetta novel as formula as this one feels like a breath of fresh air on a summer's day.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mochacocafan

    Pros of this book: -The protagonist is not in any way, shape or form a Mary Sue -she's....somewhat good at her job -there is blood and no over-romanticizing death -they're realistic -the plot makes sense -there are no LOLWHUT / DOESNOTCOMPUTE moments -the details are interesting Cons: -the swearing and slang feel unnatural for every character -there are some dumb, overused stereotypes -I get the sense from this book that every killer is an idiot -the killer is an idiot -the main character is incredibly flat Pros of this book: -The protagonist is not in any way, shape or form a Mary Sue -she's....somewhat good at her job -there is blood and no over-romanticizing death -they're realistic -the plot makes sense -there are no LOLWHUT / DOESNOTCOMPUTE moments -the details are interesting Cons: -the swearing and slang feel unnatural for every character -there are some dumb, overused stereotypes -I get the sense from this book that every killer is an idiot -the killer is an idiot -the main character is incredibly flat, and I don't get the feeling that Dr Kay Scarpetta is intelligent, really -there is no real emotion or even a bit of poetry in the books -the main character is kind of boring -the main character makes stupid, irritating mistakes, and doesn't introspectively think -there's no philosophical/moral dilemmas, really

  18. 5 out of 5

    ✨Susan✨

    Kay Scarpetta is a medical examiner who has been trying to solve a case concerning a serial killer for many years. No evidence is ever found at the murder sights and she cannot find cause of death for any of the victims. The story started out interesting and the characters were believable, however, about three quarters of the way through the mystery became convoluted. To many what if's and conjectures with not enough evidence to support some of the theory's. I was going to rate it a four because Kay Scarpetta is a medical examiner who has been trying to solve a case concerning a serial killer for many years. No evidence is ever found at the murder sights and she cannot find cause of death for any of the victims. The story started out interesting and the characters were believable, however, about three quarters of the way through the mystery became convoluted. To many what if's and conjectures with not enough evidence to support some of the theory's. I was going to rate it a four because most of the book was pretty good with the exception of the end, but the recording needs to be cleaned up. An echo ran through out, slight but still present.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cat Fu (carocat)

    I'd criticised Postmortem and Body of Evidence for the actual crime solving where all the things they did wouldn't really amount to catching the murderer and All that Remains is no different though, strangely, even more infuriating. Full spoilers for this and future books follow. Just like BoE, I somehow never read this book before, but that didn't make it a better experience. A number of small mentions did feel familiar, such as the drama with the initialed cartridge, though maybe that's a recur I'd criticised Postmortem and Body of Evidence for the actual crime solving where all the things they did wouldn't really amount to catching the murderer and All that Remains is no different though, strangely, even more infuriating. Full spoilers for this and future books follow. Just like BoE, I somehow never read this book before, but that didn't make it a better experience. A number of small mentions did feel familiar, such as the drama with the initialed cartridge, though maybe that's a recurring plotpoint in a future Scarpetta book. I struggled to connect with this book to the point where I nearly considered giving up on it entirely multiple times throughout. Postmortem had me gripped because it was a fast-paced story, BoE kept me hooked because of some random mystery drama, but this one dragged a lot. I think this is due to the passing of time both since the previous book, but also within the book itself. It's been around 3.5 years since the events in Postmortem and about 2.5-3 years since BoE, however, the characters haven't really moved along with it. Marino and Scarpetta still have the same relationship and there's no mention of any career or other developments other than perhaps Scarpetta playing tennis. The events of this book also encompass about half a year [mentions of August and end of January] which removes any sense of urgency to the solving of the crime and completely renders the attempts to find the killer as pointless. Hell, the FBI/Scarpetta might as well have gone on holidays for the entirety which would have been just as productive. Benton's behaviour was atrocious - Scarpetta and Marino have worked with the FBI task force for years yet he doesn't share pertinent information and behaves like an arrogant teenager when brought up on it. Then, this book goes down exactly the same route as the previous ones where they're deliberately planting fake information in the media in order to provoke the killer into action. Sure, doing that for one book in the series is cool and I did quite like it in Postmortem because the killer was on a schedule and the reporter was an intrinsic part of the story, however, here Cornwell doesn't even properly elaborate as to what the FBI are planning which goes to show that even she doesn't know how she wants to play it. Ultimately - again, just like the previous two books - the killer is only discovered by absolute chance as he revealed himself to Scarpetta and Abby in a tense scene I had a lot of hope for [Scarpetta deciding to use a payphone en route to call it in] and then seconds later realised the book wouldn't deliver at all [the next paragraph says 'weeks later']. At times I felt like Scarpetta was in a constant haze of sleeping pills or memory altering drugs to explain her disinterest at everything. If the protagonist of a series isn't even phoning it in properly, then what chance does the reader have? A standard piece of writing advice that's often given is to 'show, don't tell' and this book would be the posterchild on how not to do it. There are numerous mentions of Scarpetta's relationship with the largely absent Mark on how they're passionate together and so on, but we don't see that and have to rely on the maybe two sentences telling us about it. Likewise with their arguments and inevitable separation. On the flipside though, her relationship with Benton is meant to be strained and this comes across very well with the scenes at Benton's house with Mark present being amongst the most uncomfortable ones I've ever read or listened to. Cornwell excels in writing good and believable dialogue and the book would have worked much better had there been fewer explanatory sections. The personal relationship to Welsey continues to confuse me. I know they'll get together, but he's married in this book which was probably the most shocking development of all! What happens to his wife between now and him and Scarpetta getting together. A part of me thinks it won't end well for her. This was the first book in which Scarpetta was seen to cook. Up to this point we'd known her to be accomplished, but her cooking was a stunning display of arrogance: When I got home, I began to work quickly, crushing fresh garlic into a bowl of red wine and olive oil. Though my mother had always admonished me about "ruining a good steak," I was spoiled by my own culinary skills. Honestly, I made the best marinade in town, and no cut of meat could resist being improved by it. The book also alludes to this Vietnam war practice which got me reading up trying to work out the logistics, however, it appears to be nothing more than an urban myth. "When a particular outfit of American soldiers wanted to make a point after making a kill, they would leave an ace of spades on the body. In fact, a company that manufactures playing cards supplied this unit with boxes of the cards just for this purpose." As a small aside, in my BoE review I alluded that Benton would probably have a Mont Blanc pen which he does in this book. Maybe I should become an FBI profiler! 2/5 - Rating this was very hard. I want to like the series and the characters, but this case made no sense, the 'investigating' made no sense, the characters behaved off with each other and there wasn't a pay off at the end. This is marked down for everything except the Benton/Mark/Scarpetta conversation and the scene with Mark/Scarpetta in the car which were excellent, but too little to counteract the frustrating murder 'investigation' and rest of the book. I'm really disappointed.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Noriko

    This Kay Scarpetta series is basically my jam; I don’t even remember if I said this before, but it’s like comfort food so to speak and I simply love and enjoy this series regardless whether an installment is good or bad. Taking this notion into account, my immediate afterthoughts upon finishing this “All That Remains” was “a bit lacks in impact” compared to the previous two books especially Cornwell’s debut novel, ‘Postmortem.’ It’s not to say this book is bad or boring; it was entertaining enou This Kay Scarpetta series is basically my jam; I don’t even remember if I said this before, but it’s like comfort food so to speak and I simply love and enjoy this series regardless whether an installment is good or bad. Taking this notion into account, my immediate afterthoughts upon finishing this “All That Remains” was “a bit lacks in impact” compared to the previous two books especially Cornwell’s debut novel, ‘Postmortem.’ It’s not to say this book is bad or boring; it was entertaining enough to read the entire thing. I was kept engaged in this book from beginning to finish. First, the unexpected stalemate on investigation. A particular series of murders targetting a young couple has been happening for as long as four years yet the investigative team has failed to nail the culprit; even our great and competent Kay Scarpetta hasn’t been able to nail the cause of deaths, which is quite a rarity for her in my opinion. In addition to that, the communication breakdown between the key characters - Kay, Marino and a FBI profiler, Benton Wesley. It came across really intriguing. I thought they have established a strong bond and built up trust among them, yet Benton in this book seems awfully tight-lipped and literally stonewalls others, telling both Kay and Marino to be selective and cautious as to whom to share the information regarding the investigation or autopsy. His unlike behaviors certainly got me intrigued, I totally smelled something fishy was going on, it served to create tension. Well done. One of the great things about reading a series is you get to attached to the characters - as you go deeper into the series you get to know them better and they start to feel like your friends, family... Someone you know a lot. I certainly became more empathetic to the characters, I couldn’t help but want to root for Marino, who’s still in the midst of processing what’s happening in his personal life. As for the plot itself, it’s as well-thought out and thorough as usual. Like I said earlier, the dead-end in the investigation adds another layer and dimension to the story, and Kay’s entangled relationship with Mark and the volatile friendship with Abby also made this book emotionally engaging. I was anxious to know how Scarpetta can possibly find a breakthrough and move the investigation forward as well as patch things up both with Mark and Abby. As you can see, this book has got a lot to offer, yet still, I didn’t feel as much suspense and thrill in this book for some reason. There are couple of things that didn’t sit well with me and one of them is Abby’s character arc in this book. Quite honestly, I am still not fully convinced with Abby’s reasonings of her uncharacteristic behaviors. It felt to me as though that side plot was cooked up just to raise suspicion against her and create tension, while I must admit it did work to a degree, I still felt a bit frustrated. I don’t know if that was the cause, but the latter part where the plot normally picks up somewhat fell flat for me. I didn’t feel as much tension as I would have liked, it felt like I was left hang in the air. That said though, there’s certainly more to the story. The ending explains everything perfectly, it was satisfying that I finally got to know how the murders happened and who actually killed them. Come to think of it, this is actually an interesting way to unravel the ‘whodunit’ element, I personally found it clever. Although the very ending felt a tad bit rushed, overall, I certainly enjoyed reading this book. I was lost in the story, it was hard to put this down. As I mentioned in the beginning, I am already emotionally attached to this series. I have only read 6 of the Japanese translated edition, so this book most certainly won’t be my last. I don’t know how many books I actually get around to reading, but I am inclined to read many more, without doubt more than six books!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    This was a solid 3 stars for me. I've read a few of these Kay Scarpetta books. There are two things in this author's books that I enjoy so much. One is the MC, Kay. I like her. She is strong but she also has flaws and weaknesses that keeps her on her toes. The second thing is that there are great subplots. I love that. I listened to the audio and one of my favorite narrators did this one, C. J Critt. So yay for that.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Al Tarancón

    I wrote this review in my blog when i read this. And luckily... A couple daya ago i was checking the Cornwell books in here, trying to remember which one have i read, and they all looked the same... Not a good sign... La reseña que sigue la escribi en mi blog cuando lo lei. Y por suerte... Hace unos dias estaba repasando los libros de Cornwell, tratando de recordar cual era el que me habia leido, y todos me parecian iguales... No muy buena señal... The first book i read from this author, and almos I wrote this review in my blog when i read this. And luckily... A couple daya ago i was checking the Cornwell books in here, trying to remember which one have i read, and they all looked the same... Not a good sign... La reseña que sigue la escribi en mi blog cuando lo lei. Y por suerte... Hace unos dias estaba repasando los libros de Cornwell, tratando de recordar cual era el que me habia leido, y todos me parecian iguales... No muy buena señal... The first book i read from this author, and almost the first one of this kind. Entertaing and quick reading, but not very surprising. It keeps you curious about who is comitting the crimes, but you dont know anything until they cross paths qith the bad guy at the end of the book. I don't know, there's no intrigue, all very abstract investigation, no suspects, not secondary characters... It feels incomplete... Entertaining, yeah. Good? Not so sure... El primer libro que me leo de esta tia, y casi el primero de este estilo. Esta entretenido y se lee muy rapido, pero no me parece especialmente sorprendente. Te pica la curiosidad saber quien lleva a cabo los crimenes, pero realmente no sabes nada hasta que casi al final se cruzan con el malo. No se, no hay intriga, solo investigacion muy abstracta, sin sospechosos, ni personajes secundarios. Se me queda cojo. Entretenido, si. ¿Bueno? No se yo... The first book i read from this author, and almost the first one of this kind. Entertaing and quick reading, but not very surprising. It keeps you curious about who is comitting the crimes, but you dont know anything until they cross paths qith the bad guy at the end of the book. I don't know, there's no intrigue, all very abstract investigation, no suspects, not secondary characters... It feels incomplete... Entertaining, yeah. Good? Not so sure...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katie Fitzgerald

    This third book of the Kay Scarpetta series is even better than the first two. I listened to the audiobook read by C.J. Critt, which I'm sure contributed to my enjoyment of the story. I especially enjoyed the relationships in the book: Kay's friendships with Marino and Abby, her potential romance with Mark, and even the enmity between Kay and a murder victim's mother and between Kay and the FBI. (I wished there had been more of Kay's niece, Lucy, but the few moments that were included were enoug This third book of the Kay Scarpetta series is even better than the first two. I listened to the audiobook read by C.J. Critt, which I'm sure contributed to my enjoyment of the story. I especially enjoyed the relationships in the book: Kay's friendships with Marino and Abby, her potential romance with Mark, and even the enmity between Kay and a murder victim's mother and between Kay and the FBI. (I wished there had been more of Kay's niece, Lucy, but the few moments that were included were enough to assure me that she'll be around in future books.) The case itself was intriguing, with lots of unexpected twists and turns, frustrating dead ends, and interesting interviews with witnesses. I'm looking forward to getting more into this series this year.

  24. 5 out of 5

    mark monday

    although the novel itself is rather forgettable, the central characterization is memorable. dry, formidable, determined, prone to various neurotic relationships... kay scarpetta is a strong creation. unfortunately the forensic science takes a backseat to the police procedural aspects in this entry in the long-running series. and i still can't help but question why a coroner finds herself in these various predicaments. the odd way in which protagonists find themselves involved in murder is part o although the novel itself is rather forgettable, the central characterization is memorable. dry, formidable, determined, prone to various neurotic relationships... kay scarpetta is a strong creation. unfortunately the forensic science takes a backseat to the police procedural aspects in this entry in the long-running series. and i still can't help but question why a coroner finds herself in these various predicaments. the odd way in which protagonists find themselves involved in murder is part of the charm of cozy mysteries; however the clinical details and chilly atmosphere of cornwell's novels are a far cry from cozy and are more in line with the realistic complexities of the superior novels of p.d. james... and so suspension of disbelief is, sadly, harder to attain.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lemniscat

    Okay book. Refreshing with a crime novel that does not follow the typical death/murder-investigating-main character gets into trouble/gets abducted-plot.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Dr. Kay Scarpetta is on the hunt again, this time for a killer who has a vendetta against young couples. Unfortunately, this killer is very accomplished at leaving no trace; however, one tiny error could lead the investigators down the right path. I thought this book was well thought out and was a very enthralling read. It had been awhile since I had read books 1 and 2 so some of the personal relationships and side plots were a little hard to follow at first because I didn't quite remember the si Dr. Kay Scarpetta is on the hunt again, this time for a killer who has a vendetta against young couples. Unfortunately, this killer is very accomplished at leaving no trace; however, one tiny error could lead the investigators down the right path. I thought this book was well thought out and was a very enthralling read. It had been awhile since I had read books 1 and 2 so some of the personal relationships and side plots were a little hard to follow at first because I didn't quite remember the side plots of the other books. However, the main plot and the mystery were very interesting to follow. I liked how this book had a major cross over with other agencies and the reader was able to follow how cases work with cross jurisdictions. The author weaves a story that will keep you guessing all the way until the end, and at the end of the novel everything is not always tied up in a neat little bow which is quite refreshing. I also love that these books are told from a medical examiners standpoint so you're able to see more of what goes on in the background of an investigation. Definitely will be continuing with the series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    TheMadHatter

    Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars. I finished this last night and it will become my last (and 106th) read for 2017. I remember first reading this when I was in my 20s and thought Kay Scarpetta was really old. Twenty years later, when Kay and I are MUCH closer in age and I think "wow....she wasn't old at all" Ahh perspective :-). I do love this series, which is why I embarked on the re-read (they are over 20 books in the series now). SPOILERS COMING......................................................... Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars. I finished this last night and it will become my last (and 106th) read for 2017. I remember first reading this when I was in my 20s and thought Kay Scarpetta was really old. Twenty years later, when Kay and I are MUCH closer in age and I think "wow....she wasn't old at all" Ahh perspective :-). I do love this series, which is why I embarked on the re-read (they are over 20 books in the series now). SPOILERS COMING........................................................................................ The thing that annoyed me with this one though, is that Forensic Science doesn't save the day, but a random act of Kay sitting in her car in the parking lot of a bar and recognises a dodgy car. The probability of this event is SOOOOOO low that I just went "Really Kay?". Also, there is no way, like in Agatha Christie mysteries, you could even take a stab at who did the crime as they don't appear until the very end. I still liked it though. Such a nostalgic read for me. Vintage Scarpetta is the best! I am very eager to continue my re-read of the very young and spunky Scarpetta :-)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chau Tran

    On the third book and I swear every book has the same ending: the killer getting killed. Praying this doesn't continue cause it's seriously getting annoying although this book is far better than the rest.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lianne - Literary Diversions

    Huh, I don't know why I didn't mark this one as read sooner! I finished it weeks ago. Whoops. Review to follow!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This is the first book that I have read by the Author. I know I started in the middle of the series but I found the CDs/book in a charity shop. Couldn’t pass it up. I liked it. Was a slow burner, you had to be patient throughout this book. A lot of it was a waiting game because of so little evidence and what they could go on. The forensic side was very detailed which I liked, something it is gone into or brushed over, depending on the Author’s knowledge. She sure knew what she was writing about, This is the first book that I have read by the Author. I know I started in the middle of the series but I found the CDs/book in a charity shop. Couldn’t pass it up. I liked it. Was a slow burner, you had to be patient throughout this book. A lot of it was a waiting game because of so little evidence and what they could go on. The forensic side was very detailed which I liked, something it is gone into or brushed over, depending on the Author’s knowledge. She sure knew what she was writing about, which was nice to see. Like the rest of the book, the ending was a slow burner. I was expecting a big explosion at the end. It was mean it got you in the feels but it wasn’t overall shocking. Mainly because I think the main character wasn’t really involved all that much in the ending it felt a bit lacking because it happened to other people.

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