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August 3rd, 2008

Trace by Patricia Cornwell – A not so glowing review

by Gwen

I love Patricia Cornwell, but this was not her best.

Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Forensic Medical Examiner is called back to Richmond to assist in the investigation of a girl’s murder. She doesn’t want to go back to the city that fired her 5 years ago, but it is a child and how can she say no?

Returning to Richmond, she finds that there is a lot more going on than just finding the cause of death of a 14 year old girl. Politics, incompetence, and total chaos now rule the medical examiners office that took her years to lovingly build.

All the while, her significant other, Benton, and her niece, Lucy, are up to some investigation of their own, but keeping it from Scarpetta. It seems that someone is stalking Lucy and even brutally attacked her lover.

Like I said, I am a big fan of the Kay Scarpetta series of Patricia Cornwell. Trace just somehow misses the mark for me. There were some minor story lines that did nothing for the main plot and even muddied that water a few times. The ending was so anticlimactic that I felt cheated. Who wants to read 430 plus pages, only to have the climax wrapped up simple in two pages?

If you have never read Patricia Cornwell and love forensic type mysteries, she is great. Just don’t pick this one as your first. For more works by her, check out her site –

by Patricia Cornwell

448 pages
Publisher: Putnam Adult (September 7, 2004)
ISBN-10: 0399152199
ISBN-13: 978-0399152191