Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell

When Dr Kay Scarpetta is awoken in the early hours of a Saturday she knows there has been another one. Three women are already dead at the hands of a sadistic serial killer and there seems to be no link between the victims. As the Chief Medical Officer in Richmond, Virginia, Kay has to use all her forensic skills to piece together the evidence of who is murdering these women.

Not only is she up against a serial killer but there also appears to be someone trying to discredit her. Can Kay uncover the truth before it too late?


I have had this book at home for a while and finally decided to give it a go. Half way through the first chapter I had to check the publish date (1990) because I felt like I had been transported back in time! Smoking in the offices, DNA analysis only just starting to be used, computers having connected modems and dial-up connection, and the novelty of a women in a “man’s” job. It is amazing how far we have come with technology and scientific advancements in the space of 26 years.

This book has a good storyline and a few twists and turns along the way. Kay’s character is well written and although she is very well educated and a logically thinking person she is still human and makes mistakes.

There are some very graphically written sections about the murdered women so be warned if you are a bit squeamish. The one thing I did like about this book is that although it went into some scientific language it was all explained and didn’t leave you thinking – “What?!”

Author: mandy

I love to Read! Mostly romance (of all types) but I also enjoy murder mysteries, paranormal fantasy, sci-fi, comedy, pretty much anything.

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