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West Seneca Library News - West Seneca Bee

West Seneca Library News  West Seneca Bee

Library hours. The new library hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and closed on ...

Posted on 17 July 2019 | 5:24 pm

As Amazon.Com (AMZN) Market Valuation Rose, Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co Cut Its Stake; Home Depot (HD) Stock Rose While Swedbank Has Lowered Its Stake - The InvestReporter

As Amazon.Com (AMZN) Market Valuation Rose, Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co Cut Its Stake; Home Depot (HD) Stock Rose While Swedbank Has Lowered Its Stake  The InvestReporter

Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co Llc decreased its stake in Amazon.Com Inc (AMZN) by 1.94% based on its latest 2019Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Gilder ...

Posted on 17 July 2019 | 2:11 pm

To Plot My Next Murder, I Went to the Body Farm - The New York Times

To Plot My Next Murder, I Went to the Body Farm  The New York Times

When the thriller writer Lisa Gardner needed to research a new book, she toured the facility that has made death into a science.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 5:02 am

July-December Fiction Book Releases You Need In 2019 - The Nerd Daily

July-December Fiction Book Releases You Need In 2019  The Nerd Daily

Looking for some new fiction books? There's plenty of upcoming book releases coming out between July and December 2019 to look forward to.

Posted on 12 July 2019 | 4:00 pm

A walk down memory lane with album, book cover graphic designer George Corsillo - Hartford Courant

A walk down memory lane with album, book cover graphic designer George Corsillo  Hartford Courant

George Corsillo, who has designed book covers for Bret Easton Ellis, Larry McMurtry and other authors, and album covers for Pat Benatar, John Mellencamp ...

Posted on 8 July 2019 | 3:00 am

York Public Library's annual book sale to be held July 12 and 13 - Seacoastonline.com

York Public Library's annual book sale to be held July 12 and 13  Seacoastonline.com

YORK - York Public Library's highly anticipated annual book sale will be held this year on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

Posted on 2 July 2019 | 3:00 am

On Stage: CYAC opens a new theater with a familiar show, "Jack the Ripper" - WVAH

On Stage: CYAC opens a new theater with a familiar show, "Jack the Ripper"  WVAH

Jack the Ripper is back in the capital city and this time he's taking no prisoners on a new stage. The Contemporary Youth Arts Company has moved into the Elk ...

Posted on 21 June 2019 | 3:00 am

BookExpo 2019: Amazon Publishing Marks Its First 10 Years - Publishers Weekly

BookExpo 2019: Amazon Publishing Marks Its First 10 Years  Publishers Weekly

Almost exactly 10 years ago, in May 2009, Amazon expanded from selling books to publishing them as well with the launch of Amazon Encore, a publishing ...

Posted on 29 May 2019 | 3:00 am

Amazon Publishing Turns 10 - Publishers Weekly

Amazon Publishing Turns 10  Publishers Weekly

If there was any remaining doubt of Amazon's support for its Amazon Publishing arm, that was dispelled in early May when the company's Montlake imprint ...

Posted on 17 May 2019 | 3:00 am

Quantum: First details of Patricia Cornwell's new thriller - Entertainment Weekly News

Quantum: First details of Patricia Cornwell's new thriller  Entertainment Weekly News

Patricia Cornwell is set to launch an otherwordly new series with 'Quantum.' We've got first details on the novel, including a cover reveal.

Posted on 14 May 2019 | 3:00 am

New in Ripperology: a biography honours five women killed in Whitechapel - The Spinoff

New in Ripperology: a biography honours five women killed in Whitechapel  The Spinoff

True crime aficionado Jean Sergent reviews The Five by Hallie Rubenhold. In the annals of Ripperology, there are classics and there are clangers. The latest ...

Posted on 16 April 2019 | 3:00 am

New DNA Evidence Claims To Have Identified Jack The Ripper - IFLScience

New DNA Evidence Claims To Have Identified Jack The Ripper  IFLScience

New DNA evidence, obtained from a stained shawl supposedly found at the scene of the crime, has now weighed in on the mystery and points towards a man ...

Posted on 18 March 2019 | 3:00 am

Does a new genetic analysis finally reveal the identity of Jack the Ripper? - Science Magazine

Does a new genetic analysis finally reveal the identity of Jack the Ripper?  Science Magazine

Forensic scientists say they have finally fingered the identity of Jack the Ripper, the notorious serial killer who terrorized the streets of London more than a ...

Posted on 15 March 2019 | 3:00 am

Unreadable Books Campaign Redesigns Dan Brown and Angie Thomas Covers To Promote Adult Literacy - Forbes

Unreadable Books Campaign Redesigns Dan Brown and Angie Thomas Covers To Promote Adult Literacy  Forbes

This year's Unreadable Books campaign by Literacy Partners redesigned the iconic images on bestsellers by Ashton Applewhite, Dan Brown, Angie Thomas ...

Posted on 14 March 2019 | 3:00 am

Stains on 'Jack the Ripper' Shawl Probed with Science - Laboratory Equipment

Stains on 'Jack the Ripper' Shawl Probed with Science  Laboratory Equipment

A controversial “shawl” ostensibly connected to the third victim of Jack the Ripper has turned up mitochondrial DNA.

Posted on 14 March 2019 | 3:00 am

NBC shows interest in 'Red Stick' crime drama series - The Advocate

NBC shows interest in 'Red Stick' crime drama series  The Advocate

What do best-selling author Patricia Cornwell and Baton Rouge have in common?

Posted on 26 February 2019 | 3:00 am

NBC commits to script for crime drama 'Red Stick' set in Baton Rouge - Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

NBC commits to script for crime drama 'Red Stick' set in Baton Rouge  Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

In late 2018, NBC gave a script commitment to a crime drama from author Patricia Cornwell, producer Matt Tolmach and Sony Pictures TV, called “Red Stick,” ...

Posted on 25 February 2019 | 3:00 am

Julia Cameron Wants You to Do Your Morning Pages - The New York Times

Julia Cameron Wants You to Do Your Morning Pages  The New York Times

With “The Artist's Way,” Julia Cameron invented the way people renovate the creative soul.

Posted on 2 February 2019 | 3:00 am

The Bookseller's Forum 2018: All Your Christmas Gift Problems Solved - ABC News

The Bookseller's Forum 2018: All Your Christmas Gift Problems Solved  ABC News

What to buy for who this Christmas - our passionate Sydney booksellers are Meredith Drake from BIG W, David Gaunt from Gleebooks and Jon Page from Pages ...

Posted on 5 December 2018 | 3:00 am

VENOM Producer Matt Tolmach Developing a Murder Mystery Series Called RED STICK for NBC - GeekTyrant

VENOM Producer Matt Tolmach Developing a Murder Mystery Series Called RED STICK for NBC  GeekTyrant

A new crime drama is on its way from author Patricia Cornwell, producer Matt Tolmach (Venom), and Sony Pictures TV. The show will be called Red Stick, and ...

Posted on 25 November 2018 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell, Matt Tolmach to Produce Drama Series in Development at NBC - Variety

Patricia Cornwell, Matt Tolmach to Produce Drama Series in Development at NBC  Variety

In a competitive situation, NBC is set to develop a drama series executive produced by best-selling author Patricia Cornwell and Matt Tolmach. The project is ...

Posted on 13 November 2018 | 3:00 am

When 'Jack the Ripper' stayed the night at a Cornish pub - Cornwall Live

When 'Jack the Ripper' stayed the night at a Cornish pub  Cornwall Live

Painter Walter Sickert - believed by some to have been the notorious serial killer - once spent the night at The Top House in The Lizard.

Posted on 23 September 2018 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell working on new book series for Amazon - UPI.com

Patricia Cornwell working on new book series for Amazon  UPI.com

Patricia Cornwell, known for her Dr. Kay Scarpetta mystery novels, is working on a new book series for Thomas & Mercer, an imprint of Amazon Publishing.

Posted on 2 June 2018 | 3:00 am

Amazon Publishing to Launch Brand New Series from Bestselling Author Patricia Cornwell - Business Wire

Amazon Publishing to Launch Brand New Series from Bestselling Author Patricia Cornwell  Business Wire

(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Thomas & Mercer, an imprint of Amazon Publishing, today announced it has closed a two-book deal with #1 New York Times bestselling.

Posted on 29 May 2018 | 3:00 am

Amazon Publishing Has Signed With Patricia Cornwell For An Exclusive New Series - Forbes Now

Amazon Publishing Has Signed With Patricia Cornwell For An Exclusive New Series  Forbes Now

Amazon's Thomas & Mercer imprint has signed a two-book world English rights deal with Patricia Cornwell. It's a significant deal that signals Amazon's interest in ...

Posted on 29 May 2018 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell signs world English language rights deal for series with Amazon Publishing - The Bookseller

Patricia Cornwell signs world English language rights deal for series with Amazon Publishing  The Bookseller

Patricia Cornwell has signed a deal to release a new series exclusively with Amazon Publishing. The e-commerce giant's Thomas & Mercer imprint signed world ...

Posted on 29 May 2018 | 3:00 am

Kathy Reichs: ‘I’ll never put anything in just to be grisly’ - Irish Times

Kathy Reichs: ‘I’ll never put anything in just to be grisly’  Irish Times

After decades as a forensic anthropologist, Kathy Reichs decided to try her hand at fiction. But the woman behind 'Bones' has never lost her scientific edge.

Posted on 15 July 2017 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell returns to beginnings as crime novelist - The Spokesman-Review

Patricia Cornwell returns to beginnings as crime novelist  The Spokesman-Review

Cornwell moved to Richmond, Virginia, in 1983 wanting to write crime novels, and says people in Chesterfield law enforcement were “unbelievably open” with ...

Posted on 25 April 2017 | 3:00 am

BBC World Service - The Conversation, Crime Writers, Patricia Cornwell's favourite book - BBC News

BBC World Service - The Conversation, Crime Writers, Patricia Cornwell's favourite book  BBC News

Patricia Cornwell is probably the best known female crime writer in the world. Credited with creating the 'forensic thriller', Patricia has sold 100 million books in ...

Posted on 23 March 2017 | 3:00 am

A new Ripper mystery: Why Patricia Cornwell won't stop hunting him - Spectator.co.uk

A new Ripper mystery: Why Patricia Cornwell won't stop hunting him  Spectator.co.uk

In the autumn of 1888 London was in a state of terrified excitement over Jack the Ripper. There had never been a killer like this in England before, wrote…

Posted on 18 March 2017 | 3:00 am

Jack the Ripper mystery finally solved as novelist Patricia Cornwell unmasks the killer - Mirror Online

Jack the Ripper mystery finally solved as novelist Patricia Cornwell unmasks the killer  Mirror Online

The 60-year-old best seller has spent millions of her own money unearthing who was behind the grisly murders.

Posted on 10 March 2017 | 3:00 am

Has Patricia Cornwell's New Book Solved the Mystery of Jack the Ripper? - Parade

Has Patricia Cornwell's New Book Solved the Mystery of Jack the Ripper?  Parade

After spending two decades researching Jack the Ripper, Patricia Cornwell claims to have cracked the notorious serial killer's case in her new book, Ripper: The ...

Posted on 28 February 2017 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell's 'Jack the Ripper' reboot remains deeply flawed - USA TODAY

Patricia Cornwell's 'Jack the Ripper' reboot remains deeply flawed  USA TODAY

Patricia Cornwell has a theory. The wildly successful author of the Kay Scarpetta mystery series believes she's figured out, once and for all, the true identity of the ...

Posted on 27 February 2017 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell: I spent million solving the Jack the Ripper case - The Telegraph

Patricia Cornwell: I spent million solving the Jack the Ripper case  The Telegraph

Five years ago I happened to be looking at a crime scene photo of Jack the Ripper victim Mary Kelly.

Posted on 24 February 2017 | 3:00 am

Jack The Ripper: Patricia Cornwell ‘Proves’ Walter Sickert Was The Killer In Second Book - The Huffington Post UK

Jack The Ripper: Patricia Cornwell ‘Proves’ Walter Sickert Was The Killer In Second Book  The Huffington Post UK

Crime writer Patricia Cornwell is preparing to release her second book detailing “proof” of the identity of London's most famous serial killer, Jack the Ripper.

Posted on 21 February 2017 | 3:00 am

Crime writer Patricia Cornwell claims her research confirms Jack the Ripper's identity - Newshub

Crime writer Patricia Cornwell claims her research confirms Jack the Ripper's identity  Newshub

One of the world's top-selling crime writers claims to have uncovered the identity of Jack the Ripper: and he was a macabre artist. Author Patricia Cornwell ...

Posted on 20 February 2017 | 3:00 am

Book Review: Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell (VIDEO) - Guns.com

Book Review: Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell (VIDEO)  Guns.com

Guns.com readers may wonder what a work of fiction by a mainstream novelist is doing among our book reviews. The answer is in the video.

Posted on 16 February 2017 | 3:00 am

Crime writer Cornwell and ex-managers reach a deal - Boston Herald

Crime writer Cornwell and ex-managers reach a deal  Boston Herald

Crime novelist Patricia Cornwell has settled a lawsuit against her former business managers, ahead of a second trial that was scheduled to begin yesterday in ...

Posted on 18 January 2017 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell settles lawsuit against financial advisers - The Seattle Times

Patricia Cornwell settles lawsuit against financial advisers  The Seattle Times

BOSTON (AP) — Patricia Cornwell has settled a lawsuit against her former business managers, avoiding a second trial for a case that dates to 2009. The author ...

Posted on 17 January 2017 | 3:00 am

By Silke Bader, Publisher of Curve and Producer of the LGBTQI Awards - Curve Magazine

By Silke Bader, Publisher of Curve and Producer of the LGBTQI Awards  Curve Magazine

Out of darkness comes light. It's an old adage but one that might apply to the life and art of Patricia Cornwell, America's most successful contemporary crime ...

Posted on 3 January 2017 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell returns to city for 25th book in series - Washington Times

Patricia Cornwell returns to city for 25th book in series  Washington Times

Patricia Cornwell is back in Richmond. And in her imagination, so is Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the fictional medical examiner and master sleuth whom Cornwell has ...

Posted on 1 January 2017 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell and her Dr. Scarpetta return to Richmond for 25th book in the series - Richmond.com

Patricia Cornwell and her Dr. Scarpetta return to Richmond for 25th book in the series  Richmond.com

Patricia Cornwell is back in Richmond. And in her imagination, so is Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the fictional medical examiner and master sleuth whom Cornwell has ...

Posted on 26 December 2016 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell, crime fiction writer, 60 - The Australian

Patricia Cornwell, crime fiction writer, 60  The Australian

In your new book Chaos, medical examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta realises shes sufficiently famous for people to recognise her in the street and she doesnt like it.

Posted on 17 December 2016 | 3:00 am

PATRICIA CORNWELL - CHAOS: A Scarpetta Novel - KSCJ

PATRICIA CORNWELL - CHAOS: A Scarpetta Novel  KSCJ

Author: Patricia Cornwell. Book: CHAOS: A Scarpetta Novel. Publishing: William Morrow (November 15, 2016). Audio Player.

Posted on 6 December 2016 | 3:00 am

"Chaos" Is The Latest Dr. Kay Scarpetta Bestseller From Author Patricia Cornwell - WVXU

"Chaos" Is The Latest Dr. Kay Scarpetta Bestseller From Author Patricia Cornwell  WVXU

Popular crime novelist Patricia Cornwell is back with another adventure for Dr. Kay Scarpetta , now in her 25 th year as her series protagonist.

Posted on 2 December 2016 | 3:00 am

Carol screenwriter Phyllis Nagy to script Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta film - The Guardian

Carol screenwriter Phyllis Nagy to script Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta film  The Guardian

Nagy has taken on writing duties for the movie, which will be the first big-screen outing for the forensics specialist and hero of 24 crime novels.

Posted on 29 November 2016 | 3:00 am

'Carol' Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy to Write Patricia Cornwell Kay Scarpetta Film (Exclusive) - Hollywood Reporter

'Carol' Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy to Write Patricia Cornwell Kay Scarpetta Film (Exclusive)  Hollywood Reporter

The character has appeared in two dozen best-selling books, most recently this year's 'Chaos.'

Posted on 28 November 2016 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell: I celebrated turning 60 by getting busier - the Irish News

Patricia Cornwell: I celebrated turning 60 by getting busier  the Irish News

AS forensic favourite Kay Scarpetta returns for a 24th instalment, bestselling thriller writer Patricia Cornwell talks to Hannah Stephenson about plastic surgery, ...

Posted on 21 November 2016 | 3:00 am

The Latest and Best in Crime Fiction - The New York Times

The Latest and Best in Crime Fiction  The New York Times

Chaos” is the latest Patricia Cornwell novel featuring the iron-willed forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta.

Posted on 19 November 2016 | 3:00 am

Cornwell: Scarpetta book research left me traumatised - BBC News

Cornwell: Scarpetta book research left me traumatised  BBC News

The author Patricia Cornwell, best known for her novels featuring Dr Kay Scarpetta, a chief medical examiner (pathologist), has told BBC HARDtalk how ...

Posted on 31 October 2016 | 3:00 am

Possible sequel for Patricia Cornwell saga - The Boston Globe

Possible sequel for Patricia Cornwell saga  The Boston Globe

Crime writer Patricia Cornwell, who won a .9 million lawsuit against her former financial services company only to see it disappear because of a legal ...

Posted on 18 July 2016 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell: 'I grew up with fear, now it's fuel' - Irish Independent

Patricia Cornwell: 'I grew up with fear, now it's fuel'  Irish Independent

Bad things happen to good people. That's what I learn from Patricia Cornwell's latest novel, Depraved Heart, the 23rd she has written featuring Dr Kay Scarpetta, ...

Posted on 7 December 2015 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell’s ‘Depraved Heart,’ and More - New York Times

Patricia Cornwell’s ‘Depraved Heart,’ and More  New York Times

In Cornwell's latest novel, the medical examiner Kay Scarpetta is worried about threats to her brilliant, prickly niece.

Posted on 14 November 2015 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell: ‘I grew up with fear’ - The Guardian

Patricia Cornwell: ‘I grew up with fear’  The Guardian

Her crime novels are based on obsessive detail and gory research. But, as writer Patricia Cornwell tells Carole Cadwalladr, her own back story is one of the ...

Posted on 1 November 2015 | 2:00 am

Patricia Cornwell on the Thrill of Writing Crime Novels as a Woman - Broadly

Patricia Cornwell on the Thrill of Writing Crime Novels as a Woman  Broadly

We talked with the best-selling crime novelist about what it's like to be a millionaire, her theories on Jack the Ripper and Princess Diana, and writing your own ...

Posted on 28 October 2015 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell: how extreme sports changed my life - The Guardian

Patricia Cornwell: how extreme sports changed my life  The Guardian

When she's not stuck at her desk, the best-selling thriller writer is a scuba diver and helicopter pilot. Being scared isn't easy, she says – but it's fun. Patricia ...

Posted on 10 October 2015 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell solves The Mystery of Edwin Drood in new show - The Guardian

Patricia Cornwell solves The Mystery of Edwin Drood in new show  The Guardian

A student essay, in which the future Kay Scarpetta author set out to name the killer in Charles Dickens's unfinished novel, has gone on display in London.

Posted on 24 August 2015 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell ‘Scarpetta’ Feature Adds ‘Jessica Jones’ EPs; Liz Friedman To Pen Fox 2000 Pic - Deadline

Patricia Cornwell ‘Scarpetta’ Feature Adds ‘Jessica Jones’ EPs; Liz Friedman To Pen Fox 2000 Pic  Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Patricia Cornwell's beloved Kay Scarpetta may finally be closer to stepping onto the big screen with some help from Marvel's Jessica Jones. Two of ...

Posted on 20 July 2015 | 3:00 am

For writer Patricia Cornwell, new civil trial not worth effort - Boston Globe

For writer Patricia Cornwell, new civil trial not worth effort  Boston Globe

It seemed to be a storybook ending. Crime writer Patricia Cornwell and her partner had won a .9 million lawsuit after a jury found that they were duped by ...

Posted on 9 July 2015 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell on Her Crime Library - Wall Street Journal

Patricia Cornwell on Her Crime Library  Wall Street Journal

The novelist talks about dark childhood memories, her light-filled Boston duplex and her research library down the hall.

Posted on 9 December 2014 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta film: "It better be big. It better be good. It better be worth it" - Telegraph.co.uk

Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta film: "It better be big. It better be good. It better be worth it"  Telegraph.co.uk

Queen of crime writing Patricia Cornwell talks about the frustration of her Dr Kay Scarpetta novels taking so long to reach the box office.

Posted on 3 December 2014 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell’s ‘Flesh and Blood,’ and More - New York Times

Patricia Cornwell’s ‘Flesh and Blood,’ and More  New York Times

Here's a steamy romantic scene for you, right out of Patricia Cornwell's new thriller, FLESH AND BLOOD (Morrow, .99): “I trace the second cervical vertebra ...

Posted on 15 November 2014 | 3:00 am

Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell, book review: Meaty addition to a - The Independent

Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell, book review: Meaty addition to a  The Independent

Patricia Cornwell's books featuring her forensic sleuth Kay Scarpetta have been bestsellers for years, since her debut Post Mortem in 1990 inaugurated what is ...

Posted on 6 November 2014 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell launches book tour in Wilton - CT Post

Patricia Cornwell launches book tour in Wilton  CT Post

Keeping a popular mystery series *fresh* and exciting for 22 books isn't easy. Patricia Cornwell is nearing the 30th anniversary of her novels about forensic ...

Posted on 6 November 2014 | 3:00 am

Crime Novelist Patricia Cornwell Pens Original Drama for CBS, ABC Studios - Variety

Crime Novelist Patricia Cornwell Pens Original Drama for CBS, ABC Studios  Variety

Bestselling crime novelist Patricia Cornwell is diving into TV, writing an original drama pilot for CBS through ABC Studios. The untitled Cornwell project revolves ...

Posted on 10 October 2014 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell puts herself in crime-solver Kay Scarpetta - Toronto Star

Patricia Cornwell puts herself in crime-solver Kay Scarpetta  Toronto Star

Merry Christmas, mystery fans. Here's what Patricia Cornwell is stuffing into your bloodstained stocking this holiday season with her 21st Kay Scarpetta mystery, ...

Posted on 20 December 2013 | 3:00 am

Dust by Patricia Cornwell – review - The Guardian

Dust by Patricia Cornwell – review  The Guardian

Kay Scarpetta is back for her 21st outing… and this time the icy blond pathologist is armed and dangerous, writes Alison Flood.

Posted on 15 December 2013 | 3:00 am

Dying for Attention - New York Times

Dying for Attention  New York Times

The imperious forensic scientist Kay Scarpetta is in a more meditative mood than usual in Patricia Cornwell's “Dust.”

Posted on 13 December 2013 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell on her life-changing car crash after boozy night with Demi Moore - Mirror.co.uk

Patricia Cornwell on her life-changing car crash after boozy night with Demi Moore  Mirror.co.uk

Details of the author's extravagant life were laid bare in a court case when she was awarded £30million against her financial management company.

Posted on 28 November 2013 | 3:00 am

‘Dust’ by Patricia Cornwell - Boston Globe

‘Dust’ by Patricia Cornwell  Boston Globe

The latest outing for Dr. Kay Scarpetta is packed with too-close-for-comfort encounters. The murder mystery that the medical examiner tangles with in “Dust” hits ...

Posted on 26 November 2013 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell: By the Book - New York Times

Patricia Cornwell: By the Book  New York Times

The author of the Scarpetta novels, most recently “Dust,” plans to write her memoirs, but not anytime soon: “I will want my story told with glaring, unflinching ...

Posted on 23 November 2013 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell turns to screenwriting - News - The Star Online

Patricia Cornwell turns to screenwriting - News  The Star Online

Famed US crime writer is developing a new TV character.

Posted on 7 November 2013 | 3:00 am

ABC Buys Crime Drama From Patricia Cornwell, Matt Gross & Stephanie Sengupta - Deadline.com

ABC Buys Crime Drama From Patricia Cornwell, Matt Gross & Stephanie Sengupta  Deadline.com

EXCLUSIVE: Bestselling novelist Patricia Cornwell, best known for her Kay Scarpetta series, is behind another crime franchise with a strong female character at ...

Posted on 6 November 2013 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell takes her research — and privacy — very seriously - Boston Globe

Patricia Cornwell takes her research — and privacy — very seriously  Boston Globe

Patricia Cornwell, who has sold at least 100 million books, has to be one of the best-selling crime writers alive. She also may have solved the mystery of Jack the ...

Posted on 2 November 2013 | 3:00 am

New Patricia Cornwell Book Deal Jump-starts Possible Scarpetta Film - Hollywood Reporter

New Patricia Cornwell Book Deal Jump-starts Possible Scarpetta Film  Hollywood Reporter

A 2015 movie based on the author's best-selling series about a crime-solving medical examiner is likely with the move to HarperCollins imprint William Morrow.

Posted on 14 August 2013 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell moves to HarperCollins - The Bookseller

Patricia Cornwell moves to HarperCollins  The Bookseller

Crime writer Patricia Cornwell has moved to HarperCollins for her next two books in a deal that sees her publishing combined under the roof of one global ...

Posted on 7 August 2013 | 3:00 am

Novelist Patricia Cornwell, first lady of crime fiction, is armed and dangerous - Telegraph.co.uk

Novelist Patricia Cornwell, first lady of crime fiction, is armed and dangerous  Telegraph.co.uk

Patricia Cornwell, the celebrated crime novelist, likes to see herself as an old-fashioned Southern girl, and when you meet her certain formalities have to be ...

Posted on 24 February 2013 | 3:00 am

Crime Novelist Patricia Cornwell Wins .9 Million Verdict Against Accountants - Hollywood Reporter

Crime Novelist Patricia Cornwell Wins .9 Million Verdict Against Accountants  Hollywood Reporter

After finding out her net worth wasn't as much as she thought, the author said the culprit was her former financial management company.

Posted on 19 February 2013 | 3:00 am

"She’s a bit of a whack job": Crime writer Patricia Cornwell on top cop lesbian lover - Mirror.co.uk

"She’s a bit of a whack job": Crime writer Patricia Cornwell on top cop lesbian lover  Mirror.co.uk

Former Milton Keynes Chief Superintendent Caroline Nicholl's name was disclosed in a Boston court case.

Posted on 17 February 2013 | 3:00 am

The case of Patricia Cornwell's missing millions - Telegraph.co.uk

The case of Patricia Cornwell's missing millions  Telegraph.co.uk

The notoriously private author Patricia Cornwell, a titan of crime fiction, watched in court on Monday as her luxurious lifestyle was laid bare like the resolution to ...

Posted on 14 January 2013 | 3:00 am

Mystery novelist accuses her manager of betrayal - Boston Globe

Mystery novelist accuses her manager of betrayal  Boston Globe

Award-winning crime novelist, in a multi-million case beset with allegations of betrayal and a narrative involving multi-million-dollar homes, a helicopter and a ...

Posted on 9 January 2013 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell and the strange case of the missing millions - The Independent

Patricia Cornwell and the strange case of the missing millions  The Independent

"I would be the first to say I have a lot of strange things happen to me. A lot really, truly aren't something I did. How many people get escorted off a plane because ...

Posted on 28 October 2012 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell makes a killing - CBS News

Patricia Cornwell makes a killing  CBS News

(CBS News) Author Patricia Cornwell has been making a killing WRITING about killings - all kinds of killings. Martha Teichner gives us a read on her prolific ...

Posted on 16 October 2012 | 3:00 am

Book World: Patricia Cornwell's “Red Mist,” reviewed by Gerald Bartell - Washington Post

Book World: Patricia Cornwell's “Red Mist,” reviewed by Gerald Bartell  Washington Post

Patricia Cornwell's new Kay Scarpetta thriller, “Red Mist,” gets lost in its own cloud of complications.

Posted on 29 December 2011 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell talks Kay Scarpetta and a life of crime novels - Washington Post

Patricia Cornwell talks Kay Scarpetta and a life of crime novels  Washington Post

When Richmond medical examiner Kay Scarpetta plunged her scalpel into a corpse for the first time more than a quarter of a century ago, her creator, Patricia ...

Posted on 16 December 2011 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell Talks New Book, 'Red Mist,' Forensics, and Angelina Jolie - Daily Beast

Patricia Cornwell Talks New Book, 'Red Mist,' Forensics, and Angelina Jolie  Daily Beast

Crime writer Patricia Cornwell returns with a new book featuring her heroine Scarpetta, Red Mist. She talks to Janice Kaplan about forensics, being a female ...

Posted on 13 December 2011 | 3:00 am

From forensics to philanthropy, Patricia Cornwell is on the case - OregonLive.com

From forensics to philanthropy, Patricia Cornwell is on the case  OregonLive.com

Patricia Cornwell, the best-selling author of the long-running Kay Scarpetta forensic mystery series, last visited Portland to promote her books in the early 1990s.

Posted on 10 December 2011 | 3:00 am

Crime Novelist Patricia Cornwell on Blood, 'Boundaries' and Her Next Book - ABC News

Crime Novelist Patricia Cornwell on Blood, 'Boundaries' and Her Next Book  ABC News

Best-selling crime novelist Patricia Cornwell learned to fly helicopters, analyze blood splatters and reconstruct complex crime scenes all for the sake of her ...

Posted on 6 December 2011 | 3:00 am

Review: Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell - Irish Independent

Review: Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell  Irish Independent

Patricia Cornwell is one of the bestselling crime writers in the world, with more than 400 million copies of her thrillers sold so far. Her latest book, Red Mist, is the ...

Posted on 4 December 2011 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell: 'Powerful women are more likely to kill' - Telegraph.co.uk

Patricia Cornwell: 'Powerful women are more likely to kill'  Telegraph.co.uk

It isn't giving too much away to reveal that all of the criminals in Patricia Cornwell's new book – and there are several – are female. There is one who hammers ...

Posted on 29 November 2011 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell: The woman who made crime pay - Independent

Patricia Cornwell: The woman who made crime pay  Independent

Not many writers can get away with wearing cream-coloured cowboy boots with a dark pin-striped suit. Fewer still would attempt this combination at London's ...

Posted on 5 December 2010 | 3:00 am

Killer Queen: Patricia Cornwell Interview - Telegraph.co.uk

Killer Queen: Patricia Cornwell Interview  Telegraph.co.uk

The world's best-selling, most controversial crime author has spent much of her life surrounded by corpses, guns and the Bush family. Is it any wonder she's ...

Posted on 16 November 2009 | 3:00 am

'The Scarpetta Factor' by Patricia Cornwell - ABC News

'The Scarpetta Factor' by Patricia Cornwell  ABC News

Read an excerpt from Patricia Cornwell's new book, 'The Scarpetta Factor.'

Posted on 12 November 2009 | 3:00 am

The Scarpetta Factor, By Patricia Cornwell - Independent

The Scarpetta Factor, By Patricia Cornwell  Independent

When interviewed by this newspaper, Patricia Cornwell demonstrated the qualities that have put her in pole position in crime fiction: a fierce intelligence and a ...

Posted on 11 November 2009 | 3:00 am

The monster Patricia Cornwell created - CNN

The monster Patricia Cornwell created  CNN

When Patricia Cornwell began writing thriller novels, she ruled the world of forensic science.

Posted on 15 December 2008 | 3:00 am

Writer Patricia Cornwell speaks out for gay marriage - Reuters

Writer Patricia Cornwell speaks out for gay marriage  Reuters

CANBERRA (Reuters Life!) - Crime writer Patricia Cornwell is a master storyteller but had shied away from telling her own tale, until this year when uproar about ...

Posted on 10 December 2008 | 3:00 am

Patricia Cornwell Bibliography

Patricia Cornwell was born June 9th 1956 in Miami, Florida to Marilyn ("Pat") and Sam Daniels. Her father was an appellate attorney, her mother a secretary. The parents divorced and Marilyn and the three children (Patricia and two brothers) moved to Montreat, North Carolina, when she was seven. Ruth and Billy Graham lived two miles down the road and it was Ruth Graham who once gave her a leather-bound journal and told her to write. She transferred from King College, Tennessee to Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. After graduating she married her former English professor (Charles Cornwell who is seventeen years her senior) and newly married she started as a reporter for the Charlotte Observer in 1979. Soon she became a police reporter and in 1984 she took a job in the Virginia medical examiner's office. For six years she worked at the morgue, first as a technical writer, then as a computer analyst. She also volunteered to be a city cop and got her first taste of community policing. In 1988 she decided she didn't want to be a preacher's wife and she and her husband divorced in 1989.

In 1983 Patricia Cornwell wrote A Time for Remembering (1983), a biography of Ruth Bell Graham, wife of the evangelist Billy Graham. . A new version: "Ruth, a Portrait: The Ruth Bell Graham Story" was published by Doubleday in September 1997. ISBN: 0385488793

Between 1984 and 1986, Cornwell wrote three novels based on her crime desk experience, but all were rejected. Disheartened, she wrote to Sara Ann Freed, an editor at Mysterious Press, the one publishing house that had softened its rejection with encouragement. Freed told her to dump the male detective who was then her central character. She suggested expanding Scarpetta, who in Cornwell's early works played only a minor role. And so in 1990 Patricia Cornwell got her first novel published, Postmortem (the first novel to win the Edgar, Creasy, Anthony and Macavity awards, as well as the French Prix du Roman d'Adventurei, in a single year). Scribner had acquired Postmortem in a two-book deal for less than .500 after several other houses had turned it down. After Postmortem had become a success, the price went up quite a bit. In March 1991 she signed a 5,000 deal for the paperback rights for Body of Evidence.

The six books, Patricia Cornwell did for Scribner, were all edited by Scribners executive editor, Susanne Kirk.

Patricia Cornwell now splits her time between Richmond, Virginia and Los Angeles. She has kept her link to Davidson College and sponsors scholarships to Davidson students with exceptional abilities in creative writing. In June 1996 her name came up in the wake of a bizarre real-life drama. A then 41 year old ex-FBI agent Eugene Bennett had repeatedly claimed that his ex-wife was a lesbian and that she had an affair with Patricia Cornwell in 1992 when the now 42 year old Marguerite Bennett worked as an instructor and hostage negotiator at FBI's Quantico facilities. Eugene Bennett did some rather bizarre things ending on June 23, 1996, when he took his wifes minister hostage and planted pipe bombs at the Northern Virginia Community College where Marguerite Bennett worked as a police lieutenant. For this he was found guilty of attempted murder (and several other accounts) by a jury on February 11, 1997, (despite an insanity claim) and recommended for 61 years in prison. On May 15 1997 he was sentenced to 23 years in prison..

On March 1 1996, 6 of Patricia Cornwell's books were on the USA Today list of the 25 most best-selling mystery books to date. 1. The Body Farm 2. From Potter's Field, 8 Postmortem, 14 Cruel & Unusual, 15 Body of Evidence, 24 All That Remains.

Several of her books are loosely based on real crimes in the Virginia area, such as the colonial parkway murders and the southside strangler.. See Paul Mones: Stalking Justice about the Southside Strangler. (Timothy W. Spencer was convicted of four murders committed during a three-month period (September - November 1987) while Spencer was living in a south Richmond halfway house after being released from prison. The victims were: Susan Tucker, 44, Debbie Dudley Davis, 35, Susan Elizabeth Hellams, 32, and Diane Cho, 15. Spencer was sentenced to death for each of these murders and died in the electric chair in 1994.)

In 1990, writer Patrica Cornwell earned 00 for her first Dr. Kay Scarpetta mystery Postmortem. She signed a new contract worth million with the publisher, G.P.Putnam, for three future Scarpetta mysteries. The deal, brokered by ICM(International Creative Management)'s Esther Newberg, includes hardcover and paperback books. It is for the North American rights; foreign sales mean more money. Putnam and Cornwell already have a two-book contract that pays million for two Scarpetta mysteries, according to Cornwell. The first under that contract, Cause of Death, was published July 1996.

In 1996 the Putnam Berkley Group (with Phyllis Grann as CEO) managed to steal Patricia Cornwell away from Scribner, partly because she was unhappy about Scribner's timing of the release of The Body Farm. It clashed with Putnam's release of Clancy's Debt of Honor and thus probably prevented Patricia Cornwell from being first on the New York Times best-seller list. Cause of Death was published by Putnam in July 1996. The first non-Scarpetta mystery Hornet's Nest came out in January 1997. (Amazon books have a very good service, that can notify you automatically when new books pop up, but with best-selling authors the old rumour mill will beat it.)

Also check out the official website, "The Official Patricia Cornwell Web Experience", http://www.patriciacornwell.com/

Kay Scarpetta is the Chief Medical Examiner in Virginia. She is located in Richmond and works closely together with police officer Pete Marino and FBI profiler Benton Wesley. Her niece Lucy is a computer whiz kid and often helps with computer related problems.
A brief resume of the Scarpetta books

Postmortem NY, Scribners 1991
Body of Evidence NY, Scribners 1991
All That Remains NY, Scribners 1992
Cruel & Unusual NY, Scribners 1993
The Body Farm NY, Scribners 1994
From Potter's Field NY, Scribners 1995
Cause of Death NY, Putnam, July 1996
Hornet's Nest NY, Putnam, January 1997
Unnatural Exposure NY, Putnam, July 1997
Point of Origin NY, Putnam, July 1998
Southern Cross NY, Putnam, January 1999
Black Notice NY, Putnam
The Last Precinct November 2000
Blow Fly, G. P. Putnam's Sons, October 1., 2003 (paperback edition June 2004)
Trace, Putnam, September 2004 (paperback edition June 2005)
Predator, October 25., 2005

Postmortem starts in Richmond, Friday June Sixth 1989. Kay Scarpetta is 40 years old and was appointed Chief Medical Examiner less than two years ago. She is divorced from Tony, her husband for 6 years. She smokes and drinks her coffee black. She also dates Bill Boltz, who is the Commonwealth's attorney for Richmond City. Benton Wesley is a FBI suspect profiler, who also teaches at the National Academy in Quantico. Pete Marino is detective sergeant in Richmond and pushing fifty. Lucy is 10 years old and fiddles with high school level math and science and even Oracle tables for fun.

A series of homicides began less than two months before we enter the story. Abby Turnbull is a journalist writing for the "Times" and is rather annoying for the authorities. She is also the sister of Henna Yarborough. The victims in Postmortem are

* Brenda Steppe, killed April 19. 1989>
* Patty Lewis, killed May 10. 1989>
* Cecilie Tyler, killed May 31, 1989>
* Lori Anne Petersen, killed June 7. 1989>
* Henna Yarborough, killed June 14. 1989>

[Dates based on remarks on page 187 of Body of Evidence that these strangling cases were a year or so ago]

Body of Evidence starts October 30. 1990. Pete Marino has recently been promoted to Lieutenant and drives a new Ford, rather than the familiar old Plymouth. He is in his early fifties. Mark James, who had an affair with Kay Scarpetta in law school more than fifteen years ago, resurfaces.

After being terrorized by an unknown stalker, Beryl Madison, a bestselling novelist flees from Richmond and goes to Key West. Within hours of her return to Richmond, she is brutally murdered in her home. The victims in Body of Evidence are

* Beryl Stratton Madison, killed on October 29. 1990
* Cary Harper, killed on November 10. 1990>
* Sterling Harper, died on November 11. 1990>
* Al Hunt, died on November 16. 1990

[Dates based on remarks on pages 283 and 311-312 that April 10. 1979 was 11 years ago]

All That Remains starts on Saturday, last day of August 1992. Lucy is a high school sophomore and 16 years old in February 1993.

A serial killer is murdering young couples and concealing their bodies deep in Virginia's woodland until all that remains are the bones. One of the victims is the daughter of Pat Harvey, who is coordinating the federal agencies involved in fighting drug abuse. Abby Turnbull investigates the cases for the Washington Post. She has a close relationship with Kay since her sister was killed by the serial killer described in Postmortem. The victims in All That Remains are

* A dog, Dammit, killed August 1984?
* Jill Harrington and Elizabeth Mott, killed September 14. 1984?, found the day after
* Bruce Philips and Judy Roberts, killed June 1. 1990, found ten weeks later
* Jim Freeman and Bonnie Smyth, killed July 29. 1990, found November 12. 1990
* Ben Anderson and Carolyn Bennett, killed March 1991, found September 1991
* Susan Wilcox and Mike Martin, killed February 1992, found May 15. 1992
* Frederick Cheney and Deborah Harvey, killed August 31. 1992, found January 12. 1993

[Dates based on list of murders on pages 26 - 28 and the remark on page 313 that Jim and Bonnie died in the summer of 1990]
Abby Turnbull is killed during the investigation of the murders sometime during April 1993.

Cruel & Unusual starts Monday, December 13th 1991. Kay meets her old law professor Grueman again. She remembers him as "the most misogynistic and arrogant professor I encountered during my thirty-some years of formal education". Lucy is 17 years old and more than a little annoyed that Kay hasn't visited her since Mark died. "Why are men always more important than me ?".

On December 13th 1991 the brutally wounded body of a 13-year-old boy Eddie Heath is found. He dies three days later. Also a horoscope writer, Jennifer Deighton, is found dead in her garage and the only fingerprint found on the scene seems to belong to Ronnie Joe Waddell, a criminal, executed on December 13. The victims in Cruel & Unusual are

* Robin Naismith, killed by Ronnie Joe Weddell, September 4. 1981
* Eddie Heath, shot December 13. 1991, died three days later
* Jennifer Deighton, killed December 18. 1991, found in her garage the following day
* Susan Dawson Story, killed December 24. 1991
* Frank Donahue, killed December 29. 1991
* Helen Grimes, killed Januar 20. 1992

[Dates based on the death of Mark James]

The Body Farm starts on Monday October 16th 1993. Lucy is 21. Soon about to graduate from University of Virginia. Benton Wesley and Kay Scarpetta's relationship gets more personal. Pete Marino has recently been promoted and assigned to the First Precinct in Richmond. He is in his early fifties. During the hunt for Emily's murder, he becomes very close friends with her mother, Denisa Steiner.

The murder of Emily Steiner, age 11, in North Carolina looks very much like the handiwork of Temple Gault.
The victims in The Body Farm are

* Emily Steiner, killed on October 1. 1993
* SBI agent Max Ferguson, killed on October 16. 1993

[Dates based on a remark that it is almost two years since Gault's last killing]

From Potter's Field starts on Sunday December 24th 1994 while Scarpetta and Pete Marino are handing out blankets to the poor in Richmond. Kay has bought a new black Mercedes S500 in October 1994. Lucy has taken up smoking much to Kay's annoyance.

Temple Brooks Gault teases Kay Scarpetta with new killings. The victims in From Potter's Field are

* Jane Doe, killed on Sunday December 24. 1994
* Officer Davila, killed on December 26. 1994
* Detective Jakes, killed on December 28. 1994
* Sheriff Lamont Brown, killed on December 28. 1994
* Detective Maier, killed on December 30. 1994

[Dates based on remark on page 95 that the events in The Body Farm was last October.]

Cause of Death starts on December 31, 1995 when Scarpetta is called to a ship wharf where a scuba diver is reported dead. Lucy is 23 years old and has graduated from University of Virginia.

The victims in Cause of Death are

* Ted Eddings, killed on December 31. 1995
* Danny Webster, killed on January 2. 1996

[Dates based on remark about Oklahoma City Bombing (April 19, 1995)]

Hornet's Nest

Unnatural Exposure starts on November 12, 1996 while Scarpetta is giving a lecture series in Ireland. Pete Marino is commander of the city police homicide department.

Point of Origin. starts on Sunday afternoon June 8, 1998. [Dates based on remarks on page 282 about Lady Diana and Versace].

Black Notice

The victims in Black Notice are

* Kim Luong
* Diane Bray

The Last Precinct starts on December 18. 1999, and picks up where Black Notice stopped. Pete Marino is still captain and at last it is revealed what his son does for a living.

[Dates based on remarks on page 1, 52 and 371].

The victims in The Last Precinct are

* Susan Pless, killed on December 5, 1997
* Rosso Matos, killed on December 23, 1999
* Mitch Barbosa, killed on December 23, 1999
* Benny White, killed on January 16, 2000

Blow Fly

Takes place in Florida in May 2003.

[Dates based on remarks on page 1].

The victims in Blow Fly are

* 10 women disappearing in the spring of 2003

Trace

Takes place in Richmond.

The victims in Trace are

* Gilly Paulsson, killed December 4.
* Mr. Whitby, killed December 18.

Inconsistencies

Weekdays don't match with the corresponding dates in the calendar.
All That Remains states that Jim and Bonnie was killed in the summer of 1990 and that July 29 that year was a Saturday. The Body Farm takes place in 1993 but October 1 is reported to be a Sunday. Within each book the information seem to be consistent but alas it doesn't fit the normal calendar. Apparently Patricia Cornwell is using the day of week for the year in which she writes a novel rather than for the year in which the plot takes place.

All That Remains takes place in 1992, but according to Cruel & Unusual Mark James was killed in February 1991 and so he shouldn't appear in All That Remains.

In Postmortem Cecille Tyler is described as a receptionist at a Northside investment firm on page 74 and as a receptionist at an employment agency on page 154. [Brought to my attention by C. Swetnam.]

In From Potter's Field Pete Marino says that the police don't know what Gault did with Eddie Heath's clothes. In Cruel & Unusual Eddie's clothes are described as found by his body in a pile. [Brought to my attention by Julia Hann.]

Lucy has grown from 10 to 21 in just 4 years.

Also Dorothy is supposed to have been just 18 when Lucy was born and if Kay really is 30 years older than Lucy (as mentioned in Postmortem) that means that Dorothy was born, when Kay was twelve and so she must have been just a baby when their father died. But the impression (from Body of Evidence) is that Dorothy is about the same age as Kay.

In The Body Farm Kay Scarpetta is in Knoxville, Tennessee following a football game between Tennessee (The Vols) and South Carolina (The Gamecocks). The next day Scarpetta refers to the sky as Carolina blue. Only Carolina blue is the team color for North Carolina (The Tar Heels), not South Carolina. [Brought to my attention by Eddie Bryant.]
Scarpetta stays at the Hyatt in Knoxville and remarks on how crowded the city is because of Tennessee's homecoming game. If she was there for homecoming weekend, she wouldn't find a room in the town, let alone the Hyatt. [Brought to my attention by Rochelle Rolson.]

On page 159 in The Body Farm Kay claims that she and Frank Lord attended the same Catholic high school in Miami, although not at the same time. This is strange since this must have been the all-girl "Our Lady of Lourdes Academy".

In From Potter's Field the police code ten-seven is interpreted as End-of-tour. Actually ten-seven means out-of-service, and ten-fortytwo means End-of-tour.

In Cause of Death Kay Scarpetta meets a Major General in navy service. However the navy rank is admiral, not general.
Kay Scarpetta chronology (fictitious)

Patricia Cornwell is extremely cautious about giving away facts that can pinpoint events in her books and the few facts given don't match all that well. See Inconsistencies. [Really, Kay should be smart enough to figure out that she lives in a fictive universe.]

* 1949 ?? Born in Miami, Florida
* 1962 ?? Her father dies
* 1966 ?? Graduated Saint Michael's
* 1968 ?? Graduated Our Lady of Lourdes Academy
* 1970 ?? Graduated Cornell
* 1973 ?? Graduated as a M.D. from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
* 1974 ?? Enlists on Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
[Georgetown is the oldest Roman Catholic & Jesuit University in the U.S.]
* 1975 ?? Meets Mark James in Georgetown Law School
* 1977 ?? Splits up with Mark James and is engaged with Tony
* 1977 ?? Graduated Georgetown Law School
* 1977 ?? Marries Tony
* 1977 ?? Back to Johns Hopkins as a residency
* 1983 ?? Divorced from Tony
* 1983 ?? Meets Mark James again, but the relationship breaks in much the same way again. He moves to Colorado, she goes to Richmond.
* 1983 Deputy Chief Examiner at the Dade County Medical Examiners Office in Georgetown
* 1984 Moves to Richmond, Virginia
* 1984 Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Virginia
* 1991 Mark James is killed on February 18
* 1991 Kay moves to another part of Richmond
* 1993 She quits smoking in October

The persons

Kay Scarpetta, born in Miami, Florida of Italian American parents. She spent three years in Georgetown University Law School. In all the novels so far she is Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. There are four district offices. Central Office in Richmond, Tidewater in Norfolk, Western in Roanoke and Northern in Alexandria. Kay gave up smoking in 1993 and it seems that she also cut back on the black coffee, she used to drink. At least she drinks decaffeinated coffee in Cruel & Unusual and Darjeeling tea in The Body Farm. She lives in a wealthy area of Richmond, near Windsor Farms and although she has moved around a few times she stays within the area. She likes Italian cooking and is an excellent cook herself. She prefers black Mercedes cars and this is not her only German trait.

Tony Benedetti, Kay's former husband of 6 years.

Temple Brooks Gault, from Albany, Georgia is a serial killer, who takes a certain delight in leaving confusing and disturbing evidence behind. He is introduced in Cruel & Unusual and continues his killings in The Body Farm and From Potter's Field. He is the son of Peyton and Rachael Gault. He has a twin sister Jayne. His uncle Luther Gault won the Medal of Honor in World War II and later served in Korea and Vietnam before retiring as a major general. Luther died in Seattle in 1989 at 78. Peyton and Rachael Gault recently moved from Albany to Beaufort, South Carolina, because of a flood that destroyed the family house. Temple went to a private college in North Carolina called Davidson but was kicked out after a year. He has a black belt in karate. He started his criminal record by kicking a man in the head and killing him. In 1993 he was 31 years old and the manslaughter had happened two and a half year ago.

Pete Marino is a police officer, who has moved to Richmond from New York and is a member of the VICAP (Violent Criminal Apprehension Program) team in Richmond. The second member is Benton Wesley. In 1993? he and his wife Doris are divorced after 30 years of marriage, and Pete needs to start from scratch building new relationships. This doesn't go too well, but Doris doesn't seem to find what she is looking for, so maybe they will come together again. Pete and Doris have a son, Richard (aka Rocky and Ricky), who lives in Darien, Georgia. Pete Marino is more than a bit homophobic [Maybe Richard is homosexual?], besides having a very unhealthy way of living and he displays all symptoms of a man steadily working towards a stroke or a heart attack. In December 1991 his blood pressure was 150/110 and he was getting ready for a prostrate turp.

Lucy, Kay's niece, daughter of Dorothy. She adores Kay and despises her own mother. She is a computer wizard and has very few friends. It is more than hinted at that she rejects men because she has been rejected by both her mother and Kay because of their affairs with men. She starts dating other girls and in the later books she has a steady girlfriend Janet, who is also with the FBI.

Dorothy, Kay's younger sister, writes excellent childrens books, while completely neglecting her own child, Lucy. It is a bit difficult to keep track of the men in Dorothy's life. She married Armando, Lucy's father, while she was very young. Later names include Andy, Ralph and in June 1992 Dorothy flies to Nevada to marry Jacob Blank. In December 1993 Fred has taken over from a husband, whom she divorced the year before, so Jacob doesn't seem to have lasted long. She has been married at least four times.

Armando, Lucy's father. "Dropped dead by the pool when Lucy was still too young to ride a bicycle". Wealthy and 18 years older than Dorothy. Of Latin origin.

Kay's father. He died of chronic lymphatic leukemia while she was just twelve years old. He owned a small grocery store in Miami, Florida, but in the later years Kay's mother took over as he was too often too ill to manage it.

Kay's mother. She is very disappointed that Kay has no children and that Lucy's father wasn't an Italian, i.e. that the family line will be disrupted.

Mark James, Kay's former lover, was killed when a bomb located in a trash can inside London Victoria station exploded on February 18th 1991. His death is described in Cruel & Unusual. He came from an old Boston family, both his father and his grandfather were lawyers and he met Kay in law school. He was Angloamerican, Protestant, etc. He graduated from law school in 1977 ?? and soon married Janet. Janet was killed in a car crash in 1983 ?? and he gave up his practise and joined the FBI. He worked in the field in Detroit for a while, then went under deep cover. He met Kay again while he was investigating Beryl Madisons death.

Benton Wesley, a FBI suspect profiler, works very close with Kay Scarpetta and Pete Marino. He has worked with Pete Marino in Richmond for several years before Kay Scarpetta became CME. He holds a masters degree in psychology, and was a highschool principal in Dallas before enlisting in the Bureau. In FBI he worked first as a field agent, then undercover before becoming a profiler. During the span of years covered by the books he becomes the chief of FBI's Behavioral Science Unit (later renamed to the Investigative Support Unit) at Quantico. Also his and Kay's relationship grows gradually stronger and more emotional. Benton Wesley is married to Connie Wesley and has three children. His eldest daughter Michele is a system analyst.

Other persons: Kays secretary, Rose. Her deputy, Jack Fielding. Her fingerprint expert, Vanders. Her computer analyst, Margaret. Her cleaning help, Bertha.
Relevant quotes

Information about Kay Scarpetta's background is given in bits and pieces throughout the books. I've tried to collect most of these into a Patricia Cornwell - Quotes.
Abbreviations

Dedications

* Postmortem: To Joe and Dianne
* Body of Evidence: For Ed, Special Agent and Special Friend
* All that Remains: This book is for Michael Congdon. As always, thanks.
* Cruel & Unusual: This book is for the inimitable Dr. Marcella Fierro. (You taught Scarpetta well)
* The Body Farm: To Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah for his tireless fight against crime
* From Potter's Field: This book is for Dr. Erika Blanton (Scarpetta would call you friend).
* Cause of Death: To Susanne Kirk - visionary editor and friend
* Hornet's Nest: To cops
* Unnatural Exposure: To Esther Newberg - Vision, No Fear
* Point of Origin: With Love to Barbara Bush (for the difference you make)
* The Last Precinct: To Linda Fairstein - Prosecutor. Novelist. Mentor. Best Friend. (This one's for you)

Michael Congdon was her agent for the first four books, but she switched to Esther Newberg after Cruel and Unusual was published in 1993. Some say that Congdon helped revise Cornwell's books and that the quality has dropped after the switch.
Models

Several of Patricia Cornwells persons have real life models

* FBI Profiler John E. Douglas
* Utah Senator Orrin Grant Hatch
* Forensic anthropologist, Professor Dr. William Bass (Dr. Shade in The Body Farm)
* Former Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia, David Wiecking
* Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia, Marcella F. Fierro

 

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