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Patricia Cornwell ~ Depraved Heart

I am slow but sure with the books I read. I love the variety of genres that one can find these days, but lately an adventurous mystery has caught my attention. Patricia Cornwell is well known for writing the exploits of Kay Scarpetta, an investigative medical examiner in Virginia, very similar to her real life profession. Her attention to detail has everyone grasping onto the pages in each masterpiece that she puts out and this latest one is one I can't put down.

 Kay Scarpetta investigates one gruesome murder scene after another and never loses the human factor in the victim. The trick is to try to keep her own emotions out of the equation. At her latest murder scene, however, that is difficult to do. Text messages draw her attention away as a clear and present danger to someone dear to her becomes apparent. She is thrown into the shady past and present of her beloved niece, Lucy. It had always been necessary to turn her head with Lucy's activities but when anonymous messages prove someone else has a direct interest in them, Dr. Scarpetta has to get involved. A dangerous cat and mouse game ensues and she can only hope that she will figure this out in time to save the girl that she loves as a daughter.

This is an incredible novel full of twists and turns that will be sure to keep you guessing right up until the end.


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