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Old 16-10-2005, 11:02   #1
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new P cornwall novel out end Oct 05 (and new one Jan 09)

Eeek, Amazon UK is down so i'll have to use play for first time ever.

Buy it at Play - Predator

ANyway, new P cornwall book out 31 Oct. I've got all her stuff, got rid of the Southern cross series when i moved as pants, thought blowfly was rubbish and so borrowed trace from the library, that was also so-so.

So shall be librarying this one, at least until i can pick it up for Ł4 in paperback.

But the write up sounds good, perhaps it may be a return to form. Though scarpetta should be retiring soon, she was 40 in the first one

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Old 16-10-2005, 11:37   #2
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I have to say I haven't read any of her work at all. Not my thing. But hasn't she gone nuts now ??? A certain Mr. Sickert springs to mind...

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Old 18-10-2005, 08:12   #3
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Though scarpetta should be retiring soon, she was 40 in the first one
Scarpetta is ageless. Lucy was about 12 in the first one and is now an adult, yet Scarpetta remains more or less the same age.

I still can't get over the ludricrous saga of (just in case anyone does't know by now)
. It makes Den's return to EastEnders seem positively realistic.

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Old 18-10-2005, 08:41   #4
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just saw this as well and it does sound better than the last couple, mind you since Point of Origin



and that Lucy is a right moody cow and needs a slap IMO!
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I'm a big fan of the series, but they are getting sillier and sillier. Still, it's got to be better than the Ripper book.
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Old 20-10-2005, 23:06   #6
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I've read them all up until I think, 'The Last Precinct' which was borderline unreadable. I seem to remember 3/4 of the book pretty much nothing happened, it was hard going, and the last 1/4 didnt make up for what had gone before.

And if that spoiler up there is true then I'm astonished

The series when it started was compulsive page turning stuff, which is a shame that I havent enjoyed the last few books.
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Old 10-11-2005, 22:56   #7
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Anf the library comes up trumps, am the first reader to get it.

I shall post back when finished, am hoping for a return to form and NOT another rubbish book where yet more people from kay's past return and haunt her. Get over yourself, your a 50 year old broad. Not some sexy strumpet.
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Old 17-11-2005, 09:35   #8
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well finished it.

And as before, the ending appears to be wrapped up in one chapter. Just sort of OVER and i'm still not really sure everything was wrapped up.

again its in the annoying present tense, which does bug me at times.

And people just do not talk to each other. Most annoying.
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Just finished this. Better than the last couple (and at least Cornwell can write entire chapters that are longer than one page - not like most famous authors these days)....but

The ending is as CJ mentions irritating. Lead up to a big finale (which is actually not that big and a bit predicatable), but then SNIP we're into the final wrap up pages ('so they did the crime due to a terrible childhood / poor diet / evil stepmum'). The end of the book (again) seems like she got bored before finishing it.

And is it just me, or does the whole set up with Lucy et al running there own private law enforcement centre read like a grown up version of the thunderbirds (with helicopters and harleys rather than rockets)?

I think Scarpetta is long overdue to retire, personally. It's always a shame when someone you admire overstayes their welcome. Cornwell could always kill her off in one last book (and yes I am aware of the irony of that sentence!)
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Am I the only one that actually found the Ripper book to be fascinating.It gave a whole new scope on the age asked question of the identity of the Ripper.
I have the new book which I shall start soon as Im just finishing reading Martina Cole's new one. I agree that Blow Fly kind of went off but Trace was great, I liked it.
I will certainly give Predator a go and see what I think.

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No I actually enjoyed the ripper book. Mixes up a bit of fact and fiction (although not according to PC herself), but was quite an intersting historical read.

EDIT - being really sad I also have the Cookbook. Not bad recipes actually.

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I haven't read the cookbook,might stick to Jamie Oliver and Rick Stein.lol. Im glad I was not alone in liking the ripper book. I think the book of hers I most enjoyed was when I first read Body of Evidence. It sort of went from there,cruel and unusual,potters field etc. I also read alot of jeff deaver and Richard laymon.
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Jeffery Deaver's Ok - quite enjoyed the last one - twelfth card or something?

Havn't read any Richard Laymon for years - isn'yt he mainly horror, or am I thinking of someone else?
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He is mainly horror but I just like his style of writing, his novels just seem to flow.
I think jeff Deavers best are his Lincon Ryme novels based, eg Bone Collector.
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Have you tried Jonathon Kellerman (and his wife ain't bad either - Faye Kellerman) and James Patterson (earlier stuff is better than hte later stuff). Similar sort of genre, and in Kellerman's case good thick books with plenty of detail.
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People keep saying I should read Kellerman but I have never gotten around to it. To be honest I have a back log right now of about 5 books so I need to get them read over christmas first.lol.However,after christmas I shall find a kellerman in the Library and give it a shot.
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a bump up, am reading the new scarpetta called - well -

Scarpetta

and its good so far = and is written in the past tense, bliss (she has been present tense in the last few and its RUBBISH)

so for all those who may have given up, well give this one a try.
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Used to really enjoy her books early on but got more and more annoyed that they (imo) seemed to be less about solving the case in interesting ways and more about how the majority of people hated her and were out to get her and the resulting politicing.
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Scarpetta was awesome, finished it a few weeks ago, really like the way(you know who is in it) won't spoil plots. lol. Back to her best, way better than The Front. then I read Dawn French's book Fatty, now im just starting Martina Cole's The Business, then after that it's on to Lynda La Plante's latest. lol. busy busy.
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hmm well the latest one, scarpetta factor

and it took me a week to read, rather than the usual page tuner, far too much exposition and at the end, well it ended in 2 pages in such an abrupt way that i have no idea if anything was resolved or we knew who did it and why. and how all the various plots drew together.

reviews on amazon are 2-3 stars max shame, she has gone off the boil again.
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