Dec 12, 2014

Book Beginning: Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell

The Friday 56: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader  *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you. *Post it. *Add your (url) post in Linky at Freda's VoiceAlso, Book Beginnings at Rose City Reader.

Book beginning:
June 12, 2014 Cambridge, Massachusetts 
Copper flashes like shards of aventurine glass on top of the old brick wall behind our house. I envision ancient pastel stucco workshops with red tile roofs along the Rio dei Vetrai canal, and fiery furnaces and blowpipes as maestros shape molten glass on marvers. Careful not to spill, I carry two espressos sweetened with agave nectar.
page 56: 
"There's no room in a homicide investigation for personal problems."
FLESH AND BLOOD ( November 11, 2014, William Morrow)
 It’s Dr. Kay Scarpetta’s birthday, and she’s about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids’ game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted?

Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there’s been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. No one has heard or seen a thing.

In this 22nd Scarpetta novel, the master forensic sleuth finds herself in pursuit of a serial sniper who leaves no incriminating evidence except fragments of copper. The shots seem impossible, yet they are so perfect they cause instant death. The victims appear to have had nothing in common, and there is no pattern to indicate where the killer will strike next.

First New Jersey, then Massachusetts, and then the murky depths off the coast of South Florida, where Scarpetta investigates a shipwreck, looking for answers that only she can discover and analyze. And it is there that she comes face to face with shocking evidence that implicates her techno genius niece, Lucy, Scarpetta’s own flesh and blood.


  1. It's been a while since I read a Kay Scarpetta story. This sounds like another good one!
    My Friday post features THE TIGER QUEENS.

  2. I have never read this series, and now I am so intrigued that I am adding this one to my list.

    Thanks for sharing...and for reeling me in.

    Here's mine: “WINTER STREET”

  3. Somehow, I have never read a Kay Scarpetta book... Now I'm definitely adding it to my TBR. Thanks for sharing! Here's mine: The Small Fortune of Dorothea Q.

  4. I haven't read a book from this author for a long time. I always enjoyed her books.

    Thanks for the reminder.

    ENJOY your book and your weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  5. I used to love Patricia Cornwell's books but it's been years since I've read her. Are you enjoying this one?

  6. 22nd novel? Wow. Must be decent.
    Happy weekend!

  7. Maybe it is me, bit I find those first sentences busy in terms of using unusual words. I had too look up the word "aventurine". In my opinion this is not a bad thing as I like when writers craft sentences in unorthodox ways.

    It is an interesting contrast with the sentence on page 56.

  8. 22nd novel? Wow! This sounds excellent, Harvee.


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