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  • Monthly Recommendations
    Crime fiction,  Forensic,  Random

    November Recommendations: Crime Fiction and Medicine

    Bodies in the Library’s recommendations come out the last day of each month and they aim to bring together great crime fiction reads for fans of the genre. The lists are eclectic and diverse, and they celebrate contemporary crime fiction writers and classics alike. This month’s recommendations are extra special to me because even though literature is clearly my first love, medicine follows very closely. My mum is a nurse, and some of my closest relatives are doctors so it was just a matter of time that showed an interest in the field. As you can imagine, medicine and crime fiction combine perfectly, especially after the CSI effect in the…

  • Essays,  Random

    More for the University of Birmingham: Beyond the Best-Selling Label. Patricia Cornwell and Kay Scarpetta

    I mentioned last week I have written some articles for the University of Birmingham’s new and super cool blog on Popular Culture and the second one is already out! This time I talk about one of my favourite writers, Patricia Cornwell and her Kay Scarpetta series. More here  https://blog.bham.ac.uk/poplit/beyond-the-best-selling-label-patricia-cornwell-and-kay-scarpetta-by-elena-avanzas-alvarez/

  • 21st Century,  Essays,  Medical Humanities

    Why Patricia Cornwell is One of the Best Crime Fiction Writers (And Why You Should Be Reading Her Works)

    ‘Hi! My name is Elena and I’m writing a Humanities doctoral thesis. On Contemporary Literature. On crime fiction. On Patricia Cornwell’s books’. That is how much it takes me these days to get a look of embarrassment from many people, although luckily not my beloved ones. Not only am I pursuing a PhD in Humanities, which apparently is not nearly as important as my expected Medicine career (on which acquaintances gave up a long time ago), but I am also studying bad literature. Airport literature. Beach readings. Pop-corn crime fiction. Best-sellers. You name it. I have chosen the wrong path. Or so they say. Because, how can you build your…

  • Crime fiction,  Forensic

    Cause of Death by Patricia Cornwell

    After the heart-breaking disappointment of From Potter’s Field (Kay Scarpetta #6) by Patricia Cornwell, I thought I had finally reached that stage in the series when the pop-corn quality of the stories turned unbearable, and unreadable. However, Mr.B&R had given me the two next titles on the series, and I decided to give Cause of Death (Kay Scarpetta #7) a try after a disastrous start of the year that left me needing some autopsies, and some pop-corn reading. Buy at Book Depository Cause of Death takes Doctor Kay Scarpetta to the Southern, Virginia setting where we first met her. I was really glad to see her back to a place…

  • Crime fiction,  Forensic

    From Potter’s Field by Patricia Cornwell

    If you have following this blog in the last year, you surely know that every time I feel overwhelmed by work, I take solace in novel from the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell. Seeing overworked and stressed Scarpetta navigate her professional and personal lives while surviving on coffee and sandwiches makes me feel I am not alone. So, this October I turned to the series for some comfort, and it was not the experience I expected. Buy at BookDepository From Goodreads: In From Potter’s Field, #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell enters the chilling world of Virginia’s Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta—and a bold, brilliant killer…

  • 21st Century,  Crime fiction

    The Body Farm (Scarpetta #5) by Patricia Cornwell

    The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell is the fifth on the Kay Scarpetta series, a series that I love and that help me to unplug, relax and always inspire me. I once read about things that always happen in crime fiction and one is that detectives/doctors do not get that much sleep. And when life resembles fiction, I like to find solace in Scarpetta’s tight schedule. Also, the series have a special meaning for me since it was Mr. B&R who first bought me one Cornwell’s books and ever since he has been in charge of buying me all the books in the series! From Goodreads: When an eleven-year-old girl is…

  • Crime fiction,  Forensic

    Cruel & Unusual (Scarpetta #4) by Patricia Cornwell

    Cruel and Unusual is the fourth novel in the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell. For previous Cornwell/Scarpetta love in case you haven’t read how passionate I am about the series, click here. From GoodReads: When convicted killer Ronnie Joe Waddell is executed in Virginia’s electric chair, he becomes what should be a routine postmortem case for Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. But after Waddell’s execution, the murders continue, as everyone connected to him begins to die — including a member of Scarpetta’s staff. Then, when crucial records disappear from her files, Scarpetta comes under fire for incompetence. Caught in a web of political intrigue, betrayed by those she…

  • Crime fiction,  Forensic

    All That Remains (Scarpetta #3) by Patricia Cornwell

    The following is a SPOILER-FREE review. All That Remains (1992) by Patricia Cornwell is the third novel in the Kay Scarpetta series. I first heard of this novels via Criminal Minds and last Christmas I got as a present the first two novels, needless to say, I adore them. They are extremely addictive yet Kay is a strong, inspiring and deep main character. So, last week in the midst of some dissertation chaos and a tummy bug, I decided to read All That Remains. It took me three readings and put me through the week. In All That Remains, Kay Scarpetta faces one of the most difficult cases of her…

  • Crime fiction,  Forensic,  Medical Humanities

    Body of Evidence (Scarpetta #2) by Patricia Cornwell

    Body of Evidence is the second of the Kay Scarpetta novels. My wonderful man bought me a gorgeous hardback edition containing both Postmortem and Body of Evidence. I read Postmortem last Christmas and decided to read a book (Kate Morton’s The Secret Keeper) before facing Scarpetta #2.   From Book Depository: A reclusive writer is dead. And her final manuscript has disappeared …Someone is stalking Beryl Madison. Someone who spies on her and makes threatening, obscene phone-calls. Terrified, Beryl flees to Key West – but eventually she must return to her Richmond home. The very night she arrives, Beryl inexplicably invites her killer in …Thus begins for Dr Kay Scarpetta…