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Patricia Cornwell: The Body Farm

Discussion in 'What are you reading now?' started by Tee, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. Tee

    Tee New Member

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    I have had this book lying around in my house for over a year now and although I thought it sounded good, never actually got around to reading it and always chose something else over it.
    Having nothing else in that I haven't read and with it being Christmas shortly with no spare cash for a new one I thought I'd give it a go.
    I have to say I am only quarter the way through and am really enjoying it so far!
    Will post when I have finished.
    Anyone else read and have any thoughts or opinions on it?
     
  2. Meadow337

    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    I can't recall if I have read that particular one or not. I suspect I have but just can't remember details LOL ... I enjoy her books. She is one of the small collection of authors who actually know what they are talking about which gives her books a factual background I find interesting.

    If you are enjoying that you might also enjoy the Body Farm series by Jefferson Bass.
     
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    I think Patricia ran out of steam/ideas/plots early on in her writing. But kept going anyway. The (only) good ones, are the first ones.
     
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    I've read her earlier books (Southern Comfort or Cross? I think and two others). She has experience in police procedure which makes her works credible, but I prefer Christie and classic detective mysteries.
     
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    JCBC, I recently picked up The Chinese Shawl by one of the lesser-known Golden Age authors, Patricia Wentworth. Her detective, Miss Silver, reminds me a lot of Christie's Miss Marple. There were a lot of good mystery authors writing in that era and style; I've been searching a few more out. Less shock value and gore, but good detection.
     
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    I rampaged through all the Miss Silvers in the 1970s/80s. I think I still have most of them, too. I like this series at least as much as Miss Marple. (Even though my avatar is Dame Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple.)

    I agree that there are a lot of writers from that era, and into the 1950s, who aren't read as much now but are excellent detection. Everybody knows about Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh and Josephine Tey, but some people have forgotten about great writers like Margery Allingham, Edmund Crispin, Nicholas Blake, Delano Ames, Michael Gilbert, Cyril Hare, Michael Innes, E.X. Ferrars, Patricia Moyes.
     
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    I love all these writers, and their books are particularly good when you get home late from work, too tired to do anything but crawl into bed and read. I was digging through a box of books recently, and, happily, Moyes's Murder Fantastical rose to the top. The Manciple family is very eccentric, and the Bishop's obsession with crossword puzzles always makes me laugh.
     
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    So I have had a lot going on and haven't been on here in a few months, good few books read since then though. I finished The Body Farm a while back and enjoyed it I have to say but not so much that I wanted to read the whole series she wrote with Dr Kay Scarpetta.
     

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