Monday, March 21, 2011
Port Mortuary, by Patricia Cornwell
How could I have wasted my time reading another Patricia Cornwell book? The last one was a hot mess, and Port Mortuary is no better. Written in the first person from the perspective of Dr. Kay Scarpetta, most of the book takes place over a period of about 36 hours as Kay returns from a six-month sojourn with the military to her lab in Massachusetts, where all hell has broken loose. I do not like Scarpetta better as a result of being in her head for 300-some pages; indeed, her constant assessing of her relationships with Lucy, Benton, and Marino is beyond annoying. Further, her sudden guilt over something that happened when her career was first beginning seems ridiculously contrived. Ugh, ugh, ugh.