Autopsy - Patricia Cornwell


By Patricia Cornwell

  • Release Date: 2021-11-30
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,255 Ratings


New York Times Bestseller

In this relaunch of the electrifying, landmark #1 bestselling thriller series, chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta hunts those responsible for two wildly divergent and chilling murders. 

Forensic pathologist Dr. Kay Scarpetta has come almost full circle, returning to Virginia, the state where she launched her storied career, as the chief medical examiner. Finding herself the new girl in town once again after being away for many years, she’s inherited both an overbearing secretary and a legacy of neglect and potential corruption.

She and her husband, Benton Wesley, now a forensic psychologist with the U.S. Secret Service, have relocated to Old Town Alexandria, where she’s headquartered five miles from the Pentagon in a post-pandemic world that’s been torn apart by civil and political unrest. After just weeks on the job, she’s called to a scene by railroad tracks—a woman’s body has been shockingly displayed, her throat cut down to the spine—and as Scarpetta begins to follow the trail, it leads unnervingly close to her own historic neighborhood.

 At the same time, a catastrophe occurs in a top secret labo­ratory in outer space, endangering at least two scientists aboard. Appointed to the highly classified Doomsday Commission that specializes in sensitive national security cases, Scarpetta is summoned to the White House and tasked with finding out exactly what happened. But even as she remotely works the first potential crime scene in space, an apparent serial killer strikes again very close to home.

This latest novel in the groundbreaking Kay Scarpetta series captivates readers with the shocking twists, high-wire tension, and forensic detail that Patricia Cornwell is famous for, proving once again why she’s the world’s #1 bestselling crime writer.


  • Autopsy

    By kathywamsley
    Always an awesome read. Thanks k
  • Disappointing

    By Duh! Look it up!
    It’s been a long while since I’ve read anything in this series, but I don’t recall the Kay Scarpetta character being so weak. She doesn’t stand up to abrasive characters, and it’s frustrating to read such passive interactions. I also found the story line to be disjointed, abruptly cutting to a summary chapter that ties up loose ends. Very disappointing effort.
  • Promising

    By M. Taft
    As a long time reader of the Scarpetta series, this book packs so much promise for an intricate mystery, right until it’s tied up in one scene and an Epilogue! Never have I been SO disappointed with the trajectory of Cornwell’s drama. It’s like she just lost interest and decided to wrap up. Terribly engaging right up to its shockingly abrupt conclusion.
  • Started ok

    By can you recommend?
    Isn’t her best.
  • Do Better Ms. Cornwell

    By mspende
    I grew up on the Scarpetta series, and this book was an absolute waste of time. We get it, all the characters are rich and famous and have fancy titles... This book was so busy talking about how important everyone is that they forgot about the plot. Absolutely terrible. And she wrapped the entire book up in the last 5 terrible pages where she just pulled random people out of a hat and made them guilty. Seriously disappointed. Don’t read.

    By Fanita67
    Please tell this is not the last I’ll hear of Kay Scarpetta! I’ve them all and Autopsy was my favorite! Thank you, Ms Cornwell!
  • Is this it?

    By Rojen65
    Love the Scarpetta books have been waiting for a new release but somewhat disappointed! Started out well but at the last minute some unknown character comes in as the bad guy and boom it’s over, lots of unanswered questions! Not worth the $12.99 I paid!
  • Autopsy

    By srormy1
    Good read. Moved quickly. I felt the ending was too quick, and the killer not developed at all in the story. Kay’s reinstatement not credible
  • Autopsy

    By Lady Die
    Great read, finished in two days. I enjoy the major players in her Scarpeta universe. I’d recommend this book to anybody who enjoys murder mysteries and crime thrillers.
  • Angry

    By jaime9878
    Susan Erickson narrated this book and sounded so angry all the time. It spoils the experience.