Port Mortuary - Patricia Cornwell

Port Mortuary

By Patricia Cornwell

  • Release Date: 2010-11-30
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 3.5
From 1,088 Ratings


The world's bestselling crime writer Patricia Cornwell presents the extraordinary eighteenth novel in the Kay Scarpetta series, in which Kay Scarpetta is confronted with a case that could ruin her professionally and personally.

Kay Scarpetta has been training at the Dover Port Mortuary, mastering the art of 'virtual autopsy' - a groundbreaking procedure that could soon revolutionise forensic science. And it is not too long before these new skills urgently need to be put into practice. A young man drops dead, apparently from a heart condition, eerily close to Scarpetta's home. But when his body is examined the next morning, there are stunning indications that he may have been alive when he was zipped inside a pouch and locked in the cooler.

When the revolutionary 3D radiology scans reveal more shocking details about internal injuries unlike any Scarpetta has ever seen, she realizes that this is a case of murder - and that she is fighting a cunning and uniquely cruel enemy. Now it is a race against time to discover who and why before more people die. But that time is running out . . .


  • Good mystery!

    By Fanita67
    Confusing at first but captivating at the end!
  • Not what I come to expect from Ms Cromwell

    By doctingey
    Not the suspense filled novel that I have enjoyed in other Scarpetta series novels. Though the book was excellent, it did lack the action that I kept waiting for. Just a slight letdown.
  • Port Mortuary

    By lkowen13
    Good read!
  • Port Mortuary

    By Really? Same again?
    Why do I keep reading the Scarpetta books? I don't really know, maybe boredom. Same, same, same...predictably Scarpetta stories start in ice and snow, Kay stressed out, but nevertheless heroic. Lucy excessive and with borderline criminal actions saves the day, Marino, capable and smart, still needs Kay's protection against all odds, Benton, the strong, silent type is beyond human failure, however never quite correct in his assessments, only Kay, who always cooks, but never eats or sleeps, super humanly recognizes the villain and his/her motives who without fail attacks heroic Kay in the last 2 chapters and can not win the confrontation, either dies or gets then arrested. No real plot, no build up to the plot. All seems flat, unemotional, tepid, predictable.
  • Cornwell needs to refocus

    By Corbank
    This book was terrible. I have read all the Scarpetta novels and have always enjoyed them to the point of losing sleep. This book took me 3 months to read. Scarpetta is dark and whiny in this book. Nothing like the confident Scarpetta of old. She needs to get over Marino and Benton drama because it's not a viable story line anymore. I won't spend money on the next book. This was an awful read.
  • Port Mortuary

    By Emerald 32
    I have had it with Cornwell. She is so full of herself, and Scarpetta likewise. The plot is so disjointed and wordy, that it is very difficult to read, let alone understand. Scarpetta thinks she is Superwoman. Everybody is against her, and she knows better than anyone else. If I had purchased this book, I would be extremely disappointed !
  • Port mortuary

    By Texasgal7
    Good reading but if Marino irritates Scarpetta why doesn't"t she handle him??? and her insecurities are getting to me!!! Yet I found the book hard to put down.
  • Page-turner

    By NoGeekMe
    Lots of non-medical technical jargon in this one but I really enjoyed all the insight into why Dr. Scarpetta is so driven and yet so insecure. Interestingly designed with several different story avenues which all come together very neatly at the end. Good set-up for the next one too. Thanks Ms. Cornwell; you didn't let me down.
  • Port Mortuary

    By Rottnkids
    One of the better books written by P.C. That she manages to write without graphic sex and "F'!?*' every other word is refreshing.
  • Slow but...

    By SJSteph
    This story didn't take off quickly; however, it does leave you with questions at the end that make you want to continue the Scarpetta series. I enjoy reading how the characters' lives evolve. I'm a true fan and look forward to the next book.