To wish Patricia Cornwell would read some of her earlier books

(48 Posts)
sherbetpips Wed 11-Sep-13 12:29:51

Old books - were brilliant, great plot lines and twists, interesting characters, a little romance and awesome baddies.
New books - no discerable plot line, everyone hates each other, no new characters, can't even figure out who the baddies are most of the time.

I have tried to finish the last two books and I just can't they are so boring and repetative and frankly if Lucy, Marino and Scarpetta ever actually met in real life they would never, ever, ever see each other again.

If you have never read the Scarpetta series read them from the beginning and dont bother with the last three.

CeliaFate Wed 11-Sep-13 19:59:52

I totally agree. I gave up on these. I can't even remember the name of the last one I read, but it was unutterable shite and completely unworthy of the series.

hermioneweasley Wed 11-Sep-13 20:03:05

Agree, gave up after Benton came back from the dead. First few were nerve shredding

littlemissnormal Wed 11-Sep-13 20:03:32

I agree too! Peter used to be gruff but loveable, now he just seems like an arse.

littlemissnormal Wed 11-Sep-13 20:03:55

Pete even!

roundtoit Wed 11-Sep-13 20:07:58

love love love her early books,new ones are crap. Same with
james Patterson , he has gone right off too.

roundtoit Wed 11-Sep-13 20:09:20

Michael Connolly is a great writer, try some of the Harry Bosch books

NumTumDeDum Wed 11-Sep-13 20:09:21

Gave up on them around The time she wrote Hornets Nest. Much prefer Kathy Reichs if I'm in the mood for that kind of thing.

RalphGnu Wed 11-Sep-13 20:13:28

Couldn't agree more.

I haven't botheted to read her latest one, they give me the rage now.

SconeRhymesWithGone Fri 13-Sep-13 17:13:51

I agree. Her early books were riveting and very well written. I especially like The Body Farm. Increasingly her books became darker and more depressing, and the characters so unsympathetic. I gave up several books ago.

Morgause Fri 13-Sep-13 17:14:54

Absolutely agree.

qazxc Sun 15-Sep-13 14:49:08

Totally agree. The far fetched evil, monster villain family are horrendous.

ipswichwitch Sun 15-Sep-13 14:54:55

Yep I agree too. In the latest books all Scarpetta does is whine about why nobody is getting along (possibly because she has a habit of hiring psychopaths), nobody talks to her (possibly due to whining) and the actual murder plot is basically a postscript at the end.

The Harry Bosch books are way better, as is Kathy Reichs (although I think her last couple were a bit meh)

DollyTwat Sun 15-Sep-13 14:55:29

Totally agree
I keep thinking I've read the new ones before

I moved onto the Harry Hole books by Jo Nesbo they are brilliant

Need another author now

KirstyJC Sun 15-Sep-13 14:56:59

Completely agree. Am just about to start re-reading the first ones and am really looking forward to it, but her recent ones are really so-so.

PseudoBadger Sun 15-Sep-13 15:00:53

I gave up when she switched narrative tense.

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Sun 15-Sep-13 15:01:40

Me too. After Predator I gave up - Tess Gerritsen's far better.

PseudoBadger Sun 15-Sep-13 15:05:59

Think that was in The Last Precinct

bigkidsdidit Sun 15-Sep-13 15:08:23

Yep. The first ones were amazingly good, then all of a sudden every killer had it in PERSONALLY for Scarpetta hmm

She changed from third to first person too I think (or the other way round??) anyway, whichever way it was, it didn't work as well.

RaspberryLemonPavlova Sun 15-Sep-13 15:10:18

Totally agree too.

TheFarSide Sun 15-Sep-13 15:13:06

Agree. I hate it when authors give up on quality and just start churning out rubbish. I wonder if she realises or even cares as long as she is making plenty of money.

Yep totally agree. I gave up after Blow Fly I think. The books used to be so good ignoring super annoying super Lucy then switched to total crap.

IKnewHouseworkWasDangerous Sun 15-Sep-13 15:16:46

Agree. I think you were good to get to the last 3 I think I gave up about 5 ago and I am a persistant madam.

Try Tess Gerritson or, for the really strong of stomach, Mo Hayder. (Dont read "The Treatment" on the train if you dont want to end up sobbing like I did.)

PseudoBadger Sun 15-Sep-13 15:18:09

I love Mo Hayder. I also like Denise Mina at the moment.

hollyisalovelyname Thu 19-Sep-13 18:09:35

I agree. Her first books were so much better. It's as if she is trying too hard now.

ipswichwitch Thu 19-Sep-13 19:25:24

I'm currently reading Tess Gerritsens Rizzoli and Isles series and they are fab

LaQueenForADay Thu 19-Sep-13 20:58:27

Totally agree.

I was gripped by the first half dozen, but after that they just got increasingly shallow and annoying.

Got truly sick to death of Gung-Ho-Super-Duper-At-Everything-Genius-Millionaire-Kick-Ass Lucy Farnelli, who Cornwell clearly had a huge frothing crush on.

And, the fact that every single person Scarpetta came into contact with (whether male or female) was jealous of her, and wanted to be her, and were always trying to undermine her and bring her down. Because she was just too fucking gorgeous and clever and brilliant at her job and everyfink hmm

And the plots just got stupid and pointlessly complicated. I haven't even bothered to buy the last 3. I bought Blowfly, but stopped reading it halfway, couldn't be arsed.

BoulevardOfBrokenSleep Thu 19-Sep-13 21:03:53

To be fair, anyone that writes a series of a dozen books or so tends to get a bit... convoluted as they run out of ideas.

<prepares to be contradicted>

Ooh, Terry Pratchett is still good. Anyone else...?

Thanks for reminding me about this.

I did have a phase of forgetting how bad she'd got and buying "just one more to check". I blame the surely fictional reviews saying things like Back on top form.

I'll be sure to keep steering clear.

toomanycourgettes Wed 25-Sep-13 11:42:12

I also found her more recent books contain too much nastiness. The first few were pretty graphic in places, but in the later books it was practically gratuitous.

SconeRhymesWithGone Wed 25-Sep-13 16:36:18

Ooh, Terry Pratchett is still good. Anyone else...?

Ian Rankin, especially now that Rebus is back.

ladymalfoy Thu 26-Sep-13 16:02:49

Agree. Kay has turned into an angst ridden loon.
I remember being terrified when reading 'From Potters Field'.

ladymalfoy Thu 26-Sep-13 16:06:14

Kerry Wilkinson and SJ Bolton are fab. Agree with everyone about Tess Gerritson and Jo Nesbo.

FannyFifer Thu 26-Sep-13 16:13:32

I used to love her books.
Lucy was an utter pain in the hole though & i hated when she became a prominent character.

I actually think I gave up when Marino assaulted or attempted to rape Kay whatever book that was.

moonbells Thu 26-Sep-13 16:35:41

grin at finding this thread. Currently trying to read Predator, and have just gone on Wikipedia to remind myself of previous books as they're so memorable!

I prefer Kathy Reichs too but I've got them all and I was desperate for a book when in the charity bookshop the other lunchtime... <munch>
(Ok I take that back - just found a new one! Hardcover only as yet though)

So the new Rebus is good? Haven't seen it on the 2ndhand shelves yet...

hollyisalovelyname Thu 26-Sep-13 17:54:28

Moonbells have you read any Minette Walters books? I thought they were great.

ghostonthecanvas Thu 26-Sep-13 18:04:53

I used to really enjoy scarpetta. The descriptive writing really annoys me. Its all repetitive and over done. Definitely not the quality they used to be. I have just bought Tess Gerristson for the first time. Haven't started it yet. Is it ok to just start randomly in the series or should I start with the first Rizzoli and Isles book?

I actually think I gave up when Marino assaulted or attempted to rape Kay whatever book that was.

What the hell! I'm glad I gave up before this happened. Marino of old would never do that confused

sherbetpips Mon 18-Nov-13 12:35:58

PseudoBadger you are right, she did switch narative, it is really irritating to read!

AugustaProdworthy Mon 18-Nov-13 12:39:11

I think real life events have coloured her writing too much. Last one was about betrayal by a friend a d that's pretty much what has happened to her in RL
I gave up.
I loved her earlier books but they are dull now

Doyouthinktheysaurus Mon 18-Nov-13 12:46:01

Totally agree, it all went pear shaped when she changed her writing style. They really are awful books now with totally he likeable characters.

I still hold out hope, which is why I get sucked in every now and again but nope, still crap.

I should maybe go back and re read the early ones, I really did enjoy her writing once.

coffeeinbed Tue 26-Nov-13 11:06:07

Agree.
I gave up long time ago.
The first ones were so much better.

roundtoit Thu 26-Dec-13 17:57:36

I thought it was just me as its been an age since I have read any of her books, just got Dust and I am finding it boring as hell, pages and pages of thoughts and feelings and back story. Have read about 36% of book and its not got me interested at all. Terrible book.

Mignonette Thu 26-Dec-13 18:06:22

Ghost start at the beginning with Tess Gerritsen with 'The Surgeon. You'll miss out on the development of the characters otherwise. it'll get a bit confusing.

Try Karin Slaughter, M K Kerley, Chris Carter, Andrew Kava and Oliver Stark (88 Killer) too.

Mignonette Thu 26-Dec-13 18:06:52

Oh and Lisa Gardner too.

Can recommend Dana Stabenow and Camilla Lackberg. Also Maj Sjowall/Per Wahloo are fabulous!

It's so good to see lots of other people saying the same thing I thought! I have discovered Jo Nesbo as an alternative provider of flawed, gritty crime solvers.

Agree wholeheartedly.

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