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To wish Patricia Cornwell would read some of her earlier books

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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.

SugarSpunSisters Sun 15-Sep-13 15:13:46

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.

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