This volume comprises books three and four of the Scarpetta series. I'll review both books separately in this review.
All That Remains picks up a good bit after the ending of the last book, and we're kind of slowly caught up on what has transpired since the last book. I don't really like it when authors do that.
Here is the blurb for All that Remains:
Racing against time, Kay finds she must draw upon her own personal resources to track down a murderer skilled at eliminating every clue. All that remains to her now is her courage and intuition and the will to stop a killer before he can strike again.
Cruel and Unusual opens with a poem written by a man on death row. And once again, as the story progresses we learn that a lot has happened in Kay Scarpetta's life since we last saw her. Here is the blurb for book number four, Cruel and Unusual:
I go back and forth on what to rate this book. The plot could get a 10 of 10, but some of the personal stuff is down at a 7. And it really bothers me that important stuff happened between books and we have to just find out about it in conversation. But with everything taken into consideration I think I have to give the book a 9 of 10.
Then, when crucial records disappear from her files, Scarpetta comes underfire for incompetence. Caught in a web of political intrigue, betrayed by those she trusted, Scarpetta must fight to free herself from murderous insinuations -- and threats to her own life.
To save her career, Scarpetta soon finds herself retracing Waddell's bloody footprints, following a trail that might lead to long-hidden secrets deep within the state government. Either the truth will set her free -- or unleash upon her a punishment both cruel and unusual.
Book Rating: All That Remains: 8 of 10
Book Rating: Cruel & Unusual: 9 of 10
Series Rating: Kay Scarpetta: 9 of 10
I will keep reading this series for a while longer, though at this point I'm not sure I'll stick with the series long enough to make it to book 17.
I like Kay Scarpetta, and I've enjoyed working through these mysteries with her. I enjoy the procedural stuff, and I enjoy trying to figure things out as she does - sometimes I get it first, sometimes she gets it first. But I can see these books quickly turning into a bunch of stand alone novels. Plus, part of what is great about reading a series is that you get to follow a character's life. We aren't really getting to do that, since there are so many years of Kay's life between books, and since so many important things happen to her between books.
For now, I will keep reading.
1 and 2. The Scarpetta Collection Volume I: Postmortem and Body of Evidence
3 and 4. Scarpetta Collection Volume II: All That Remains and Cruel & Unusual
5. The Body Farm
6. From Potter's Field
7. Cause of Death
8. Unnatural Exposure
9. Point of Origin
11.The Last Precinct
15.Book of the Dead
17.The Scarpetta Factor