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Patricia Cornwell Books in Order

Patricia Cornwell is an American, born on June 9 of 1956 in Miami Florida. As most people know, she is into writing crime fiction, and one of her most popular series of all of course is the character Dr. Kay Scarpetta. Dr. Kay Scarpetta is a medical examiner and Pete Marino, the cop, is her sidekick.

The author of 22 novels and three non-fiction works, Ms. Cornwell’s work leads the genre that has spawned such mega-hits TV shows as the CSI franchises and Cold Case Squad.

Early Years

Patricia Cornwell was born Patricia Daniels in Miami in 1956, the daugther of an appellate attorney and a secretary. Her parents divorced when she was young and Patricia, her mother, and her two brothers moved to Montreat North Carolina. The family lived just down the street from evangelist Billy Graham and his wife, Ruth. It was Ruth Graham that gave the young Patricia her first journal and encouraged her to write. Later, Ms. Cornwell’s first book would be a biography of Ruth Graham.

Patricia Cornwell graduated from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina and married her English professor Charles Cornwell, 17 years her senior, shortly after graduation. She worked as a reporter at the Charlotte (NC) Observer, followed by jobs as a police reporter and as a technical writer and computer anaylst at the Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office.

Her Writing

Patricia Cornwell’s first book, A Time for Remembering, a biography of Mrs. Graham, was published in 1983. Her first crime novel, Portmortem, was rejected repeatedly before being accepted by Scribner in 1990 for $6000. The book, which introduced her primary character, Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, was popularly acclaimed and won numerous awards, including the Edgar and Creasey Awards.

Postmortem was followed by novels and two additional non-fiction works, including a non-fiction account of Victorian London’s Jack the Ripper murders and her most recent novel, Book of the Dead.

Patricia’s life was actually very sad since her father Sam Daniels, was abusive to her in an emotional way. Her father took off from the family on Christmas Day of the year 1961. Her mother Harriet Beecher Stowe also a writer, became extremely depressed and had to be in the hospital for that for some time.

As a result, Patricia and her siblings, were all placed into foster homes and Patricia suffered terribly. As Patricia went up into her teenaged years, she developed an eating disorder, Anorexia, and like her mother, had bad depression problems. All this took place after the year of 1961 when her mother and the kids moved to Montreat North Carolina.

The one that really helped Patricia along in life was Ruth Bell, Billy Graham’s wife, and Ruth deeply encouraged Pat to write a lot. She was a longtime friend of the Graham’s during her growing up years, and I know that Ruth Bell Graham had a great influence on Pat udring some of her most turbulent years as a teenager. Patricia did pursue her writing, and she enrolled into college after completion of high school at King College, located in Tennessee.

After some time at that college in Bristol, she moved on into another school, Davidson College, and earned her bachelor of arts degree there. That was in the year 1979. Once she was out of college, she had fallen in love with one of her English professors Charles Cornwell, who was quite a bit older then she by 17 years.

After completing a biography about Ruth Bell Graham, entitled A Time For Remembering, published in 1983, Pat had another occupation as a technical writer and a computer analyst. She kept up with her writing pursuits, and by 1990, the first book of Kay Scarpetta was Postmortem.

This book was the one that was a giant key to wealth and success. Patricia was able to buy more than one house, and a few cars at that time. This was published by Scribner’s Publishing at that time, finally, after at least 7 rejections. Once her foot was in the door, Patricia wrote one book after the other in the Kay Scarpetta series.

Birth of Kay Scarpetta

Cornwell’s first novel, Postmortem, sets the stage for her Kay Scarpetta novels. Here, we meet Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, who is called in to solve a string of murders in Virginia. The novel introduces Scarpetta’s home base in Richmond, Virginia, where she runs her unique private forensic pathology practice. Scarpetta’s analytical mind and relentless pursuit for justice make her one of the biggest names in crime fiction. This debut won numerous prestigious awards including the Edgar Award.

The second book, Body of Evidence, brings Kay back with another murder investigation, involving an investigative reporter named Beryl Madison. “Cause of Death” dives into a murder that appears as an accidental drowning but leads to so much more.

Then we have “Unnatural Exposure” that delves into the murky depths of a ship graveyard. Black Notice takes us on an international hunt involving a cargo ship and the so-called werewolf murders. The Last Precinct digs into Scarpetta’s past and unravels dark secrets. Dr. Scarpetta’s birthday is a special occasion even for the readers, as it often brings a new life to old cases or adds a special job to her busy schedule.

The Order of Kay Scarpetta Books

Postmortem -1990 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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Postmortem (1) (Kay Scarpetta)
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 448 Pages - 12/29/2009 (Publication Date) - Pocket Books (Publisher)

Body of Evidence -1991 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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Body of Evidence: Scarpetta 2 (2) (Kay Scarpetta)
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 448 Pages - 06/28/2011 (Publication Date) - Pocket Books (Publisher)

All That Remains -1992 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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All That Remains: Scarpetta 3 (Kay Scarpetta)
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 480 Pages - 06/30/2009 (Publication Date) - Pocket Books (Publisher)

Cruel and Unusual -1993 —– Buy Now From Amazon

Cruel and Unusual: Scarpetta 4 (4) (Kay Scarpetta)
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 416 Pages - 11/01/2005 (Publication Date) - Pocket Books (Publisher)

The Body Farm -1994 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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The Body Farm (Scarpetta)
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 400 Pages - 12/28/2004 (Publication Date) - Berkley (Publisher)

From Potter’s Field -1995 —– Buy Now From Amazon

From Potter's Field: Scarpetta (Book 6)
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 400 Pages - 08/30/2005 (Publication Date) - Berkley (Publisher)

Cause of Death -1996 —– Buy Now From Amazon

Cause of Death (Kay Scarpetta)
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 384 Pages - 01/02/2007 (Publication Date) - Berkley (Publisher)

Unnatural Exposure -1997 —– Buy Now From Amazon

Unnatural Exposure: Scarpetta (Book 8)
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 352 Pages - 01/02/2008 (Publication Date) - Berkley (Publisher)

Point of Origin -1998 —– Buy Now From Amazon

Point of Origin: Scarpetta (Book 9)
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 432 Pages - 06/24/2008 (Publication Date) - Berkley (Publisher)

Black Notice -1999 —– Buy Now From Amazon

Black Notice: Scarpetta (Book 10)
  • #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 544 Pages - 12/30/2008 (Publication Date) - Berkley (Publisher)

The Last Precinct -2000 —– Buy Now From Amazon

The Last Precinct: Scarpetta (Book 11)
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 468 Pages - 07/01/2001 (Publication Date) - Berkley (Publisher)

Blow Fly -2003 —– Buy Now From Amazon

Blow Fly (Scarpetta)
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 576 Pages - 09/07/2004 (Publication Date) - Berkley (Publisher)

Trace -2004 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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Trace (Scarpetta)
  • Book, paperback, used, Patricia Cornwell, Trace, 401 pages
  • 2005
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 544 Pages - 06/28/2005 (Publication Date) - Berkley (Publisher)

Predator -2005 —– Buy Now From Amazon

Predator (Scarpetta)
  • Patricia Cornwell, Predator
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 464 Pages - 09/26/2006 (Publication Date) - Berkley (Publisher)

Book of the Dead -2007 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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Book of the Dead
  • hardbound
  • Hardcover Book
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 405 Pages - 10/23/2007 (Publication Date) - G.P. Putnam's Sons (Publisher)

Scarpetta -2008 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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Scarpetta
  • Murder Mystery
  • Forensics
  • Hardcover Book
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

The Scarpetta Factor -2009 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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The Scarpetta Factor (A Scarpetta Novel)
  • Great product!
  • Hardcover Book
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 512 Pages - 10/20/2009 (Publication Date) - G.P. Putnam's Sons (Publisher)

Port Mortuary -2010 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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Port Mortuary (Kay Scarpetta, No. 18)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 496 Pages - 11/30/2010 (Publication Date) - Putnam (Publisher)

Red Mist -2011 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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Red Mist (A Scarpetta Novel)
  • Autographed First Edition Hardcover
  • Hardcover Book
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 512 Pages - 12/06/2011 (Publication Date) - G.P. Putnam's Sons (Publisher)

The Bone Bed -2012 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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The Bone Bed (Scarpetta)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 480 Pages - 10/16/2012 (Publication Date) - G.P. Putnam's Sons (Publisher)

Dust -2013 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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Dust (Scarpetta)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Hardcover Book
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 512 Pages - 11/12/2013 (Publication Date) - G.P. Putnam's Sons (Publisher)

Flesh and Blood -2014 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel (Kay Scarpetta Series, 22)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 369 Pages - 11/11/2014 (Publication Date) - William Morrow (Publisher)

Depraved Heart -2015 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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Depraved Heart: A Scarpetta Novel (Kay Scarpetta, 23)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 480 Pages - 10/27/2015 (Publication Date) - William Morrow (Publisher)

Chaos -2016 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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Chaos: A Scarpetta Novel (Kay Scarpetta, 24)
  • Chaos: A Scarpetta Novel (Kay Scarpetta) Hardcover – November 15, 2016 by Patricia Cornwell (Author)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 400 Pages - 11/15/2016 (Publication Date) - William Morrow (Publisher)

Autopsy -2021 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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Autopsy: A Scarpetta Novel (Kay Scarpetta, 25)
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 416 Pages - 10/04/2022 (Publication Date) - William Morrow Paperbacks (Publisher)

Livid -2022 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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Livid: A Scarpetta Novel (Kay Scarpetta, 26)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 368 Pages - 10/25/2022 (Publication Date) - Grand Central Publishing (Publisher)

Unnatural Death -2023 —– Buy Now From Amazon

Unnatural Death: A Scarpetta Novel (Kay Scarpetta)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 428 Pages - 11/28/2023 (Publication Date) - Grand Central Publishing (Publisher)

In 1996, Ms. Cornwell’s name hit the Richmond headlines when a former FBI agent, Eugene Bennett, threatened to kill his wife’s minister and set off several pipe bombs, allegedly unhinged by his wife’s past affair with Ms. Cornwell. Police intervened and no one was injured. Mr. Bennet was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Today, Ms. Cornwell splits her time between Los Angeles and Richmond. She recently described herself to the New York Times as being involved in a healthy, long-term relationship with a woman. In addition to her writing, Ms. Cornwell is the Director of Applied Forensic Science at the National Forensic Institute and sponsors scholarships to her alma mater, Davidson College.

The Order of Non-Fiction Books

Ruth, A Portrait: The Story of Ruth Bell Graham -1983 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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Ruth, A Portrait: The story of Ruth Bell Graham
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 304 Pages - 10/20/1998 (Publication Date) - WaterBrook (Publisher)

Scarpetta’s Winter Table -1998 —– Buy Now From Amazon

Scarpetta's Winter Table
  • Hardcover Book
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 91 Pages - 10/01/1998 (Publication Date) - Wyrick & Company (Publisher)

Food to Die For: Secrets From Kay Scarpetta’s Kitchen -2001 —– Buy Now From Amazon

Food To Die For: Secrets From Kay Scarpetta's Kitchen
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 288 Pages - 10/07/2003 (Publication Date) - Berkley (Publisher)

Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper – Case Closed -2002 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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Portrait Of A Killer: Jack The Ripper Case Closed
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 528 Pages - 10/28/2003 (Publication Date) - Berkley (Publisher)

Chasing the Ripper -2014 —– Buy Now From Amazon

Chasing the Ripper
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 57 Pages - 11/25/2014 (Publication Date) - Thomas & Mercer (Publisher)

Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert -2017 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert
  • Hardcover Book
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 570 Pages - 02/28/2017 (Publication Date) - Thomas & Mercer (Publisher)

The Order of Andy Brazil/Judy Hammer Books

Hornet’s Nest -1996 —– Buy Now From Amazon

Hornet's Nest (Andy Brazil)
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 384 Pages - 02/01/1998 (Publication Date) - Berkley (Publisher)

Southern Cross -1998 —– Isle of Dogs -2001 —–

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Southern Cross (Andy Brazil)
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 432 Pages - 12/01/1999 (Publication Date) - Berkley (Publisher)

The Order of Captain Chase Books

Quantum -2019 —– Buy Now From Amazon

Quantum: A Thriller (Captain Chase Book 1)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 355 Pages - 10/01/2019 (Publication Date) - Thomas & Mercer (Publisher)

Spin -2020 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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Spin (Captain Chase, 2)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 414 Pages - 01/12/2021 (Publication Date) - Thomas & Mercer (Publisher)

The Order of Winston Garano Books

At Risk -2006 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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At Risk (At Risk, 1)
  • Fleece top
  • Full zip
  • Hardcover Book
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

The Front -2008 —– Buy Now From Amazon

The Front (Win Garano)
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages - 05/26/2009 (Publication Date) - Berkley (Publisher)

The Order of Picture Books

Life’s Little Fable -1999 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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Life's Little Fable (Picture Books)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Cornwell, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages - 05/24/1999 (Publication Date) - Putnam Juvenile (Publisher)

The Order of Other Books

The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction-2002 —– Buy Now From Amazon

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The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 512 Pages - 05/10/2002 (Publication Date) - Carroll & Graf (Publisher)

Patricia Cornwell’s books are a treasure trove for crime novel enthusiasts. Her well-researched approach to crime scene investigation, coupled with her vivid character portrayals, make her one of the New York Times bestsellers in the genre. As an Amazon Associate, one can’t help but recommend her works for a thoroughly engrossing read. By the end of this quick reference guide, we hope you have a better understanding of the depth and breadth of her literature.

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