Monday, March 12, 2012

Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell (Audiobook)

Title: Red Mist
Author: Patricia Cornwell
Read by: Kate Burton
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Length: 11 CDs, approximately 13 hours
Source: Review Copy from Penguin Audio

Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell is the perfect audiobook to make your drive seem very short.  It has been awhile since I’ve read any of Cornwell’s novels and I wasn’t sure if I could pick up the plot not knowing the entire backstory of her heroine Kay Scarpetta.  I didn’t need to worry though; the plot soon sucked me and made me want to go for a car ride just so I could listen to this book.  It’s the kind of audiobook that makes you want to stay in the car long after you’ve pulled into the driveway to find out what will happen next!

Kay Scarpetta was almost murdered six months before the start of the novel by the same murderer that killed her deputy chief, Jack Fielding.  Now the woman that molested Fielding when he was only 12 and bore his child wants to see Scarpetta in the Georgia Prison for Women.  When Kay arrives in Savannah, she discovers that the situation is much more complex than she imagined and that she may have been set up.   With twists and turns at every corner, the mystery unfolds and the suspense is brilliant.   I do not want to ruin this plot for anyone that hasn’t read or listened to the book, but let’s just say that I find myself thinking a lot about where my food has come from after listening to this book!

Kate Burton did an excellent job narrating this novel and the eleven CDs went by fast, I was sad that this novel ended.

If you are looking for an excellent suspense novel to read or listen too, I highly recommend Red Mist.  It is a Kay Scarpetta novel, but you can still enjoy the novel as a stand-alone as I did.  I do want to go back and explore more of her story though!

I read this book as part of the Audiobook Challenge2012.


  1. It sounds like you really did not want this to end, even after 11 CDs! Terrific review, Laura!

  2. I used to love Cornwell's books but I got very disillusioned with the last two. Maybe I should start again as this sounds so good.

  3. Boring as can be.

  4. I disagree anonymous! But I haven't read all of Cornwell's novels, so perhaps if I had become disillusioned with them, I might not like it. As someone new coming into the story line, I really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to her next book!