“Chaos” is the twenty-fourth book in the wildly popular Kay Scarpettta series. On January 1, 1990 when Patricia Cornwell  published her first book in this series, “Postmortem,” I wonder if she realized how revolutionary she was.  She paved the way to an explosion in entertainment featuring forensic information.

Postmortem would go on to win the EdgarCreaseyAnthony, and Macavity awards as well as the French Prix du Roman d’Aventure prize – the first book ever to claim all these distinctions in a single year.

Patricia Cornwell has sold over 100 million books and they have been translated into thirty-six languages.

Patricia’s novels center primarily on medical examiner Kay Scarpetta along with her tech-savvy niece, Lucy, her FBI profiler husband, Benton, and fellow investigator, Pete Marino.

As the story opens, Dr. Kay Scarpetta and Pete Marino are called to investigate a dead bicyclist near the Kennedy School of Government.  She appears to have been struck by lightning but the weather has been fine. Residue from the wound is identified as a material that doesn’t exist on earth.

Patricia Cornwell takes the reader on a thrill-filled read which explores some very scary and realistic weapons that terrorists could make.

While not giving the ending away, it was extremely creative and satisfying.

Patricia Cornwell books consistently offer the reader a highly researched well-written story. I’ve read most of her books and I feel that “Chaos” is one of the best.  It would be an outstanding choice for book clubs to read.

Five Stars out of Five.


In accordance with FTC guidelines for reviewers, I would like to clarify that this book was provided to me by the author free of charge.  I am not compensated by the author or publisher for my review. All they expect is an honest review of the work.