Standard entertainment for fans of the crime series. This time around we find Kay Scarpetta obsessing over gardening (as opposed to cooking, home design, and her troubled love life) inbetween solving international crimes. The villian is less compelling and the story is even less plausible and more dependent on improbable coincidence than in Cornwell's usual plots. On a more positive note, this installment does introduce one or more promising new characters to a stock cast that is badly in need of new blood (pardon the pun.)

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