Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell

This is a complete list of Patricia Cornwell books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series or category.

Recent/Upcoming Patricia Cornwell Books

October 15th, 2024: Identity Unknown

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List of Kay Scarpetta Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
7.8
Postmortem
1990
2
7.7
Body of Evidence
1991
3
7.7
All That Remains
1992
4
7.9
Cruel and Unusual
1993
5
8
The Body Farm
1994
6
7.7
From Potter's Field
1995
7
7.4
Cause of Death
1996
8
7.8
Unnatural Exposure
1997
9
7.7
Point of Origin
1998
10
8
Black Notice
1999
11
7.8
The Last Precinct
2000
12
7.9
Blow Fly
2003
13
8.3
Trace
2004
14
7.4
Predator
2005
15
8
Book of the Dead
2007
16
7.7
Scarpetta
2008
17
8.8
The Scarpetta Factor
2009
18
7.7
Port Mortuary
2010
19
7.1
Red Mist
2011
20
8.9
The Bone Bed
2012
21
8
Dust
2013
22
7.5
Flesh and Blood
2014
23
8.4
Depraved Heart
2015
24
8.4
Chaos
2016
25
7.3
Autopsy
2021
26
8.3
Livid
2022
27
7.4
Unnatural Death
2023
28
Identity Unknown
2024

List of Andy Brazil/Judy Hammer Books in Publication Order

List of Captain Chase Books in Publication Order

List of Winston Garano Books in Publication Order

List of Picture Books in Publication Order

List of Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order

List of Patricia Cornwell Anthologies in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction
2002
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Patricia Cornwell: Biography

Patricia Cornwell was born on June 9th, 1956 and is currently 67 years old. Patricia Cornwell was born in Miami, Florida, USA. Cornwell attended Davidson College where she received a B.A. English.

Patricia Cornwell is the author of the Kay Scarpetta series which currently consists of 28 novels. The Kay Scarpetta series started in 1990 with the novel Postmortem. The most recently released novel in the Kay Scarpetta series was Unnatural Death which was released in 2023. There is an upcoming novel for the Kay Scarpetta series entitled Identity Unknown which is being released on October 15th, 2024.

Patricia Cornwell has also written the Non-Fiction Books series which has 6 books including Ruth, A Portrait: The Story of Ruth Bell Graham and Scarpetta's Winter Table.

Patricia Cornwell was awarded an Honorary Platinum Bestseller Award by Nielsen.

Patricia Cornwell: Awards & Accolades

Patricia Cornwell was nominated for the Crime Thriller Awards, ITV3 Crime Thriller Living Legends, in 2013. Cornwell's books have won multiple awards, Postmortem won the Crime Writer's Association Award, New Blood Dagger Award, in 1990 as well as the Edgar Award - Best First Novel in 1991, Anthony Award - Best First Mystery in 1991, Macavity Award - Best First Mystery in 1991. Cruel and Unusual won the Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award, in 1993. Book of the Dead won the British Book Awards, Crime and Thriller Book of the Year, in 2008.

Patricia Cornwell books have also been nominated for multiple awards, Blow Fly was nominated for the Audie Award, Best Female Narrator, in 2004. Flesh and Blood was nominated for the The Dead Good Reader Award, The Val McDermid Award for Fiendish Forensics, in 2015.

Patricia Cornwell: Lists & Other Mentions

  • From Potter's Field was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 1995.
  • Cause of Death was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 1996.
  • Unnatural Exposure was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 1997.
  • Hornet's Nest was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 1997.
  • Point of Origin was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 1998.
  • Black Notice was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 1999.
  • Southern Cross was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 1999.
  • The Last Precinct was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2000.
  • Isle of Dogs was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2001.
  • Blow Fly was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2003.
  • Trace was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2004.
  • Predator was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2005.
  • At Risk was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2006.
  • Book of the Dead was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2007.
  • Scarpetta was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2008 and 2009.
  • Port Mortuary was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2010.
  • Red Mist was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2011.
  • The Bone Bed was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2012.

Patricia Cornwell: Author Insights

The highest rated book by Patricia Cornwell on Book Notification is The Bone Bed, the 20th novel in the Kay Scarpetta series.

The most read book by Patricia Cornwell on Book Notification is Postmortem, the 1st novel in the Kay Scarpetta series.

The most common authors followed by users who also follow Patricia Cornwell are:

  1. Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch Series.
  2. David Baldacci, author of the Amos Decker Series.
  3. James Patterson, author of the Alex Cross Series.
  4. Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher Series.
  5. John Grisham, author of the Jake Brigance Series.

Patricia Cornwell: F.A.Q

When was Patricia Cornwell Born? How old is Patricia Cornwell?

Patricia Cornwell was born on June 9th, 1956. Patricia Cornwell is currently 67 years old.

Where was Patricia Cornwell Born?

Patricia Cornwell was born in Miami, Florida, USA and is American.

What book awards has Patricia Cornwell won?

Postmortem: Crime Writer's Association Award New Blood Dagger Award (1990), Edgar Award Best First Novel (1991), Anthony Award Best First Mystery (1991), Macavity Award Best First Mystery (1991).
Cruel and Unusual: Crime Writer's Association Award Gold Dagger Award (1993).
Book of the Dead: British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year (2008).

What was the first book Patricia Cornwell wrote?

The first novel written by Patricia Cornwell was Ruth, A Portrait: The Story of Ruth Bell Graham, published in 1983.

What was the most recent book Patricia Cornwell wrote?

Her most recently released work was Unnatural Death on November 28th, 2023.

Will there be any more books by Patricia Cornwell?

Patricia Cornwell has a new book coming out on October 15th, 2024 called Identity Unknown.

How many books has Patricia Cornwell written?

Patricia Cornwell has written 42 books. 28 books in the Kay Scarpetta Series, 3 books in the Andy Brazil/Judy Hammer Series, 2 books in the Captain Chase Series, 2 books in the Winston Garano Series, 1 book in the Picture Books, 6 books in the Non-Fiction Books.

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    Austin D.
    Austin D.
    2 years ago

    Patricia’s Scarpetta series is so realistic and accurate in its descriptions of injuries and disease. Her previous career working in the morgue serves her well, capturing what it’s like to work down in a morgue. They are pretty gorey at times, but also rather brilliant. To read one of these novels is to live the events as they are happening.

    My mom actually got me into Kay Scarpetta when I was younger and I’m glad she did. And I still check them out when there’s a new one, or whenever I’m in the mood to re-read through these excellent novels.

    Definitely wasn’t a fan of reading before, but I certainly am now.

    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    Patricia Cornwell creates complex mysteries. Some of them are convoluted, but not in a bad way. I was late to the Kay Scarpetta party. I started reading these books five years ago, which is why I was so surprised to learn that they inspired the CSI TV show and the forensic science obsession it sparked back in the 2000s.

    I initially thought that Cornwell took inspiration from CSI. But that is why I love lists like the one above. You can clearly see that the first Scarpetta novel came out in 1990, long before the first CSI TV show was conceived.

    Cornwell has been in the publishing business for many years. Considering the millions of copies she has sold since her debut, I’m surprised that it took me so long to discover her.

    Cindy M
    Cindy M
    6 months ago

    I read a few of Cornwell’s books but they didn’t keep my interest to read others. She’s a different kind of writer. The vividness with which she writes can be disturbing at times. If you like this type of thrill then she’s your author.

    azangie
    azangie
    6 months ago

    Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta’s books are the best!!! I love the continuing characters from book to book and the story lines are excellent!!

    CherylABQ
    CherylABQ
    4 months ago

    Unnatural Death was as good as expected. It’s amazing how much she can fit into one day. I do wonder why Scarpetta puts up with such bad employees.

    stalsma
    stalsma
    3 months ago

    I am always impressed to find out how much information can be obtained from an autopsy.

    Elaine M
    Elaine M
    1 month ago

    I’ve been reading Patricia Cornwell books for years. I’ve read all of Kay Scarpetta right up until Autopsy which I started reading recently. I tried hard to keep at it to try and make sense out of it. I read for an hour and felt I could do without the info I gained in reading that long not really knowing much about the actual crime. I’m not sure what happened but I would recommend every book up until this one. I’ve finally given up (2 hours into it) and I’m going to something I know I will enjoy. I definitely do NOT recommend this book. How can all of her books be good and then this one was awful. Maybe she is entitled to one dud. I will try the next one in the series at some point but my TBR list is long so I have plenty to read without wasting my time with this one.

    Becky
    Becky
    29 days ago

    The Scarpetta series is an excellent read. I have read the entire series at least twice, if not more. I always seem to find some small fact that I didn’t remember from the previous read.

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