Scarpetta - Patricia Cornwell The story starts in the middle of a murder investigation. The preliminaries seemed to go on for quite a bit with the reader gathering snippets here and there of what transpired -- I don't enjoy this method of piecing details together. In my opinion, that first bit was quite draggy and didn't really start getting into gear till about the middle of the book. There was a lot of character development for the central players of the story, but at the end, although the investigation was wrapped up -- means and opportunity (of the perpetrator) explained, the motive was never really addressed.