Patricia Cornwell

Gift ideas from Kay Scarpetta's creator.


Drawing on her years spent working in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, VA, Patricia Cornwell practically invented the genre of the forensic thriller -- balancing criminological science with white-knuckle plot twists. She also created the indelible figure of medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, who returns this month in Red Mist. With the holidays fast approaching, we asked Patricia Corwell to give us a sneak peak at her gift list. Below, find seven titles of her choice -- ranging from a heartwarming book about dogs to a high-octane biography of an American daredevil.


Books by Patricia Cornwell



Hemingway's Boat

By Paul Hendrickson


"The remarkable metaphor of Ernest Hemingway's beloved boat, Pilar, defines this iconic literary genius in a way never done before."







Cleopatra: A Life

By Stacy Schiff


"A vivid, if not breathtaking, view of the ancient world and the most powerful woman in its history. A spellbinding read."







Seriously...I'm Kidding

By Ellen DeGeneres


"Her wonderful, wacky views on life."









Love at First Bark

By Julie Klam


"This is a heartwarming and funny book about how, in rescuing dogs, we sometimes end up saving ourselves."









By Leigh Montville


"The high-flying, death-defying life of Evel Knievel. An amazing biography."








The Underdogs

By Mike Lupica


"A pee wee football league in a Pennsylvania steel town and a young gifted player's move to save the day."








Red Mist

By Patrica Cornwell


"My own. The 19th in the Scarpetta series because I honestly like it and have downloaded it -- and all of these!"

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).