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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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.