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!"

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."