Picks and Pans Review: Scarpetta

UPDATED 12/22/2008 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/22/2008 at 01:00 AM EST

by Patricia Cornwell

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The latest in Cornwell's hit series starring forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta finds the main characters grappling with personal demons while trying to solve a brutal murder case involving a female dwarf. The coolly graphic autopsy scenes are classic Scarpetta, but new elements—a paranoid, Botoxed suspect, a gossip site called Gotham Gotcha that propels the plot—keep this tale fresh.

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