The second in the mystery series by Patricia Cornwell with Kay Scarpetta as the chief medical examiner in Virginia is a much better novel than "Postmortem." Kay and her partner, detective Marino, have put aside most of their animosities and are working together which is a good thing because these unsolved murders need both of their talents to solve. Characters from the first novel are more fully developed, Kay has made more friends and isn't as vulnerable, and Marino is making an effort to smooth out some of his rough edges.
There is still too much detail in the red herrings and in the ramblings about storms in Virginia, and Marino still hasn't learned to use the plural of the verb "was" (surely someone could clue him in because it's annoying and makes him look stupid), but it is very interesting to see the growth in Patricia Cornwell's style. She can certainly entertain the reader. .