Absolutely LOVE Patrica Cornwell. Every time I think I have it figured out, she comes along and surprises the heck out of me. The first book was good. This book was better and I have a feeling she's going to keep surprising me the more I read. I love the characters. Especially Marino. He's hard around the edges but I can tell he's a sweet ol' bear. Sometimes the forensics speech is a little much but the more I read, the better I am able to decipher. Anytime an author can make me reach beyond my intelligence is good by me. The writing is solid. The descriptions are impeccable. She really transports you into the thick of it. She is a phenomenal writer. Highly recommend her in general.