Scarpetta's Winter Table

Scarpetta's Winter Table

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
Virginia's chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her friends and family come together for the holidays to cook and celebrate in a special novella that includes Christmas recipes and photographs

Blackwell North Amer
This engaging novelette provides an intimate look into the personal lives of Kay Scarpetta, Pete Marino, and Lucy Farinelli as they celebrate the week between Christmas and New Year's. Virginia's intrepid chief medical examiner, her detective sidekick, and her niece (a special agent with ATF) get together for some holiday food and drink - and the unexpected joy of befriending a lonely boy.
In the kitchen, this tenacious trio put together such delightful and wicked concoctions as Marino's "cause-of-death eggnog," Lucy's "felonious cookies," and Scarpetta's famous pizza and stew, guaranteed to clean out any freezer and pantry. This is not a book for serious cooks, but a delicious and heartwarming tale for readers who want to test their wits - and their culinary skills - against this indomitable crime team.

Baker
& Taylor

Virginia's chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her friends and family come together for the holidays to cook and celebrate in a special novella for the author's many fans that includes Christmas recipes and photographs. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: Charleston, SC : Wyrick & Co., 1998.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780941711425
0941711420
Branch Call Number: M COR
Characteristics: 91 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.

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PolyWogg
Sep 26, 2017

BOTTOM-LINE:
Worthless
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
A cookbook disguised as a novel.
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WHAT I LIKED:
Nothing
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
It was ADVERTISED as a combination of a cookbook with stories about Dr. Kay Scarpetta, and in that light, it fails on all counts. There IS no story, and nothing happening in the non-story -- and worse still, none of the characters act like they do in the novels. The recipes are interesting, but basically this book was issued for one reason and one reason only -- to milk some money out of the fans and to give them almost nothing in return.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

beareader2 Feb 21, 2015

This is a very quick read and it is enjoyable to see Scarpetta, Marino and Lucy away from their jobs and in a holiday setting. The story is also very touching, as they come to meet and aid a young boy.

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