Gripping crime story

Patricia Cornwell continues her popular Kay Scarpetta series with her latest book “Chaos.”  (William Morrow, 385 pages)

Forensic pathologist Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her old partner Pete Marino are summoned to investigate the mysterious death of a bicyclist on the campus of Harvard University.

The victim, a woman, appears to have been killed in a violent attack.  But as Kay Scarpetta inspects the body, she notices burn marks suggesting the death was an electrocution.

But the manner by which it occurred is most puzzling.

When her friend and mentor, General John Briggs, is found to have died in his pool, following an electrical shock, Scarpetta suspects there is a most clever murderer at prey in Cambridge.  Her fears are confirmed when her office reveals a third case of mysterious electrocution.

Is the killer the same individual dubbed “Tailend Charlie” who is sending her threatening texts?  Or is this person someone from her past, as in the intellectually gifted psychopath Carrie Grethen?

Cornwell writes a gripping crime story centering on a diabolically ingenious murderer.  Fans of the venerable first lady of forensic crime novels will enjoy Kay Scarpetta’s latest case, “Chaos.”