• Length:
    27 Books
  • First Book:
    September 1990
  • Latest Book:
    November 2023
  • Genres:
    Medical Thriller
  • Characters:
    Kay Scarpetta, medical examiner
  • Series Rating:

Kay Scarpetta Series in Order (27 Books)

Order Book Date Rating
1 4
2 5
3 5
4 5
5 5
6 5
7 5
8 5
9 5

10 5
11 5
12 4
13 4
14 4
15 4
16 4
17 4
18 4
19 4
20 4
21 4
22 4
23 4
24 4
25 4
26 4
27 0

Book Descriptions for series: Kay Scarpetta

  • Book - 1

    Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing with the National Forensic Academy in Florida, digs into a case more bizarre than any she has ever faced, one that has produced not only unusual physical evidence, but also tantalizing clues about the inner workings of ...

  • Book - 2

    Another thrilling novel from the bestselling author of Postmortem and Black Notice After months of menacing phone calls and feeling that her every move is being watched, successful writer Beryl Madison flees Key West when a terrifying message is scra...

  • Book - 3

    A killer is stalking young lovers. Taking their lives ... and leaving just one tantalising clue When the bodies of young courting couples start turning up in remote woodlands areas, Dr Kay Scarpetta's task as Chief Medical Examiner is made more dif...

  • Book - 4

    11:05 p.m. Convicted murderer Ronnie Joe Waddell is pronounced dead in the Commonwealth of Virginia's electric chair. In the morgue, Dr. Kay Scarpetta has been waiting for Waddell's body. It's a strange feeling, preparing for an autopsy before the su...

  • Book - 5

    Kay Scarpetta is back, consulting forensic pathologist for the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, in her grittiest and most compelling case yet. In rural North Carolina, the brutal murder of eleven-year-old Emily Steiner has shaken a small town. But more...

  • Book - 6

    Upon examining a dead woman found in snowbound Central Park, Scarpetta immediately recognizes the grisly work of Temple Brooks Gault, a bold, brilliant killer from her past. Soon she realizes that Gault's murders are but a violent chain leading up to...

  • Book - 7

    It is New Year's Eve, the last day of Virginia's bloodiest year since the Civil War. Dr. Kay Scarpetta plunges into the murky depths of a ship graveyard to recover the very human remains of Ted Eddings, an investigative reporter. What kind of story w...

  • Book - 8

    A body is discovered in a Virginia landfill. The details--expert removal of head and limbs--mirror that of a case Dr. Kay Scarpetta has been investigating in Ireland. But for Scarpeita, the game has only just begun. The killer boldly contacts her via...

  • Book - 9

    The devastating fire tore through the horse farm, destroying everything it touched. Picking through the wreckage, Dr. Kay Scarpetta uncovers human remains--the work of an audacious and wily killer who uses fire to mask his brutal murders. And when Sc...

  • Book - 10

    While Lucy Fairnelli goes undercover in Miami to bring down a notorious criminal cartel, Dr. Kay Scarpetta and Pete Marino discover a body in a cargo ship recently arrived from Belgium at Virginia’s Deep Water Terminal in Richmond. Initially it see...

  • Book - 11

    Thwarting an attack by a suspected serial killer puts Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta in the harsh-glare of the spotlight. As her personal and professional lives come under suspicion, she discovers that the so-called Werewolf murders ...

  • Book - 12

    Settling into her new life as a private forensic consultant, Kay Scarpetta agrees to investigate a cold-case in Louisiana--the baffling eight-year-old murder of a woman with a history of blackouts and violent outbursts. Then she receives news that ch...

  • Book - 13

    Dr. Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing from South Florida, returns to the city that turned its back on her five years ago. Richmond, Virginia's recently appointed chief medical examiner claims that he needs Scarpetta's help to solve a perplexing crime. W...

  • Book - 14

    Scarpetta, now freelancing with the National Forensic Academy in Florida, digs into a case more bizarre than any she has ever faced, one that has produced not only unusual physical evidence, but also tantalizing clues about the inner workings of an e...

  • Book - 15

    The Book of the Dead is the morgue kg, the ledger in which all cases are entered by hand. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to acquire a new meaning. Starting over with a unique private forensic pathology practice in the historic city of Cha...

  • Book - 16

    Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital?s psychiatric prison ward. The han...

  • Book - 17

    It is the week before Christmas. A tanking economy has prompted Dr. Kay Scarpetta -- despite her busy schedule and her continuing work as the senior forensic analyst for CNN -- to offer her services pro bono to New York City's Office of the Chief Med...

  • Book - 18

    Two baffling cases of carefully conceived murder, one in the distant past and one all too recent, dominate this new Kay Scarpetta novel. A South African hate crime at the very beginning of Kay's career merges with an insidious "post-mortem" slaying t...

  • Book - 19

    Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly k...

  • Book - 20

    A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over two thousand miles away in Boston. She has no idea why. ...

  • Book - 21

    From the world’s number-one bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel. Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta has just returned from working one of the worst mass murders in U.S. history when she’s a...

  • Book - 22

    It’s Dr. Kay Scarpetta’s birthday, and she’s about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids’ game? If so, why are all o...

  • Book - 23

    Dr. Kay Scarpetta is working a suspicious death scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts when an emergency alert sounds on her phone. A video link lands in her text messages and seems to be from her computer genius niece Lucy. But how can it be? It’s clea...

  • Book - 24

    On a hot late summer evening in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her investigative partner Pete Marino respond to a call about a dead bicyclist  near the Kennedy School of Government. It appears that a young woman has been attacked wi...

  • Book - 25

    In this relaunch of the electrifying, landmark #1 bestselling thriller series, chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta hunts those responsible for two wildly divergent and chilling murders. Forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta has come almost full...

  • Book - 26

    The new Kay Scarpetta Thriller from the legendary Patricia Cornwell. Chief medical examiner Kay Scarpetta is the reluctant star witness in a sensational murder trial when she receives shocking news. The judge’s sister has been found dead. At first ...

  • Book - 27

    In this thrilling installment of the #1 bestselling series, chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta returns to solve a mystifying case involving larger-than-life footprints and the Bonnie & Clyde of cybercrime. The morning after North Virgi...


1991 Anthony Award -- First Novel
1991 Edgar Allan Poe Award -- First Novel
1991 Macavity Award -- First Mystery

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

There are 27 books in the Kay Scarpetta series.

The next book in the Kay Scarpetta series, Unnatural Death (Book 27), will be published in November 2023.

The first book in the Kay Scarpetta series, Postmortem, was published in September 1990.

The Kay Scarpetta series primarily falls into the Medical Thriller genre.
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