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Patricia Cornwell, International Bestselling Author of Unnatural Death

15 Sekunden vorwärts
15 Sekunden vorwärts

Welcome to the 158th episode of The Thriller Zone Podcast, where we delve into the minds of the greatest crime and thriller fiction authors of our time. Today, we have the immense pleasure of sitting down with the legendary Patricia Cornwell, the mastermind behind the gripping Kay Scarpetta series. From her humble beginnings as a computer analyst to becoming a best-selling author, Cornwell's journey is as fascinating as the characters she brings to life.

In this episode, we'll take a deep dive into the world of forensic crime fiction, exploring the inner workings of Cornwell's mind and the secrets behind her captivating storytelling. So, kick back and enjoy 30 minutes with one of the finest authors crafting thrillers today, and bear with me as I "geek out" over an amazing talent whom I've enjoyed reading for decades.

Patricia Cornwell: From Computer Analyst to Best-Selling Author

Patricia Cornwell's journey from computer analyst to best-selling author is a remarkable story of career transition and the pursuit of one's passion. With a background in computer analysis, Cornwell brought a unique perspective and set of skills to her writing career.

Her success as a best-selling author, with over 100 million books sold worldwide, is a testament to her talent, hard work, and determination. Cornwell's ability to combine her analytical mindset with her creativity has resulted in compelling and engaging storytelling that captivates readers.

Not only did Cornwell's background in computer analysis shape her writing process, but it also influenced the themes and subject matter of her novels. Her experience in the field of forensics and crime analysis adds depth and authenticity to her work, making her novels stand out in the genre of thriller fiction.

Cornwell's story serves as a reminder that it's never too late to pursue your passion and make a successful career change. She embraced new opportunities and was open to exploring different paths in life, ultimately finding her true calling as a writer.

The Kay Scarpetta series, written by Patricia Cornwell, is a captivating and thrilling crime fiction series that has captured the attention of readers worldwide. Set in Richmond, Virginia, the series revolves around a series of murders involving young couples.

At the center of the series is Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a forensic pathologist who is determined to find the killer and bring them to justice. With her expertise in forensic science and her unwavering determination, Scarpetta follows the path of evidence, using her own instincts to find a murderer who is just as skilled at leaving no trace as she is at finding them.

One of the standout features of the Kay Scarpetta series is Cornwell's attention to detail in forensic science. The series dives deep into the intricacies of crime scene investigations, providing readers with a realistic portrayal of the field. This level of accuracy has been praised by both fans and critics alike, adding to the authenticity and suspense of the series.

Cornwell's writing style keeps readers on the edge of their seats, with twists and turns that keep them guessing until the very end. The series explores themes of justice, morality, and the dark side of human nature, adding depth and complexity to the narrative.

Kay Scarpetta herself is a strong and complex character, who uses her intelligence and skills to solve the most challenging cases. Her determination and resilience make her a compelling protagonist, and readers are drawn to her unwavering pursuit of justice.

With over 100 million books sold worldwide, the Kay Scarpetta series has garnered a loyal fanbase and has been praised by critics for its compelling storytelling and well-developed characters. It has even been adapted into a television series, further cementing its popularity among crime fiction enthusiasts.

For fans of crime fiction and suspenseful thrillers, the Kay Scarpetta series is a gripping and addictive read. From the first novel, "Postmortem," to the latest release, readers are taken on an epic journey through the dark underbelly of Richmond, Virginia's crime scene. For those who are new to the series, now is the perfect time to dive in and experience the thrill of Patricia Cornwell's masterful storytelling.

Be sure to follow Patricia Cornwell on social media for Q&A sessions, updates on new releases, and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the world of Kay Scarpetta. And don't forget to pre-order UNNATURAL DEATH here:

Cornwell's expertise in forensic science shines through in her novels, and readers can trust that they are in the hands of a master storyteller who knows how to keep them on the edge of their seats. The Kay Scarpetta series has captivated audiences for years, and "Unnatural Death" promises to be another epic addition to the series.

Something I was thrilled to learn was how Cornwell's series would be turned into a television series  for Amazon Studios, starring Nicole Kidman as Scarpetta, and Jamie Lee Curtis. If you'd like to read the entire Deadline article, just GO HERE  (Source:

Mark your calendars for November 28th when "Unnatural Death" hits shelves. Whether you're a longtime fan or new to the series, get ready to be enthralled by the gripping world of Kay Scarpetta and her relentless pursuit of justice.

Today's episode has been nothing shy of a genuine honor as I was given a front row seat into one of the greatest thriller fiction writers in the world. I hope you had fun delving into the mind of this brilliant author, while unraveling some of the secrets behind her thrilling storytelling.

I hope you have enjoyed this episode as much as I did, and you can rest assured that I look forward to bringing you more captivating conversations with the greatest crime and thriller fiction authors of our time. To learn more, visit and as always Follow, Share & Subscribe to,, and listen to us wherever you get your podcasts.

Until next time, stay tuned for your front-row seat to the best thriller writers in the world with me, David Temple for another episode of The Thriller Zone!

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For A Limited Only: See Patricia LIVE* and in person with Jamie Lee Curtis on Friday, December 1st at 7PM at Zipper Concert Hall at The Colburn School of Music, 200 South Grand Ave, LA, CA 90012.  *Get Tickets Here:

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