Dust - Patricia Cornwell

It's been a long time since I picked up a Kay Scarpetta novel. Obviously I missed a few things along the way, but it wasn't hard to pick up where I left off.

Scarpetta is called in to autopsy a body found near her Concord, Mass., home ... mere minutes after she catches a peeping Tom spying on her. There also seem to be some connections between this body and those in a serial killer case Scarpetta's husband (FBI profiler Benton Wesley) is working on ... but she can't tell anyone, because she's not supposed to know!

Thus begins a rather lengthy tale, told in first-person, present tense. Author Patricia Cornwell's decision to use this format brings an immediacy to the tale; readers are drawn directly into the action.

The usual cast of characters from the Scarpetta novels is here, with some additional twists and turns as life has changed them.

Overall, it was an entertaining read that Cornwell fans will enjoy.