Written By: Patricia Cornwell

Narrated By: C.J. Critt

Date: March 2004

Duration: 11 hours 35 minutes


On a quiet day, away from the hustle of Richmond, in a small cottage on the Virginia coast, Dr. Kay Scarpetta receives a disturbing phone call from the Chesapeake police. Thirty feet deep in the murky waters of Virginia's Elizabeth River, a scuba diver's body is discovered near the Inactive Naval Shipyard. As the police begin searching for clues, the wallet of investigative report Ted eddings is found. Unnerved by the possible identity of the victim, Scarpetta orders the crime scene roped off and left alone until she arrives. What was he doing there, searching for Civil War relics as the officer suggested or was there a bigger story? As she rifles through the multitude of clues, a second murder hits much closer to home. This new development puts Scarpetta and her coleagues hot on the trail of a military conspiracy. Filled with lurid details that Cornwell's legions of fans have come to expect, Cause of Death is a breathtaking mystery further enhanced by C. J. Critt's gripping narration.


  • Cause of Death could have been 5 stars but for all the skips and hiccups throughout. Bad copy. Had to rewind/fast forward to get it back on track. Extremely annoying.

  • Robert B.

    I identify with Dr Scarpetta's moral dilemmas intertwined with her methodical science and willingness to investigate each individual's life and death. Ms Cornwell writes each character with depth and personality, and her plots twist in some unpredictable ways.

  • Sherry L.

    My first Patricia Crowell book. I enjoyed it as it was well written, with many layers of depth to the story. Unfortunately for me, I found the narration too slow. For how gripping parts were, the narration didn’t capture and deliver the intensity for me.

  • Marissa M.

    I love the Scarpetta series. This one was good the climax was so fast though. Best narrator, CJ Critt is amazing!

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