Born in 1956, crime writer Patricia Cornwell is well known for her novels in the best-selling series of Kay Scarpetta, the protagonist in the books who is a medical examiner. She graduated with a degree in English from Davidson College and eventually became a reporter covering crime. She also worked for six years at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia since 1985 and volunteered at the Richmond Police Department.
The first installment of the Scarpetta series, Postmortem, was loosely based on a real-life crime that happened in 1987 in Richmond, United States. The book later won several literary awards including the American Edgar Award, and the series became an international phenomenon. The crime novels are noted for incorporating a great deal of detail on forensic science and its technology in the character’s investigations. Cornwell has also authored on pseudo-police fictions in two other series. Browse the series of novels by Patricia Cornwell in Singapore’s duty-free shopping.