The Kay Scarpetta series begins with "Postmortem", "Body of Evidence", "All That Remains", and "Cruel and Unusual". It continues with "The Body Farm", "From Potter's Field", "Cause of Death", and "Unnatural Exposure", and goes on for a further 14 books as of January 2015
Next in the series are "Point of Origin", "Black Notice", "The Last Precinct", "Blow Fly", and "Trace", followed by "Predator", "Book of the Dead", "Scarpetta", and "The Scarpetta Factor". The final books of the Kay Scarpetta series are "Port Mortuary", "Red Mist", "The Bone Bed", "Dust", and "Flesh and Blood".
The first novel, "Postmortem" was published in 1990 and was very well received, winning prizes that included an Anthony, an Edgar Allan Poe award, and the French Prix du Roman d’Aventure award.The series has also won the British Book Awards prize for Crime Thriller of the Year and the Sherlock Award for Best Detective for the character of Kay Scarpetta.
Patricia Cornwell was inspired by her job in the at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where she worked as a computer analyst and occasionally as a morgue assistant while writing the Kay Scarpetta series. She has sold over 100 million copies of her books, and the film rights for the series have been optioned by Fox 20th Century.