"Postmortem," "Body of Evidence," "Cruel and Unusual" and "Cause of Death" are some books written by Patricia Cornwell. These books are from the "Kay Scarpetta" series. "Kay Scarpetta" is a medical examiner based on Marcella Fierro, MD, a retired Virginia Chief Medical Examiner.
"Postmortem" was released in 1990 as the first book of the "Kay Scarpetta" series and it won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. It follows the search for a mysterious serial killer named "Mr. Nobody." It is loosely based on the killings of Timothy Wilson Spencer from Richmond, Virginia. Released in 1991, "Body of Evidence" is the second book in the series. In the book, Scarpetta investigates the stabbing death of romance writer Beryl Madison in Richmond.
"Cruel and Unusual," the fourth book in the series, was released in 1993 and it won the CWA Gold Dagger for Fiction. Scarpetta is called to do an autopsy on Ronnie Waddell after his execution, then days after his execution a young boy is found killed in the same fashion of Waddell's murders with his fingerprints near the body.
"Cause of Death" was released in 1996 and is the seventh book in the series. In this book, Scarpetta gets the call about the death of investigative reporter Ted Eddings who was found dead in diving gear with the Navy's reserve fleet. The case leads her, her niece and police captain Pete Marino into a terrorist plot that could kill many people. Patricia Cornwell is a writer of contemporary American crime novels and her books have sold more than 100 million copies.