Dr Kay Scarpetta: Kay Scarpetta is a fictitious character who was inspired by former Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Marcella Farinelli Fierro, MD, who worked as a medical examiner in the state (retired). Scarpetta is the protagonist in a series of crime novels written by Patricia Cornwell, which are notable for the use of current forensic science in Scarpetta’s investigations. Scarpetta’s investigations are based on true events.
According to the novel The Scarpetta Factor, published in 2009, the name Scarpetta is a diminutive, which means “Little Shoe” in Italian. This tale draws attention to the fact that the underlying pun is comparable to the name of Caligula, whose name literally translates as “Little Boot.” The tale revolves around a website dubbed Caligula, which is implicated in the murder of a young woman in an oblique manner.
Her family is of Italian origin on both sides, and she was born in Miami, Florida, in 1954. (the Scarpettas emigrated from Verona, Italy). She witnessed her father’s death from leukemia when she was a small girl.
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore and Georgetown Law School are both in Washington, D.C. She holds degrees from Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, and other prestigious institutions.
Scarpetta is a physician who works in Richmond as the Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Virginia and as a member of the faculty at Virginian Medical Center in the early novels of the Scarpetta series (VMC). Following the events of The Last Precinct, she resigns from her position and relocates to Florida to work as a private forensic consultant.
Scarpetta returns to Virginia in Trace, telling herself that she was sacked from her employment at the behest of her replacement, Dr. Joel Marcus, in order to avoid being charged with murder. Scarpetta is the head of the National Forensic Academy in Hollywood, Florida, which was founded by her affluent niece Lucy. In Predator, Scarpetta assumes the position of head of the academy.
Scarpetta has gone to Charleston, South Carolina, to work as a freelance forensic examiner/expert in the novel The Book of the Dead. In Scarpetta (2008), she has migrated to Massachusetts, where she is pursuing her M.E., but she and Benton continue to live together in New York City, in a shared apartment. In the film The Scarpetta Factor (2009), she is employed full-time in New York, while Wesley is employed part-time in the same city.
Appearance: Blonde and well-dressed, having a large collection of expensive suits in her closet. I’m a perfectionist and a workaholic at the same time. She enjoys cooking, particularly Italian cuisine, and she makes everything from scratch, including pasta and bread, for her family and friends. She is the proud owner of a gorgeous, custom-made home that includes a restaurant kitchen created specifically for her needs. She drives a Mercedes, which she replaces on a very regular basis.
While attending law school, I became engaged to Tony Benedetti. Postmortem, the first novel in the Postmortem series, is set in 1986 and is set roughly 6 years before the author’s divorce. Following that, she has an on-again, off-again relationship with Mark James, who is killed in a bombing at a London Tube station (in the novel Cruel and Unusual).
Benton Wesley, who is reportedly slain in Point of Origin but subsequently reappears, is the subject of a third romance. Scarpetta and Wesley become engaged in 2007’s The Book of the Dead, and they are married by the time the film Scarpetta opens in 2008 (see below).