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Patricia Cornwell does a pretty accurate job in keeping the Scarpetta timeline consistent. After thorough research on all of the novels, we've compiled the best possible timeline for the entire series. Some of the years may overlap. Some of the years aren't explicitly defined in the novels. With the information provided from the novels, here's the most accurate Scarpetta timeline you will find!
Post Mortem: Begins on June 6, 1988. Ends on June 26, 1988. We know the year is 1988 due to Lori Petersen's case #88-0651. In reality, this is a very low case number for six months into the year.
Body of Evidence: Begins on October 31, 1991; ending date is unknown.
All That Remains: Begins on August 31, 1992.
Cruel and Unusual: Begins on December 13, 1993; ends in sometime late January.
The Body Farm: Begins on October 16, 1994; ending date is unknown.
From Potter's Field: Begins on December 24, 1995; ending date is unknown.
Cause of Death: Begins on New Year's Eve 1995; tomorrow is New Year's Day 1996; ends on approximately January 6, 1996.
Unnatural Exposure: Begins on October 30, 1997; ends on New Year's Eve 1997; Benton and Scarpetta go to London on February 18, 1998.
Point of Origin: Opens on June 8, 1998; Carrie Grethen has been locked up in Kirby for five years (see nitpicks); Ends around the beginning of July
Black Notice: Opens on December 6, 1999; ends on December 17, 1999