It's no big surprise when mega-bestselling novelists get renewed book contracts . . . but it's still nice to know they're eager to keep publishing hits.

For example: Patricia Cornwell will publish two more Kay Scarpetta novels with Putnam. The 18th book in the series, Port Mortuary, hits stores on November 30.

Any predictions on what'll happen to Scarpetta in future novels? Here's a (vague) hint: The Boston Herald reported on August 6 that Cornwell visited the New England Aquarium to do research for a novel. She "toured the marine animal rescue facilities and attended a seal-training session."

What with Lifetime's adaptations of At Risk and The Front and news that Angelina Jolie will play Scarpetta on the big screen, it's been a busy year for Patricia Cornwell.

Are you still into the series after all these books? Will you read Port Mortuary?

Also in BookPage: Read reviews of Cornwell's novels, including her most recent Scarpetta book, The Scarpetta Factor.

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