I've not read any of Cornwell's books, but I was curious after this discussion. I checked the reader (not paid critic) reviews of Isle of Dogs at Amazon.
The lesson, I think, is if you are a very successful writer, don't mess with your fans.
660 readers offered their opinions and the book rated 1.5 stars out of a possible five. Here are just the subject lines from first 30 or so reviews:
I wished I'd have read the reviews before buying this book.
What in the world was Patricia Cornwell thinking?!
Simply incredible (not in a good way).
2 stars, my charitable contribution to Ms. Cornwell.
Unbelievable (not a compliment).
Silliness is not satire.
It's not Scarpetta -- but it's still excellent.
Absolutely the worst!
Who wrote this, and what have they done with Patricia Cornwell??
Not even worth the used book price!
This book was a dog!!!!
This book stinks!
Very disappointed by this Hammer/Brazil book.
As painful to read as "Showgirls" was to watch.
What a dumb book.
I have to defend this book
I am so surprised (not pleasantly).
Please say someone else wrote this.
I would have pitched this in the garbage, but I borrowed it.
What a HUGE disappointment!
To think I paid money for this book.
Whatever was she thinking?????
It's true you can't judge a book by its covers, but these reviews convince me I should invest my reading time elsewhere.
A society is generally as lax as its language.