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New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen knows how to expertly dissect a brilliantly suspenseful story, all the while keeping fascinated readers riveted to her side. By turns darkly enthralling and relentlessly surprising, The Keepsake showcases an author at the peak of her storytelling powers. For untold years, the perfectly preserved mummy had lain forgotten in New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen knows how to expertly dissect a brilliantly suspenseful story, all the while keeping fascinated readers riveted to her side. By turns darkly enthralling and relentlessly surprising, The Keepsake showcases an author at the peak of her storytelling powers. For untold years, the perfectly preserved mummy had lain forgotten in the dusty basement of Boston’s Crispin Museum. Now its sudden rediscovery by museum staff is both a major coup and an attention-grabbing mystery. Dubbed “Madam X,” the mummy–to all appearances, an ancient Egyptian artifact– seems a ghoulish godsend for the financially struggling institution. But medical examiner Maura Isles soon discovers a macabre message hidden within the corpse–horrifying proof that this “centuries-old” relic is instead a modern-day murder victim. To Maura and Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli, the forensic evidence is unmistakable, its implications terrifying. And when the grisly remains of yet another woman are found in the hidden recesses of the museum, it becomes chillingly clear that a maniac is at large–and is now taunting them. Archaeologist Josephine Pulcillo’s blood runs cold when the killer’s cryptic missives are discovered, and her darkest dread becomes real when the carefully preserved corpse of yet a third victim is left in her car like a gruesome offering–or perhaps a ghastly promise of what’s to come. The twisted killer’s familiarity with post-mortem rituals suggests to Maura and Jane that he may have scientific expertise in common with Josephine. Only Josephine knows that her stalker shares a knowledge even more personally terrifying: details of a dark secret she had thought forever buried. Now Maura must summon her own dusty knowledge of ancient death traditions to unravel his twisted endgame. And when Josephine vanishes, Maura and Jane have precious little time to derail the Archaeology Killer before he adds another chilling piece to his monstrous collection.


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New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen knows how to expertly dissect a brilliantly suspenseful story, all the while keeping fascinated readers riveted to her side. By turns darkly enthralling and relentlessly surprising, The Keepsake showcases an author at the peak of her storytelling powers. For untold years, the perfectly preserved mummy had lain forgotten in New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen knows how to expertly dissect a brilliantly suspenseful story, all the while keeping fascinated readers riveted to her side. By turns darkly enthralling and relentlessly surprising, The Keepsake showcases an author at the peak of her storytelling powers. For untold years, the perfectly preserved mummy had lain forgotten in the dusty basement of Boston’s Crispin Museum. Now its sudden rediscovery by museum staff is both a major coup and an attention-grabbing mystery. Dubbed “Madam X,” the mummy–to all appearances, an ancient Egyptian artifact– seems a ghoulish godsend for the financially struggling institution. But medical examiner Maura Isles soon discovers a macabre message hidden within the corpse–horrifying proof that this “centuries-old” relic is instead a modern-day murder victim. To Maura and Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli, the forensic evidence is unmistakable, its implications terrifying. And when the grisly remains of yet another woman are found in the hidden recesses of the museum, it becomes chillingly clear that a maniac is at large–and is now taunting them. Archaeologist Josephine Pulcillo’s blood runs cold when the killer’s cryptic missives are discovered, and her darkest dread becomes real when the carefully preserved corpse of yet a third victim is left in her car like a gruesome offering–or perhaps a ghastly promise of what’s to come. The twisted killer’s familiarity with post-mortem rituals suggests to Maura and Jane that he may have scientific expertise in common with Josephine. Only Josephine knows that her stalker shares a knowledge even more personally terrifying: details of a dark secret she had thought forever buried. Now Maura must summon her own dusty knowledge of ancient death traditions to unravel his twisted endgame. And when Josephine vanishes, Maura and Jane have precious little time to derail the Archaeology Killer before he adds another chilling piece to his monstrous collection.

30 review for The Keepsake

  1. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    This is book 7 in the Rizzoli & Isles series. I recommend reading them in order . Tess Gerritsen is a doctor and uses her medical knowledge very well in this police procedural/medical mystery. It is a very creepy mystery, opening with the discovery of body thought to be an Egyptian mummy. The museum has arranged for a CT scan of the mummy. They have already determined the outer wrapping to be 2,000 years old through carbon dating. But the CT scan shows a bullet and they soon realize that this is This is book 7 in the Rizzoli & Isles series. I recommend reading them in order . Tess Gerritsen is a doctor and uses her medical knowledge very well in this police procedural/medical mystery. It is a very creepy mystery, opening with the discovery of body thought to be an Egyptian mummy. The museum has arranged for a CT scan of the mummy. They have already determined the outer wrapping to be 2,000 years old through carbon dating. But the CT scan shows a bullet and they soon realize that this is a suspicious death. More horrific discoveries turn up, including shrunken heads. Detectives Rizzoli and Frost are assigned to the case and soon decide that they are looking for a serial killer with a taste for the macabre. This is a gripping thriller. I read it in two days, reading almost 300 pages on the second day. Some quotes-- Forensic psychologist profiling the killer: "He didn't want to let them go, so he turns them into keepsakes that will last forever." Detective Rizzoli: " He preserved her as a keepsake. She became part of his harem, Josephine, a harem of dead souls." I rate this library book a solid 4 out of 5 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Maura Isles shows up at the Crispin Museum as a guest for the unveiling of Madam X, a preserved mummy recently discovered in their basement. However, she’s soon asked to assume her role as medical examiner when it becomes clear that this is no ancient relic. She and Detective Jane Rizzoli now have a modern day Murder on their hands. As with the earlier books in this series, this one begins with a mysterious and exciting prologue that tugs at you to find the connection to what follows. This was a Maura Isles shows up at the Crispin Museum as a guest for the unveiling of Madam X, a preserved mummy recently discovered in their basement. However, she’s soon asked to assume her role as medical examiner when it becomes clear that this is no ancient relic. She and Detective Jane Rizzoli now have a modern day Murder on their hands. As with the earlier books in this series, this one begins with a mysterious and exciting prologue that tugs at you to find the connection to what follows. This was a true puzzler as everytime I thought I had things worked out, my hypotheses would get crushed with the introduction of a new curve ball. The mix of past and present made things even more complicated. I enjoyed the intrigue and subterfuge as the story moved very quickly. Another new narrator, Dierdre Lovejoy, who was very good! She told the story with the right inflections in the right places, adding spooky and dramatic flourishes at the right times. I really enjoyed her performance, making a good story even better. I also liked the archeological settings and topics, once again learning something new. This came very close to being categorized as a mystery with historical elements.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    How in the world do Dr. Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli get involved in a case involving a two-thousand-year-old mummy? The Keepsake, Tess Gerritsen’s seventh Rizzoli & Isles book, sounds like it could be a creepy Halloween thriller. I found it to be an intriguing puzzle. Who was “Madame X”, and how did she come to be at the Crispin Museum in Boston? Moreover, why do other well-preserved, pseudo-ancient remains keep appearing? Are the deaths of these women related? Unable to determine a c How in the world do Dr. Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli get involved in a case involving a two-thousand-year-old mummy? The Keepsake, Tess Gerritsen’s seventh Rizzoli & Isles book, sounds like it could be a creepy Halloween thriller. I found it to be an intriguing puzzle. Who was “Madame X”, and how did she come to be at the Crispin Museum in Boston? Moreover, why do other well-preserved, pseudo-ancient remains keep appearing? Are the deaths of these women related? Unable to determine a cause of death without organs, Dr. Isles cannot proceed. It is up to Jane Rizzoli and her partner, Barry Frost, to investigate. Jane gets weird vibes about a young female archaeologist who is employed at the museum. Frost seems smitten by her. Oh-oh. Frost is a married man. What’s going on there? And will it affect his work on this case? Who is Josephine Pulcillo? What is she running from? And what kind of monster kills women then keeps them by preserving their remains? What message is he sending, and to whom? The book gets a little off track with Maura’s romance with Daniel and the re-appearance of Anthony Sansone from The Mephisto Club, but I was thoroughly enthralled with this story. I couldn’t wait to see who was behind it, and while I was sure that the bad guy was hiding in plain sight, I was way off base. I am not sure that serious archeologists would truly appreciate this book, and I don’t know if Dr. Gerritsen had Halloween in mind when she wrote it, but whatever inspired her to come up with this premise, it made a terrific plot. 4 stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Mummies, shrunken heads, and bog bodies ... this story has the most unusual murder victims that I can recall in any story. Bog bodies? There is even a mysterious museum with a secret room. Reminds me of when I was young and was reading the Hardy Boys! The story opens with Maura Isles arriving at a hospital. The Crispin Museum, a small and relatively unknown Boston museum, has discovered a mummy in their basement. The museum's records are poor to non-existent and they are excited about the discove Mummies, shrunken heads, and bog bodies ... this story has the most unusual murder victims that I can recall in any story. Bog bodies? There is even a mysterious museum with a secret room. Reminds me of when I was young and was reading the Hardy Boys! The story opens with Maura Isles arriving at a hospital. The Crispin Museum, a small and relatively unknown Boston museum, has discovered a mummy in their basement. The museum's records are poor to non-existent and they are excited about the discovery. Carbon dating has shown the outer wrappings to be 2,000 years old. Before putting the mummy on display they want to perform a CT scan. Maura has been invited as a guest. Everyone is shocked when the scan shows a bullet in the body. Instead of heading back to the museum the mummy is destined for the morgue where Dr. Isles will perform an autopsy. Detective Jane Rizzoli and her partner, Barry Frost, head to the Crispin Museum. They want to check out the basement where “Madame X”, the name they have given the mummy, was found. This is one creepy museum. What they discover is a secret room with shrunken heads. Turns out one of these tsantsas is not what it appears to be. It is not a shrunken head of the Jivaro Indians of South America. Clearly they are dealing with a serial killer who likes to preserve his "keepsakes". Josephine Pulcillo is an Egyptologist with the Crispin Museum. She is very smart and very attractive. Barry Frost appears to have fallen for her. Jane Rizzoli is suspicious of her. Something is off. There is something else there. Something she is holding back. When Josephine discovers a body in the trunk of her car, a body that appears to have been preserved in a bog, and then disappears Rizzoli is convinced she is right. Josephine Pulcillo is the key. Find out what secrets she is hiding. The story takes Rizzoli and Frost from Boston to New Mexico to Texas to Maine as they work to unlock long buried secrets. It kept me turning pages and up at night as I had to read just one more chapter. The only negative is with Maura Isles and her love affair with Father Daniel Brophy. There is too much of her "woe is me", divorced and in love with a priest. I am not sure why Tess Gerritsen gets off track and brings this into the story. I usually found myself thinking the character is sad and pathetic.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Wow.. double WOW! Great story, lots of twists and turns— fascinating victim(s) and even more fascinating deaths. The book, in more than one way, felt like a race against time. Not only are characters being hunted and on the run, but the intersection of past and present both complicated the resolution— which is great because there are a few great twists in this one— but those complications amp up the suspense and keep the pages turning! Certainly my favorite installment in a series that just keeps Wow.. double WOW! Great story, lots of twists and turns— fascinating victim(s) and even more fascinating deaths. The book, in more than one way, felt like a race against time. Not only are characters being hunted and on the run, but the intersection of past and present both complicated the resolution— which is great because there are a few great twists in this one— but those complications amp up the suspense and keep the pages turning! Certainly my favorite installment in a series that just keeps getting better and better!! More back story on our protagonists Maura and Jane, but also Barry Frost gets some attention paid to his personal life. And I must have missed something along the way. This is not the Barry I had imagined (40-something, stodgy, slightly paunchy detective partner). No, apparently Barry is a blond good-looking Boy Scout of a decent cop in his early 30s— huh? How did I miss that? I like that Gerritsen gives Barry some background because he always felt like the long-suffering partner— not really a dude with a life beyond following Jane around. Certainly looking forward to the next book— who knows what will happen next!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    The Keepsake is book 7 in the Rizzoli & Isles series, so I won't give a full review. If you've read the first 6 books in this series and enjoyed them. Than you'll enjoy The Keepsake. Its a really good book! The Keepsake is book 7 in the Rizzoli & Isles series, so I won't give a full review. If you've read the first 6 books in this series and enjoyed them. Than you'll enjoy The Keepsake. Its a really good book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    Gerritsen is the master of putting all of the little pieces together to form one large puzzle. Her earlier novels displayed her penchant for lifelike and likable characters, dramatic issues, and surprising plot twists. This book marks a step forward in her development as a writer in the detective/mystery genre as she spins riddles and clues with ever increasing skill. As with classic mystery novels, there are red herrings and layers of plot development That intertwine. It started a little slow, b Gerritsen is the master of putting all of the little pieces together to form one large puzzle. Her earlier novels displayed her penchant for lifelike and likable characters, dramatic issues, and surprising plot twists. This book marks a step forward in her development as a writer in the detective/mystery genre as she spins riddles and clues with ever increasing skill. As with classic mystery novels, there are red herrings and layers of plot development That intertwine. It started a little slow, but quickly picked up speed as Gerritsen displays yet again her talent for creating tense, creepy scenes utilizing setting and atmospheric elements to build suspense. All of the characters/suspects are introduced early in the story, and when the end arrives it left me feeling like I could have solved the puzzle but did not. It reads quickly and easily, the skill not in the complexity, but rather in the twists and turns of deft plotting. I also enjoyed the Mephisto Club appearances and theories. Highly recommended for fans of the mystery genre.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    Tess Gerritsen Fans Group Link Not a difficult plot/read & manageable number of characters to keep track of as you read the book. Tess able to add chapters from the main plot to make it enjoyable. Archaeologist Josephine Pulcillo discovers a mummy in Boston's Crispin Museum. Det. Jane Rizzoli & Dr. Maura Isles perform CT scans to find the 10+ year old body has a "modern day" bullet & the body wrapped in ancient mummy cloth, hence the Archaeology Killer is called "Madam-X". A 2nd mummy i Tess Gerritsen Fans Group Link Not a difficult plot/read & manageable number of characters to keep track of as you read the book. Tess able to add chapters from the main plot to make it enjoyable. Archaeologist Josephine Pulcillo discovers a mummy in Boston's Crispin Museum. Det. Jane Rizzoli & Dr. Maura Isles perform CT scans to find the 10+ year old body has a "modern day" bullet & the body wrapped in ancient mummy cloth, hence the Archaeology Killer is called "Madam-X". A 2nd mummy is found then a 3rd in Josephine's car. Medea Sommer (mom) comes to help Josephine. They fear she will be the next victim. Angry Kimball Rose (he is a dad of a missing son that is not found & he is a wealthy patron of the Crispin Museum) & Carrie Otto(she is a sister of a missing brother not found), both appear to help identify if the 10+ year old "mummy" body is their missing family-related body? Why hadn't the police solved this crime already? Why are these people killed, wrapped but are being found? (view spoiler)[ "Madam-X" must be creating "The Keepsake" mummies for parties... (hide spoiler)]

  9. 5 out of 5

    CD {Boulder Blvd}

    3.5 stars rounded up... I really like the archaeology aspects of the mystery with shrunken heads, mummies and other assorted aspects. The mystery was fun to read and Rizzoli was in kick ass mode which I love. A couple items that were less than great: The 1st POV of one of the characters wasn't needed and was definitely a distraction at the finale. Maura didn't really have much of a role in this one except to mope about her lover, the Priest, being unavailable. Duh! I could do without this. There was 3.5 stars rounded up... I really like the archaeology aspects of the mystery with shrunken heads, mummies and other assorted aspects. The mystery was fun to read and Rizzoli was in kick ass mode which I love. A couple items that were less than great: The 1st POV of one of the characters wasn't needed and was definitely a distraction at the finale. Maura didn't really have much of a role in this one except to mope about her lover, the Priest, being unavailable. Duh! I could do without this. There was a brief part with Santone of the Mephisto Club which is annoying on two elements. It's irritating how he always has access to information he shouldn't have but every time he knows people who know something and automatically keep him informed of everything. It's just too much. And, I could do without his club and all the demon talk. He didn't add to the story and was an unneeded and irritating distraction from the story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    rachel

    It's not that The Keepsake is "worse" than the other Rizzoli & Isles books I've read so much as it brings to light the fact that a couple of things that frustrate me about the series are actually series staples. 1.) There always seems to be a guy pinging the interest of either Maura Isles or a book-specific secondary female character in some creepo way (i.e. long stares or persistent attempts at trying to "help" her). These dudes are rarely the bad guys. Is the Edward Cullen "stare and relentles It's not that The Keepsake is "worse" than the other Rizzoli & Isles books I've read so much as it brings to light the fact that a couple of things that frustrate me about the series are actually series staples. 1.) There always seems to be a guy pinging the interest of either Maura Isles or a book-specific secondary female character in some creepo way (i.e. long stares or persistent attempts at trying to "help" her). These dudes are rarely the bad guys. Is the Edward Cullen "stare and relentlessly, almost aggressively rescue" tactic really romantic nowadays? I mean, Maura Isles is a doctor and Josephine Pulcillo in this one is a pretty smart archaeologist, so it's hard for me to believe that ladies with such brains are really charmed by lingery and/or unassertive weirdos. 2.) There will be a lot of breathless twists at the end, including the revelation that Someone! We! Know! is actually bad! Or "We made a mistake! The evidence actually points to _______ [while he's IN THE HOUSE]!" Which, I'm sure mistakes happen sometimes in the real world of detection, but meh. I'm gonna go back to Patricia Cornwell here: I respected her, back when the Scarpetta books were great, for not going for the cheap thrill of this sort of twist. She just told a straightforward investigation and discovery story. Bonus number 3.) Gerritsen really cannot let go of the fact that her ME-based medical examiner, Dr. Singh, wears a Sikh headdress but also LL Bean boots. This is the second time in the span of three books (he was not in Vanish) that these exact details are mentioned within sentences of each other. I guess the problem is really that I'm no longer in the mood for silly page-turner mass market mysteries anymore.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jaksen

    Not my favorite in this series. It seemed to me hastily put-together and as I read I kept saying, I bet this happens next, or similar, and then it did. Possibly I read too many mysteries; possibly because I also was familiar with some of the circumstances (scientific ones) which were revealed in the book. I'm no archaeology expert, but I've read a zillion books on the subject. Okay, maybe just a couple dozen or so... It's an important day for a small museum which houses a full 'cabinet of curiosi Not my favorite in this series. It seemed to me hastily put-together and as I read I kept saying, I bet this happens next, or similar, and then it did. Possibly I read too many mysteries; possibly because I also was familiar with some of the circumstances (scientific ones) which were revealed in the book. I'm no archaeology expert, but I've read a zillion books on the subject. Okay, maybe just a couple dozen or so... It's an important day for a small museum which houses a full 'cabinet of curiosities,' everything from old suits of armor to paleolithic tools and one mummy in a coffin which is about to be examined via a CAT scan. Yep, they're gonna look through all the mummy wrappings to see what's really underneath all that hardened resin and endless embalming bandages. Problem is this: this mummy has a bullet in her leg, and where it is possible that someone did shoot an ancient, 1,000+ year old mummy, there's another twist here: the bone shows signs of healing before the mummy person died. Hence, mystery, a big one, and this leads both Rizzoli and Isles on a forensic and criminal quest. What the heck is going on HERE? The premise was great; I read this one in two days. I like Ms Gerritsen's writing style: swift action, lots of suspense, great background development of her two MCs: Jane Rizzoli, tough streetwise cop with a new husband and baby; Maura Isles, gorgeous forensic specialist in love with a priest. They are well presented and I believe every word they say, every move they make, but... The story was predictable with few surprises. It's a bit graphic in places, but not overly so. It felt too small for me - like it needed another 100 pages to flesh some things out, including the mummy and a few other weird dead bodies which turn up. Thus, three stars. That's a low rating for me.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maureen DeLuca

    Could have been my frame of mind at the time that I read this- It was just OK for me. I almost gave it 2 stars- but bumped it up to 3-

  13. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan

    Keeping the Dead is the seventh book in Tess Gerrtisen’s addictive Rizzoli and Isles series, and it was another addictive read. In all honesty, I was rather disappointed by The Mephisto Club. It wasn’t quite what I had been hoping for, and I feared the series was starting to dip. Fortunately, Keeping the Dead (or The Keepsake as it is called in other countries) returns the series to what we know and love. It may not be my number one read in the series, but it was certainly a wonderful addition to Keeping the Dead is the seventh book in Tess Gerrtisen’s addictive Rizzoli and Isles series, and it was another addictive read. In all honesty, I was rather disappointed by The Mephisto Club. It wasn’t quite what I had been hoping for, and I feared the series was starting to dip. Fortunately, Keeping the Dead (or The Keepsake as it is called in other countries) returns the series to what we know and love. It may not be my number one read in the series, but it was certainly a wonderful addition to the overall storyline. Keeping the Dead gives us something we all love: Egyptians. As someone who enjoys history and archaeology, this book gave us a lot of fun stuff to deal with. I can imagine for some people such will not be the case, but I really enjoyed the elements of this tale related to history. It made for a grizzly yet interesting tale – exactly what you want from crime fiction. As with the prior book, however, I did find myself rather disinterested in some of the elements of personal life. My disinterest wasn’t to the degree it was in the prior book, but there were times where I wanted us to get back to the good stuff. I liked how some elements from The Mephisto club made a reappearance, but at the same time I felt it was a bit forced in regards to adding more drama to one of the personal life elements. This is just me, though, and I’m hoping I’ll be interested in these elements again in the future. Overall, though, this was a great addition to the series. Once again, I’m super excited to dive into the next book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joey Woolfardis

    Decent enough crime fiction with the element I prefer them to have, which is forensic/science, which I knocked off in half a day. It's about the ninth in the series but there no need to read them all to understand what happens, like most crime fiction, unless you really want to develop any kind of long-term "relationship" with the characters (whom in this case are just like any other American forensic-cop team). Well written, but just escapism, though enjoyable (insofar as a brutal murder can be Decent enough crime fiction with the element I prefer them to have, which is forensic/science, which I knocked off in half a day. It's about the ninth in the series but there no need to read them all to understand what happens, like most crime fiction, unless you really want to develop any kind of long-term "relationship" with the characters (whom in this case are just like any other American forensic-cop team). Well written, but just escapism, though enjoyable (insofar as a brutal murder can be enjoyable, but you know what I mean). Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy

  15. 4 out of 5

    Iza Brekilien

    This instalments dives into the world of archeology, mummies and crazy killers. There's a pinch of beautiful women, living on the run and not too much Maura. It's not that I hate Maura, not really, and I understand what it's like to be a woman in love, I would just like her to be... less in heat ! At least, this time, she just has one man in sight : progress. The pacing was good, I kept wondering if such a "school" where the two men were sent really exists ? My only drawback was that Sansone reapp This instalments dives into the world of archeology, mummies and crazy killers. There's a pinch of beautiful women, living on the run and not too much Maura. It's not that I hate Maura, not really, and I understand what it's like to be a woman in love, I would just like her to be... less in heat ! At least, this time, she just has one man in sight : progress. The pacing was good, I kept wondering if such a "school" where the two men were sent really exists ? My only drawback was that Sansone reappeared as I'm not too keen on his theories. Anyway, I'm already on the next ! I feel like a drug addict...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pauline

    Very long and creepy. Editing out the thinking of characters about 50% would be an improvement.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lewis Weinstein

    Outstanding. Complicated plot, interesting setting and background in the worlds of archeology and museums. More than a little gruesome. Unusual in that there are several characters of more or less equal standing. First one in this series I've read. Will come again. I'm looking forward to hearing Gerritsen speak at our Key West Literary Seminar next month.

  18. 5 out of 5

    April Thompson

    Best of the series in my humble opinion. This had all of the features of a great thriller. I picked this book up and was hooked from the beginning and could not get enough. It inspired a few moments of intense nervousness of my part. That doesn't happen often. Kudos!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    A very well written thriller. Even involving a serial killer - which I usually avoid. But I enjoyed the book: the characters, the storyline and the writing style. And I learnt that the term 'nuclear family' is an anthropological term meaning mother and child. Since fathers tend to come and go. Not my opinion but part of the anthropological definition.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paige Bookdragon

    The Rizzoli and Isles marathon. This one entertains me. I mean, mummies? Shrunken heads? Dead bodies popping up? Yippe.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Birgit

    Tess Gerritsen's seventh novel in the series is once again a fast paced read that's hard to put down, especially with Rizzoli being at her wittiest, sarcastic best. This time it's the archeological or egyptian theme, to put it more precisely, that keeps the two leading ladies busy. Once again a well written book that certainly does the whole series justice, it felt like there could have been a bit more details regarding the personal lives of Rizzoli and Isles, as there are threads that lead throu Tess Gerritsen's seventh novel in the series is once again a fast paced read that's hard to put down, especially with Rizzoli being at her wittiest, sarcastic best. This time it's the archeological or egyptian theme, to put it more precisely, that keeps the two leading ladies busy. Once again a well written book that certainly does the whole series justice, it felt like there could have been a bit more details regarding the personal lives of Rizzoli and Isles, as there are threads that lead through all the novels and which now have been barely touched on. On the other hand it's great how Gerritsen focused on the working relationship with her partner Frost. Another thing I noticed is that the story remotely resembles the "theme of the abducted woman", which readers of the series will already know from the first two novels. This doesn't make the whole book bad, especially with a very different setting, but still. I short: This book is certainly not the weakest in the series, but all in all more mediocre than standing out.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    Once again a most enjoyable read and one that kept me up all night, with promises to myself of 'just one more chapter and then I'll go to sleep,' which never happened. One tired chicken this morning. People are really sick and twisted and it's no wonder that Dr Isles prefers to work with the dead. The dead can't hurt you. Egyptology has always fascinated me and I have always wondered how the bodies were mummified. Tess Gerritsen, explains the different processes in such clear detail, that I am o Once again a most enjoyable read and one that kept me up all night, with promises to myself of 'just one more chapter and then I'll go to sleep,' which never happened. One tired chicken this morning. People are really sick and twisted and it's no wonder that Dr Isles prefers to work with the dead. The dead can't hurt you. Egyptology has always fascinated me and I have always wondered how the bodies were mummified. Tess Gerritsen, explains the different processes in such clear detail, that I am once again hooked on the subject matter. What a page turner - now I have post-book blues again.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    I had forgotten how well Tess Gerritsen tugs the reader into a story. Intriguing from beginning to end and just when you think it's all over....nope. It's the 'but WAIT! There's MORE!' form of suspense. And I like it! I have meandered away from suspense and thrillers for some time now. I lean more towards amateur sleuth/cozy mysteries and paranormal pretty much everything. But getting back into suspense/thriller in honor of my dad who passed not long ago. He loved loved loved suspense and thrill I had forgotten how well Tess Gerritsen tugs the reader into a story. Intriguing from beginning to end and just when you think it's all over....nope. It's the 'but WAIT! There's MORE!' form of suspense. And I like it! I have meandered away from suspense and thrillers for some time now. I lean more towards amateur sleuth/cozy mysteries and paranormal pretty much everything. But getting back into suspense/thriller in honor of my dad who passed not long ago. He loved loved loved suspense and thrillers. My sister and I introduced him to the women of suspense. He was of the belief for the longest time that women only wrote romance or cozies. HA! We showed him the beauty that is Tess Gerritsen, Mo Hayder, Karin Slaughter, Lynda La Plante, Lisa Gardner, Amanda Stevens, Erin Hart....so many! He became a believer. Now I go back to suspense and thrillers in honor of him. This one has archeology and twists and turns and everything that makes a story fab. I loved it. I can highly recommend this book, this author, this series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bill Ward

    I enjoyed the book. It had an interesting background story of archaeology and it kept me hooked to the end. It is written in a very easy to read style with just the right amount of description mixed with plenty of action. I was glad it didn't get too bogged down in forensic or police procedural detail. There was just the amount needed to keep the story moving at a fast pace. The book starts with the CT scan of what is supposed to be an ancient mummy but when a modern day bullet is discovered in h I enjoyed the book. It had an interesting background story of archaeology and it kept me hooked to the end. It is written in a very easy to read style with just the right amount of description mixed with plenty of action. I was glad it didn't get too bogged down in forensic or police procedural detail. There was just the amount needed to keep the story moving at a fast pace. The book starts with the CT scan of what is supposed to be an ancient mummy but when a modern day bullet is discovered in her body we have a good mystery that needs solving. Although there were some twists towards the end there were no great surprises. All in all a very pleasant read I can recommend.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ана Петровска

    Once again I'm amazed by the cleverness of this woman. My favorite so far. Jane is starting to grow on me too.

  26. 5 out of 5

    LJ

    THE KEEPSAKE (aka Keeping the Dead) (Pol. Proc-Rizzoli/Iles-Boston, US-Cont) - VG Gerritsen, Tess – 7th in series Ballantine Press, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780345497628 First Sentence: He is coming for me. A 2000-year-old mummy has been discovered in the basement of the Crespin Museum in Boston. With much fanfare and publicity, it has been brought to Pilgrim Hospital for CT scan analysis. Dr. Maura Isles, on of those in attendance, soon realizes something is amiss. The corpse within has a modern THE KEEPSAKE (aka Keeping the Dead) (Pol. Proc-Rizzoli/Iles-Boston, US-Cont) - VG Gerritsen, Tess – 7th in series Ballantine Press, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780345497628 First Sentence: He is coming for me. A 2000-year-old mummy has been discovered in the basement of the Crespin Museum in Boston. With much fanfare and publicity, it has been brought to Pilgrim Hospital for CT scan analysis. Dr. Maura Isles, on of those in attendance, soon realizes something is amiss. The corpse within has a modern dental filling and a bullet in her leg. The mummy is transferred to the morgue and the case assigned to Det. Jane Rizzoli. When a second, then third corpse that has been transformed into the appearance of an ancient artifact the police realize something is out of sync with archeologist Joesphine Pulcillo, working at the museum and the focus of the artifacts. There is a blurb on the back cover of the book which says “…likely to keep you reading into the wee hours…” Well, it certainly did that. I should know by now that a book by Gerritsen is one I have to finish the same day I start it. She know how to hook you in, take you down a very twisty road, build the suspense and keep you going to the very last sentence. Gerritsen’s medical background was in evidence through the details of ancient forms of mummification offset by present-day forensic methods. I also enjoyed the historical and archeological information, both of those being fascinating to me. The characters are interesting and fully developed. Jane Rizzola is a tough New Yorker, married and a mother; Maura Iles is refined, elegant and in a hopeless relationship. A common theme among the characters was self-delusion--wanting what you can’t have. This theme was well-played in the story with a subtlety that offset the violence. Her dialogue and sense of place supported this theme. Gerritsen is a very good writer and always a sleepless pleasure to read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Deanie Nelder

    In Boston, medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles accompanies archaeologists who are anxiously awaiting CT scan results on "Madame X," a mysterious mummy found in the basement of the Crispin Museum. But the woman wrapped in ancient linens isn't an Egyptian mummy -- her modern-day dental work shows that she's a murder victim instead. Other victims show up, preserved in different ancient ways, including a shrunken head, and a "bog body" left behind in the trunk of Crispin Museum archaeologist Josephine In Boston, medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles accompanies archaeologists who are anxiously awaiting CT scan results on "Madame X," a mysterious mummy found in the basement of the Crispin Museum. But the woman wrapped in ancient linens isn't an Egyptian mummy -- her modern-day dental work shows that she's a murder victim instead. Other victims show up, preserved in different ancient ways, including a shrunken head, and a "bog body" left behind in the trunk of Crispin Museum archaeologist Josephine Pulcillo. Now Jane, Maura, Frost and their team have to find the "Archaeology Killer" and protect Dr. Pulcillo from her homicidal stalker. In The Keepsake, Tess Gerritsen has created a tense thriller, in which no one is who they seem to be and no one is ever really dead. The way the killer preserves his victims is clever and unique, and Gerritsen clearly put a lot of research into the archaeology of it all. She also managed to surprise me with the ending, something that's challenging to do with all the mysteries I've read. The Keepsake is a definite thrill ride with plenty of character development and interaction as well.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    When a mummified corpse found in a museum turns out to be a recent murder victim, Rizzoli and Isles are thrown into the world of archaeology and the process of mummifying a body. This was probably my favorite Rizzoli and Isles book so far. There is so much interesting information. I very well researched book. Rizzoli is still dealing with her parents divorce and Isles is still in love with someone she can't have, but they aren't the main focus of the book, which I find to be a good thing. The st When a mummified corpse found in a museum turns out to be a recent murder victim, Rizzoli and Isles are thrown into the world of archaeology and the process of mummifying a body. This was probably my favorite Rizzoli and Isles book so far. There is so much interesting information. I very well researched book. Rizzoli is still dealing with her parents divorce and Isles is still in love with someone she can't have, but they aren't the main focus of the book, which I find to be a good thing. The story flows smoothly from start to finish with the chapters from different character perspectives. I like when authors do that. It keeps the suspense up. The surprises and twists in the story continue to the very end.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Spencer

    In the hands of many authors, this would probably be a fairly run-of-the-mill serial killer thriller, albeit one with some unusual aspects involving how the victims' bodies get preserved. However, in Gerritsen's hands, this book turns decidedly creepy. She does a good job of telling her story both from the police/medical examiner point of view, and from the points of view of a couple of women who are being hunted. As a result, it's hard not to feel at least a little scared while reading. I enjoy In the hands of many authors, this would probably be a fairly run-of-the-mill serial killer thriller, albeit one with some unusual aspects involving how the victims' bodies get preserved. However, in Gerritsen's hands, this book turns decidedly creepy. She does a good job of telling her story both from the police/medical examiner point of view, and from the points of view of a couple of women who are being hunted. As a result, it's hard not to feel at least a little scared while reading. I enjoy the Rizzoli and Isles books quite a bit, but they are much darker than the TV series would lead one to believe.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    This is the third book by Gerritsen that I have read, and I've got to say they keep getting better. In the previous books I have found the story quite drawn out but the endings have always felt very rushed. This one was different it all flowed very nicely. She has a very good style of writing, I have never been able to guess who the protagonists are, or what the twist is. And it's a very fast paced sense of suspense that she uses which keeps you wanting more. I shall have to try and find more of This is the third book by Gerritsen that I have read, and I've got to say they keep getting better. In the previous books I have found the story quite drawn out but the endings have always felt very rushed. This one was different it all flowed very nicely. She has a very good style of writing, I have never been able to guess who the protagonists are, or what the twist is. And it's a very fast paced sense of suspense that she uses which keeps you wanting more. I shall have to try and find more of her books in the charity shops. One of the best writers I have found in recent years. I will definitely read more by her.

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