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.
Bestseller Gerritsen's at times lackluster series heroines prove they can shine in her solid seventh thriller to feature Det. Jane Rizzoli and Dr. Maura Isles (after The Mephisto Club). When medical examiner Isles studies an X-ray scan of Madame X, which everyone assumes is a newly discovered Egyptian mummy, at Boston's Crispin Museum, she realizes the mummy isn't a priceless artifact but a recent murder victim, gruesomely preserved. Rizzoli focuses the police investigation on Dr. Josephine Pulcillo, a young archeologist recently hired by the museum who may have something to hide. More victims soon turn up, including a tsantsa (shrunken head) in a hidden museum chamber and a corpse resembling a well-preserved bog body in Pulcillo's car. After Pulcillo disappears, Rizzoli and Isles must scramble to find her before she becomes another trophy in the killer's growing collection. As usual, Gerritsen delivers an intricate plot that will keep readers guessing. (Sept.)
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1 . Loved It!
Posted June 03, 2010 by Darcia , New Port RicheyTess Gerritsen is an excellent writer and this book does not disappoint. The plot revolves around an archeologist and there is a fair amount of information dispersed throughout the book on various aspects of archeology. If you have no interest in this subject, you may not find Keepsake quite as engaging. I am probably not a good judge of that, since I am fascinated by the subject!
The story moves at a good pace and the mystery keeps you guessing until the end. Gerritsen is a master with characters, giving them those all too human traits that make them feel like real people. The plot is intricate without being overly complicated. Gerritsen took me into her world and held me there throughout the story. I couldn't ask for anything more!
2 . Tess at her Best
Posted December 07, 2009 by Greg Smith , Port St. John, FLBoston detective Jane Frizolli has her hands full in this page turner. ( I had intended to only read a few pages before bedtime, but the fast dialogue and action had me reading way past midnight.) Detective Frizolli has to criss cross the country trying to find a serial killer who kills his victims and them preserves them, turning them into keepsakes.
In the end Jane is racing against time to save the life of a young woman. Tess keeps the reader guessing right to the end. Great!
September 08, 2008
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