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The Keepsake: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel | [Tess Gerritsen]

The Keepsake: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

For untold years, the perfectly preserved mummy had lain forgotten in the basement of Boston's Crispin Museum. Its sudden rediscovery by museum staff is both a major coup and an attention-grabbing mystery. The mummy - to all appearances, an ancient Egyptian artifact - seems a ghoulish godsend for the financially struggling institution. 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.
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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.

©2008 Tess Gerritsen; (P)2008 Random House

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    Pamela 09-29-10
    Pamela 09-29-10 Member Since 2014

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    "Fan of Gerritson (but not of Dierdre Lovejoy)"

    I did not enjoy this book as much as previous Tess Gerritsen titles. I am not sure if it was the book itself, or the narrator. I was not fond of her random inflections. For whatever reason, she made simple statements and questions sound sarcastic or surprised or she ascribed other random emotions to things that did not seem logical in the context. It was distracting.

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    Kathy New Mexico 11-09-09
    Kathy New Mexico 11-09-09 Member Since 2007

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    "Unusual plot that kept me guessing"

    Enjoyable suspense novel. T.G kept a lot of her ongoing characters & continued their development. This was great. The plot was a bit belabored at points from what I'm accustomed to from T.G. which is why I only gave it 4 stars. There's evidence of lots of archeology research which was very interesting. The narrator differentiated well enough to keep up with the various characters so that made it easy to follow. I'm glad I bought the book.

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    Lisa Coral Springs, FL, USA 03-02-09
    Lisa Coral Springs, FL, USA 03-02-09
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    "Engaging Story"

    This was my first Tess Gerritsen book and I found it very enjoyable. The story is engaging and moves along at a decent pace with good twists and turns. I never found myself bored with it. The only drawback is the narration. The reader's voice is a little irritating, but it's not to the point that I ever wanted to stop listening.

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    Kathryn Kansas City, MO, United States 10-12-08
    Kathryn Kansas City, MO, United States 10-12-08
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    "Absurd"

    I thought the whole premise was silly, the characters mostly dull, and the writing tepid.

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    Allison Kearney, NE, USA 10-21-08
    Allison Kearney, NE, USA 10-21-08
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    "Good book"

    I liked it, simple, easy listen.

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    Maryola Farmingdale, NY, United States 12-23-08
    Maryola Farmingdale, NY, United States 12-23-08 Member Since 2012
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    "What a great Book"

    This keep me on the edge of my seat. It was riveting and full of surprises. I recommend to everyone.

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    J. Broadlands, VA, United States 10-09-08
    J. Broadlands, VA, United States 10-09-08
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    "A Great Read!"

    I really enjoyed this book - couldn't wait to get back it the car to listen to it. The narrator was wonderful too. Interesting story line; highly recommend this one.

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