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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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great read

enough detail that you can listen over and over but engaging enough to keep you intrigued.

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  • Bogie
  • Helotes, TX
  • 01-10-15

Loved it

Well written and performed. Another Rizzoli and Isles that kept me guessing on til the end, but completely believable. bogie

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  • jeannie
  • CLEVELAND, TEXAS, United States
  • 11-06-12

The book is great

Would you consider the audio edition of The Keepsake to be better than the print version?

Na

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes

Would you be willing to try another one of Deirdre Lovejoy’s performances?

Not unless I have to in order to finish this series.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This is a really good book but have enjoyed all of Tess Gerritsen's books so far.

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  • Rhegan
  • Memphis, TN, United States
  • 10-11-12

Excellent Story, Bad Narration!

The book is a good read and interesting, but the narration is boring. She mispronounces names and words and drones on and on, making the story uninteresting. This book should be narrated by Tanya Eby :)

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Very disappointing

Would you try another book from Tess Gerritsen and/or Deirdre Lovejoy?

Yes, I generally like the books.

Has The Keepsake turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, this is the genre I prefer, I will continue

Have you listened to any of Deirdre Lovejoy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I have listened to other books, it is the writing not the narration which was disappointing

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The plot was okay, but not up par

Any additional comments?

I thought there was too much written about the museum in which it takes place. It was difficult to keep the reader's attention on the plot in the beginning of the book.

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suspenseful

Would you consider the audio edition of The Keepsake to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version but I listened to this in the car and it was easy to follow.

Any additional comments?

The audio would have improved if the reader used different voices for the two women.

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Unusual murders

This book had me focused while listening and rewinding in my head when I wasn't. A great and unusual story.

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Edge of your seat suspense with twist and turns

Maura and Jane are at it again. Great book and easy listening. Many twists and turns with a surprise ending. Cant' wait to read more in this series.

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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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Not my fave

I love mysteries of all types and have read a few of Gerritsen's other books. I found her previous work just OK (she's no P.D. James) but I didn't dislike the books. However, listening to her material has changed my mind. Too much melodrama and hackneyed phrased as in "she slapped the file photos on the table" - the cop "slapped" those photos several times throughout the story. The dialogue is unrealistic and everyone sounds like they barely got through elementary school. They're supposed to be professionals, but they don't sound like. I was a bit insulted - as if the author was writing for an audience of 9 year olds. The reader played everyone as a breathy female which added to my dislike and furthered the melodramatic tone. However, the one positive note I have is I liked the ending. Since I paid for this audio book, I forced myself to listen to it, but this will be my last Gerritsen.

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