The Keepsake (Rizzoli and Isles Series #7)

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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 ...
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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. But 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 a murderer's twisted endgame. And when Josephine vanishes, Maura and Jane have precious little time to derail the Archaeology Killer before he adds another chilling artifact tohis monstrous collection.
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“A frighteningly effective stunner from one of the most versatile voices in thriller fiction today.”—Providence Journal

“Disturbing and intensely mesmerizing . . . It’s shudder inducing!”—Romantic Times

“An intricate plot that will keep readers guessing.”—Publishers Weekly

“Wraps readers in a web of evil that is hard to shake . . . Once you pick up this novel, there’s a good chance you won’t be good for much else till you’ve reached its satisfying conclusion.”—Nashville Scene

The Keepsake reads at a reckless pace, drawing the reader into a twisted world of well-preserved vengeance.”—Madison County Times

“Dark, creepy and a great read.”—Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

The Keepsake is a superb suspense novel, with twists galore . . . a beautifully constructed suspense novel with a great story.”—Toronto Globe and Mail
Publishers Weekly

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345497635
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Series: Rizzoli and Isles Series , #7
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 96,497
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Tess Gerritsen
Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen is a physician and an internationally bestselling author. She gained nationwide acclaim for her first novel of medical suspense, the New York Times bestseller Harvest. She is also the author of the bestsellers The Bone Garden, The Mephisto Club, Vanish, Body Double, The Sinner, The Apprentice, The Surgeon, Life Support, Bloodstream, and Gravity. Tess Gerritsen lives in Maine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    I love to read all of rizzoli and isles.

    good, but not as good as others.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

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    A Great Read!

    Tess 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 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

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    A Resounding and Impactful Murder Mystery!

    This book is the most amazing so far. I really do love all of Gerritsen's titles, but this one has stuck in my head for months. I catch myself thinking about it practically every day, and the smallest things will trigger thoughts about this resounding tale. I would recommend this to anyone who likes mystery novels. If you are on the fence, this book will tip you into fandome.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    A superb thriller

    Boston-based medical examiner Maura Isles has examined a lot of corpses while on the job, but this one is special. The Crispin Museum invited the ME to attend a CAT scan of Madame X the perfectly preserved mummy found in their basement who the curator believes will save their financially troubled facility.------------- However, instead of an ancient Egyptian royal, the modern medical test proves the mummy is a recent homicide victim. They also find a cryptic note inside. Boston Police Department Detectives Jane Rizzoli and Barry Frost lead the investigation. The message leads the cops to archeologist Josephine Pulcillo, who along with her mom has been on the run from an obsessed serial killer. Soon more modern day mummies are found, but the culprit remains elusively hidden in spite of Egyptian embalming knowledge.-------------- The latest Rizzoli-Isles police procedural is a superb thriller that needs a graphic warning label not to read on a full stomach. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the mummy goes from ancient historical to contemporary and never slows down as obsession keeps a mother and daughter in fear of revealing secrets to the cops. Tess Gerritsen is at her best with this gruesome horrific murder mystery.----------- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    Taking stalking to new heights

    Jane Rizzoli is one of the strongest female detective characters in the genre, and, after having her baby girl, she's back in action. Jane shines in this serial killer/stalker/confused identity thriller, as she struggles to unkink the many tangled lines in these crimes. Gerritsen appears to be attempting to show Jane as a whole person - mother, partner, cop, friend - and it's refreshing to see her uncertain at times, empathizing with other parents at others, trying to be supportive of her soon to be divorced detective partner. And the crimes in this installment are ingenious. While it's possible to make good guesses as to what "went down", there are some gratifying zigs and zags along the way, and at the conclusion, to keep the reader absorbed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    Great thriller!!

    Tess Gerritsen¿s The Keepsake is a fast moving, well-paced whodunit. Medical Examiner Maura Isles is called in to observe the CT scanning of a mummy for a museum. The observers are shocked to find the mummy isn¿t ancient at all, but the well-preserved body of a modern murder victim. Solving the murder falls to Jane Rizzoli, a Boston police detective. Soon Rizzoli discovers other women who have been murdered and preserved using disturbing and macabre methods. Knowing the killer has chosen his next victim it becomes a race against the clock to stop this murderer. I really enjoyed this novel. I haven¿t read every one of the books in this series, but I like the authors writing style and the way she moves her stories along, so I¿m going to have to put the one¿s I¿ve missed on my list. I¿ll admit to feeling pretty darn smug when about halfway through the novel, I figured out ¿whodunit¿. And I¿ll admit to feeling more than a little sheepish, when in the last two chapters, I found out that I was wrong, Wrong, WRONG! I really love it when a book surprises me. It¿s nice to figure out the end before it ends, but its soooo much better to be wrong!! Tess Gerritsen has that uncanny knack of adding personal information in just the right amount. She never deviates from the actual story, instead just adds enough tidbits about Isles and Rizzoli to make the reader want to see where their stories will ultimately lead. In fact, having not read all of these series, the bits added and the bits alluded to will be just enough to send me to the bookstore to pick up those earlier novels. Don¿t get me wrong the reader certainly doesn¿t have to do that to enjoy this novel. The author manages extremely well to give us enough information, and yet I imagine a faithful reader wouldn¿t feel like they¿ve just re-read the previous novels while reading this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    Top notch

    Excellent....loved the museum and archeology background

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Tess Does it Again

    Tess, you have wowed me. I am in fifth grade and watch Rizzoli and Isles after I do homework. If I thought there was nothing better than that, I was wrong. You are right up there with James Patterson and Kathy Reichs. Maybe even higher. You have a talent in writing I have never seen before. I worship you; you are my idol!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    Great Read!!

    Loved, loved, LOVED, this one!!! Had a great twist!!! Liked the fact it was set in a museum.....definately a must read!! I will be so bummed when I finish this series!! I do not think anything I read will live up to Tess Gerritsen's amazing books!!!

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  • Posted February 3, 2012

    A thrilling read

    Wow, this one grabbed me from the very start. It has a lot of forensics of how mummification, shrunken heads etc. takes place that really adds to the appeal. I was taken with the neat web spun by the mystery and thoroughly enjoyed this, my first of Tess Gerritsen's books. I will read more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Fabulous Read!!

    Yet another one of her incredible books!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Awesome Book

    As always another great book by Tess Gerrison!

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Thrilling

    Tess Gerritsen does it again. She personalizes the storyline plus keeps you on the edge of your seat with thrilling information..little bit of truth tossed in with lots of great fiction. Keep the books coming!

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    Rrrfc

    Ddff

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    Great book

    I love all of her books an this one does not dissapoint.

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

    Good read! TESS never lets me down!

    Excellent!

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    OK, but not as good as others in the series

    This is #7 in a series that begins with the Surgeon. The plot was good, but I didn't find it as complex as in her other books. I also felt that she left a couple of loose ends, for example identifying the last victim they found. And the process of finding the victim and the killer/kidnapper usually is drawn out a little more. I would also have liked her to include more writing on the personal lives of Maura Isles and Jane Rizzoli, which she typically does. I will continue reading her books, but for anyone interested in checking out her writing, I would recommend starting with the Surgeon instead.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

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    What a thriller is meant to be

    My first time reading this authors work and I can't wait to read more. Action packed thriller with a hint of a possible romance. She weaves everything together with a style that makes for a fun and easy read. I didn't want to put it down.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    Really Good Read

    I am presently reading through the Rizzoli and Isles series and have read other Gerritsen books. I enjoy her riding style and her charactors are two tough smart ladies. This book is as good as the rest of the series. I highly reccommend reading them all in order.

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  • Posted October 16, 2010

    Good read

    I'm usually a fan of the more 'scientific' thrillers like Kathy Reichs and the early Patricia Cornwell novels, but I really enjoyed this book. It's the first Gerritsen book I read and while predictable in some ways, the story was fast paced and intriguing. I'll definitely get more and hope the earlier ones are as good as this one.

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