The Keepsake

Author(s): Tess Gerritsen
Series: Rizzoli & Isles Series No: 7
Original Publish Date: Oct 07, 2008
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.62 hours)
Product Number: Z100012242
Released: Oct 07, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415955956
Narrator/s: Deirdre Lovejoy
Publisher: Books on Tape
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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 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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Author(s): Tess Gerritsen
Product Number EB00151436
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: #9780345509390

Professional reviews

"Gerritsen's continuing characters are challenged anew when strange artifacts turn up in Boston's Crispin Museum. It seems someone's reviving the art of mummification--with contemporary victims. A beautiful young museum employee with a mysterious past gets kidnapped--will she be next? It's up to Detective Jane Rizzoli and M.E. Maura Isles to sort this out. Deirdre Lovejoy's reading is proof that a narrator doesn't have to individualize each voice to create a top-notch audio. Yes, a few minor players get accents, but Lovejoy's real talent is for injecting personality into dialogue. With inflection she shows fear, arrogance, determination, intelligence, or confusion. She's also expert at handling suspense, and there's plenty to be had. Add clarity and a good pace, and you have a winner. J.B.G. Winner of AudioFIle Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"

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