- Series: Rizzoli & Isles (Book 7)
- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (August 25, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345497635
- ISBN-13: 978-0345497635
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (426 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Keepsake: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel Mass Market Paperback – August 25, 2009
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From 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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“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
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Top Customer Reviews
As with classic mystery novels, there are red herrings and layers of plot development That intertwine. It started a little slow, but quickly picked up speed as Gerritsen displays yet again her talent for creating tense, creepy scenes utilizing setting and atmospheric elements to build suspense. All of the characters/suspects are introduced early in the story, and when the end arrives it left me feeling like I could have solved the puzzle but did not.
It reads quickly and easily, the skill not in the complexity, but rather in the twists and turns of deft plotting. I also enjoyed the Mephisto Club appearances and theories.
Highly recommended for fans of the mystery genre.
Personally I felt that the archaeology angle almost stole the show here, but it was still interesting to learn about some those facts. If Ms. Gerritsen ever does decide to write an adventure novel, I bet it would an interesting read. There are plenty of twists in here that will keep you guessing. One of the most important things in mystery writing is surprising (and maybe even shocking) the reading with a revelation that they would never have seen coming. And that is one of the highlights of this book. So I strongly recommend anyone to read it.
The above is a general review to explain the three rating, and why not a four or five although the interest is at a higher level. It is now necessary to be more explicit and follow the book. A mummy is found in a private museum with little provenance to guide the caretakers. It is found to be only hundreds of years old, not thousands and has advanced dental fillings and a bullet in its ankle. These discoveries cause the entire holdings of the museum to come under scrutiny. Bog preservation and skin shrinking are found in other artifacts. A recently hired archaeologist gets tangled in the investigation, we are informed that she holds a false name, that she and her mother had been fleeing undisclosed pursuers for years. Peelings are slowly unwrapped from these discoveries, the woman is kidnapped and detective Rizzoli goes into high mode and finds out facts about the museum owners and donors, eventually leading to a resolution and Doctor Isles gets lost in the rush. All these complications hold our interest and create suspense, however why they happen when they do is not always explained satisfactorily. Still, it did make an interesting read.