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Friday, November 14, 2008

The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen

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Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Year: 2008
ISBN: 0345497627
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I first stumbled across Tess Gerritsen a little over a year ago when I picked up a book called The Surgeon in a used book store. The book was a mystery set in Boston and I promptly read it cover to cover. I then ran out and bought all the other books that were available in the series. I was initially a little disappointed in the second book The Apprentice because the two central characters in The Surgeon didn’t reappear. Instead the narrative was more focused on Dectective Jane Rizzoli and Medical Examiner Maura Isles. Both were in the first book but they weren’t a central focus. However, I soon grew to be very attached to both and loved their evolving stories in each successive book.

In The Keepsake both Maura and Jane return in one of their most bizarre cases yet. The book starts with Maura asked to be on hand while a local museum performs a MRI on a recently discovered mummy. All facts to that point suggested that the mummy was over 2000 years old. So you can imagine the shock when a modern day bullet is discovered in the leg of this “ancient” mummy. The serial killer in this book isn’t your typical one. This killer uses ancient preservation techniques on his victims. He is smart and elusive and very, very dangerous.

I really enjoyed this installment to the series. Both Maura and Jane continue to develop as people and the mystery is well told and fast paced. As murder mystery’s go this one isn’t super difficult to figure out…however there is enough action and a few twists and turns to keep the reader involved and engaged in the story. This is a series that continues to delight and I look forward to the next installment. If you are in the mood for a good mystery series then I strongly suggest that you give Gerritsen a go. I don’t think that you’ll be disappointed.