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The Keepsake (Rizzoli & Isles #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 isboth 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 ex ...more
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Published September 15th 2008 by Random House, Inc./Ballantine Books (first published 2008)
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belken Yes. Whilst it is marked as a new Maura Isles thriller I was able to read the book not knowing all the background of the main players.
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Saoirse Sterling
Decent enough crime fiction with the element I prefer them to have, which is forensic/science, which I knocked off in half a day. It's about the ninth in the series but there no need to read them all to understand what happens, like most crime fiction, unless you really want to develop any kind of long-term "relationship" with the characters (whom in this case are just like any other American forensic-cop team). Well written, but just escapism, though enjoyable (insofar as a brutal murder can be ...more
Mar 06, 2014 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Gerritsen is the master of putting all of the little pieces together to form one large puzzle. Her earlier novels displayed her penchant for lifelike and likable characters, dramatic issues, and surprising plot twists. This book marks a step forward in her development as a writer in the detective/mystery genre as she spins riddles and clues with ever increasing skill.
As with classic mystery novels, there are red herrings and layers of plot development That intertwine. It started a little slow, b
May 24, 2015 Butterfly2507 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hat mir wie immer sehr gut gefallen :) Ich liebe Rizzoli und Isles :D
It's not that The Keepsake is "worse" than the other Rizzoli & Isles books I've read so much as it brings to light the fact that a couple of things that frustrate me about the series are actually series staples.

1.) There always seems to be a guy pinging the interest of either Maura Isles or a book-specific secondary female character in some creepo way (i.e. long stares or persistent attempts at trying to "help" her). These dudes are rarely the bad guys. Is the Edward Cullen "stare and relen
Nov 20, 2010 Birgit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tess Gerritsen's seventh novel in the series is once again a fast paced read that's hard to put down, especially with Rizzoli being at her wittiest, sarcastic best.
This time it's the archeological or egyptian theme, to put it more precisely, that keeps the two leading ladies busy. Once again a well written book that certainly does the whole series justice, it felt like there could have been a bit more details regarding the personal lives of Rizzoli and Isles, as there are threads that lead throu
Paige  *an exploding fluffball* Bookdragon
The Rizzoli and Isles marathon.

This one entertains me. I mean, mummies? Shrunken heads? Dead bodies popping up? Yippe.

Jul 19, 2011 İlkim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kesinlikle orijinal bir kurgu daha yaratmış Tess Gerritsen. Her okuduğum kitapta daha bir hayran kalıyorum kadına. Bu romanı da beklediğim gibi beni sardı. Metinde bazı hatalar vardı, konuşan karakterlerin isimlerini karıştırmışlar ama bu da o kadar önemli bir şey değildi. Romandaki baskın karakter Jane idi ve bu zaten kitabı bir anda sevmeme neden oldu. Dizideki Maura hoşuma gitse de kitaptaki Maura beni o kadar da çekmiyor. Ayrıca Frost bu romanda bir anda büyüdü gibi bir şey oldu. Sanırım ser ...more
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Tess her zamanki gibi döktürmüş valla.. Mumyalama teknikleri falan değişik bi kitap olmuş.. Yazarın kitaplarında en çok sevdiğim şey farklı bölümler verip hepsini sonuna doğru birbirine bağlaması :) Katilin çok şaşırttığını söyleyemeyeceğim ama yine işin içinde işler çıkıp tek suçlu katil olmuyor ;)) Ben seriyi okumayanlara kesinlikle tavsiye ediyorum mutlaka okuyun.. okutun ;))
Bill Ward
Nov 24, 2013 Bill Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed the book. It had an interesting background story of archaeology and it kept me hooked to the end. It is written in a very easy to read style with just the right amount of description mixed with plenty of action. I was glad it didn't get too bogged down in forensic or police procedural detail. There was just the amount needed to keep the story moving at a fast pace.
The book starts with the CT scan of what is supposed to be an ancient mummy but when a modern day bullet is discovered in h
April Thompson
Jun 24, 2015 April Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best of the series in my humble opinion. This had all of the features of a great thriller. I picked this book up and was hooked from the beginning and could not get enough. It inspired a few moments of intense nervousness of my part. That doesn't happen often. Kudos!
Lynn Spencer
Jul 31, 2015 Lynn Spencer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the hands of many authors, this would probably be a fairly run-of-the-mill serial killer thriller, albeit one with some unusual aspects involving how the victims' bodies get preserved. However, in Gerritsen's hands, this book turns decidedly creepy. She does a good job of telling her story both from the police/medical examiner point of view, and from the points of view of a couple of women who are being hunted. As a result, it's hard not to feel at least a little scared while reading. I enjoy ...more
Reinaldo Lourenço
Mar 18, 2015 Reinaldo Lourenço rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lidos-2015
Pronto, estou rendido à escrita da Tess. Começo a ter pena de apenas ter livros de bolso desta autora (tirando o Clube do Mefisto).
Mais uma historia empolgante desta vez abordadando temas como a arquelogia, rituais de embalsamento.
Cedo se descobre o assassino mas há reviravoltas quase até à ultima pagina.
Nao tenho muito mais a dizer, a nao ser: leiam!
Lá vou ter de comprar o livro de bolso que me falta...
Lewis Weinstein
Outstanding. Complicated plot, interesting setting and background in the worlds of archeology and museums. More than a little gruesome. Unusual in that there are several characters of more or less equal standing.

First one in this series I've read. Will come again.

I'm looking forward to hearing Gerritsen speak at our Key West Literary Seminar next month.
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Dec 02, 2012 εlﻨբ ツ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bu seriyi seviyorum olaylar gerçekmiş gibi... Okurken ürpermekten kendimi alamıyorum. Sır dolu olaylar gene ustaca birbirine bağlanmış ve son ana kadar insanı şaşırtmayı başaran bir kitap :)
May 17, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, mystery
During the cataloguing of a vast collection at an eccentric museum, a mummy is found. Its discovery sends Detective Jane Rizzoli and Dr. Maura Isles down a rabbit hole of strange disappearances and killings that indicate the killer has profound knowledge of anthropology and how to preserve and keep the dead, including his victims.

'The Keepsake' was my first book by Tess Gerritsen, and I have to say that I wasn't disappointed! I don't usually read novels that are part of these popular mystery ser

Uma adolescente de dezasseis dorme pacificamente no seu quarto, com a janela aberta numa noite quente de verão. A sua mãe entra no quarto para verificar se está tudo bem, quando se apercebe de uma sombra no quarto da sua filha. A sombra do mal e que a persegue há tanto tempo.
Em Boston actual, é encontrada uma múmia nas caves de um museu. Múmia esta que se crê ter dois mil anos, de acordo com o tecido que envolve o corpo, que é considerado um tesouro e u
THE KEEPSAKE (aka Keeping the Dead) (Pol. Proc-Rizzoli/Iles-Boston, US-Cont) - VG
Gerritsen, Tess – 7th in series
Ballantine Press, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780345497628

First Sentence: He is coming for me.

A 2000-year-old mummy has been discovered in the basement of the Crespin Museum in Boston. With much fanfare and publicity, it has been brought to Pilgrim Hospital for CT scan analysis. Dr. Maura Isles, on of those in attendance, soon realizes something is amiss. The corpse within has a modern
I started reading this, then got a nasty headache laid down and finished this on the audio. I like the Rizzoli and Isles books, haven't read them in order and that doesn't seem to matter which is great (hate when there is character series books, miss one and miss a lot going on). As always I would read another book by this author!
Jun 21, 2016 Fiona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dies ist der siebte Teil der Rizzoli & Isles Reihe und immer noch wird es nicht langweilig.
Ich bin kein großer Krimi-Experte, aber meist stört mich an den Krimis/Thrillern, die ich lese, etwas: es wiederholt sich irgendwann alles, oder die Charaktere werden langweilig und die Fälle abstrus. Doch bei Tess Gerritsen freue ich mich jedes Mal auf das nächste Buch.
Auch dieses Mal wurde ich nicht enttäuscht, wobei es in meinen Augen bisher doch das schwächste Buch der Reihe ist. Die Auflösung des
Darcia Helle
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 character
Nathalie S
Apr 22, 2015 Nathalie S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy watching the Rizzoli and Isle detective show on TV so I was interested in reading this book. The characters have the same names but they are different from the show but amazingly enough it didn't bother me much. In the book, Jane is married and has a toddler daughter, her friend Maura Isles, the M.E. has dark hair and in desperately in love with a catholic priest (!?), Jane's police partner, Barry Frost, is blond and married instead of African American and single and Jane's mother is dat ...more
Apr 29, 2014 Fergie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've loved the books that are the basis for the TNT hit TV show, Rizzoli & Isles ever since I read Body Double. The Keepsake is another great read by Tess Gerritsen. I've gotten to the point where I can easily read one of her novels in a day or two due to the quick pace of her plots. Gerritsen is a masterful storyteller, showing an aptitude for whatever topic she chooses to write about. In The Keepsake, the reader becomes versed in the ancient world thanks to Gerritsen's knowledge and explan ...more
This one is possibly 3 1/2 stars. The story was decent and the writing style was good enough to keep me interested and wanting to read more. There were a couple things that bothered me, just silly trivial things really.

There was a part when someone was going to use a pay phone because they had no cell phone signal. First of all, although I know we have all experienced poor cell phone reception, and ironically it's when we usually need it most. But it is so cliche that so often times in books, c
Feb 17, 2016 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We travel to Egypt in this story and learn about how the ancient Egyptians used to prepare their dead for the afterworld.
We also meet a chilling killer who is chasing a young woman determined to repay her for what happened many years ago.
It's a gripping tale with a seriously scary murderer,will Rizzoli and Isles save the day,read and find out. A really good read!
Jun 19, 2015 Fatma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uzun zamandır Tess okumuyordum. Ruh Koleksiyoncusu, beni yeniden Tess'in o tibbi gerilim moduna soktu. Harika bir kitaptı. Temanın mısır, mumyalar falan olması ve yazarımızın da konuyu gerçekten çok iyi bir şekilde okuyucuya yansıtmış olması kitabı istediğimiz kıvama getirmiş. Sadece olayların çok hızlı geliştiğini düşündüğümden 5 puan vermedim.

Detaylı yorum gelicek.
Jul 18, 2013 Hyacinth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is absolutely top notch from start to finish. Gerritsen takes you in from the beginning and doesn't let you go until you experience every exhilarating emotion possible. It's like getting off a rollercoaster ride with wild hair and out of breath saying, 'I want to do that again!' I am definitely reading more of her!
Charley Maxwell
Jun 30, 2014 Charley Maxwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely Brilliant. Kept me guessing right up to the end! This book restored my faith in a good crime thriller again and has really brought my reading mojo back.
Mar 20, 2015 Karla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This book didn't grab my attention.

I ended up skim reading to the end.

Sep 16, 2016 Barb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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” rel ...more
Another intriguing, fast paced, gripping read from Tess Gerritsen! This was the 7th book in the Rizzoli & Isles series and it features a serial killer who mummified his victims. The plot was really interesting (it reminded me of the time my history teacher took the class on a field trip to see a bog body in secondary school) and I was kept hooked to the very end! There were plenty of twists and turns, although some of them were quite predictable (especially that last scene at the end). There ...more
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Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.

While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller
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Other Books in the Series

Rizzoli & Isles (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Surgeon (Rizzoli & Isles, #1)
  • The Apprentice (Rizzoli & Isles, #2)
  • The Sinner (Rizzoli & Isles, #3)
  • Body Double (Rizzoli & Isles, #4)
  • Vanish (Rizzoli & Isles, #5)
  • The Mephisto Club (Rizzoli & Isles, #6)
  • Ice Cold (Rizzoli & Isles, #8)
  • The Silent Girl (Rizzoli & Isles, #9)
  • Last to Die (Rizzoli & Isles, #10)
  • Die Again (Rizzoli & Isles, #11)

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