The Keepsake (Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles, #7)
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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 January 1st 2008)
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rachel
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...more
Birgit
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...more
★ ßurçακ ★
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 ;))
Gary
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...more
Bill Ward
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...more
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.
Filipa
(http://labirinto-livros.blogspot.pt/2...)

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...more
LJ
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...more
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...more
İlkim
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
Fergie
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
Dorsi
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...more
Bruno
4,5*

Tudo começa com uma múmia Madame X que foi encontrada na cave de um museu. Os panos que a enfaixavam indicavam ter uma idade aproximada de 2 mil anos, mas o raio-x revelou que o corpo sob estes panos era afinal uma mulher que foi assassinada há 25 anos! Intrigante!

Como é que o museu só deu pela existência desta múmia? Como apareceu?

Encontram a segunda múmia com um processo de mumificação diferente da anterior que também foi assassinada e a terceira múmia, outra vitima de homicidio, com o pr...more
εlﻨբ ツ
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 :)
Stacia
I started reading the Rizzoli & Isles series because I enjoy the TV show, but it quickly became clear to me that they are two completely separate entities. Although I do visualize (and hear) the TV characters as I read, that's really the only thing that carries over; the R&Z interaction that is the heart of the TV program is largely absent from the books, each of which focuses on one of the women, with the other making relatively brief appearances. That doesn't affect my enjoyment of the...more
Megan
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...more
Alisha Marie
I have found that it is a bit difficult to write a review on a book that's part of a series, particularly if you have reviewed most of the other books in the series. Chances are that most of what you say in the newest review is going to sound repetitive. Regardless of whether you liked it or not. But, still, review I must. So, I'm going to say that while I have stated my love for the Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles many times in my numerous reviews, The Keepsake was the first one that I felt sort...more
Douglas Cootey
This was a good mystery. I swallowed it up in one evening, so the story was engaging and kept my attention. I found the ghoulish keepsake deaths well detailed and exotic. Gerritsen's medical background added enough realism to ground the story, but not so much realism that I was bored. Many of the characters were well fleshed out and entertaining to read about. The pacing of the story was also well done.

My only quibbles were as follows:

1) After such a well-paced and suspenseful setup I found the...more
Jerry
“Keepsake”, the seventh (of nine currently) novel in Gerritsen’s popular Rizzoli & Isles series, now even more recognized due to the concurrent TV show, seemed to us somehow out of sync with her recent stories. ME Maura Isles really had little but a bit part, and the dynamics of her affair with a Catholic priest are getting weird. Meanwhile, fairly new mom Jane Rizzoli, while the main crime solver in this tale, barely mentioned her own daughter and husband, their presence important in the la...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
The Keepsake has been chosen as the July/August Group Read in the Tess Gerritsen Fans Group. I will re-reading this amazing book yet again and I will also be using The Keepsake to meet the following requirement for the Summer 2012 Reading Challenge in the Dare to Dream Group:

August 26th is Women's Equality Day

Read a book this summer in which the main character is a FEMALE HEROINE

Watch out Patricia Cornwell! Tess Gerritsen is at the top of her game with The Keepsake - the best novel I've read in...more
Kelly
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 nex...more
Alkatraz
I admit it, I have a... problem, an addiction, for which there is no cure. I am attracted to novels of murder and serial killers the way a Frat boy is attracted to large breasts and beer. I love the science of it, the mystery of it. The dialog of catching a criminal in a lie. I can't help but be entertained. My attention is held from opening word to last punctuation and few do it better then Tess Gerritsen.

The story starts innocently enough with the CT scan of a mummy found in the basement of a...more
David
The Keepsake is another competent thriller from author Tess Gerritsen. This time, Isles and Rizzoli encounter a murdered who preserves his victim's bodies, after holding them hostage for a period of time.

In order to write this one, Gerritsen had to do some research on preservation methods of human remains and comes up with a number of variations on this theme that are spooky as all heck. She also creates several small mysteries surrounding the big mystery.

Rizzoli and Isles are interesting char...more
Quillracer
Another good entry by Tess Gerritsen. Also, another serial killer story (sort of) by Tess Gerritsen. Four is enough, Ms. Gerritsen, move on.

I say it’s sort of a serial killer story because in this book, the killer is really only after one person and using others to achieve that goal. The plot is complex and engaging with some surprising twists that keep the reader guessing.

However, I wonder if authors of multiple serial killer novels (I’m not singling out Gerritsen here) write them because, inst...more
Cátia Santos
4,5 Stars:
A Tess é uma das minhas autoras favoritas neste género. Acho a forma como esta desenvolve as suas histórias brilhante e consistente, sem pontas soltas e no final tudo faz sentido. Mas até chegarmos lá é uma viagem cheia de acontecimentos surpreendentes e que nos deixam complemente "agarrados" ao livro.
Relativamente a este livro, gostei muito e como sempre fiquei completamente surpreendida com os acontecimentos, reviravoltas e final do livro. Mas como já tinha referido, esse é um dos...more
Maria
Mais um livro surpreendente de Tess Gerritsen. Desta feita, a autora leva-nos a conhecer pormenores sórdidos de um assassino que, após matar as suas vítimas, procede a rituais de embalsamento, como os que se faziam no antigo Egipto.
Tudo se passa por uma obsessão de um homem por uma lindíssima mulher, obsessão essa que começou há mais de 26 anos, mas que, surge renascida numa outra vítima: Josephine, uma arqueóloga de um museu, que juntamente com a sua equipa, descobrem o cadáver de uma mulher, q...more
Heather
Titled "Keeping the Dead" in the Uk. Great read from a great author. I skipped one in the series to read this one but I didn't find any glaring plot holes in the personal stories of either Maura or Jane as a result of that which was a good thing. This does mean that I am now only a couple of books away from having read everything by Tess Gerritsen! It makes me weirdly proud. Specific to this book though, and my obvious love of the series and the author aside, this one stuck out to me for a coupl...more
Manuela
Più questa serie va avanti, più la Gerritsen si conferma capace.
Sarà forse che ormai mi sono appassionata ai personaggi ricorrenti, sarà per gli intrecci sempre più intricati ma alla fine ben architettati, ma i suoi libri li divoro. In questo libro, poi, c'è l'elemento storico che lo rende ancora più inquietante e appassionante.
Bev
When Boston's Crispin Museum decides to do a CT scan on a mummy they found hanging around the basement, Medical Assistant Maura Isles is invited to watch. Imagine everyone's surprise when the mummy, wrapped in genuine ancient cloth, not only has a filling in a tooth, but also a bullet in her leg. This and the discovery of several other gruesome souvenirs of other killings sets the tone for another gripping Gerritsen thriller with more surprising identities than you can shake a stick at. I didn't...more
Scot
A suspense story about a crazed serial killer with archaeological fetishes, featuring a tough lady detective and an equally tough lady forensics medical examiner. I gather this is the seventh in a series. I started out hating this book--the characters were all shallow and predictable, the dialogues trite, unlikely, or poorly written. (Someone gave me this to read on a plane.) What eventually redeemed the novel for me some was the way it escalated toward a climactic finish with a bit of a twist i...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...more
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