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Keeping The Dead

(Rizzoli & Isles #7)

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She's Pilgrim's Hospital's most unusual patient, and on this Saturday night a media circus is gathered to record every minute of her visit to the X-ray department. Crammed into the small CT scan room are reporters, TV cameras, a select group of medical technicians - and forensic pathologist Maura Isles.

Maura is there becase the patient being scanned tonight isn't alive. S
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 12th 2009 by Bantam Press (first published August 1st 2008)
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MrsJLee It is part of the Rizolli and Isles series, but I would agree with belken that you can easily read this as a stand alone novel.
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Patricia Henriques you need to read until the end!

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Thomas
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 7 in the Rizzoli & Isles series. I recommend reading them in order . Tess Gerritsen is a doctor and uses her medical knowledge very well in this police procedural/medical mystery. It is a very creepy mystery, opening with the discovery of body thought to be an Egyptian mummy. The museum has arranged for a CT scan of the mummy. They have already determined the outer wrapping to be 2,000 years old through carbon dating. But the CT scan shows a bullet and they soon realize that this is ...more
Jonetta
Maura Isles shows up at the Crispin Museum as a guest for the unveiling of Madam X, a preserved mummy recently discovered in their basement. However, she’s soon asked to assume her role as medical examiner when it becomes clear that this is no ancient relic. She and Detective Jane Rizzoli now have a modern day Murder on their hands.

As with the earlier books in this series, this one begins with a mysterious and exciting prologue that tugs at you to find the connection to what follows. This was a
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Jean
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How in the world do Dr. Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli get involved in a case involving a two-thousand-year-old mummy? The Keepsake, Tess Gerritsen’s seventh Rizzoli & Isles book, sounds like it could be a creepy Halloween thriller. I found it to be an intriguing puzzle.

Who was “Madame X”, and how did she come to be at the Crispin Museum in Boston? Moreover, why do other well-preserved, pseudo-ancient remains keep appearing? Are the deaths of these women related? Unable to determine a c
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Jim
Mummies, shrunken heads, and bog bodies ... this story has the most unusual murder victims that I can recall in any story. Bog bodies? There is even a mysterious museum with a secret room. Reminds me of when I was young and was reading the Hardy Boys!

The story opens with Maura Isles arriving at a hospital. The Crispin Museum, a small and relatively unknown Boston museum, has discovered a mummy in their basement. The museum's records are poor to non-existent and they are excited about the discove
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Heidi
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, 2020-goal
Wow.. double WOW!

Great story, lots of twists and turns— fascinating victim(s) and even more fascinating deaths.

The book, in more than one way, felt like a race against time. Not only are characters being hunted and on the run, but the intersection of past and present both complicated the resolution— which is great because there are a few great twists in this one— but those complications amp up the suspense and keep the pages turning! Certainly my favorite installment in a series that just keeps
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Erin
The Keepsake is book 7 in the Rizzoli & Isles series, so I won't give a full review.

If you've read the first 6 books in this series and enjoyed them. Than you'll enjoy The Keepsake.

Its a really good book!
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Gary
Feb 28, 2014 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
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Fred
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Not a difficult plot/read & manageable number of characters to keep track of as you read the book. Tess able to add chapters from the main plot to make it enjoyable.

Archaeologist Josephine Pulcillo discovers a mummy in Boston's Crispin Museum.
Det. Jane Rizzoli & Dr. Maura Isles perform CT scans to find the 10+ year old body has a "modern day" bullet & the body wrapped in ancient mummy cloth, hence the Archaeology Killer is called "Madam-X".

A 2nd mummy i
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CD {Boulder Blvd}
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up...

I really like the archaeology aspects of the mystery with shrunken heads, mummies and other assorted aspects. The mystery was fun to read and Rizzoli was in kick ass mode which I love.

A couple items that were less than great:

The 1st POV of one of the characters wasn't needed and was definitely a distraction at the finale.

Maura didn't really have much of a role in this one except to mope about her lover, the Priest, being unavailable. Duh! I could do without this.

There was
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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 relentles
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Jaksen
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
Not my favorite in this series. It seemed to me hastily put-together and as I read I kept saying, I bet this happens next, or similar, and then it did. Possibly I read too many mysteries; possibly because I also was familiar with some of the circumstances (scientific ones) which were revealed in the book. I'm no archaeology expert, but I've read a zillion books on the subject. Okay, maybe just a couple dozen or so...

It's an important day for a small museum which houses a full 'cabinet of curiosi
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Maureen DeLuca
Could have been my frame of mind at the time that I read this- It was just OK for me. I almost gave it 2 stars- but bumped it up to 3-
Siobhan
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keeping the Dead is the seventh book in Tess Gerrtisen’s addictive Rizzoli and Isles series, and it was another addictive read.

In all honesty, I was rather disappointed by The Mephisto Club. It wasn’t quite what I had been hoping for, and I feared the series was starting to dip. Fortunately, Keeping the Dead (or The Keepsake as it is called in other countries) returns the series to what we know and love. It may not be my number one read in the series, but it was certainly a wonderful addition to
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Joey Woolfardis
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
Iza Brekilien
This instalments dives into the world of archeology, mummies and crazy killers. There's a pinch of beautiful women, living on the run and not too much Maura.
It's not that I hate Maura, not really, and I understand what it's like to be a woman in love, I would just like her to be... less in heat ! At least, this time, she just has one man in sight : progress.
The pacing was good, I kept wondering if such a "school" where the two men were sent really exists ?
My only drawback was that Sansone reapp
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Pauline
Very long and creepy. Editing out the thinking of characters about 50% would be an improvement.
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.
Adrienne
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A very well written thriller. Even involving a serial killer - which I usually avoid. But I enjoyed the book: the characters, the storyline and the writing style.
And I learnt that the term 'nuclear family' is an anthropological term meaning mother and child. Since fathers tend to come and go. Not my opinion but part of the anthropological definition.
April Thompson
Jun 20, 2015 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!
Paige  Bookdragon
The Rizzoli and Isles marathon.

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

Birgit
Nov 20, 2010 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
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Tracey
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again a most enjoyable read and one that kept me up all night, with promises to myself of 'just one more chapter and then I'll go to sleep,' which never happened. One tired chicken this morning. People are really sick and twisted and it's no wonder that Dr Isles prefers to work with the dead. The dead can't hurt you. Egyptology has always fascinated me and I have always wondered how the bodies were mummified. Tess Gerritsen, explains the different processes in such clear detail, that I am o ...more
Vickie
I had forgotten how well Tess Gerritsen tugs the reader into a story. Intriguing from beginning to end and just when you think it's all over....nope. It's the 'but WAIT! There's MORE!' form of suspense. And I like it! I have meandered away from suspense and thrillers for some time now. I lean more towards amateur sleuth/cozy mysteries and paranormal pretty much everything. But getting back into suspense/thriller in honor of my dad who passed not long ago. He loved loved loved suspense and thrill ...more
Bill Ward
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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
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Ана Петровска
Once again I'm amazed by the cleverness of this woman. My favorite so far. Jane is starting to grow on me too.
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
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Deanie Nelder
In Boston, medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles accompanies archaeologists who are anxiously awaiting CT scan results on "Madame X," a mysterious mummy found in the basement of the Crispin Museum. But the woman wrapped in ancient linens isn't an Egyptian mummy -- her modern-day dental work shows that she's a murder victim instead. Other victims show up, preserved in different ancient ways, including a shrunken head, and a "bog body" left behind in the trunk of Crispin Museum archaeologist Josephine ...more
Melissa
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a mummified corpse found in a museum turns out to be a recent murder victim, Rizzoli and Isles are thrown into the world of archaeology and the process of mummifying a body. This was probably my favorite Rizzoli and Isles book so far. There is so much interesting information. I very well researched book. Rizzoli is still dealing with her parents divorce and Isles is still in love with someone she can't have, but they aren't the main focus of the book, which I find to be a good thing. The st ...more
Lynn Spencer
Jul 30, 2015 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
Emma
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This is the third book by Gerritsen that I have read, and I've got to say they keep getting better.
In the previous books I have found the story quite drawn out but the endings have always felt very rushed. This one was different it all flowed very nicely.
She has a very good style of writing, I have never been able to guess who the protagonists are, or what the twist is. And it's a very fast paced sense of suspense that she uses which keeps you wanting more.
I shall have to try and find more of
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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)
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