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The Keepsake [Hardcover]

Tess Gerritsen
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9 Sep 2008
New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen knows how to expertly dissect a brilliantly suspenseful story, all the while keeping fascinated readers riveted to her side. By turns darkly enthralling and relentlessly surprising, The Keepsake showcases an author at the peak of her storytelling powers.

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” relic is instead a modern-day murder victim.

To Maura and Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli, the forensic evidence is unmistakable, its implications terrifying. And when the grisly remains of yet another woman are found in the hidden recesses of the museum, it becomes chillingly clear that a maniac is at large–and is now taunting them.
Archaeologist Josephine Pulcillo’s blood runs cold when the killer’s cryptic missives are discovered, and her darkest dread becomes real when the carefully preserved corpse of yet a third victim is left in her car like a gruesome offering–or perhaps a ghastly promise of what’s to come.

The twisted killer’s familiarity with post-mortem rituals suggests to Maura and Jane that he may have scientific expertise in common with Josephine. Only Josephine knows that her stalker shares a knowledge even more personally terrifying: details of a dark secret she had thought forever buried.

Now Maura must summon her own dusty knowledge of ancient death traditions to unravel his twisted endgame. And when Josephine vanishes, Maura and Jane have precious little time to derail the Archaeology Killer before he adds another chilling piece to his monstrous collection.


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.; 1 edition (9 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345497628
  • ASIN: 0345497627
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 593,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is also a physician, and she brings to her novels her first-hand knowledge of emergency and autopsy rooms. But her interests span far more than medical topics. As an anthropology student at Stanford University, she catalogued centuries-old human remains, and she continues to travel the world driven by her fascination with ancient cultures and bizarre natural phenomena. She started off her writing career with romance novels, now published by Mira. But in 1996 she switched to writing thrillers with her novel HARVEST, inspired by the anger she felt about the illegal trade in human organs. It was her first New York Times bestseller. Since then she has become an internationally bestselling author of crime novels, and her thriller series starring Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles is the basis for the hit television series "Rizzoli & isles." She lives with her husband in Maine. For more information on Tess Gerritsen and her novels, visit her website: www.tessgerritsen.co.uk.

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About the Author

Tess Gerritsen is a physician and an internationally bestselling author. She gained nationwide acclaim for her first novel of medical suspense, the New York Times bestseller Harvest. She is also the author of the bestsellers The Bone Garden, The Mephisto Club, Vanish, Body Double, The Sinner, The Apprentice, The Surgeon, Life Support, Bloodstream, and Gravity. Tess Gerritsen lives in Maine.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SAME BOOK??!! 18 Oct 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
IF YOU ARE A TESS GERRITSEN FAN, AS I AM, BUT HAVE READ "KEEPING THE DEAD" DO NOT BOTHER BUYING THE "KEEPSAKE" AS IT IS THE SAME BOOK !!??

I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS COMMON KNOWLEDGE OR NOT, BUT I RECENTLY FINISHED READING "KEEPING THE DEAD", SAFE TO SAY HOWEVER I DID NOT ENJOY IT AS MUCH AS SOME OF HER OTHER TITLES - ANYWAY I DECIDED TO HAVE A BREAK FROM TESS AND READ A COUPLE OF "LIGHTER" AUTHOR NOVELS AND WAS THEN LOOKING FORWARD TO GOING BACK TO TESS AND "THE KEEPSAKE" - I CANNOT TELL YOU MY DISAPPOINTMENT I WAS WHEN I READ PAGE ONE AND REALISED IT IS EXACTLY THE SAME BOOK AS "KEEPING THE DEAD"

IT HAS COMPLETELY PUT ME OFF BUYING ANYMORE OF HER BOOKS ON-LINE IN CASE THIS HAPPENS AGAIN.....I THINK IT SAFER TO GO INTO MY LOCAL WATERSTONES AND CHECK BEFORE I BUY......
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars That Rizzoli 'edge' is missing 25 Sep 2008
By OEJ TOP 100 REVIEWER TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
When The Keepsake is released in the UK it will be titled Keeping the Dead, "A Maura Isles Thriller". Well, Boston medical examiner Dr Isles really plays a rather by-the-numbers part in this story, and in any case this series hasn't always featured her at all. She first appeared in THE SINNER, which was the third of the seven to date, and in doing so added a bit of softer-hearted romance to what had been until then a really excellent hard-edged crime thriller series. The character of Detective Rizzoli, meanwhile, has lost some of its depth and meaning over the years and anyone buying into Tess Gerritsen for the first time might wonder what the fuss is all about. A series such as this is built around characterisation above all else, and it is so frustrating to see a very talented writer fail to develop what she has demonstrated the ability to do. In the series debut THE SURGEON (in 2001) and even more so in the sequel THE APPRENTICE (2002), Rizzoli's character was superbly created and developed, but when Maura Isles came on the scene - a character said by Gerritsen to be similar to her own personality in real life - not only has Rizzoli had to take something of a back seat but of late she isn't even called Rizzoli at all; instead the author has decided to use her first name of Jane in the narrative and this in my opinion has further diluted what was once the strongest feature of the brand.

As for this particular story, it eventually reminds me a little of the previous Rizzoli/Isles outing THE MEPHISTO CLUB, in that the writer thought of an exotic interest around which to wrap a murder mystery, and come the conclusion the reader wonders why the esoteric backgrounds needed to be there at all. In this case the background is the Egyptian art of body preservation or mummification.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Cold Case for Rizzoli and Isles 6 Nov 2008
Format:Hardcover
When the ancient Egyptians mummified their dead, they often layered amulets and jewels within the linen wrappings. Finding such treasures in a 2000-year-old mummy is not unusual, but "Madam X" is full of surprises.

After a CT scan reveals a bullet in the mummy's leg and modern dental work in the jaw, medical examiner Maura Isles and Boston PD Detective Jane Rizzoli have a murder investigation on their hands. The mummy was recently discovered in an unlabeled crate in the basement of the Crispin Museum, a small family-run museum in the Boston area. When Jane and her partner Barry Frost uncover more preserved human remains in the museum's storage area, they realize they have a very intelligent and unorthodox serial killer on the loose.

The discovery leaves them with more questions than answers. What is driving the Archaeology Killer (as the murderer is dubbed by the press)? Why does he go to such lengths to preserve his victims? What is his connection to Egyptologist Josephine Pulcillo -- a woman who, like Madam X, is harboring many secrets of her own? Most importantly, how do they stop him before he claims another victim?

As someone who has had a lifelong love of archaeology (in particular, Egyptology), I greatly enjoyed the archaeological elements in The Keepsake. The book was so vividly atmospheric and creepy that I found myself looking over my shoulder more than once during my reading - just in case.

Tess Gerritsen has created another chilling, fast-paced thriller that is sure to delight fans of the Rizzoli/Isles mystery series. Readers new to Gerritsen's writing will also find The Keepsake very accessible and enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping the dead 11 Sep 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is a truly enjoyable read, It is the american 'Keeping the Dead', only the titles differ. Please be aware of that fact when looking to purchase this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE 26 Oct 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Beware, if you are a fan and buy all Tess Gerritsen books then you should know that this is the same as the title 'Keeping the dead'. Amazon sold me both together with their buy two together for a bit cheaper and so when I finished one i started the other and got as far as the dedication in the front when I realised it was the same book. As for the story, another Gerritsen classic and was clever with the normal twist and turns right to the last page. Would recommend the book, just not buying two books the same.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth losing sleep for 6 Nov 2008
By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
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 dental filling and a bullet in her leg.

The mummy is transferred to the morgue and the case assigned to Det. Jane Rizzoli. When a second, then third corpse that has been transformed into the appearance of an ancient artifact the police realize something is out of sync with archeologist Joesphine Pulcillo, working at the museum and the focus of the artifacts.

There is a blurb on the back cover of the book which says "...likely to keep you reading into the wee hours..." Well, it certainly did that. I should know by now that a book by Gerritsen is one I have to finish the same day I start it.

She know how to hook you in, take you down a very twisty road, build the suspense and keep you going to the very last sentence. Gerritsen's medical background was in evidence through the details of ancient forms of mummification offset by present-day forensic methods. I also enjoyed the historical and archeological information, both of those being fascinating to me.

The characters are interesting and fully developed. Jane Rizzola is a tough New Yorker, married and a mother; Maura Iles is refined, elegant and in a hopeless relationship. A common theme among the characters was self-delusion--wanting what you can't have. This theme was well-played in the story with a subtlety that offset the violence. Her dialogue and sense of place supported this theme.

Gerritsen is a very good writer and always a sleepless pleasure to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On your toes
I love the Jane Rizolli series by Tess Gerristen, and she has not failed us with this next book. Not one of her best about the mummies, but still keeps you on your toes. Read more
Published 7 months ago by lanic
5.0 out of 5 stars Gerritsen
A great story line, typical Rizzoli and Isles adventure with an Egyptian twist. Story flows well throughout and is full of the usual twists and turns.
Published 17 months ago by Peter Joiner
5.0 out of 5 stars The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen (Rizzoli & Isles)
Not read it yet as I am saving it for my holidays but I have given it 5 stars because I have read all the Rizzoli & Isles books by Tess Gerritsen and have loved them all
Published on 19 July 2011 by Starlight
4.0 out of 5 stars The Keepsake
Very disappointed to find that this book is the exact copy of the one called Keeping The Dead - bought both thinking there were new books by Tess Gerritsen but this is not the... Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2009 by C. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Tess Gerritsen
I have now read all of Tess Gerritsen's books. This one is absolutely brilliant! Can't wait for the next one.
Published on 29 Sep 2009 by June Dyson
4.0 out of 5 stars Chills and Thrills
This book follows the track of a gruesome, gut-wrenching thriller with plenty of disfigured bodies, blood and creepy details to keep one's mouth gaping through most of the book. Read more
Published on 2 April 2009 by Douglas P. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Received my copy today (US cover from Amazon.co.uk). I haven't really been able to put the book down since! Definitely one of Gerritsen's best works. Highly recommended.
Published on 9 Sep 2008 by J.Lamm
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