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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. SShe'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. She's probably been dead for centuries. She is, in fact, a mummy. As the CT scan proceeds, everyone in the room leans in close - and gasps in horror as an image of a bullet is revealed. Maura declares it a possible homicide and calls in Detective Jane Rizzoli. When the preserved body of a second victim is found - and then a third - it becomes all too clear that not only is a maniac at large but he is taunting them. And that, unless Maura and Jane can find and stop him, he will soon be adding yet another chilling piece to his monstrous collection....

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Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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Keeping The Dead Reviews

  • Thomas
    2019-04-28 12:29

    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 a suspicious death. More horrific discoveries turn up, including shrunken heads. Detectives Rizzoli and Frost are assigned to the case and soon decide that they are looking for a serial killer with a taste for the macabre. This is a gripping thriller. I read it in two days, reading almost 300 pages on the second day. Some quotes--Forensic psychologist profiling the killer: "He didn't want to let them go, so he turns them into keepsakes that will last forever." Detective Rizzoli: " He preserved her as a keepsake. She became part of his harem, Josephine, a harem of dead souls." I rate this library book a solid 4 out of 5 stars.

  • Gary
    2019-05-18 14:16

    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, but quickly picked up speed as Gerritsen displays yet again her talent for creating tense, creepy scenes utilizing setting and atmospheric elements to build suspense. All of the characters/suspects are introduced early in the story, and when the end arrives it left me feeling like I could have solved the puzzle but did not.It reads quickly and easily, the skill not in the complexity, but rather in the twists and turns of deft plotting. I also enjoyed the Mephisto Club appearances and theories.Highly recommended for fans of the mystery genre.

  • CD {Boulder Blvd}
    2019-05-12 15:16

    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 a brief part with Santone of the Mephisto Club which is annoying on two elements. It's irritating how he always has access to information he shouldn't have but every time he knows people who know something and automatically keep him informed of everything. It's just too much. And, I could do without his club and all the demon talk. He didn't add to the story and was an unneeded and irritating distraction from the story.

  • Maureen DeLuca
    2019-04-24 14:18

    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-

  • Rachel Elizabeth
    2019-05-04 12:18

    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 relentlessly, almost aggressively rescue" tactic really romantic nowadays? I mean, Maura Isles is a doctor and Josephine Pulcillo in this one is a pretty smart archaeologist, so it's hard for me to believe that ladies with such brains are really charmed by lingery and/or unassertive weirdos.2.) There will be a lot of breathless twists at the end, including the revelation that Someone! We! Know! is actually bad! Or "We made a mistake! The evidence actually points to _______ [while he's IN THE HOUSE]!" Which, I'm sure mistakes happen sometimes in the real world of detection, but meh. I'm gonna go back to Patricia Cornwell here: I respected her, back when the Scarpetta books were great, for not going for the cheap thrill of this sort of twist. She just told a straightforward investigation and discovery story.Bonus number 3.) Gerritsen really cannot let go of the fact that her ME-based medical examiner, Dr. Singh, wears a Sikh headdress but also LL Bean boots. This is the second time in the span of three books (he was not in Vanish) that these exact details are mentioned within sentences of each other. I guess the problem is really that I'm no longer in the mood for silly page-turner mass market mysteries anymore.

  • Joey Woolfardis
    2019-05-19 17:22

    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 enjoyable, but you know what I mean).Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy

  • Pauline
    2019-05-22 13:20

    Very long and creepy. Editing out the thinking of characters about 50% would be an improvement.

  • Butterfly2507
    2019-05-01 18:05

    Hat mir wie immer sehr gut gefallen :) Ich liebe Rizzoli und Isles :D

  • Siobhan
    2019-05-09 18:03

    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 the overall storyline.Keeping the Dead gives us something we all love: Egyptians. As someone who enjoys history and archaeology, this book gave us a lot of fun stuff to deal with. I can imagine for some people such will not be the case, but I really enjoyed the elements of this tale related to history. It made for a grizzly yet interesting tale – exactly what you want from crime fiction.As with the prior book, however, I did find myself rather disinterested in some of the elements of personal life. My disinterest wasn’t to the degree it was in the prior book, but there were times where I wanted us to get back to the good stuff. I liked how some elements from The Mephisto club made a reappearance, but at the same time I felt it was a bit forced in regards to adding more drama to one of the personal life elements. This is just me, though, and I’m hoping I’ll be interested in these elements again in the future.Overall, though, this was a great addition to the series. Once again, I’m super excited to dive into the next book.

  • PaigeBookdragon
    2019-05-13 19:16

    The Rizzoli and Isles marathon. This one entertains me. I mean, mummies? Shrunken heads? Dead bodies popping up? Yippe.

  • Birgit
    2019-04-29 17:16

    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 through all the novels and which now have been barely touched on. On the other hand it's great how Gerritsen focused on the working relationship with her partner Frost.Another thing I noticed is that the story remotely resembles the "theme of the abducted woman", which readers of the series will already know from the first two novels. This doesn't make the whole book bad, especially with a very different setting, but still.I short: This book is certainly not the weakest in the series, but all in all more mediocre than standing out.

  • İlkim
    2019-05-11 16:21

    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 serinin ilerisinde ona da daha fazla yer verilecek. Umarım Doğan Kitap bir sonraki kitap için uzun süre bekletmez bizi.

  • Burçak Kılıç Sultanoğlu
    2019-04-29 18:03

    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
    2019-05-25 18:14

    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 her body we have a good mystery that needs solving. Although there were some twists towards the end there were no great surprises.All in all a very pleasant read I can recommend.

  • Lewis Weinstein
    2019-05-05 12:24

    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.

  • April Thompson
    2019-05-19 15:23

    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!

  • Tracey
    2019-05-04 19:17

    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 once again hooked on the subject matter. What a page turner - now I have post-book blues again.

  • LJ
    2019-05-09 17:25

    THE KEEPSAKE (aka Keeping the Dead) (Pol. Proc-Rizzoli/Iles-Boston, US-Cont) - VGGerritsen, Tess – 7th in seriesBallantine Press, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780345497628First 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.

  • Lynn Spencer
    2019-05-03 17:12

    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 the Rizzoli and Isles books quite a bit, but they are much darker than the TV series would lead one to believe.

  • Reinaldo Lourenço
    2019-05-05 18:25

    Fantástico!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...

  • εlﻨբ ツ
    2019-05-06 19:18

    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 :)

  • Robyn
    2019-05-18 12:26

    The Keepsake by Tess GerritsenThis is the first book that I've read of Tess Gerritsen and it won't be the last. This author is amazing. This is a great Halloween book.An archaeologist with a name change why did she change her name? " you transform a body into a Halloween monster" This is a great thriller - mystery. This book is full of action. The ending...I'm without speech...🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  • Filipa
    2019-05-14 13:13

    ( 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 um artefacto. A médica legista Maura Isles, após ter feito alguns testes de raio-x à múmia com a ajuda de dois especialistas, chega à conclusão que o corpo que se encontra guardado e envolvido naqueles preciosos tecidos não é um artefacto, mas sim uma mulher que foi assassinada há alguns anos atrás. No Egipto, a busca do pelotão militar antigo perde-se no tempo, quando a mesma se revela infrutífera. Após algumas revelações estonteantes, Jane Rizzoli e Barry Frost, os parceiros encarregues da investigação desta caso macabro, o par apercebe-se que a antropologia é um tema que liga todos estes acontecimentos. E há 20 anos atrás, a escavação no Egipto parece ser o pronto central para este mistério. O criminoso, que se crê ser um antropólogo com interesse em Egiptologia, deixa à polícia as suas lembranças, souvenirs aterrorizantes, incluindo múmias modernas e outros que têm como objectivo retratar costumes anciãos. O mal anda por aí e o mistério parece não ter fim, até que Jane Rizzoli consiga descobri qual é a verdadeira ligação entre estes três acontecimentos. Este é já o sétimo livro da série de policiais/ thrillers da autora que leio. A cada livro que folheio, parece-me impossível parar. A dupla Jane e Maura é completamente imparável e todos os seus casos e peripécias são alucinantes, tal como viciantes. Nunca cheguei a pensar que me pudesse tornar uma fã tão fiel desta autora. Agora que olho para trás, parece-me impossível que o primeiro livro desta série não me tenha conquistado de forma óbvia, mas ao fim de 7 livros tenho a certeza absoluta do que digo, quando afirmo que Tess entrou há já algum tempo, para a minha lista de autora obrigatórias.Não me surpreendeu o facto de ler lido este livro em pouco mais de 24 horas, porque a escrita de Tess Gerritsen ainda não conseguiu desiludir-me e por isso mesmo, acabo por entrar de forma muito fácil na história e parece que só consigo parar quando chego à última página. Lembranças Macabras baseia-se muito em conceitos antropológicos. Tenho que confessar que fiquei admirada pela forma como a autora escolheu apresentar este tema. O leitor tem oportunidade de conhecer mais sobre o processo de mumificação de um cadáver e tem também oportunidade de conhecer um pouco mais sobre o que significa ser um antropólogo. No entanto, cheguei ao final do livro com vontade de descobrir mais e senti que a minha sede de conhecimento sobre esta temática não ficou completamente satisfeita. Gostaria que a autora tivesse explorado e aprofundado mais esta temática. Pela primeira vez, vejo o parceiro de Jane Rizzoli assumir alguma espécie de protagonismo, o que é um ponto positivo. É importante, especialmente em séries que se tendem a estender por muitos livros, que os autores dêem oportunidade a outros personagens aparecerem mais. Não só torna o enredo mais dinâmico, como podemos constatar que o autor tem alguma preocupação com a evolução da série. Uma série como esta não se pode tornar estática, por isso é bom ver a autora a diversificar um pouco as circunstâncias do enredo. Gostei muito deste caso. Até quase ao final do livro, acreditei - ingenuamente - que sabia a solução para o mistério. Acabei por confirmar que apenas algumas das minhas teorias é que se encontravam correctas, mas as surpresas estiveram lá também. De tal forma, que cheguei a ficar boquiaberta com algumas verdades. Com apenas mais um livro publicado em Portugal, com o título Seitas Malditas, estou quase a colocar esta série em dia a minha cabeça começa a testar algumas teorias no que se concerne ao futuro da série. O décimo livro da série será publicado em Agosto nos Estados Unidos e estou positivamente ansiosa para saber que novidades estarão lá contidas.Durante o mês de Julho, tenciono ler os próximos dois livros, porque além de esta série já constar dentro da minha lista de favoritos, existe duas personagens em particular que continuam constantemente a desafiar a minha imaginação. Uma delas é a Maura Isles, que está numa fase de vida algo complicada e parece ter estagnado. Espero que os próximos livros tragam novidades quanto à sua situação. A segunda é o Barry Frost, devido aos acontecimentos desta obra. A autora inseriu aqui uma ocorrência que me surpreendeu e pergunto-me qual será o destino desta personagem. É algo pelo qual anseio saber, igualmente. Até ao próximo livro, as minhas perguntas continuarão sem resposta, mas espero que em breve consiga mudar esta situação.Para quem gosta de um bom policial com grandes cargas de suspense, mistério, adrenalina e entretenimento ao mais alto nível, esta série é das melhores.

  • Jelena Antic
    2019-05-13 16:19

    U dahu. Toliko sam se navukla na ove knjige. Kako mi je krivo sto nemaju nastavci prevedeni kod nas.

  • Laura Macy
    2019-04-28 14:15

    One star. Need I say more?

  • Alisha Marie
    2019-05-11 18:21

    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 of "meh" about. Wow! Typing that sentence nearly killed me and now I feel ashamed...Let's start with the good: the archeology. This was something that I found absolutely fascinating (well, you know, that and the shruken heads) and could not get enough of. That's what I love about Tess Gerritsen's mysteries. Sure, it focuses mainly on the whodunit (is there a more amusing word than "whodunit"? Besides "oy", I mean), but they're usually set to a backdrop of some really intriguing premise. In The Mephisto's Club it was nephilism and here in The Keepsake it's archeology. And, boy do I love it when a novel I'm reading teaches me about things I didn't have a clue about before. I really wished that Gerritsen would've expanded on this just a tiny bit more because it was my favorite part (besides Jane Rizzoli and her utter awesomeness, I mean).This is book 7 in the series, so obviously by now I'm in tune with the characters since I keep reading. Jane Rizzoli was all types of on in this book. Usually, I like her anyway, but in The Keepsake, I loved her! From being all Mama Bear with Frost to her sometimes dry sense of humor that's so dry you can't really tell if she's joking or not, she was just great. Definitely my favorite character in this one. Barry Frost was another one that I was endeared to. He's just so sweet and dopey. Although, that whole "losing objectivity in the face of an attractive woman" thing was sort of grating, though.Here comes the "while not bad, it definitely was annoying" part of the review: Maura Isles. She's usually my favorite character in most of these books. But in The Keepsake, she really didn't serve a purpose besides whining about her relationship with the priest. This was made even more obvious by the fact that she was gone for half the novel. Seriously, I was halfway through when I suddenly thought "Wait! Where's Maura?". It just seemed like the author had shipped her off to destinations unknown. Just as suddenly as it hit me that Maura wasn't there, there she was again. But she came back to the plot in a way that had me believing that Gerritsen forgot about her for a bit and thought "Crap! I've been so focused on everything else, I forgot all about Maura. Well, maybe, I can plug her in right here and explain it using this lame plot point..." Well, it didn't really work.So, I have to say that The Keepsake might've been my least favorite of the series (I hesitate to say "worst" because Tess Gerritsen's "worst" is a lot better than most mystery authors' "best"), but I can't really complain (more than I have above) because it was a quick page-turner and it kept me intrigued. And I'm still looking forward to the next book (which I have right next to me and am trying to restrain myself from reading it for at least a week) and I'm so excited for the Rizzoli & Isles series that premieres on TNT in about a week and a half.

  • ♛ Heather
    2019-05-07 11:12

    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 couple of reasons. Some of the minor characters were given a more prominent role in this novel: Barry Frost, Jane's partner, has been in all of the novels -- discounting The Surgeon I think, because she had an older partner in that who was a force veteran, I can't remember his name off the top of my head -- and his personality has always been well developed, he's the 'boy scout' and often the good cop to Rizzoli's bad cop. This time around we get to see a lot more of him, particularly his faults and failings as a man and naturally that's where the real substance and depth of a character tends to come from. I really enjoyed this and I really liked how the friendship/partnership of him and Rizzoli was handled.There was less Maura in this book than in the last one, but that was okay because I think out of the two main female protagonists Rizzoli has always been my favourite anyway. I get the feeling though that the next novel is going to focus a bit more on Maura's private life; one of the main characters in The Mephisto Club surfaced a few times in this novel and I just know that's all going to come to a head sooner or later. Without spoiling anyone, I really hope that I think might happen actually happens eeee!This was another rollercoaster of a book, the plot was so twisty towards the end I was left a bit dazed by who was who and what had really happened but in a good way, in a way that put me in the same boat as the characters who were trying to cut their way through the case. I feel like Gerritsen is really talented at leaving you just enough clues as a reader to know some of what's coming up in the resolution but keeping enough of the plot twists back so that while you might feel a bit blindsided you also feel liek you've worked some things out for yourself, which is always fun in a thriller. Fantastically enjoyable book!

  • Dustin Crazy little brown owl
    2019-05-21 15:03

    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 DayRead a book this summer in which the main character is a FEMALE HEROINEWatch out Patricia Cornwell! Tess Gerritsen is at the top of her game with The Keepsake - the best novel I've read in a long time! I was really impressed with Gerritsen's The Bone Garden: A Novel published 2007, and thought it was her finest work to date, but The Keepsake may be even better! I am a slow reader, and was able to read the 349 pages of The Keepsake in less than a week. Chapters 17,18, and 19 seemed a little slow to me but the rest of the book is full of surprises! One thing that helps make this book so great is having Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles working together again. The Crispin Museum serves as a great setting for a novel featuring Mummification, Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem. As an added bonus to a fascinating story, readers learn how the process of mummification works, how to create a "bog body" and are given detailed instruction on how to make a shrinking head (please don't practice these methods on your neighbors!). Also in The Keepsake, we learn the dire consequences of having a disorganized museum of freaky items that you can't account for.

  • Megan
    2019-05-09 18:26

    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 series, but the anthropology angle of this one really drew me in. It was interesting, fast paced, full of action and mystery, and well researched. I liked that this mystery was more historical at its core than medical, unlike Patricia Cornwell novels. It also isn't your typical cop procedural novel, even though one of the main characters is a detective. Depending on the nature of other Rizzoli and Isles books, I'd be willing to give another one of Tess Gerritsen's novels a chance. I'd definitely recommend this book to the modern mystery lover who enjoys authors like Patricia Cornwell, Jeffrey Deaver and James Patterson, or those who like historical mysteries from the likes of Dan Brown. Not perfect, as it is slow at times, but worth four stars, in my opinion.

  • Darcia Helle
    2019-05-01 12:04

    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 characters, giving them those all too human traits that make them feel like real people. The plot is intricate without being overly complicated. Gerritsen took me into her world and held me there throughout the story. I couldn't ask for anything more!