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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,110 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tess Gerritsen Narrator: Susan Denaker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9780739343265
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Present day: Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil–human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

Boston, 1830: In order to pay for his education, medical student Norris Marshall has joined the ranks of local “resurrectionists”–those who plunder graveyards and harvest the dead for sale on the black market. But when a distinguished doctor is found murdered and mutilated on university grounds, Norris finds that trafficking in the illicit cadaver trade has made him a prime suspect.

With unflagging suspense and pitch-perfect period detail, The Bone Garden deftly traces the dark mystery at its heart across time and place to a finale as ingeniously conceived as it is shocking. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom Walton | 2/18/2014

    " Recommended, historical novel, 1830's. Boston Medical School with Oliver Wendell Holmes as a main character. Nice spiritual romance as an underlying theme "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha Grace | 2/11/2014

    " Read on cd in the car. A bit heavy on the romance for me and everything tied up neatly at the end - that can sometomes be satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoriana Lady | 1/28/2014

    " I totally enjoyed this book, great story, great history, I loved it!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcella | 1/27/2014

    " This is one of her best books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/9/2014

    " The historical biases to Women and the Irish were accurately portrayed. Story line remained interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nascarrunner71 | 12/11/2013

    " A new mystery author for me! Yeah! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Cook | 12/9/2013

    " a gripping read based in the present and the past as a new home owner wants to find out whose bones she finds buried in her garden. A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 12/7/2013

    " This book alternates between historical fiction from 1830 Boston to modern day. It involves early days of medicine in the U.S. and "resurrectionists" or graverobbers. Nice love interests amidst the mysteries of murder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 11/27/2013

    " It was OK. I very much enjoyed the story from the past, but the present story fell a bit flat. I didn't get excited about it, wasn't a "page-turner", and actually I had to FORCE myself to finish it just so I could figure out what the heck was going on. Eh, it was just OK. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassie | 11/22/2013

    " First book if hers that I have read. The storyline jumps back and forth between eras which is kinda cool. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cmlee21057 | 11/6/2013

    " Intense, unbelievable read. Wow!! Love this author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Palmason | 10/31/2013

    " I really liked this book! Not too gruesome, more focus on the characters and relationships. Loved the twist at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 9/6/2013

    " Set in both present day and 1830s, the mysteries intertwine quite successfully. One of the main characters is Oliver Wendell Holmes. Maura Iles appears very briefly. Both stories are very satisfying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana | 5/9/2013

    " it was ok, not my kind of read. thought it was interesting to learn how the medical care was in the 1800's. thank got we figured out the washing your hands is important. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cara St.Hilaire | 4/12/2013

    " Absolutely incredible story that is part historical fiction, part medical drama, part thriller/mystery, and even part love story. I hesitated on reading this because I wasn't convinced I'd be interested in something outside of the Rizzoli&Isles series, but I am so glad I took a chance on this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Walt | 3/7/2013

    " "Readers with delicate stomachs may find Gerritsen's graphic descriptions of corpse dissection hard to take, but the story, which digs up a dark Boston of times long past, entices readers to keep turning pages long after their bedtimes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 2/23/2013

    " I was captured by the story & couldn't put it down. I listened to the audio version, which I downloaded onto my ipod from the Chicago Public Library. The woman who read the book did such a fantastic job & made the story so gripping. This is an excellent choice if you are looking for an audiobook. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 JoAnn/QuAppelle | 11/4/2012

    " I learned that even a lovely, smart person can write a bad book. This was predictable, repetitive...just plain bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda J | 9/8/2012

    " Not a bad mystery, but not one that will be particularly memorable. A good book for a rainy afternoon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/11/2012

    " Could not put this book down!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Taylor | 2/5/2012

    " Good book but not one of my favorites of hers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille Robison | 12/21/2011

    " Borrowed from grandma. Very good, gory. I'd be interested in reading more from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen Clark-emmons | 10/28/2011

    " Love Tess but this was an exceptionally good veer from her usual track. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christa | 10/22/2011

    " Cool, ghosts, medical profession, murder, graveyards in the dark of night... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marnie | 8/3/2011

    " Great book. A little too graffic in explaining human dissection in the 1830's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Robertson | 7/30/2011

    " I very much enjoyed this mostly historical mystery -- a little too gory for my taste in the medical detail but otherwise very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lora | 5/22/2011

    " Absolutely LOVED this book. Loved the story, fascinating really. Loved the jump from present to past and how seamlessly it moved. I haven't found a Gerritsen book I haven't loved. Highly recommend this book for anyone who loves mystery, historical fiction and great storytelling! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 4/6/2011

    " looking forward to it, have read the previous 6 novels this one is a stand on its own novel for anyone new to this series I really injoyed it was a fast page turner "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Albieglad | 4/5/2011

    " I really liked this one...a lot of history in it and the plot was very well integrated into past and present day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 4/2/2011

    " One of the best books i've read in a long time. Took me 2 days to read, couldn't put it down. Would definitely recommend this book to more people. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marsha | 3/25/2011

    " Why is there not a shelf for "abandoned"? I find it hard to believe that such crap got published in the first place and that there are people who will read this stuff. Purple prose, thin plot, the cartoon school of character development. Yuck.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 3/17/2011

    " It wasn't a page turner for me. I didn't like the flashbacks/flash forwards. Still, enjoyable and a goodread. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 3/15/2011

    " I would recommend this book to any reader! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 3/14/2011

    " I like that the book is really a story from the 1830's told from the characters point of view as well as the present day through letters from relatives. Very interesting love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom | 3/11/2011

    " This is an example of Tess Gerritsen's mastery of fiction. As with all of her books, I liked it very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hally | 3/7/2011

    " This book was intriguging from page 1. Not only is it wonderfully written, but the detail and compassion put into the historical accuracy in the parallel story is fantastic! She is definitely a talented writer! "

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About the Author
Author Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen, a former phyisican, is the internationally bestselling author of Harvest, Life Support, The Silent Girl, and The Surgeon, a work for which she won the RITA Award and the Nero Award. She also wrote a screenplay, Adrift, which was made into a movie for television in 1993. Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles is the inspiration for the TNT television series Rizzoli & Isles. Gerritsen currently lives in Maine.

About the Narrator

Susan Denaker is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her extensive theater credits include numerous plays in the West End of London, national tours, many English rep companies, including a season with Alan Ayckbourn’s company in Scarborough. In the US, she has appeared in Our Town and Sweet Bird of Youth at the La Jolla Playhouse and Breaking Legs at the Westport Playhouse.