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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10,933 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tess Gerritsen Narrator: Carolyn McCormick, Alyssa Bresnahan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9780739343296
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • Disturbing and intensely mesmerizing . . . It’s shudder inducing! Romantic Times
  • An intricate plot that will keep readers guessing. Publishers Weekly
  • Wraps readers in a web of evil that is hard to shake . . . Once you pick up this novel, there’s a good chance you won’t be good for much else till you’ve reached its satisfying conclusion. Nashville Scene
  • The Keepsake reads at a reckless pace, drawing the reader into a twisted world of well-preserved vengeance. Madison County Times
  • Dark, creepy and a great read. Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star
  • The Keepsake is a superb suspense novel, with twists galore . . . a beautifully constructed suspense novel with a great story. Toronto Globe and Mail
  • A frighteningly effective stunner from one of the most versatile voices in thriller fiction today. Providence Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abi | 2/19/2014

    " Another great one in the series. It took me a while to get into the subject matter on this one. But about halfway through the book I was hooked and neeeded to know what happened. Stayed up reading for 2 extra hours one night and had to force myself to go to bed as I had more to read. I appreciate that you don't have to have read the other books, but if you have read them there are pieces of the story that continues and you learn more about the main characters that you love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adrienne | 2/17/2014

    " This is a book series that definitely needs to be read in order. I liked this book, it had a great intense story. However, I checked it out because the others in the series were not available at my local library and it gave away many of the plot points of other books. I liked the story well enough, I just thought it focused more on other characters rather than the main characters of Jane and Maura. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 2/12/2014

    " I did like it but just not as good as her other ones in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 2/8/2014

    " Very well written - I kept guessing if one of the characters was the suspicous using another name because of several hints, but I didn't not guess the right one. It kept me turning pages, so I nearly gave the book 5 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scot | 2/8/2014

    " 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 in the denouement, and the instructive reviews of such macabre but fascinating information as how to properly mummify a body, how to correctly shrink a human head, and how to creatively use a peat bog in diabolical ways. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicolle | 2/4/2014

    " Not as good as some of the other books in the series. With so much of it taking place in a museum, it kind of reminded me of the Pendergast books. This book focused a lot on archaeology and mummies, and I'm just not that into it, which made this one okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zo'e | 1/12/2014

    " This one had a slightly different feel to for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia K | 1/8/2014

    " I'm not usually one to solve a mystery, so I was disappointed to figure out the main twist in this story fairly early on. I realize that the reader has an unfair advantage over the investigators since the author shared insights from some of the other characters. Still, I felt like screaming at Rizzoli a few times for missing something that seemed very obvious to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Troy Taylor | 12/31/2013

    " For a while, the third act stumbled, especially as the author really had to stretch -- unconvincingly -- to include Isles in the conclusion. But the author rallied, and delivered a taut ending, resolving the mystery's loose ends (including the red herring) with two action-packed scenes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorann | 12/26/2013

    " This was pretty good. I had a hard time keeping characters straight as I read it very sporadicially. Was expecting a plot twist that never came and the twrist that came was all that clever but overall it was enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgana Varela | 12/13/2013

    " Muito bom, muito suspense, policial.. recomendo "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 11/26/2013

    " A real page turner. I loved that it centered around archeology and found the preservation of the victims fascinating! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawna | 11/19/2013

    " I this is probably my least favorite book in the series so far. That's not to say it isn't good, it's definitely a solide novel. And the twists and turns kept me guessing. But the subject matter, with the archaeolgy and all that just wasn't my cup of tea. All in all it was a decent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 11/3/2013

    " Tess Gerritsen writes better thrillers than anyone on the market today. The pacing cracks right along. The tension keeps mounting - I was reading this on the subway and still felt chills as the killer's plan unfolded. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margiek2000 | 9/19/2013

    " Book 7 of Rizzoli and Isles. Better than last book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Germana | 8/25/2013

    " Tess Gerritsen's novels are a very good read. Many of them have endings that are unpredictable...which always wins me over. Nothing worse then starting a novel and knowing what will happen within the first 50 pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Simpson | 8/14/2013

    " I throughly enjoyed this crime detective novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie Oliphant | 2/6/2013

    " Awesome. I could not put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tbone | 1/4/2013

    " just like the rest of the books in the series ,well writen good suspense builds up to the end. not bad "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Mcq | 12/17/2012

    " It was just ok . Something I read to put me to sleep at night "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tania Easton | 9/4/2012

    " Not as good as all her other books in the series but still a good read............ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Mann Owens | 8/5/2012

    " I didn't care enough about the characters to finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlyanne | 5/14/2012

    " I enjoy Rizzoli and Isles on Television and when I found the books that the program is based on I just had to read them. This is the second one I have read and wow the twists and turns. Great Book...I didn't want to put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Pulliam | 3/18/2012

    " I read this in one day while on vacation. Author doesn't disappoint with another great Rizzoli/Isles story. What I love is that she writes stories that are more than just whodunits. She does her research and provides an unusual background for the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Arnsdorf | 1/28/2012

    " There are just enough twists and turns but the plot is just a little long. The characters need to be developed a little more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kalyn | 12/25/2011

    " Chilling, as usual. No one knows quite how to terrify me like Tess Gerritsen :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jazz-ee2 | 12/1/2011

    " Another great Gerritsen book, loved it. Some of the coincidences go just a bit too far, however you can see past that for a gripping and interesting read. I love the descriptions of how the bodies are preserved, great stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 9/23/2011

    " I enjoy her books; full of mystery; kept me reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margiek2000 | 5/24/2011

    " Book 7 of Rizzoli and Isles. Better than last book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margo | 5/9/2011

    " Previewed in audio and then read it. Much better in audio. mummies in Boston at the Crispen Museum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M-J | 5/9/2011

    " Excellent scientific mystery - interesting info on forms of mummification - a good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 5/6/2011

    " The best and most intriguing (so far) of the Rizzoli & Isles series. A welcome comeback after the odd and unsatisfying Mephisto Club. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 5/5/2011

    " This started very strong, but was weaker at the finish, hence the 3 stars. Still good though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kensi | 4/27/2011

    " Another Tess Gerritsen book that I really enjoyed. This book was a page turner and kept me guessing the entire time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/23/2011

    " looks to be hit & is highly recomend the series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 4/19/2011

    " Nicely read audio book. Gerritson is very popular with library patrons, though I had never read any before. The theme of this one is archaeology, and it has plenty of gruesome scenes. Light reading for a long trip-not much to think about afterwards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia | 4/9/2011

    " This is another good book from Tess Gerritsen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 4/5/2011

    " Tess Gerritsen always has me on the edge of my seat! This book was no exception. Very good! "

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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 Narrators

Carolyn McCormick has appeared in the films A Simple Twist of Fate and Enemy Mine. She has appeared on television as Dr. Olivit in Law & Order for more than a decade and as a guest on The Practice and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Her Broadway credits include roles in The Dinner Party and Private Lives.

Alyssa Bresnahan is a dynamic dancer, actor, and audiobook narrator. She has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, has earned sixteen Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices. In 2009 she was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best fiction narration. She has toured Europe in stage productions of several Greek dramas. In the United States, she appeared as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and as Nina in The Seagull. At the New York Stage and Film Festival, she had the starring role in The Clearing.