For untold years, the perfectly preserved mummy had lain forgotten in the dusty basement of Boston’s Crispin Museum. Dubbed “Madam X,” the recently rediscovered mummy is, to all appearances, an ancient Egyptian artifact. But medical examiner Maura Isles discovers a macabre message hidden within the corpse–horrifying proof that this “centuries-old” relic is instead a modern-day murder victim. When the grisly remains of two other women are found, it becomes clear to Maura and Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli that a maniac is at large. Now Maura and Jane must unravel a murderer’s twisted endgame before the Archaeology Killer adds another chilling artifact to his monstrous collection.
Tess Gerritsen spins another mystery in The Keepsake continuing the flow from the previous books in the Rizzoli/Isles series. Book number 7, also named Keeper of the Dead in the U.K., in the series is just as good and as gripping as the others. If you are not in for a commitment you can read The Keepsake easily on its own, though I would highly suggest that if you are planning to read the whole series that you do it in order.
I was not surprised that I enjoyed this book and the mysteries unraveled, I have stated before, probably more than a few times, that I really enjoy how Tess Gerritsen writes. She continues with the same strong female characters, Maura stays busy with the morgue and helping to unravel medical secrets as she is trying to find happiness and fulfillment in her personal life. Rizzoli is just as pig-headed as usual and her personal life is more complicated with a marriage, baby and a family filled with large personalities.
It did take me a little longer than usual to finish this book compared to the others, I have always been interested in mummies, watching the adventure shows on the travel or history channels and I found myself looking up the subject as I was reading it.
The plot twisted to a roller coaster at the end making it more of a challenge to figure out the ‘bad’ guy. I quite enjoy a book that you don’t know who the bad guy is or the who-dun-it till the end. It makes the chase more worth while in my opinion.
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