The Keepsake


Author: Gerritsen, Tess

Title: The Keepsake

Genre: Suspense

Publication Date: 2008

Number of Discs: 9 discs, 10 hours, 52 minutes

Narrator: Deirdre Lovejoy

Geographical Setting: Boston, Massachusetts

Time Period: Contemporary

Series (If applicable): Rizzoli & Isles

Plot Summary: At an aging archaeology museum in Boston, a forgotten mummy called ‘Madam X’ by museum staff, is found in the basement. During a CT scan, medical examiner Maura Isles discovers that Madam X is not ancient, but a modern-day murder victim. As detective Jane Rizzoli begins investigating the murder, more preserved victims appear and a young archaeologist at the museum, Josephine Pulcillo, is targeted as the killer’s next victim. As Detective Rizzoli searches for clues to the killer’s identity, dark secrets from Josephine Pulcillo’s past threaten her life as the killer stops at nothing to add her to his collection.

Subject Headings: Archaeology, Forensics, Crime, Boston, Museums

Appeal: Fast-paced, Atmospheric, Chilling, Suspenseful, Multiple Points of View, Series Characters, Sympathetic, Violent, Plot-driven, Contemporary, Descriptive, Well-crafted

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Suspenseful, Violent, Plot-driven

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

1) Bodies in the Bog and the Archaeological Imagination by Karin Sanders. Readers may want to find out more about how bodies are preserved in bogs since the killer used this method on one of his victims.

2) Beneath the Sands of Egypt: Adventures of an Unconventional Archaeologist by Donald P. Ryan. This book will help readers understand the thrill of discovering ancient objects, an important aspect of The Keepsake.

3) Forensics For Dummies by Douglas P. Lyle. This book is a must-have for fans of the Maura Isles character. The book features “plain-English” explanations of how forensics works.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

1) Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell. This is the first book in a series featuring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta and features plenty of forensic details and a serial killer who is after Dr. Scarpetta.

2) Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs. This book features forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan, familiar to fans of the television show Bones. Reichs is a real-life forensic anthropologist and readers will appreciate her inside knowledge of the field.

3) Coma by Robin Cook. Though Cook’s novels lean more toward the medical world, fans of Gerritsen will appreciate the fast-paced storyline and suspenseful atmosphere.

Name: Elizabeth Allen


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