Monday, September 8, 2008

Book Review & Giveaway: The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen

The Keepsake
Author: Tess Gerritsen
Publisher: Ballantine Books (Sept. 9, 2008)
Hardcover, $26.00
ISBN-10: 0345497627
ISBN-13: 978-0345497628


When the ancient Egyptians mummified their dead, they often layered amulets and jewels within the linen wrappings. Finding such treasures in a 2000-year-old mummy is not unusual, but “Madam X” is full of surprises.

After a CT scan reveals a bullet in the mummy’s leg and modern dental work in the jaw, medical examiner Maura Isles and Boston PD Detective Jane Rizzoli have a murder investigation on their hands. The mummy was recently discovered in an unlabeled crate in the basement of the Crispin Museum, a small family-run museum in the Boston area. When Jane and her partner Barry Frost uncover more preserved human remains in the museum’s storage area, they realize they have a very intelligent and unorthodox serial killer on the loose.

The discovery leaves them with more questions than answers. What is driving the Archaeology Killer (as the murderer is dubbed by the press)? Why does he go to such lengths to preserve his victims? What is his connection to Egyptologist Josephine Pulcillo -- a woman who, like Madam X, is harboring many secrets of her own? Most importantly, how do they stop him before he claims another victim?

As someone who has had a lifelong love of archaeology (in particular, Egyptology), I greatly enjoyed the archaeological elements in The Keepsake. The book was so vividly atmospheric and creepy that I found myself looking over my shoulder more than once during my reading – just in case.

Tess Gerritsen has created another chilling, fast-paced thriller that is sure to delight fans of the Rizzoli/Isles mystery series. Readers new to Gerritsen’s writing will also find The Keepsake very accessible and enjoyable.

Rating: 9/10.

Buy The Keepsake:
Indiebound | Powell's | Amazon

The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen goes on sale tomorrow, September 9, 2008. Be sure to check out the trailer for the book below:





The Keepsake Giveaway!

I'm giving away a brand new, hardcover copy of The Keepsake along with a signed Tess Gerritsen bookmark to one lucky reader. I'll also be giving away signed Keepsake bookmarks to six other readers. I'll announce the winners on Monday, September 22nd at 9 PM EST. This contest has now closed. Thanks to all the participants!

The rules:
1. Leave a comment here to enter.
2. Link to this post from your blog for four additional chances to win!

56 comments:

  1. I would love a chance to win this book. I have read every Tess Gerritson book and absolutely love them.

    Thanks for the chance. :)

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  2. Oh, this sounds really good! Please count me in!

    micaela6955 at msn dot com

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  3. As a public librarian in a small town, I regularly introduce new readers to Tess' books. An extra copy for my library would make plenty of people wicked happy.

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  4. I was getting creeped out from the description alone! I've never read this author before. It would be great to win!

    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  5. This sounds really good - please enter me.

    tracisharpton at msn dot com

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  6. I'd like to be entered in this one.

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  7. I'd love to be entered. I've never read anything by Tess Gerritson, but this book sounds interesting.

    --Diary of an Eccentric
    diaryofaneccentric[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  8. Don't enter me, just finished it myself...but I wanted to tell you that you write an awesome review!

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  9. Tess Gerritsen is not my typical cup of tea, but my mom *loves* her books. Can I enter on her behalf?

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  10. I'd love a chance to win this one!

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  11. I love this series! Enter me please!

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  12. I would absolutely love a chance to win!

    ylin.0621[at]yahoo.com

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  13. I have never read a book by this author but would love to add this to my list of books to read during our long Maine winters. Thanks for the chance to enter to win one.

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  14. I love Tess Gerritsen. Thanks for a great contest!

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  15. Great review!! Please enter me to win. I've added your giveaway to my blog Reading With Monie. Thanks!

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  16. I just finished The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen and was hooked from start to finish. It would be interesting to see how this one matches up.

    Quite gruesome though in parts the one I just read...

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  17. This sounds really good..and I loved the word you chose "atmospheric". Said it all. Please enter me! I have never read a Gerritsen book but the review reminded me of Lincoln Child and I love his books.

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  18. The Keepsake sounds like a great read! Count me in too! Thanks!

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  19. sign me up for a chance at this one. Thanks for the chance.

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  20. This sounds really cool. I haven't yet read any of Tess Gerritson's books yet, but this one seems right up my alley. Not to mention perfect for upcoming Halloween season.

    Please enter me in your giveaway, I've blogged about this contest here: http://caramellunacy.blogspot.com/2008/09/awesome-giveaways-and-contests-getting.html

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  21. I blogged about it here:

    http://athomewithbooks.blogspot.com/2008/09/book-giveaways_10.html

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  22. Great giveaway - would love to win!

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  23. No need to enter me, Ruth, but I wanted to say how much I enjoyed your review. The fact that the author had you looking over your shoulder while reading is impressive!

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  24. Hello! There's nothing like reading an intense suspense-filled book on a cool autumn night! I am not familiar with this book, but I enjoy Egyptian
    studies and mystery in the museum setting. Please enter me in your delightful drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  25. I'd love to read this book. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  26. I would love a chance to win this too, but not sure if you're accepting entries from the UK. Best of luck to everyone else!

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  27. Loopyloo100, I'll be happy to ship to the UK and the rest of Europe.

    Thanks so much to everyone who has entered so far!

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  28. I was interested in archaeology as a teenager, then I took a Arch. 101 class in college and was very relieved that I hadn't picked that as a major! Sounds like a great book, thanks for doing the giveaway.

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  29. Please enter me. I love this author. I blogged about this contest here http://cherylsbooknook.blogspot.com/2008/09/book-contest.html

    clbstitch at yahoo dot com

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  30. If you're willing to post to Australia, I'd love to be in the running, please.

    Have a lovely day! :-)

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  31. I would love a chance at winning the latest Tess book.

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  32. I recently discovered this author when I read The Apprentice. Had this book on my TBR pile and I wish I had read it sooner. Would love a chance at the read! tWarner419@aol.com

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  33. I've heard that her books are really good! I would love to win this one! Thank you!
    mittens0831 AT aol DOT com

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  34. I love two Gerritsen books I've read in this series. I will definitely add this one to my list.

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  35. I don't know if you are restricting geogrphically but if not please enter me (South Africa)

    Thanks

    Carol

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  36. I'd love to win this!
    bookingmama(at)comcast(dot)net

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  37. I love reading thrillers and this sounds great. Please include me in the drawing!
    doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
    Elizabeth

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  38. buddyt, I'll be happy to ship this book worldwide.

    Thanks again to everyone who has entered!

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  39. Oh, yes - I would love to win this book. Thanks for holding a drawing and offering us the chance to win, Ruth. I have my fingers crossed ***

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  40. Oh I would love to win this book--I want so very much to read it but can't buy it just now :)

    Thanks for giving me the chance

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  41. Oh, how exciting! The book sounds so cool! I would like to be entered. But unforunately I don't have a blog, so I can't get the extra entries. Oh well! (At least I have one.)

    Adayla S.
    emaildayla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. I enjoyed your review, and would love to have a chance to read this book. Please enter me.
    ayancey@dishmail.net

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  43. I have read Harvest by Tess Gerritsen and loved it. I don't know why I haven't read more--I certainly want to read this book, and her book that just came out in July, Bone Garden.
    digicat @ sbcglobal.net

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  44. I'd love to be considered for a chance to win this novel. Thanks.

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  45. Am I too late to enter? I love Tess Gerritson's books--I'd love to win!
    allmycrazycats @ aol.com

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  46. Kristine: Nope, you're not too late! I'm excepting entries for this giveaway until Monday night.

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  47. this week i added over 20 books to my read this, how about everyone else?

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  48. Thanks for all these giveaways, Ruth! I'd love to read this book. And i've posted a blog here: http://hylianvamp.blogspot.com/
    so I hope that gets you a couple more people visiting your blog.

    hylianvampire [at] hotmail [dot] com

    -Moriah

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  49. Oh, and Sandy, I've added 50 books to my "To-Read" list the past 2 weeks ;D

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  50. I would love to try her books. Great review!
    bookroomreviews@hotmail.com
    Thanks so much!

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  51. I've read two of her books (Vanish and Body Double) and enjoyed both.

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  52. Sounds like an interesting story, please enter me. Thank you.

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