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I Know a Secret by Tess Gerritsen

Reviewed by Allen Hott

I Know a SecretQuite a story again from Tess Gerritsen! Not only are there murders but gruesome acts after these murders! Hard to believe that people could be capable of taking out a dead person’s eyes nor could they be capable of shooting arrows into a dead man’s chest!

But that is what has happened and now Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles, police detective of Boston PD and county medical examiner respectively, have quite a job! But first off the reader needs to realize that Jane’s mother is about to leave her unfaithful father after many years and also that Maura’s real mother who is locked up for many vicious crimes is bugging Maura over and over. Maura was raised by a different woman and her husband but Maura still feels something for her homicidal physical mother and has some feelings. Gerritsen brings personal events into her heroines!

Die Again: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel by Tess Gerritsen

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Die AgainEnjoy traveling? This one by Gerritsen has a bit of that intertwined with mystery, killings, and wild animal safaris. Die Again is a very interesting read as Rizzoli & Isles, the detective/medical examiner team, get involved in a somewhat different crime scene.

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Beginning on a safari in Africa the story weaves back and forth between there and Boston. Also there are some years between some of the happenings that make it that much more involved and interesting. Rizzoli & Isles were not on the safari!

Ice Cold: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel (Rizzoli & Isles Novels) by Tess Gerritsen

Ice Cold

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Tess Gerritsen is certainly capable of taking readers on mind-boggling jaunts as she uses Detective Jane Rizzoli and Boston Medical Examiner Maura Isles as primary characters in another exciting mystery.

This one is really far reaching as it all begins with Isles away from Boston on a medical conference in Wyoming. As usual she is having man problems in her love life so this break might bring her around to what should she do with her secret love affair with a priest. However knowing Gerritsen and Isles and their modus operandi chances are in a future story Isles will again be having problems with some man in her life.

The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen

The Bone Garden

Reviewed by Allen Hott

A travel back and forth between the 1800’s and today is usually quite a chore for a reader and even more so for the writer but Tess Gerritsen does it really well. Most of the story is centered in the earlier period but the reason for the story is the present day. When she moves from one to the other Gerritsen does show at the beginning of the chapter which period the story is in so it is really simple and does not hinder the story.

And that story is a great one!

The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen

The Silent GirlReviewed by Cy Hilterman

A Rizzoli and Isles story that is very well written and takes the reader to Chinatown where things are done in their own way and in their own time. Where history is a huge part of their lives, both how they act in the present and in the future. Tess Gerritsen had her mothers roots in China to give her inspiration that made her dig deeply for research for this story that takes you to those areas, both past and present, and gives you a feeling that you are living with The Silent Girl.

The story begins with a small Chinese girl being followed by two men, all three being observed by an older Chinese woman. The men had one thing in mind and when they trapped the young girl they started to do their evil sexual deed but the observing woman stepped in and creamed the two men making them scatter on their way. The woman knew the young girl and was trying to make a connection to help her. The girl eventually believed that the woman was there to help, not hurt the girl. The story skips ahead seven years when Dr. Maura Isles is testifying in a very controversial trial. Dr. Isles is a medical examiner and was giving evidence detrimental to a Boston Police Department Officer. The officer was a hero but the evidence that Dr. Isles was presenting was turning all in the courtroom against her.

A young Chinese boy was giving an unauthorized tour to some tourists he had persuaded to join his tour of Chinatown’s dangerous and murderous areas. When he took the group to a Chinese restaurant, The Red Phoenix, some strange “shadows” appeared that scared Billy and his tour members. Detective Jane Rizzoli and her partner, Detective Barry Frost, were called to the scene where the strange things had occurred during Billy’s tour. A severed hand was found and a very expensive gun but nothing else at this site. The detectives climbed to the roof of the old apartment house to see if there were any clues there. They did find what was no doubt the rest of the body to which the hand had been attached. Detective Tam was called into the case since in Chinatown little English was spoken. Tam was a good detective and knew quite well the entire area of Chinatown including its past history. He was also aware of the murders that had taken place years earlier in the Red Phoenix when the cook was suspected of killing others and himself creating a mess in Chinatown.

Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen (Review #2)

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Ice Cold by Tess GerritsenMost adults live fairly predictable lives. As a medical examiner, Maura Isles, is cautious. She is not a risk-taker. So while at a pathologists’ convention in Wyoming, she is offered the opportunity for an adventure from a former college classmate and fellow pathologist. Since her love life is not doubtful now, maybe this chance will change her life into something more meaningful. She agrees to a ski trip for the weekend.

When GPS gives directions, we tend to believe it is correct. As snow is falling and getting increasingly deeper, you definitely are hoping it is correct. However, when you are stuck in the snow, then you could care less about the GPS and just look for some place safe and out of the weather.

Maura, the other pathologist and his thirteen-year-old daughter, and another couple decide to leave the vehicle and hike to safety, trudging through the snow. They are relieved to come upon a small village of twelve identical houses. They enter one whose door was unlocked and are surprised to find the house is not equipped with the usual comforts of everyday life, such as electricity and central heat. Also, puzzling is the dinner that was left on the table, not eaten.

Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen

Reviewed by Gina Metz

Ice Cold by Tess GerritsenIce Cold begins with Maura Isles, Boston Medical Examiner, heading to Wyoming for a medical conference. Maura is disappointed in her romance with Daniel Brophy and thus decides to be impulsive and go on a ski trip with a colleague from the conference which is totally out of character for Maura. She takes off with Doug, his teenage daughter Grace, and his other two friends, Arlo and Elaine in a Suburban. Things start to go bad when the GPS sends them down an isolated road during a snowstorm.

When they have an accident and wind up in a ditch, they take shelter in a deserted village called Kingdom Come thirty miles from the nearest town. There are about twelve houses that appear to have been abandoned quickly with meals interrupted, cars in the garages, and pets left alone to die of apparent starvation. While trying to get back to civilization with one of the abandoned vehicles, they have another more serious accident and Maura has to head out on foot to try to get help.