by Tess Gerritsen
Series: Rizzoli & Isles #11
Genres: Suspense Thriller
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The latest enthralling case in Tess Gerritsen's New York Times bestselling Rizzoli & Isles series, the blockbuster books behind the smash hit TNT series. Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli is on the case of a big game hunter found dead in his apartment, alone with a the body of a beautiful white snow leopard he had recently been commissioned to procure and stuff for a high-profile museum in the area. Medical examiner Maura Isles connects the case to a number of seemingly unrelated deaths where the victims have all been found hanging upside down, the hallmark of a leopard's kill. Rizzoli follows the puzzling trail of clues all the way to Botswana, where she uncovers the unsolved mystery of a deadly camping safari four years prior. When she realizes the two cases are connected, Rizzoli must track down the sole survivor of the tragic trip to discover who - or what - is behind these gruesome deaths.
I love a good procedural crime novel with fleshed out characters and diabolical killers and Tess Gerritsen delivers with her Rizzoli & Isles series featuring Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles the Chief Medical Examiner. Die Again the eleventh book in the series drew me in and had me guessing from the first page. It is so good to have Tess back!
Five reasons to curl up with Die Again
- I was a fan before the Rizzoli & Isles series became a blockbuster hit on TNT. I enjoy watching the show with my husband but there are significant differences. We all know the book is ALWAYS better. While we get to know the main characters intimately throughout the series, each book will work as a standalone. The author is very effective at providing character background without boring the established fan base.
- The case gives us two stories one that takes place in the jungles of Botswana six years ago and a current case in Boston, MA involving similar murders. I found the chapters involving Botswana deliciously creepy and utterly fascinating. The case in Boston is horrifying, but when Maura discovers similarities in another case, she begins to dig. Gerristen shares a captivating story as she slowly weaves the two stories together.
- The characters are wonderfully developed from Jane and her Italian family to Maura who dresses to kill. For fans of the series, we see movement with Jane’s parents. I am not happy, but coming from a traditional family, I understood. Gabriel and Jane travel together, and I like spending time with them. If you are looking for romance the series itself has one, but Gerristen keeps these side stories in the background as the case takes center stage. Do not look for heat in Die Again but expect to connect to the characters.
- Gerritsen’s medical background brings a technical authenticity to the story, particularly with regard to the forensic evidence and autopsies. I enjoy all of the details and interesting tid-bit that are shared concerning the present case. Despite all the technical jargon, the author carefully explains things without overwhelming the reader.
- Suspenseful and captivating Die Again is well paced as we along with the Boston PD piece together clues, linking seemingly unconnected cases together. The plot is tight as Gerristen has honed her craft offering a believability that is chilling to watch unfold. I love how dark and gritty the tale can become, yet at the same time the characters, their interactions and friendships lighten the story. It creates a unique balance I have come to love in this series.
Die Again was a fantastic installment to the series and I enjoyed this particular case.