Sunday, March 10, 2013

THE SINNER by Tess Gerritsen

My copy of this book is a 2004 paperback edition of one of the Rizzoli and Isles series.  Maybe you've watched the TNT television channel show starring the characters in which, for a change, I think the casting people really nailed it.  And the characters are what makes this series so addicting to me.  We have Rizzoli the cop, Isles the pathologist, the Rizzoli family who are as Italian as they come, and the incidental characters in the stories who usually ring true with me.

This story is unusual in that the first victims are nuns in a cloistered convent.  The older one is still alive but the younger one is not only dead, she has recently given birth.  Since these nuns shun contact with the outside world, this presents quite a mystery.  It certainly wasn't a virgin birth.  The next victim, found in an abandoned restaurant populated only by cockroaches and rats, has no face, hands, or feet.  The face and hands could have been removed to prevent identification, but the feet?  And what are those lesions all over her body?

Meanwhile, Maura Isles' ex-husband suddenly shows up in Boston and is trying hard to insinuate himself back into her life.  And Jane Rizzoli has a problem she has never faced and never wanted to.  What to do?  This mix of personal and professional mysteries are engrossing enough to keep you turning the pages.  Have I tempted you yet?

Gerritsen writes an excellent series of novels.  I always look forward to finding a new one to me and the time to read it.

Highly recommended for mystery lovers
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  1. I've read one of Gerritsen's books but it wasn't from this series. Rizzoli and Isles sound like fabulous characters!

  2. I've never read this series. It does sound very enticing! Heading over to the library right now to put a hold on it.

  3. Jim and I both tried one of Gerritsen's books and both didn't finish it, but I'm still convinced there are good ones out there, because she is so popular!

    1. Several years ago I tried to read a Gerritsen book that scared the bejesus out of me and I didn't finish it. Rizzoli and Isles books seem to focus on the characters and aren't as scary as her others. I think you would like these two characters.

  4. I do like Gerritsen -- especially her earlier books.

  5. Thanks for the comments. It sure is nice getting back to reading and blogging and hearing from all of you.

  6. People have told me the books are not much like the tv show, more violent perhaps? I LOVE the show. Thanks for the recommendation. Maybe I'll pick up the first in the series.

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