Tess Gerritsen
September 2008 Author of the Month
Tess Gerritsen began her writing career in 1987 with her first
novel "Call after midnight".  Being an M.D., Tess brings real life
suspense to her medical thrillers.  Tess has been very busy this
year, with two books published.  "The Bone Garden", released on
July 29, 2008 is her latest medical thriller, while "The Keepsake",
released on September 9, 2008 is her latest novel.  Tess has 5
medical thrillers and another series that features Detective Jane
Rizzoli and Medical Examiner Maura Isles, 7 books that includes
"The Keepsake".  With every great story you need great
characters and Tess has been perfect in developing Jane and
For untold years, the perfectly preserved mummy had lain
forgotten in the dusty basement of Boston’s Crispin Museum. Now
its sudden rediscovery by museum staff is both a major coup and
an attention-grabbing mystery. Dubbed “Madam X,” the mummy—
to all appearances, an ancient Egyptian artifact—seems a ghoulish
godsend for the financially struggling institution. But medical
examiner Maura Isles soon discovers a macabre message hidden
within the corpse—horrifying proof that this “centuries-old” relic is
instead a modern-day murder victim.

To Maura and Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli, the forensic
evidence is unmistakable, its implications terrifying. And when the
grisly remains of yet another woman are found in the hidden
recesses of the museum, it becomes chillingly clear that a maniac
is at large—and is now taunting them.

Archaeologist Josephine Pulcillo’s blood runs cold when the killer’s
cryptic missives are discovered, and her darkest dread becomes
real when the carefully preserved corpse of yet a third victim is left
in her car like a gruesome offering—or perhaps a ghastly promise
of what’s to come.

The twisted killer’s familiarity with post-mortem rituals suggests
to Maura and Jane that he may have scientific expertise in
common with Josephine. Only Josephine knows that her stalker
shares a knowledge even more personally terrifying: details of a
dark secret she had thought forever buried.

Now Maura must summon her own dusty knowledge of ancient
death traditions to unravel a murderer’s twisted endgame. And
when Josephine vanishes, Maura and Jane have precious little time
to derail the Archaeology Killer before he adds another chilling
piece to his monstrous collection.
Exclusive interview with Tess Gerritsen
What is your all-time favorite book (not yours) and why?

It would come down to either LONESOME DOVE by Larry McMurtry or THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by
Barbara Kingsolver.  Both books broke my heart, which may be the reason they're so memorable for
me.  I find that the books I remember best -- and the ones that have the greatest impact -- are the
books that transport me to another time and place, and leave me heartbroken.

If you could solve any mystery for yourself, what would it be?

The true identity of Jack the Ripper -- although I suspect the answer would be far more mundane than
we imagine.  Also,the mystery of where Alexander the Great is buried.

If you could meet any person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Cleopatra.  I would love to know what it was about her that so fascinated the most powerful men of her

What is on your Ipod right now?

A series of lectures from The Teaching Company: "Great Battles of the Ancient World" by Professor
Garrett Fagan.

Your books love to scare people, what scares Tess Gerritsen?

The idea of anything bad happening to my children.  It's every mother's worst fear.

Do you have any superstitions when writing a book?

I don't show the manuscript to anyone before it's finished.  Not to ANYONE.  I want to shield it while
it's going through its ugly duckling phase.

Are there any plans to see one of your books as a movie?

Almost all my books have been optioned or bought outright by TV or movie studios, but so far none
have gone into production.  Fingers crossed!

What is the worst job you have ever had?

All my worst jobs have been unpaid jobs -- and they usually involved asking people for charitable
donations.  I'd rather scrub floors than try to talk anyone into writing a check  --even if it's for a
worthy cause!

How much "hands on" research goes into one of your books?

As much as I can talk my way into.  For GRAVITY, I was able to spend a week at Johnson Space Center,
which was a blast.  For THE KEEPSAKE, I was lucky enough to actually be standing in the CT scan room
while a mummy was being studied.  Sometimes I think it's the research that's the most enjoyable part
of writing a book.

After "The Bone Garden" hits the shelves, what is next for Tess Gerritsen?

My new hardcover, THE KEEPSAKE, goes on sale in the U.S. on Sept. 9, and in the UK in January '09.  
And now I've got to start writing a new book!