Last to Die is another excellent, suspenseful mystery by Tess Gerritsen.
As soon as I finished Ice Cold, by Tess Gerritsen I had to get Last to Die, another book in her Rizzoli and Isles series. It was so good! At the end of Ice Cold, a young, self sufficient teen who calls himself Rat, is invited to attend an unusual private school in Maine, after his family is killed. I’d grown fond of him in Ice Cold, so was curious to see how he was doing there. Featured again in this book, we get to visit him at the school.
Three children from three separate families, are living with relatives or in foster care after their parents were killed a few years earlier. When their guardian families are murdered in the same week, the kids all end up at the same school in Maine, a school named Evensong.
Maura Isles, a medical examiner, is visiting Rat at the school to see how he is settling in. Whe she learns of the similarities she begins to question how all three could go through the same tragedies–twice. Maura’s friend and associate, police detective, Jane Rizzoli, is convinced to investigate.
So do the children at the school. The kids begin their own investigation. These aren’t ordinary students. It’s not an ordinary school. Started and supported by the Mephisto Club, the school takes in children who are all survivors, like the club members themselves.
None of them can stop the murders that occur on the school grounds. Someone is there with the children, watching them. Someone is following the investigation too closely, an investigation that takes them years into the past. What connected these families that caused their deaths? You too will be questioning who it is safe to trust, if anyone.
The book was published in 2012, with 353 pages. It is available in all formats, including the audiobook which runs 10 hours and 28 minutes. Tanya Eby narrates and does her usual terrific job.
Tess Gerritsen, The Author of Last to Die
I’m enjoying Ms. Gerritsen’s books so much. As a physician as well as an author, she is well qualified to draw us into her realistic, medical suspense novels. I like the way her secondary characters (besides Jane Rizolli and Maura Isles) appear in subsequent books occasionally.She’s very clever with her story lines as well. This one surprised me with several unexpected twists. It seems many of her stories, even within her series, have unusual, distinct plots, not simple police procedurals (which I like too).
I’ll definitely be reading more from Tess Gerritsen. Since she’s written more than a dozen thrillers I have a lot to look forward to!Ms. Gerritsen has a very interesting background. She was a doctor before she was a writer. After graduating from Stanford, she attended UCSF for medical school. She wrote her first novel while home for maternity leave. Now published in over forty countries, Tess Gerritsen has sold over 30 million books.
My Favorite: Ice Cold
The Mephisto Club
A club whose purpose is to examine aspects of evil. One of their members found murdered. The Club fears the very evil they study. Could the killer be one of them or is it even worse? Maura and Jane will be investigating.
The Book Trailer for Last to Die…
Hear Tess Gerritsen Talk about Last to Die
It’s so interesting to hear from an author you enjoy. And Tess Gerritsen is lovely to make herself available. She often attends Writer Conferences too. You might enjoy listening to her here.