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Book Review: Ice Cold: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel by Tess Gerritsen

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Ice Cold, by Tess Gerritsen, is the latest novel in her series about a detective and a medical examiner who team up in order to solve crimes. While each is very good at her respective job, working together helps them be closer as both colleagues and friends.

Jane Rizzoli is the detective, whose keen street smarts make her determined not to let a case go by without an answer being discovered. This modern Boston lady has a mouth on her, but also knows when to stop talking and take down the killer. Maura Isles is the medical examiner, with the job of cutting open bodies for a living, yet makes a habit of dressing more fashionably than the job requires. The only time she would ever consider putting on scrubs is for the autopsy rather than field work.

When Maura leaves for a medical conference, nobody thinks anything of it. After all, she is the medical expert. Taking some time away from her regular job to take advantage of learning opportunities is a wise move. It’s not her fault the location is in Wyoming. Things, however, soon take a deadly turn.

A body soon turns up, and the fear is that it could be Maura. Jane is naturally upset, but other deaths soon claim her attention. She has bigger problems on her hands after learning there might be a connection with a cult which is rumored to be abusing children. Throw in ties to powerful allies in law enforcement and local citizens, and it’s easy to see just why so many people like Gerritsen as an author.

The characters are compelling and stay true to human emotion. I have no trouble believing the devastation over the loss of a close friend, or the angst of trying to decide the next logical step. One character is a surprise in a huge plot twist, although perhaps there is a pretty good hint beforehand. Gerritsen wisely does not leave readers hanging for long before wrapping up two intertwined story lines.

This time, the case is personal. By the time readers finish Ice Cold, much will be left over to seriously think about. Is everything truly over? Two of the characters could easily show up down the road in a later book. A trial would continue this case a bit further.

Gerritsen is so popular — she recently got a show made about her best friends and partners in crime. Called, appropriately enough, Rizzoli and Isles, it stars Angie Harmon as Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as Maura Isles. If the latter name is unfamiliar, Alexander was on NCIS as Kate. Could some of her former costars show up on an episode? It’s possible. Lauren Holly just might be available….

Tune in Monday nights on TNT to catch Rizzoli and Isles at 10pm ET.

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