This is another series I’m reading with a group on Goodreads. We’re a bit further along but I’m posting the earlier reviews. This book series was developed into the television series Rizzoli & Isles that aired on TNT starring Angie Harmon & Sasha Alexander. The books are much grittier than the television show, however.
It all starts with the murder of a nun within her abbey along with the assault on another. As Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles investigate, it leads them toward some highly surprising and divergent paths, including connections to other circumstances.
This is the book where we learn more about Maura Isles, finally. Her voice is the strongest though Jane gets considerable space. Nicknamed the Queen of the Dead because of what she does and her gothic look, Maura had to be more complex than a caricature (she is) and that unfolds. And, her relationship with Jane Rizzoli develops beyond their roles of detective and medical examiner.
There were also personal elements for both that added texture to them as characters and the story. Both became more relatable here because of it and their work dynamics played out well. I really liked the story because of this and the complexity of the cases. I was a little blindsided by the excellent twists at the end though the clues were there. I also listened to the story and Anna Fields did a great job but her pronunciation of Jane’s last name (Ritz-zoli) drove me nuts. Otherwise, this was a very good reading experience.
- Release Date: May 9, 2003
- Series: Rizzoli & Isles
- Narrator: Anna Fields
- Audio Length: 9 hours, 8 minutes
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