Published by Ballantine Books on December 30th 2014
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Thriller
Source: Owned Audible Book
The latest enthralling case in Tess Gerritsen's New York Times bestselling Rizzoli & Isles series, the blockbuster books behind the smash hit TNT series.
Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli is on the case of a big game hunter found dead in his apartment, alone with the body of a beautiful white snow leopard he had recently been commissioned to procure and stuff for a high-profile museum in the area.
Medical examiner Maura Isles connects the case to a number of seemingly unrelated deaths where the victims have all been found hanging upside down, the hallmark of a leopard's kill.
Rizzoli follows the puzzling trail of clues all the way to Botswana, where she uncovers the unsolved mystery of a deadly camping safari six years prior. When she realizes the two cases are connected, Rizzoli must track down the sole survivor of the tragic trip to discover who - or what - is behind these gruesome deaths.
Story Locale: Boston, MA
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush Soda Saga or Trivia Crack.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
Tess Gerritsen brings back my favorite duo: Rizzoli and Isles. The book opens with a woman on a safari with her husband. At first I was disappointed- I have zero interest on going on safari. I have no wish to see, and definitely no wish to kill, big game. Or small game. Unless it’s a zombie safari, count me out. But it only took a few minutes of listening for me to drawn in, and I fully admit to having caught some of the “khaki fever” for safari guide, Johhny.
The book bounces back to present day Boston, where Rizzoli and Isles are working on the case of a murdered big game hunter/taxidermist. You know, a guy who enjoys stuffing dead animals. Yeah, I don’t get that either, but Gerritsen keeps things interesting.
The two seemingly separate instances (and timelines) begin to connect, and the author does it so seamlessly that all I could do was sit back and enjoy. While I did figure out some of the mystery, there were plenty of surprises left to delight me.
Also, am I the only fan rooting for Rizzoli’s mom to dump her husband and get back with Vince Kosack? Seriously, I love them together.
Die Again was another excellent addition to the series, maybe one of my favorites.
Tanya Erby narrates again, and I’m officially a fan. Her voice is perfect for this genre, and I hope to listen to her narrations in the future!