Narrator: Kathe Mazur
Run Time: 11 hours 14 minutes
PECCAVIThe Latin word is scrawled in blood at the scene of a young woman’s brutal murder: I HAVE SINNED. It’s a chilling Christmas greeting for Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli, who swiftly link the victim to controversial celebrity psychiatrist Joyce O’Donnell–Jane’s professional nemesis and member of a sinister cabal called the Mephisto Club.
On top of Beacon Hill, the club’s acolytes devote themselves to the analysis of evil: Can it be explained by science? Does it have a physical presence? Do demons walk the earth? Drawing on a wealth of dark historical data and mysterious religious symbolism, the Mephisto scholars aim to prove a startling theory: that Satan himself exists among us.
With the grisly appearance of a corpse on their doorstep, it’s clear that someone–or something–is indeed prowling the city. The members of the club begin to fear the very subject of their study. Could this maniacal killer be one of their own–or have they inadvertently summoned an evil entity from the darkness?
Delving deep into the most baffling and unusual case of their careers, Maura and Jane embark on a terrifying journey to the very heart of evil, where they encounter a malevolent foe more dangerous than any they have ever faced . . . one whose work is only just beginning.
This past year, I have read or listened to all of the books in the Rizzoli & Isles series up to this point. In each and every one of them Gerritsen has taken the reader/listener for a ride. Sometimes I can figure out who the killer is ahead of times and sometimes not. While I enjoyed the Mephisto Club, I didn’t love it as much as I had previous books. Maybe it was the use of religious symbology and demons, maybe it was something else. I can’t quite put my fingers on it. It was good, don’t get me wrong, just not great…I did figure out early on that it was one of the members of the club that was responsible for the crimes being committed, but the original person who I thought it was, it definately wasn’t (mostly because he was killed early on…) – I also wasn’t surprised to see the psychiatrist Joyce O’Donnell killed in this installment – she had appeared in several of the previous books, but her character always just seemed to be on the periphery to annoy Jane and Maura and not really contribute. I did enjoy the character of Anthony and hope that he shows up in later books.
When it came to the narration of the audiobook, I was glad to see Kathe Mazur return to being the narrator – although, I believe that this is the last time in the series that she is the one (unfortunately). After Anna Fields, she definately has developed Jane’s voice into one that reflects her Boston Irish character, as well as Maura’s dark wit. Her diversity of character voices makes for an entertaining listen and I didn’t manage to confuse any of the characters – they all appeared to be individuals and it was almost like I was listening to a couple of different people narrate the book. I do know that I need to check her out narrating some other books to see how she does. I’m definately going to be following her as a narrator in the future.
I’ll definately continue to seek out Tess Gerritsen’s books and look forward to seeing what Jane and Maura get up to in the future