Monday, June 7, 2010

'Body Double' Is the Perfect Audio Book -- & a New Hit Show on TNT

I am not what experts call an auditory learner. Say something to me, and I will for sure forget it within 15 minutes. This is especially evident when being introduced to new people. I've lived next door to a couple for almost a year whose names I could not tell you under threat of duress. Seriously, waterboarding would not work, because the honest truth is, I forgot their names in the same instant I was told them. (Nice people, but that's beside the point I suppose. Just didn't want to give the impression it's in any way them. Trust me, it's all me!)

So the way this translates with audio books is, the book has to be fairly light. Nothing literarily-heavy. (And is that even a word? Literarily? Probably not...) Bottom line? I'm not going to follow Moby-Dick or the more modern Wolf Hall on an audio version. I'm not going to remember characters or follow an intricate plot. Therefore, my audio books have to be -- for the most part -- fluffy, action-driven mysteries or something similar.

My latest audio book to listen to while driving, running, cleaning house, & laying out in the sun was Tess Gerritsen's Body Double. It fit the bill in several ways. It offered characters that were interesting, a plot with lots of twists and turns (but none that were difficult to follow), and was light enough (literarily -- ha!) to allow me to understand it while listening rather than reading.

Body Double is the fourth in a series about Boston Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli and Medical Examiner Maura Isles. I didn't -- obviously -- realize this was a series novel when I started it, but it turned out to be fine as a standalone novel (and also to cause me to think I will probably return to the series and read other novels from it). Maura has just returned from vacation, when a murder victim turns up outside her home. A murder victim who looks suspiciously like Maura herself. Adopted as an infant, Maura soon discovers that she had a twin who was adopted, as well. As she helps Rizzoli investigate the death of her sister, she learns truths about her background and her parents that cut her to the bone and threaten her core beliefs.

As the pair works to solve Maura's long-lost sister's murder, pregnant women are disappearing all over the nation. The nine-months-pregnant Mattie Purvis is kidnapped and kept in an underground wooden box, allowed only small rations of water, batteries, and food. Who is the kidnapper, and how does he or she connect to the ongoing murder investigation?

Tess Gerritsen, medical doctor and author, writes the Jane Rizzoli/Maura Isles mystery series. Rizzoli and Isles is an upcoming television show about the mystery-solving pair, which will debut July 12 on TNT. She also writes a blog discussing her novels and other events connected to her writing career.

A sneak peek at the TNT series starring Angie Harmon & Sasha Alexander as Rizzoli & Isles:


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