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CR3 #24: Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen

The last several books I've read have been heavy, dull, or generally not particularly exciting. I decided I needed a break, and picked up a good old-fashioned murder mystery book. I wasn't disappointed--this was exactly the break I needed.

This is the eighth book in Tess Gerritsen's "Rizzoli & Isles" series, and focuses more than any other on medical examiner Maura Isles. Maura has gone to Wyoming for a pathology conference, and while there meets up with an old college friend, Doug. Wanting to get away from her life for a little while and do something besides think of her failing relationship with priest Father Brophy, Maura agrees to join Doug and his friends for a quick ski trip. Unfortunately, things go horribly wrong and Maura soon finds herself lost in the wilderness, surrounded by danger and dead bodies. Meanwhile, back in Boston detective Jane Rizzoli begins to worry about her friend, especially after Maura doesn't arrive home at the scheduled time. Jane, her husband Agent Gabriel Dean, Father Brophy, and the mysterious Anthony Sansone travel out to Wyoming to look for Maura. The action and suspense continues from there, winding up with a rather surprising conclusion.

This book is not going to rock your world or anything, but it is a good mindless-fun read. Although it could perhaps be read as a stand-alone, it's much better when read along with the rest of the series. The characters of Jane and Maura both continue to be tough, smart women, which is great. Some of the side characters were a little two-dimensional, but they served their purpose well enough. On the whole, this is a fun book as long you don't think or expect too much.

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