Book Review: Last to Die, by Tess Gerritsen

Last to DieGiven that I’ve reviewed every book in the Rizzoli & Isles series by Tess Gerritsen, you should probably be aware that I’m a fan. It’s my go-to guilty pleasure (to use a phrase I don’t really like very much). But I’m not a fan of the Mephisto Club, a secret and ancient organization that all too frequently pops up in Rizzoli & Isles books. It’s like Tess Gerritsen’s version of The X-Files, in which Mephisto figurehead Anthony Sansone is the Mulder and Maura Isles is the skeptical Scully.

The X-Files did it better.

Here, Maura once again finds herself at the center of the ancient Mephisto Club, an organization that has been both seeking out and fighting evil for centuries. Three children end up at a school run by the Mephisto Club after their families were brutally murdered, then their foster families were also targeted. It’s up to Maura and Jane Rizzoli to unravel the mystery, discover what links the three children, and protect them against a deadly foe.

It’s a curiously lifeless installment in the series, and I had a hard time getting into it and continuing to read it. Perhaps that’s because I don’t like the Mephisto Club, but all I can say is that I’m hoping the next installment kicks it back up a notch.

Grade: C-

Check out the rest of my Rizzoli & Isles reviews on the Series Rundown page.

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