Rizzoli and Isles books in order
Detective Jane Rizzoli and Dr Maura Isles are the creations of bestselling crime thriller writer Tess Gerritsen. Thus far, thirteen gritty and gruesome titles have been published in the Rizzoli and Isles series – the most recent being Listen to Me.
A former physician, Tess’s knowledge of medicine and human experience provide her books with an authenticity that keeps readers coming back again and again. The series inspired the successful TV show Rizzoli & Isles starring Angie Harman and Sasha Alexander.
If you’re yet to discover Tess’s work, you’re definitely missing out.
Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles books in order:
The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
1. The Surgeon
A killer is targeting lone women, torturing and murdering them. The precision of his methods leads Detective Jane Rizzoli to suspect he is medically trained.
Then Jane makes a terrifying discovery. Years ago a young woman was assaulted in a similar way. She escaped by shooting her attacker dead. So why does it feel like he’s stalking her again?
The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
A series of horrific murders seem disturbingly familiar to Detective Jane Rizzoli. They remind her and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles of those committed by a killer known as the Surgeon, who they recently put behind bars.
While they’re still trying to track down the new killer, the unthinkable happens: the Surgeon escapes. Suddenly, Jane is chasing not one but two brilliant and twisted minds, united by one goal… To perfect their skills on the woman who’s hunting them.
The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen
3. The Sinner
Two nuns are brutally attacked within the walls of their convent. There seems to be no shred of motive. But during the autopsy Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles discovers something entirely unexpected.
And when a second, heavily mutilated body is found and linked to the case, she and Detective Jane Rizzoli find themselves in the midst of a terrifying investigation that seems to implicate everyone. Because who can really say they’re free from sin?
Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
4. Body Double
Pathologist Maura Isles has dissected her fair share of corpses. But this time it’s different, because the victim looks exactly like her.
Detective Jane Rizzoli is assigned to investigate, and finds herself tracking a twisted killer across the country. To catch him, Maura is forced to delve into a dark and dangerous family history – her own. Blood ties are the hardest to escape…
Vanish by Tess Gerritsen
Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles unzips a body bag and gets the fright of her life. The corpse opens its eyes. The woman is rushed to hospital, where she murders a guard and siezes hostages, including a heavily pregnant Detective Jane Rizzoli.
No one knows who this woman is, or what she wants. Only Jane, trapped with the madwoman, can solve the mystery. If she survives the night.
The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
‘I HAVE SINNED’: the words are scrawled in blood at the most shocking murder scene Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli have ever witnessed. The victim, a young woman, has been entirely drained of blood and horrifically dismembered.
When there’s a second murder, the police uncover a link to a secret society known as the Mephisto Club. Their mission is a terrifying one – to find the true source of evil on earth. But has evil already found them?
Keeping the Dead by Tess Gerritsen
Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles is asked to attend an intriguing examination. An ancient mummy has been found in a museum basement – but with horror she realises that it’s not as ancient as they thought. A very modern bullet is showing up on the scan.
Rizzoli is called to investigate and soon discovers a second – and then a third – mummified body. Who is this killer? Why does he preserve his victims so meticulously? And who will be the next to join his monstrous collection?
The Killing Place by Tess Gerritsen
In a snowbound village in Wyoming, twelve houses stand dark and abandoned; the people who lived in them have vanished. Maura Isles is driving through with friends when they find themselves trapped in a snowstorm. They stumble into the abandoned village to take shelter. But their nightmare has only just begun.
Days later, Jane Rizzoli flies to Wyoming to search for her missing friend. A crashed vehicle has been found with four badly burned bodies still inside. Can one of the corpses be Maura’s? Jane’s hunt for the truth leads her to the village – where the person who was watching Maura now lies waiting for her…
The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
A severed hand is found in an alleyway in Boston’s Chinatown. Detective Jane Rizzoli discovers the rest of the body on a nearby rooftop, the head nearly severed.
The only clue Jane has is two strands of hair, but it’s enough for Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles to make a startling connection. This violent attack has its roots in an unsolved murder-suicide case from nineteen years ago. The only witness, a beautiful martial arts master, has never dared to speak. And she may never get the chance…
Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen
10. Last To Die
Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles find themselves locked inside a high-security boarding school along with the students. They are told it’s for their own safety.
The school has been set up to provide a place of sanctuary for children who have lost their families in violent circumstances. But now there has been a murder within the grounds. Does the threat come from outside… or from within?
Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
11. Die Again
In Boston, Rizzoli and Isles are investigating the death of a man who’s been found gutted and hanging in his home. When another victim are found, they realise this murderer has been at work for years.
Six years ago, a group of travellers set off on an African safari. None of them are seen again – apart from one woman who stumbled out of the bush weeks later, barely alive. Has the ‘safari killer’ resurfaced in Boston? Jane is sent to Africa to find the one link between the two cases – the only survivor – and convince her to face death once again…
I Know A Secret by Tess Gerritsen
12. I Know A Secret
In a house decorated with horror movie posters, a young woman’s body is found. She lies on her bed, two bloodied objects clutched in her palm. Rizzoli and Isles are called to the murder scene, but even faced with this gruesome sight they are unable to identify the immediate cause of death.
Their investigation leads them to a high-profile murder case that was seemingly solved years before. But when another body is found in horrific circumstances, the link between the two victims is clear. Was the wrong person sent to prison? Is the real killer out there right now, picking off new targets?
One woman knows the killer is coming for her next. She’s the only one who can help Rizzoli and Isles catch him. But she has a secret that she has to keep…
Listen to Me by Tess Gerritsen
13. Listen to Me
The murder of Sofia Suarez is both gruesome and seemingly senseless. Why would anyone target a respected nurse who was well-liked by her friends and her neighbours? As Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles investigate the baffling case, they discover that Sofia was guarding a dangerous secret — a secret that may have led the killer straight to her door.
Meanwhile, Jane’s mother Angela Rizzoli is conducting an investigation of her own. She may be a housewife, not a police detective, but she’s savvy enough to know there’s something very strange, perhaps even dangerous, about the new neighbours across the street. The problem is, no one believes her, not even her own daughter.
Immersed in the hunt for Sofia’s killer, Jane and Maura are too busy to pay attention to Angela’s fears. With no one listening to her, and danger mounting in her neighbourhood, Angela just may be forced to take action on her own…
There you have it – Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles books in order! How many have you read? Let us know in the comments below…