Tess Gerritsen Books

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Tess Gerritsen is American bestselling novelist and a retired physician. She is the child of Chinese-American chef and a Chinese immigrant. Tess always dreamt of writing her novels as since teenage years. Her first name was Terry, but upon becoming a writer of romance novels, she chose to feminize. Even though her passion was writing romance novels, her family restricted her into becoming a full-time writer due to believing that writing could not sustain her in life. Thus she chose to pursue medicine. In 1975, the author graduated from the Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. Later years she attended the University of California where she graduated with a degree in medicine in 1979 and began operating as a physician in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Order of Rizzoli & Isles Series

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1 The Surgeon 2001 Description / Buy
2 The Apprentice 2002 Description / Buy
3 The Sinner 2003 Description / Buy
4 Body Double 2004 Description / Buy
5 Vanish 2006 Description / Buy
6 The Mephisto Club 2006 Description / Buy
7 The Keepsake / Keeping The Dead 2008 Description / Buy
8 Ice Cold / The Killing Place 2010 Description / Buy
9 The Silent Girl 2011 Description / Buy
10 Last to Die 2012 Description / Buy
11 Die Again 2014 Description / Buy
12 I Know a Secret 2017 Description / Buy
13 Listen to Me 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Rizzoli & Isles Short Stories

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1 Freaks (Short Story) 2007 Description / Buy
2 John Doe (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy

Order of The Martini Club Series

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1 The Spy Coast 2023 Description / Buy
2 The Summer Guests 2025 Description / Buy

Order of Tavistock Family Series

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1 In Their Footsteps 1994 Description / Buy
2 Thief of Hearts 1995 Description / Buy

Order of Tess Gerritsen Standalone Novels

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1 Adventure's Mistress 1985 Description / Buy
2 Call After Midnight 1987 Description / Buy
3 Under the Knife 1990 Description / Buy
4 Never Say Die 1992 Description / Buy
5 The Whistleblower 1992 Description / Buy
6 Peggy Sue Got Murdered / Girl Missing 1994 Description / Buy
7 Harvest 1996 Description / Buy
8 Life Support 1997 Description / Buy
9 Presumed Guilty 1997 Description / Buy
10 Bloodstream 1998 Description / Buy
11 Gravity 1999 Description / Buy
12 The Bone Garden 2007 Description / Buy
13 Playing with Fire 2015 Description / Buy
14 The Shape of Night 2019 Description / Buy
15 On the Edge ( With: Rita Herron) 2021 Description / Buy
16 Choose Me ( With: Gary Braver) 2021 Description / Buy
17 No Reason to Trust 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Her Protector Series

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1 Keeper of the Bride 1996 Description / Buy
2 Belladonna ( By: Jenna Ryan) 1996 Description / Buy
3 Little Girl Lost ( By: Adrianne Lee) 1997 Description / Buy
4 Storm Warnings ( By: Judi Lind) 1997 Description / Buy
5 His Betrothed ( By: Vivian Leiber) 1998 Description / Buy
6 Easy Loving ( By: Sheryl Lynn) 1998 Description / Buy
7 The Only Man to Trust ( By: Grace Green) 1998 Description / Buy
8 Jackson's Woman ( By: Judi Lind) 1999 Description / Buy

Tess Gerritsen Anthologies

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1 Perfect Timing 2001 Description / Buy
2 In the Shadow of the Master 2003 Description / Buy
3 Killer Year: Stories to Die For... 2008 Description / Buy
4 No Rest for the Dead 2011 Description / Buy
5 Unnerving Magazine #15 2021 Description / Buy
6 Birds of Prey: The Harlan Coben Challenge 2022 Description / Buy
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While on leave, she submitted a short story in a fiction contest for the Honolulu magazine which won the first prize and further received $500.

Tess Gerritsen initiation to writing was inspired by romance novels that she enjoyed reading while working as a doctor. Her first novels were of the romantic thriller genre and after writing two practice books, Call after Midnight was finally published by Harlequin Intrigue in 1987. Since then Gerritsen has written over eight romantic thriller novels for Harper Paperbacks and Harlequin Intrigue.

Later in 1996, the author wrote her first medical thriller Harvest. The novel was inspired by the conversation Gerritsen had with an ex-homicide detective who had been on a trip to Russia. The detective narrated to her that young orphans were quickly disappearing from Moscow streets and that the Russian police believed that the children were being kidnapped and shipped out of the country to be used as organ donors.

Harvest upon its release was listed number 13 novel in New York Times bestseller list. Other medical thrillers written by Tess include Bloodstream, Life Support, and Gravity. In 2001, the author wrote her first ever crime thriller, The Surgeon. Gerritsen is popularly known for Rizzoli/Isles series, Romantic and Medical thrillers.


The novel Surgeon was the winner of 2002 Romance Writers of America for the category of a best romantic suspense novel. Later in 2006 the novel Vanish was the winner o Nero Award for category best mystery novel, and in the same year, the book was nominated for Edgar Award and Macavity Award.


These are the best two books by Tess Gerritsen.

Body Double: Dr. Maura Isles, Boston medical examiner, somehow meets her match- she must, however, face a ruthless serial killer and some shattering personal.

Dr. Maura earns her daily bread living with the dead. She is a pathologist in a metropolitan city, and she has come face to face with dead bodies each day, and many of them happen to be victims of murder.

One day she returns home from a conference in Paris only to discover police conducting investigations just outside her home. The victim is her exact double, and the DNA tests performed on the body indicate that the victim is her twin sister.

Dr. Maura happens to an adoptee. Thus she’s not aware of the existence of her twin sister. This stunning revelation prompts Dr. Maura to dig deeper searching for answers existing in her dark past. Dr. Maura does whatever it takes to ensure that she finds the truth about her past and also to uncover the killer going around the country on a murder spree. Body Double is a real page turner from the greatest author of all times. The whole story is filled with more twists than a country road thus ensuring that the reader’s attention is maintained from the first page to the last.

Ice Cold: While in Wyoming for a medical seminar, Dr. Maura joins a group of friends for a ski trip, however when their vehicle stalls, they are left stranded with no help in sight. When night falls, they seek refuge from a nearby blizzard located in a village known as Kingdom Come. What they find shocks them; the community seems abandoned and the meals on the table untouched, the cars as well parked in the garages.

What could have happened to the town’s residents? Could this be a trap set for Maura and her friends?

Several days later, Detective Jane receives griming news that Maura body has been found. Shaken to the core, Jane is determined to establish what exactly happened to her friend. As she conducts more investigation, she is drawn to dark secrets of Kingdom Come. As the truth slowly surfaces, Jane’s closes in on a powerful and merciless enemy- and the cold truth of her friend’s fate.

When Does The Next Tess Gerritsen book come out?

The next book by Tess Gerritsen is The Summer Guests and will be released on March, 18th 2025. It is the newest book in the The Martini Club Series.


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  2. I never bothered to watch the Rizzoli & Isles series on TV. Just didn’t interest me and there is so much on TV that it’s hard to give a new show a try. Then, I got sick. Sitting home one day, nursing a cold, I binged more episodes than I’d like to admit here. Next thing you know, I had a favorite show.

    After finishing all those episodes, I started reading the books and next thing you know, I had a favorite series. I’ve recently tried out some of Gerritsen’s solo books and guess what? I have a new favorite author. Best cold ever.

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