Frequently Asked Questions

Check below for answers to common questions.

In which order should Tess’s books be read?

Here’s the publication order of the Jane Rizzoli/ Maura Isles series:

THE SURGEON (2001)
THE APPRENTICE (2002)
THE SINNER (2003)
BODY DOUBLE (2004)
VANISH (2005)
THE MEPHISTO CLUB (2005)
THE KEEPSAKE (UK title: KEEPING THE DEAD) (2008)
ICE COLD (UK title: THE KILLING PLACE) (2010)
THE SILENT GIRL (July 2011)
LAST TO DIE (August 2012)
DIE AGAIN (December 2014)

She also writes stand-alone thrillers, which can be read in any order:

HARVEST (1996)
LIFE SUPPORT (1997)
BLOODSTREAM (1998)
GRAVITY (1999)
THE BONE GARDEN (2007)
PLAYING WITH FIRE (coming October 2015)

She has also written romantic suspense novels:

CALL AFTER MIDNIGHT (1987)
UNDER THE KNIFE (1990)
NEVER SAY DIE (1992)
WHISTLEBLOWER (1992)
PRESUMED GUILTY (1993)
IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS (1994)
PEGGY SUE GOT MURDERED (1994)
THIEF OF HEARTS (1995)
KEEPER OF THE BRIDE (1996)

Have any of Tess’s books been made into movies?

Although a number of her books have been sold to, or optioned by, movie companies, none so far have been turned into feature films. She did write one original screenplay that was made into a TV movie of the week: “Adrift,” starring Kate Jackson.

But her novels have found a home on television. “Rizzoli & Isles,” based on Tess’s characters Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles, will be coming to TNT on Mondays at 10 PM (9C). It stars Angie Harmon as Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as Maura Isles.

Are Tess’s books available in other languages?

Her books are available in thirty-five languages so far. They have been translated into German, Slovakian, Croatian, French, Serbian, Japanese, Bulgarian, Spanish, Hungarian, Dutch, Romanian, Italian, Estonian, Swedish, Latvian, Norwegian, Hebrew, Finnish, Greek, Danish, Turkish, Portuguese, Chinese (both simplified and complex), Korean, Russian, Thai, Polish, Indonesian, Czech, Arabic, Slovenian, Lithuanian, and Vietnamese.

How Can I contact Tess?

For interviews, appearance requests or to just say hello, you may email Tess at her email address: tess@tessgerritsen.com.

We are a public library, interested in acquiring foreign editions of Tess’s books. How might we obtain copies?

Tess is happy to donate copies of her foreign editions free to public libraries, but only in the U.S. Email her at tess@tessgerritsen.com to see if she has copies in the particular foreign language you require.

How can I get a personalized and/or autographed copy of one of Tess’s books?

You can attend one of her bookstore signings. Or you can contact her local bookshop, the Owl and Turtle either online at Owl and Turtle or via phone (207 230 7335) and tell them you’d like to order an autographed copy. Tess regularly visits the store to sign copies, which the store will ship directly to you.

Why do some of her books have different titles in the US and the UK?

Tess’s books are released by separate publishers in the U.S. and the UK. Sometimes they don’t agree on which title is best so they’ll release the book under their preferred titles. Since they sell to separate geographic areas, (most Americans buy their books in the US, and most British buy their books in the UK) this usually doesn’t present a problem. But with international travel and internet sales, this can sometimes lead to confusion.