BELFAST — The public is invited to a free talk and book signing with New York Times bestselling thriller writer Tess Gerritsen Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. at Left Bank Books, 109 Church St. With more than 40 million copies sold, Gerritsen is widely known for her Rizzoli & Isles novels, which inspired the hit TNT television series that aired for seven seasons. After an absence of five years, the iconic crime-stopping duo of Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles returns in Gerritsen’s new novel, “Listen to Me.”

This event is free, but reservations are required at 207-338-9009 or info@leftbankbookshop.com. Masks are greatly appreciated, regardless of vaccination status.

Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are plagued by what seems like a completely senseless murder of a widow and nurse who was universally liked by her neighbors. While the two women follow multiple leads, they eventually make a connection between the murder and the victim of a hit-and-run from months earlier, but that only makes the case blurrier.

Meanwhile, Jane’s mother, Angela, is worried about changes she sees in the neighborhood in which Jane grew up. “Angela can’t understand why the parents of a missing teenage girl seem so unconcerned or why the new couple across the street never seem to leave the house. The tension rises as Angela’s vigilance leads her to draw false conclusions and puts her in personal danger. Gerritsen smoothly shifts between her complex plot lines as the action builds to a surprising conclusion. Newcomers will find this entry easily accessible.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Listen to Me” is Gerritsen’s most accessible yet intimate and nuanced novel yet, featuring the fraught and dynamic relationships between mothers and daughters.

Gerritsen is also a physician, bringing to her novels first-hand knowledge of emergency and autopsy rooms. As an anthropology student at Stanford University, she catalogued centuries-old human remains, and she continues to travel the world, driven by her fascination with ancient cultures and bizarre natural phenomena.

Copies of “Listen to Me” are available for purchase at the bookshop. Visit leftbankbookshop.com for more information.