Maura Isles and Jane Rizzoli are tossed into one of their creepiest cases ever for their seventh installation. Obsession and family secrets block the truth and force the Maura and Jane into uncharted territory. The ghoulish aspects of this tale are disturbing and intensely mesmerizing at the same time. It's shudder inducing!
Boston medical examiner Maura Isles has been asked to witness an unusual procedure -- a CT scan of Madam X, a 2,000-year-old mummy found in the basement of Boston's Crispin Museum. When Madam X is revealed to be a modern murder victim, historical research gives way to a murder investigation.
Clues lead Detective Jane Rizzoli and her partner, Barry Frost, to young archeologist Josephine Pulcillo, the apparent target of a cryptic message left in the mummified remains. All of her life Josephine and her mother have been on the run, avoiding the police and an obsessed killer. As more preserved victims are discovered, can Jane see the pattern that will reveal the reasons for these ghastly crimes? (Sept., 368 pp., $26.00)