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by Tess Gerritsen

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense

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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)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Ballantine

Published: September 2008

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4 Stars

Average Rating: 4 Stars
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The Keepsake

Submitted by Robin in PA on February 2, 2013 - 6:29pm.

Medical Examiner Maura Isles is happy she received an invitation to view the CT scan of a well preserved mummy that was found in the basement of a local museum. But she is shocked to find the mummy has modern dental work and a bullet in her leg. Detectives Jane Rizzoli and Barry Frost are called in to investigate the murder. They soon find the remains of another woman in the museum. When a third body is found in the trunk of Archaeologist Josephine Pulcillo's car, she knows that the killer has found her hiding place and will stop at nothing to see her dead.

This is the 7th book in Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles series. The mystery kept me interested, but the side stories about the character's personal lives felt a little out of place. There is a ton of information about archaeology and mummification. I learned a lot reading this story. My rating: 4 Stars.