The Bone Chamber by Robin Burcell is the second book in the “Sydney Fitzpatrick” thriller series. Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press, December 2009

Special Agent Sydney Fitzpatrick, forensic artist to the FBI, returns to Quantico to help identify a brutally murdered young woman. But when Sydney’s friend and colleague, the forensic anthropologist who assisted her, is killed in a hit-and-run, a covert government team takes over the investigation, and Sydney is suddenly removed from the case.

Certain her friend’s murder is connected to the first case, Sydney investigates. She discovers that the first victim was not only an archeological student, but also the daughter of the ambassador to the Holy See. Just before she was killed, the ambassador’s daughter claimed to have found one of three keys that just might lead to a map of the long lost Templar treasure.

Sydney’s search for answers takes her to the streets of Rome, and into the underground crypts and caverns in Naples, one step ahead of a ruthless killer.

Time is running out for Sydney as a fellow government agent is kidnapped. And the ransom demanded? The Templar map.

When Sydney’s friend is killed and the identity of her victim secured, Sydney wonders why she is not being told the truth. Determined to find justice for her friend, Sydney will travel to Rome and working with another government agent, will search for the truth. My rating: 4 stars

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