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The Bone Chamber: A Sydney Fitzpatrick Mystery    by Robin Burcell order for
Bone Chamber
by Robin Burcell
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2009 (2009)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Special agent Sydney Fitzpatrick, a forensic artist, is requested to journey to Quantico to help identify a murdered young woman whose face and fingertips had been removed to make identification more difficult. Fitzpatrick recommends a friend, a forensic anthropologist, to help. She is promptly killed in a hit-and-run.

Clues pile up, one upon the other, as Sydney is certain her friend's death is connected to the faceless corpse. The first young woman proves to be the daughter of the Ambassador to the Holy See in Rome. She had claimed to have a clue to finding a map of a long lost Templar treasure. Shades of Dan Brown!

But, that aside, The Bone Chamber, is not a Brown clone. The book has its own agenda and excitements. Fitzpatrick is a force to be reckoned with. She and a man (with whom she had a run-in before) end up in Rome together and readers are treated to a guided tour of that glorious city. Wish I'd had this book with me when I was there.

Sydney spends time underground in ancient tunnels and the action picks up considerably when Naples makes its way into the plot. A fellow agent is kidnapped and the ransom is the map to the Templar treasure. Does the map really exist? And if it does, is there really a treasure? Many people risk their lives while others lose theirs.

The Bone Chamber is a book in which to immerse yourself. Though it's a little slow in a few parts, the fast-moving action in others more than makes up for that. I enjoyed it very much.

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