The Bone Chamber (Sydney Fitzpatrick Mysteries)
by Robin Burcell
Review by Sherry Lilley
Harper Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061122293
Date: 01 January 2010 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
FBI forensic artist Sydney Fitzpatrick has been asked to put a face on a dead woman. She was asked to delay her Thanksgiving vacation with her family to put a face on this dead woman. And she is guarded, as is everything related to the drawing, the entire time she making the drawing. That's a little odd, but it's the FBI. However, when Sydney discovers that her friend was killed in a hit and run, and it was probably related to the dead women Sydney is drawing, Sydney decides to do some investigating on her own. She'd sworn off investigating after looking into her fatherís death, but she canít seem to keep her nose out of this one.
The murdered woman was a conspiracy freak, but maybe she had a reason to be one. Maybe there's some truth to the conspiracy she was looking into and maybe that's why she's dead. A young man who knew the dead woman is missing. He was also a conspiracy freak, helping the dead woman look into things. There are also some dead bioengineering scientists, and some missing bioengineering scientists, who might be connected.
Everywhere Sydney looks, she finds more bits and pieces of evidence of or belief in the conspiracy. What conspiracy? The Freemason are really the Knights Templars and they hid more than treasure. Someone is looking for what the Templars hid, and that someone is willing to kill to get it. Sydney ultimately starts working with ATLAS, an ultra-secret government agency that is looking into the murders and missing persons surrounding this conspiracy.
While it might be easy to say this is a re-hash of previous books by different authors, that's not entirely true. Yes, the conspiracy and the Templars have been written about again and again. However, Robin Burcell brings her own ideas, characters and perspective to the story. The writing is good, and the descriptions of the columbaria are fascinating. The mystery is okay, and the ending of the book leaves it open to the possibility of a next book in the series. The many references to her father's death, and Sydney's investigation into that death, made me curious enough to want to read the previous book.
This would be a good book for a lazy afternoon. It's mildly exciting, with a fairly good story and pace. It won't keep you up at night, but it will keep you entertained while you're reading it.