Insecure American graduate student Crispin Leads has come to the Vatican to study burial rituals and catch up with her oldest friend, Sister Lew, historian for the Shroud of Turin. Within hours of Crispin’s arrival she witnesses a murder and is drawn into an investigation of multiple homicides. When Lew disappears, Crispin is accused of being involved. Although she doesn’t trust him, Crispin accepts the help of a young priest, Roberto Rossini. The pair stay one step ahead of the police and a determined assassin as they try to unravel the mystery.
Crispin Leads begins research on burial rituals at the Vatican and she soon finds herself surrounded by dead bodies, with the police trying to figure out who was killing whom. This story started out suspenseful enough, but I couldn’t connect with the characters for some reason. There was a mention of Crispin having to live up to her brother’s success and her father's expectations, but there was little interaction with them. I did like all the red herrings though, and that kept me reading, with the hope of more excitement. I won't give up on this author because there is potential. Maybe just in another book.