The City of Sacred Bones - Book 2 in the Mara Beltane Mystery Series

Are the remains of Saint Peter buried in Rome, beneath the basilica that bears his name? Novelist Mara Beltane thinks they might be in Jerusalem—the place of his birth—and she hopes to find the evidence to prove it.

Just coming off the success of a best-seller about the death of Jesus, the former chick-lit writer is in need of material for a new book, and she thinks a thriller about Saint Peter’s tomb would prove she’s not a one-trick pony. In Rome, she teams up with Uri Nevon, a handsome Israeli professor who helped her research her first book. Together they set out to crack the case, a journey that will have them living la dolce vita in Italy, stumbling through ruins of sacred churches in Israel, and carefully navigating a mutual attraction that threatens to derail their mission.

But a foe lurks in the shadows: members of a clandestine group with a chain of command that extends all the way to the Pope himself. They have reasons to keep the truth of Saint Peter buried. So as Mara and Uri dig deeper, the group resorts to desperate and violent measures, proving that they’ll stop at nothing to prevent the truth from being revealed—a truth that could put the whole world in jeopardy.


The City of Lost Secrets - Book 1 in the Mara Beltane Mystery Series
Scholars have written off the Talpiot tomb as an ancient Jewish burial cave, not the rumored lost tomb of Jesus. But even today, thirty years after its discovery in Jerusalem, the mystery remains unsolved. Now novelist Mara Beltane, desperate to reinvent her career and escape memories of a failed marriage, hopes to prove the rumor is true and turn it into a best-selling thriller.

While in Jerusalem, Mara’s research is thwarted by Israeli archeologists intent on protecting the tomb—and complicated by her feelings for Dr. Uri Nevon, a handsome professor and biblical scholar with a hidden past who aids her research. But Mara keeps digging, and soon enough—with Uri at her side—she finds evidence that could prove the tomb is indeed the final resting place of Jesus, a revelation that would rock Christianity to its core.

As the stakes grow higher, and with authorities closing in on them, Mara must face the question that brought her to Jerusalem in the first place: Are the rewards of writing a best-seller worth the risks of revealing long-buried secrets—secrets that will jeopardize her career…and her life?

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