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The Night Villa

The Night Villa

Author(s): Carol Goodman

Location(s): Pompeii, United States (USA)

Genre(s): Mystery

Era(s): Modern looking back to AD 79



The eruption of Italy’s Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 buried a city and its people, their treasures and secrets. Centuries later, echoes of this disaster resonate with profound consequences in the life of classics professor Sophie Chase.

Beneath layers of volcanic ash lies the Villa della Notte – the Night Villa – once home to the captivating slave girl at the heart of an ancient controversy. And concealed in a subterranean labyrinth rests a cache of antique documents believed lost to the ages: a prize too alluring for Sophie to resist. But whatever shocking events transpired in the face of Vesuvius’s fury has led to deeper intrigues – and Sophie is swiftly sucked into their dark and terrifying vortex . . .

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I am a sucker for books with an archaeological theme. I took this with me to Ercolano and enjoyed reading it in location – it is part set in Pompei.

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

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