A contemporary mystery/romance by Jennifer Malin
An invitation to translate ancient inscriptions near Pompeii is a dream for classics prof Winnie Price. Though the dig is for a TV show instead of a scholarly project, it’s a way to carry on the legacy of her archaeologist father, who died on their last trip to Italy.
But then her department chair horns his way in on the gig. The show host is more sensationalist than scientist. Her cocky assistant Chaz keeps flirting with her — and looking adorable. A looter’s hole appears at the dig site and then a collapse, Worst of all, it turns out someone forged the referral letter that got her on the show, and the prime suspect is her — or Chaz.
Add to the mix a reenactment of pagan rites spiced up with a psychoactive homebrew, and Winnie has a lot more to interpret than Latin.
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