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ISBN# (10): 0-345-47960-2/ (13): 978-20-345-47960-0 Paperback and (10): 0-345-50938-2/ (13): 978-0-345-50938-3 E-Book
September 2008
Ballantine Books (Imprint of Random House)
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 100
Trade Paperback
$14.00 U.S./$16.50 Canada
416 Pages
Rating: 4 Cups

Agnes Hancock is a promising classics major. She is a rare student who has a passion for learning the material and maintaining a high grade point average because of a scholarship. She had no idea she would be the target in a shooting.

Sophie Anastasia Cooper is a professor at the University of Texas. Her specialty in the ancient world is women in mystery rites. Sophie is most thankful for not falling prey to an ex-boyfriend of Agnes’ taking shots on the campus. As soon as Sophie saw the man, she thought of Ely, her old boyfriend, whom she had not seen for years. This was not Ely but Dale Henry, an ex-boyfriend of Agnes. Luckily, Agnes, too, had been spared from any harm after the shooting. With that incident behind her, Sophie chooses to go to the isle of Capri.

It appears there is a technology program about to translate burnt scrolls retrieved from volcanic remains there. The benefactor of the event is John Lyros, an inscrutable business tycoon. What is even more mysterious is the face Sophie sees in the darkness. This time she is certain it is Ely, and the more she becomes involved in the relics, it appears she unlocks information on the scrolls, and the mysterious background of Ely. Now Sophie wonders what the connection is between Dale and Ely and is she in danger?

When Carol Goodman pens a charismatic story, she makes everything come alive. From the robust characters to the descriptive landscape and background, the reader is immediately drawn into the setting and atmosphere. The well-developed plot and first-rate storytelling is not only intriguing, but lends a mystery to this dynamic read. Sophie has a distinct personality that really makes this tale come alive. I like the way she shows compassion and warmth in her work and with her friends. With some connection with ancient scrolls and modern day archaeology, The Night Villa is indeed one suspenseful thriller.

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