Gnome or Mr Nice Guy is the witty and engaging sequel to Rosalind Winter's delightful Ready, Steady, Dig, and moves affairs in Crowborough on a few years. The Rooks Ridge Roman Villa Museum and Visitors' Centre is now complete and busy with visitors, craft workshops and the newly instituted gladiatorial contests, which DCI Morris hopes will allow the local thugs to work off their aggression in controlled conditions. All our old friends are here: Vera, Bony, Hob, Ronald, and Jim together with the varied and eccentric inhabitants of Crowborough. But there are newcomers too: Bony's `children from Hell', his aging hippy sister, and the mysterious Ned, who arrives on a Harley Davidson. Discreetly present also, but keeping a low profile, are the Lares from the villa, who know more than they are willing to tell. The Christmas season is approaching - or rather, Saturnalia - and polite squabbles about the sort of decorations appropriate in a museum devoted to Roman life are set aside when an extremely valuable gold Roman coin is stolen and a wave of pointless vandalism breaks out. Who is the thief? Who is destroying the Saturnalian sigillae (aka gnomes)? Expect to laugh aloud when you are reading Gnome or Mr Nice Guy, but expect some poignant moments too.