An invitation to translate ancient inscriptions near Pompeii is a dream come true for college classics professor Winnie Price. Although the dig is for a cheesy TV archaeology program instead of a scholarly project, it's a way to carry on the legacy of her archaeologist father, who passed away on their last trip to Italy.
Then her department chair horns his way in on the gig. The show host is more sensationalist than scientist. Her cocky young British assistant Chaz keeps flirting with her -- and getting harder to resist. A looter's hole appears at the excavation site. 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 home-brewed beer, and Winnie has a lot more to interpret than Latin.
Fans of Janet Evanovich, Colleen Coble and Maggie Shayne will love this contemporary mystery/romance with a vibrant Italian setting and an international archaeological plot peppered with symbolic elements. The novel is also infused with a dose of intelligent romantic comedy.
About the Author
JENNIFER MALIN inherited double copies of the bookworm gene from a mom who reads voraciously and a dad who once spent his downtime writing in the crane he operated. Her first two novels, AS YOU WISH, a time travel, and ETERNALLY YOURS, a ghost romance, were originally published by Jove (Penguin Group USA). After that came four works set in Regency England -- one from Leisure and three from Zebra. Her latest books are THE FIVE-DAY DIG, a mystery set near Pompeii, and SEVENTH SANCTUARY, a steamy romance novella of ancient Ur. Next up is TEMPLUM, a time travel with a contemporary heroine and an ancient Roman hero. Jen and her husband, Martin, an Aussie ex-pat, live outside of Philadelphia and love to travel. She's an art and archaeology enthusiast, a fan of film and Formula 1, and the proud aunt of two brilliant nephews. Descriptions and sample chapters for all of Jen's books are available at www.jenmalin.com.