The Villa of Mysteries is the second book in the Nic Costa series written by David Hewson. This thrilling mystery novel takes readers on a captivating journey through the ancient city of Rome, uncovering secrets and unraveling a complex web of intrigue.
The story begins with a gruesome discovery at an ancient Roman villa located on the outskirts of Rome. A young woman’s body is found in a room adorned with mysterious frescoes depicting scenes of initiation rituals. The victim, identified as Sara Farnese, is the daughter of a wealthy and influential Italian family. Her death raises many questions, and it becomes clear that there is more to this case than meets the eye.
Detective Nic Costa, along with his partner Gianni Peroni and their boss Leo Falcone, is assigned to investigate the murder. As they delve deeper into the case, they find themselves entangled in a complex conspiracy involving powerful figures from both the political and criminal worlds. The investigation takes them from the opulent palaces of Rome to the seedy underbelly of the city, as they follow a trail of clues that leads them closer to the truth.
One of the key elements of The Villa of Mysteries is its exploration of ancient Roman history and mythology. The villa itself holds many secrets, and its frescoes provide tantalizing glimpses into the rituals and beliefs of the past. Hewson expertly weaves these historical elements into the narrative, creating a rich tapestry that adds depth and intrigue to the story.
As Nic Costa and his team dig deeper into the case, they uncover a network of corruption and betrayal that reaches far beyond Sara Farnese’s murder. They must navigate through a maze of lies and deception to uncover the truth, all while facing personal demons and challenges along the way.
Hewson’s writing style is engaging and immersive, drawing readers into the world he has created. His attention to detail brings Rome to life, and his vivid descriptions of the city’s landmarks and neighborhoods add an extra layer of authenticity to the story. The characters are well – developed and relatable, each with their own flaws and motivations that drive the plot forward.
The Villa of Mysteries is a gripping mystery novel that combines elements of history, mythology, and crime fiction. It offers a unique and compelling perspective on ancient Rome, while also delivering a thrilling and suspenseful narrative. David Hewson’s skillful storytelling keeps readers guessing until the very end, making this book a must-read for fans of the genre.
In Rome’s crowded Campo dei Fiori, a woman rushes to two carabinieri, wearing sunglasses and a uniform, insisting that her 16 – year – old daughter has just been kidnapped.
Detective Nic Costa saw the scene unfold and intervened. Because Costa knew what the two officers didn’t: that in the morgue at Rome’s police headquarters, a forensic pathologist was examining the strange mummified corpse of another girl, whose disappear and their deaths bear haunting similarities.
Police pathologist Teresa Lupo is Nic’s colleague and friend and the only one on his equal when it comes to breaking the rules to get results, no matter what. Now, after years of living with the dead, Teresa insists her superiors act quickly to save a life. Groping around the girl’s body in the morgue, people discovered too many similarities between the girls, including unique provocative tattoos. Lupo is certain that the missing girl is heading to a bizarre ancient Bacchanalia involving virgins and murder for sacrifice: a ritual that is only a few days away.
As Nic and Teresa investigate the case from both sides, and as Nic finds himself instantly confused and mesmerized by the alluring mother of the missing girl, a macabre picture begins to emerge of relationships. secrecy and sexual corruption, organized crime and unimaginable corruption. As the clock counts down to a young girl’s life, Nic and Teresa prepare to make the most horrifying discovery: in the depths of human darkness, where age-old malice persists, evil has eaten away naivety. And a very modern revenge has begun.
After starting and enjoying the most recent book (Evil’s Garden) in this series, I decided to go back to the beginning. The first book was great and so is this one, but with an Italian accent. Frog. The narrator is actually pretty good, but the accent he uses for the Italians is not only the same for all the characters, but sounds like Triumph the insulting dog in the comics. Terrible. It is difficult to take the characters seriously. And the most annoying thing is that it’s VERY hard to tell who’s talking when the characters are all Italian. I still recommend the book, but I think a new readership is needed. Be aware of what you are getting when you download this book.
David Hewson writes sharper crime stories than Donna Leon. I love her books set in Venice, but they’re more lighthearted. Hewson’s characters have a more difficult reality. Maybe Rome really is a tougher city. Nic Costa has a liberal ethic, and his partner Perroni is tough and has history. Their master, Falcone, is a cold, aloof man, with demons of his own. This book deals with crime families, dark secrets, cults and rituals of the ancient Romans and pre – Romans. Hewson does his research and the fascinating world of the “Peat Body” is mined. Pathologis t – Theresa is an eccentric, unconventional person. Each book has its merits, but it’s worth starting at the top, in order. That way, life – shaping changes and events will make more sense. Great series and Rome comes to life. Even if one has not visited it – the past is still as vivid in everyday life.
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