The Villa of Mysteries

The Villa of Mysteries

Book - 2005
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"The Villa of Mysteries", the second novel in the Italian crime series set in Rome, features Caravaggio-loving Detective Nic Costa. In this title, when a young woman turns up dead in a peat bog, a maverick pathologist thinks she's the victim of an ancient Roman ritual. But she's wrong.

Blackwell North Amer
When a young woman turns up dead in a peat bog near the River Tiber, Teresa Lupo, a maverick pathologist, thinks she's got the victim of an ancient pagan ritual on her hands. She's wrong. Inspector Leo Falcone knows this case is recent history and the horror is still very much alive.
So begins the investigation that will take the police deep into the dark underworld of modern-day Rome's most disturbing and sinister secrets.
Nic Costa is trying to stay off the drink. Gianni Peroni used to work vice until he was caught in one of his own department stings. Emilio Neri, the local Mafia boss, can't trust his own son and Vergil Wallis, the former American mobster, is refusing to talk. Meanwhile, someone is trying very hard to kill the pathologist. And now another beautiful young woman has gone missing.

Publisher: London : Macmillan, 2005
ISBN: 9781405000475
Characteristics: 360 p. ; 24 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Sep 04, 2012

The second Nic Costa mystery, although we learn more about his boss Falcone also. A compelling thriller but be prepared for the violent and sexually explicit. Again Rome is a major character in the book.

Dec 23, 2010

I found this book boring and at times it did not make any sense. The plot twist at the end was good, though

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings

SPL owns a similar edition of this title.

View originally-listed edition

Report edition-matching error

To Top