Matilda Gray is an expert on antiquities, especially the
Roman and Celtic artifacts found in Great Britain. But
Matilda has learned that such relics of time past are not
valued only by museums but by unscrupulous collectors.
Looking too closely into the illegal antiquities trade in
these treasures is dangerous, even deadly.
Gareth March is a Scotland Yard detective who must work
with Matilda to solve the murder of a woman who knew too
much about stolen antiquities. Solving the murder will
earn him a promotion. And moreperhaps a greater
treasure than Celtic gold is a relationship appearing when
he least expects it, if he can only let down his guard and
learn to trust.
Caught up in the investigation is lovely young Ashley
Walraven, an American student who is excavating a Roman
fort. But Ashley discovers more than historical artifacts
when she meets Nick, a dark and handsome young man hiding
a dark and disturbing secret.
The murder case, the case of the stolen antiquities, and
the treasure coming to light at the excavation are all
tied inextricably together. But there are too many people
caught in the knots for Gareth and Matilda's comfort,
among them the archaeologist in charge of the dig, the
belligerent owner of a nearby horse farm, his mousy wife,
and elegant dealer in antiquities, and the dealer's street-
At last Matilda and Gareth have to stop arguing about the
case and begin a race against time to prevent another
murder. They do, after all, agree on one thing: the risk
of death makes life and love all the sweeter. There's
always time enough to die.