The Etruscan underworld goddess held the symbol of life in one hand and the sacrificial knife in the other. To Samantha Develin, the ancient figure seemed sinister, and not just because of its chill, enigmatic smile. She suspected the recently discovered statue was connected in some way with her sister's disappearance two months ago. It was in search of her beautiful artist sister that Samantha had come to Italy. Taking up residence in the centuries-old farmhouse that Althea had been renting, she found that the neighbors -- including an attractive young English archeologist -- seemed quite anxious for her to leave ...Velda Johnston is the author of 'The Etruscan Smile' with ISBN 9780786224494 and ISBN 0786224495.