The Ides of June

The Ides of June

Book - 2016
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This is a compelling new mystery for Libertus, set against the backdrop of the Roman Empire in turmoil ... An astonishing new order has usurped power in Rome and the reverberations are reaching even to Glevum, where the legion is preparing to depart. Libertus' wealthy patron, until recently one of the most influential men in the Empire, finds himself not only deprived of the privilege and protection he had previously enjoyed, but under actual threat both from the political establishment in Rome and from an anonymous and vindictive enemy much closer to home. The murder of another councilor, similarly placed, makes the matter urgent. Libertus, whose humbler status affords obscurity, is charged with spiriting Marcus' young family away to a place of safety. But his task will bring problems of its own, as Libertus uncovers a grisly secret and an ancient crime - with ramifications stretching to the present day.
Publisher: Sutton : Severn House, 2016
ISBN: 9781847516947
1847516947
9780727885913
072788591X
Branch Call Number: MYS ROWE-R
Characteristics: 218 pages ; 23 cm

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peachmcd
Jul 15, 2017

Well-researched history but often-laborious writing. Quick read for the beach, but I had the 'culprit' figured out almost as soon as introduced.

I will say that I'd love to see a TV series based on this astute and humble Roman 'detective' and his savvy spouse, in the line of Fr. Tom or Foyle's War.

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merlinsilver
Dec 13, 2016

I really enjoy this historical Roman mystery series.

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Roundcat
Apr 29, 2016

Rowe, once again, has woven a great story into a well-researched historical setting. We see threats both from the chaos of Roman government and an unknown local letter writer. Marcus gives Libertus the responsibility of taking his wife and children to a secret, safe place. There are many threads woven into this tapestry. At first they appear to be disparate, however, as the story unfolds, they come together for a solution that was not obvious to those of us stuck in the 21st century. Roman thought and culture was different than ours, and we reach an understanding of the importance of rank in society, food and accommodations that were available to various levels of society, and the similarities to modern times of learning to get along with people who don't speak your language or understand your culture. Altogether a good visit to Roman Britain and another puzzle solved by Libertus and his family.

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