Decius Caecilius Metellus is moving up in the world. He's won some money and glory fighting pirates in the Mediterranean and expects a speedy election to the office of praetor.
That all changes when a man he's never seen before publicly accuses him of corruption. Decius and his powerful family of Rome's leading politicians scramble to prepare a defense. However, the day of the trial they are greeted with a strange surprise on the steps of the courthouse: the corpse of the man who made the accusation. Now Decius is up against a much more serious charge of murder. It may cost him his chance to run for office, but not if he can help it.
Roberts once again masterfully sets Decius and his adventures against the background of this famed and crumbling Republic, enriching his story with historical detail and the immortal personalities of the day.
©2006 John Maddox Roberts (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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"another great book from j m roberts"
in the tops i love the whole SPQR series
the mystery and the way he ties actual events into his books
i think he is by far one of the best readers no doubt
love the and will get the rest of the series
"another excellent work"
JMR has produced another excellent time piece of historical fiction. John Lee's narration is perfect. listening to this work takes you to a whole other world that is absolutely engrossing.
"As good as the rest"
The cast of characters with Roman names sometimes gets confusing. However the story itself is compelling.
""Only you could have used a wine tasting session as part of an investigation""
Another fascinating murder mystery set in ancient Rome and this time it is our slightly disreputable sleuth, himself, who is the accused. Filled with details of the City and the excitable lives of it's citizens in the five days leading up to the elections, this well crafted and humorously written story is, as usual, perfectly narrated by John Lee.
Great fun. Recommended.
"A surprising delight"
No - why not move on?
A good narration that flows along smoothly
Life in Rome
Not as adventurous as his previous, but no less enjoyable.
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