Having enjoyed SPQR it was good to have another book featuring Metellus. I had just been listening to Lustrum and so it was interesting to come across..Show More » a different angle on the Cataline conspiracy.
Roberts writes fluently and amusingly, with a sympathetic character.
Third in the series, new story and, for the audio, new and even better narrator in John Lee.The recently created senator, Decuis Caecilius Metellus ..Show More »the Younger, is "at the centre of the world again," - Rome. And this time he and most of his fellow senators are both outraged and amused by the invasion of an exclusive female religious rite invaded by a man dressed as a woman.Our intrepid hero soon finds himself caught up in a murder mystery which seems to be directly related to this sacrilege and his own life is also under serious threat. I loved the ensuing street fights, and attempts by Lucius to ensure .that this will not be his last days in his beloved city.
Great setting (Rome), great time period (that of Julius Caesar), great detective story (murder), great characters, great humour, great fight scenes (b..Show More »ut not battles), great visuals, great writing, great narration - do I recommend this book? Guess.
Excellent murder mystery set in Caesar's camp amongst the troops; well narrated by John Lee. Historical setting with Romans, Gauls and Germans,, thril..Show More »ls and humour and no graphic sex - a winner in every way.
We are back in Rome again with elections coming up and our main protagonist, Decius Caecilius Metellus the younger, is one of the candidates, having ..Show More »left Julius Caesar's troops warring in Gaul. But, as usual, things do not go smoothly when Rome itself falls under a virulent curse directed at the richest man of that fair city as he leaves to embark on his own war in search of glory and greater wealth. When the senator who performed the curse is, himself, found apparently murdered, it falls to our luckless and flawed hero to investigate.
Another excellent, puzzling mystery to unwind without the help of modern forensics. The writing is very visual as we are led through the streets of Rome, meeting sometimes strange and exotic characters. The dialogue is filled with wry humour and fascinating titbits of Roman life and culture are revealed. John Lee does a good narration as he becomes the voice of Decius. It's fun, it is exciting and it even teaches without preaching. Highly recommended.
"It's easier to hide an elephant under a bed than a conspiracy in Rome"
Another delicious Roman romp as our hero, Decius, seeks to uncover shortcutting in the building industry as the water level rises and theatens to seri..Show More »ously flood the city. Written with panache and humour, full of fascinating detail and robustly read by John Lee, this is a book to thoroughly enjoy.
"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 ..Show More »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 pleasant duty round as Praetor in Campania erupts into violence when a young girl is found murdered and her admirer is accused of the killing. But D..Show More »ecius Caecilius Metellus the younger believes him innocent and hopes to save the youth from the death sentence he himself will otherwise have to proclaim. As possible witnesses also start to disappear or die, finding the needed proof becomes almost impossible. Twists and turns set in a debauched society even by Roman standards all told with deliciously dry humour and, as usual, nicely narrated by John Lee. Delicious.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys unusual murder mysteries, historical fiction and/or has any interest in the lives and society of Anci..Show More »ent Rome. It is full of interesting little tidbits about beliefs and customs at the end of the Republic and the characterisations, especially that of Decius himself, are excellent.