SPQR XI

SPQR XI

Under Vesuvius

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Decius, in his new position as Praetor Peregrinus, is asked to investigate the killing of a priest's daughter in a town near Vesuvius, and must protect the young boy who has become the prime suspect from local vigilantes.

McMillan Palgrave

Things are going well for Decius Caecilius Metellus. He is Praetor Peregrinus, which means he has to judge a case or two, but those cases are outside of the City. His cases will be those dealing with foreigners, and all of Italy is his province. His first stop is Campania, “Italy’s most popular resort district.” Decius and his wife, Julia, are happy for a change of scenery. But the good times end when, in a town near Vesuvius, a priest’s daughter is murdered. Decius must find her killer and keep the mob off a young boy who everyone blames but he believes to be innocent. Decius may have acquired more prestige, but he’s also acquired more trouble.

With his SPQR novels, John Maddox Roberts has written a satisfying and entertaining historical mystery series. The stakes just keep getting higher in this latest atmospheric puzzle.






Blackwell North Amer
It was a good year for me, even if it was a bad one for Rome. Caesar's actions had everyone on edge and the City was full of talk of civil war. It was getting difficult to accomplish anything, whether in the way of business or pleasure, so nervous was everyone. Luckily for me, I didn't have to stay there.
Things are going well for Decius Caecilius Metellus. He is Praetor Peregrinus, which means he has to judge a case or two, but those cases are outside of the City, His cases will be those dealing with foreigners, and all of Italy is his province. His first stop is Campania, "Italy's most popular resort district." Decius and his wife, Julia, are happy for a change of scenery. But the good times end when, in a town near Vesuvius, a priest's daughter is murdered. Decius must find her killer and keep the mob off a young boy who everyone blames but he believes to be innocent. Decius may have acquired more prestige, but he's also acquired more trouble.
With his SPQR novels, John Maddox Roberts has written a satisfying and entertaining historical mystery series. The stakes just keep getting higher in this latest atmospheric puzzle.

Baker
& Taylor

Decius discovers the dark side of his position as Praetor when he is asked to investigate the killing of a priest in a town near Vesuvius, while protecting the young boy who has become the prime suspect from the local mob vigilantes, in a mystery set against the backdrop of the ancient Roman republic. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312370886
0312370881
Branch Call Number: M ROBERTS
Characteristics: 211 p.
Alternative Title: Under Vesuvius
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May 07, 2015

This was only OK. I had hoped that this would have at least something about Vesuvius erupting, but it did not.

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