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Publisher's Summary

This eagerly awaited fifth book in John Maddox Roberts's Edgar-nominated historical mystery series once again takes the reader back to the Rome of Julius Caesar and the Roman Senator Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger. Decius has won himself a reputation as both an investigator and, most unfortunately, a bit of a playboy. Having been banished by his family for sometimes embarrassing activities to a rather leisurely lifestyle on Rhodes, he is puzzled to be suddenly and unexpectedly summoned home to assist in an investigation.
Quintus Caecilius Metellus Celer, a relative of Decius and his family and the head of a powerful political clan, has been poisoned, and his infamous wife, Clodia, is immediately suspected of disposing of her rather inconvenient husband. Not entirely convinced of Clodia's guilt, Decius delves into the intricacies of Rome's ruling class and discovers that a clandestine, forbidden witches' cult is inextricably intertwined with some very highborn people. A trial for Clodia would be most unwelcome, as it could bring to light some well-kept secrets. To get to the bottom of the corruption that accompanies the intoxicating allure of this ancient city, Decius must form an uneasy alliance with Clodius, Clodia's brother and his sworn enemy, and be extremely careful not to step on any toes.
©1999 John Maddox Roberts (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 07-01-14

It just keeps getting better

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, if they were a fan of historical detective fiction.

Any additional comments?

This series gets better with every book. I have just finished book 5. I love the historical detail and the characters are becoming more interesting as they are met in each book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By M. K. WALCHAK on 09-13-15

Great historical Fiction

It's really great to have a historical fiction murder mystery book, where the characters do not have to be politically correct by today's standards. It is a must read!
The book includes all the great Roman historical figures, and as far as I can tell its historically accurate
Although I need to do more research on the history of the Vatican grounds which the book describes in some interesting ways

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5 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 04-02-16

Go on, see if you can guess...

Great setting (Rome), great time period (that of Julius Caesar), great detective story (murder), great characters, great humour, great fight scenes (but not battles), great visuals, great writing, great narration - do I recommend this book?
Guess.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Asha on 03-29-16

Fab series

I love this series, both the writing and the narration. The first two books are read by someone else, but for once in a way the two narrators have such similar styles that it doesn't matter.

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