In the penultimate Roman Mystery, Flavia and her friends are hotly pursued by Emperor Titus as they embark on a quest to find some kidnapped children.
It's August, AD 81. Presumed dead by their families but wanted by unknown authorities, Flavia and her friends feel very far from home.
News of more kidnappings in Italia reach them, and when they discover one of Miriam's twins is among the missing, the four detectives set out for Halicarnassus in the Roman province of Asia. Here they find the countryside is full of prophets who heal the sick and cure the lame - or are they merely tricksters and villains in disguise
Once again, the detectives' loyalties are tested as they are confronted with hopes for the future and grim legacies of the past . . .
'Lawrence's books are well supported with information about the period and locale in which they are set....A gripping mystery adventure story' - BOOKS FOR KEEPS
'If you were appointing a time-traveller to report back on life in first-century Rome, you couldn't do better than Caroline Lawrence' - DAILY MAIL
'Caroline Lawrence is good at this stuff; education with a flavour of the Famous Five' - BOOKWITCH
Caroline Lawrence is American. She lives with her husband by the river in London and is active as a speaker in schools and at book festivals. She took part in the British Museum's POMPEII LIVE event, giving talks that were streamed to schools all over the UK, and she is the winner of the 2009 CLASSICS ASSOCIATION PRIZE for 'a significant contribution to the public understanding of Classics'. In addition to the 17 novels in the ROMAN MYSTERIES sequence, Caroline Lawrence has written five spin-off titles, all of which have contributed to total UK sales in excess of 1 million copies.
Visit Caroline's website at www.carolinelawrence.com and follow her on Twitter @CarolineLawrenc.