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The first novel in Rosemary Rowe's highly acclaimed Libertus crime series
Book one in Rosemary Rowe's Libertus series: 'A cracking tale with a fast-moving plot' CONN IGGULDEN.
It is AD 186, and Britain is the northernmost province of the hugely successful Roman Empire. In Glevum (modern Gloucester), Libertus, a freedman and pavement-maker, lives under the patronage of Marcus Septimus. When a body is found in the furnace room of a nearby villa, and identified as that of Crassus Germanicus, a retired centurion, Marcus asks for Libertus's help. A slave is missing and the solution to the mystery seems obvious. But Libertus soon discovers that Germanicus has many enemies, and he must use his mosaicist's skill to put together the pieces of a most deadly puzzle.
Demonstrates Rowe's pithy command of the Roman sleuth genre... A considerable achievement - The Times
A traditional country-house mystery translated to the Roman world - even featuring the mandatory body in the bibliotheca... There are charming details about innocent life on the fringes of empire - Independent
The story is agreeably written, gets on briskly with its plot, and ends with a highly satisfactory double-take solution - Gerald Kaufman, Scotsman
A witty, readable crime novel - Cornishman