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.
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Great addition to the SPQR series. If you liked the others, you will like this one as well. If you didn't like the others, then it is unlikely that you would have read this far in the series anyway!!
I love the SPQR Series. I have been to campania so this was the first in the series I read. I went back to the start then. I especially love the ones narrated by John Lee.
""like a vacation with duty hours""
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 Decius 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.
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