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Decius Caecilius Metellus is moving up in the world. He's won some money and glory fighting pirates in the Mediterranean and expects a speedy election to the office of praetor.

That all changes when a man he's never seen before publicly accuses him of corruption. Decius and his powerful family of Rome's leading politicians scramble to prepare a defense. However, the day of the trial they are greeted with a strange surprise on the steps of the courthouse: the corpse of the man who made the accusation. Now Decius is up against a much more serious charge of murder. It may cost him his chance to run for office, but not if he can help it.

Roberts once again masterfully sets Decius and his adventures against the background of this famed and crumbling Republic, enriching his story with historical detail and the immortal personalities of the day.

©2006 John Maddox Roberts (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • lynn
  • rocky mount, VA, United States
  • 08-15-13

another great book from j m roberts

Where does SPQR X: A Point of Law rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

in the tops i love the whole SPQR series

What did you like best about this story?

the mystery and the way he ties actual events into his books

What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

i think he is by far one of the best readers no doubt

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

love the and will get the rest of the series

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another excellent work

JMR has produced another excellent time piece of historical fiction. John Lee's narration is perfect. listening to this work takes you to a whole other world that is absolutely engrossing.

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As good as the rest

The cast of characters with Roman names sometimes gets confusing. However the story itself is compelling.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 04-12-16

"Only you could have used a wine tasting session as part of an investigation"

Another fascinating murder mystery set in ancient Rome and this time it is our slightly disreputable sleuth, himself, who is the accused. Filled with details of the City and the excitable lives of it's citizens in the five days leading up to the elections, this well crafted and humorously written story is, as usual, perfectly narrated by John Lee.
Great fun. Recommended.

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  • John L.
  • 03-30-15

A surprising delight

Would you listen to SPQR X: A Point of Law again? Why?

No - why not move on?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Flavia

What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A good narration that flows along smoothly

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Life in Rome

Any additional comments?

Not as adventurous as his previous, but no less enjoyable.