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Buried Too Deep

Buried Too Deep [Kindle Edition]

Jane Finnis
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Aurelia Marcella is the keeper of an inn in the province of Britannia in 98 AD. Along with her twin brother, Lucius, who is mostly absent on government business, Aurelia's position is an important one. A man who has been mortally wounded in a fight with sea-raiders alerts Aurelia to the problems being caused to farmers along the coast by the marauders. Before he dies, the man suggests that Aurelia and Lucius's sister, Alba, and her husband might be in danger. Alba used to work at the inn until she married and she and her husband bought property to farm. In the meantime, Lucius has returned to the area, apparently still on some secret government assignment. When word arrives of a Roman ship carrying valuable cargo that has run aground, he doesnit seem surprised. Aurelia goes with him to view the wreckage and also to visit with Alba and find out if they have been troubled by raiders. Alba's family and their neighbors report being pressured to sell their farms to an important Roman family who has recently settled in the area. They are intending to amass a large holding and speculation persists that perhaps the sea-raiders are in the pay of the land grabbers. First inspired by seeing the Roman remains at York, Jane Finnis, who lives on the East Yorkshire coast, immerses herself in local history. Aurelia Marcella has now appeared in three books; she is an independent and adventurous spirit who is very appealing to the reader. Along with her siblings and their extensive network of friends, employees and customers, Aurelia is brought vividly to life. Roman Britain may seem like the distant past, but human nature has changed very little from those days. Deceit, land grabbing, greed, andjealousy are nothing new. Yet love, family devotion, and loyalty are equally represented. It is fascinating to inhabit those days in the pages of this book.

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He lay sprawled in the farm cart, as still as a statue. His flushed face and the bloodstains on his cloak grew lurid in the red sunset. He looked half dead, and I said to myself, I doubt if he'll live to see the dawn.... - from Buried Too Deep.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant (21 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I6D5GI
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5.0 out of 5 stars Third Book in the Aurelia Marcella Series 2 Jun 2008
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
The author Jane Finnis was born in Britain, in what she describes in her own words as "God's Own Country, Yorkshire." As I too am from Yorkshire it is not a statement I am about to argue with. She studied history at London University and then stayed on in the capital and worked for some years as a freelance broadcaster for the BBC. She is now settled back in Yorkshire, close to the coast. She has always had a love of the Roman era and when she finally found time to do some writing, it seemed to be the obvious period in which to set her books.

98 AD and Aurelia Marcella is a happy lady, but not for long. The inn that she runs on the road to York with her twin brother Lucius is doing very well. Aurelia has had a trying time over the last few months and craves a little peace and quiet but twin brother Lucius attracts trouble like the inn's wine dregs attract the flies.

When a local farmer is brought to the inn in a wagon with a sword wound and seeking the help of a local Greek doctor, Aurelia smells trouble. When the poor farmer dies the twins head to the coast to return his body to his relatives and also to check out a shipwreck that was bearing a valuable cargo. It is thought that the sea raiders who stole the cargo, also fatally wounded the farmer.

Unlike the native Britain's in the south of the country who have become Romanised and taken up the ways of the empire, the Britain's in the north have no such liking for the colonists, or their ways and claim that the colonists are taking the best land. The killing of the farmer does nothing but fuel the flames of the local plotting and rebellion against Rome and Aurelia and Lucius find themselves slap bang in the middle of it all . . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars great ancient world whodunit 15 Jun 2008
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
In 98 AD Britannia, twins Aurelia and Lucius Marcella own and operate the Oak Tree Mansio nicely situated on the road that links the coast and Ebvracvm (York). With hostilities abated, business at the inn is booming as travelers make the trek.

A wagon arrives carrying a farmer severely injured by a sword; he needs immediate medical attention or he will die; he tells the Marcellas that sea raiders attacked him while they plundered the cargo of a shipwreck. By the time the Greek physician arrived, the man is dead. Feeling obligated, the siblings take the deceased back to his family near the coast. They also investigate the shipwreck and soon learn the locals are in revolt as outsiders mostly from Gaul have settled on the best land claiming the natives deserve nothing for plotting against Rome.

The third novel Marcella historical mystery (see BITTER CHILL circa 95 AD and GET OUT OR DIE circa 91 AD) is a terrific entry in an exciting series. Aurelia thinks she committed a kunahaura when she realizes things are looking good as business is booming until she states just that before the farmer dies. She and Lucius quickly realize when they reach the Gabreantovicium Sinvs (the coastal bay to their east) that the locals and the Gaul settlers use terrorist tactics to drive each other out; outsiders are not welcome in their civil war. Jane Finnis provides a great ancient world whodunit as the twins begin to uncover an even more insidious brilliant plot.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buried Too Deep Jane Finnis 17 July 2008
By Kathleen Ingram - Published on
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By now I feel that Aurelia and her siblings are friends of mine.My motive for reading the first offering, to learn more about life in Roman Britain has been more than fulfilled.
Roman citizens and natives alike are portrayed in a fashion that makes them endearing and seem contemporary. Bene Est!
Kathleen Ingram
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent mystery 12 May 2014
By richard e bergeron - Published on
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a very well written mystery of ancient britian.there are no dead spots in the story. keeps you involved all the time while reading. another excellent story by jane finnis.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, bad dialogue 21 May 2012
By AJ - Published on
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This is the third book in the series. After finishing it, I have come to the conclusion that while the story lines are good, and the mysteries interesting, the dialogue between characters is seriously lacking. It is at best sophomoric. Can't imagine any adults speaking this way. And it made for tiresome reading. If there's a fourth book, I won't be reading it. Try Lindsey Davis or Ruth Downie. Great dialogue in those.
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