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A Coign of Vantage (The Occho Saturninus Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Nurmi Husa
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A beautiful young girl suddenly vanishes without a trace. Could the rotting corpse discovered in the Tiber, dangling by a length flame-colored silk, be hers? Her distraught fiancé Titus is desperate to learn the truth. Trusty Saturninus, slave to Titus' uncle Occho, is dispatched to sleuth out her fate no matter the cost.

Along the way Saturninus works through a captivating cast of characters - from Caesar himself and his lover Antinoös to a variety of eccentric high priests, powerful senators and their playboy sons, all the way down to an unforgettable pair of vicious Mauretanian thugs and a fierce little yappy dog - not to forget Sulpicia Pisistrata, a cauponista with a big heart and a strong right hook. Meet Rome in all its ghastly splendor and splendid ghastliness.

A COIGN OF VANTAGE is the first in an exciting new series of historical murder mysteries (with a humorous bent) capturing in rich and vivid detail Ancient Rome from the time of Caesar Hadrian (128 C.E.).

About the Author

Over the course of the last half century Nurmi Husa has been a professional actor on the stage, over the airwaves and in film - as well as a designer, visual artist, writer, editor, director, photographer, political activist, file clerk, property manager, computer programmer and, perhaps most horrifying of all, the assistant manager of a dilapidated movie theatre in Hollywood. Oh, and a godfather. Best job of them all.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 648 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453859896
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043M4OQC
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delectable Read 20 Sep 2010
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The most engaging and accessible of all Husa's work is finally here. I just love that book. But before I sink into a self-indulgent eulogy, there's one thing I want to stress - the reader is safe with Husa. His research is meticulous and his knowledge of his subject is vast. The story itself is fictional, but its setting and issues are very real. He does not twist the facts to suit his own ends. He fits his story into actual circumstances of the day.

Occho and Saturninus and all the other characters are very vivid, one gets hooked very quickly. As the two Roman detectives pick their way through streets, alleyways and hideouts of both the seedy and the august parts of their city they unveil the mysteries of disappearances, deaths and dastardly plots in their wake.

It's a lovely book. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delectable Read 20 Sep 2010
By Mira Kolar-Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The most engaging and accessible of all Husa's work is finally here. I just love that book. But before I sink into a self-indulgent eulogy, there's one thing I want to stress - the reader is safe with Husa. His research is meticulous and his knowledge of his subject is vast. The story itself is fictional, but its setting and issues are very real. He does not twist the facts to suit his own ends. He fits his story into actual circumstances of the day.

Occho and Saturninus and all the other characters are very vivid, one gets hooked very quickly. As the two Roman detectives pick their way through streets, alleyways and hideouts of both the seedy and the august parts of their city they unveil the mysteries of disappearances, deaths and dastardly plots in their wake.

It's a lovely book. Highly recommended.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manners and Mayhem in Ancient Rome 10 Feb 2011
By Jorel5 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I totally enjoyed the ride! This took me through a story very rich in character and detail. The author easily and carefully creates each scene and whizzes you through them. All the while the narrator's voice is sophisticated and humorous. As an upper household slave, Saturninus gives both the high-born and low-lives of the piece a clear-eyed assessing of their motives and passions. He is both wry and compassionate. I have a feeling the author is teaching us a lot about the structure of Hadrian Roman society as the story moves forward. I was very entertained on three levels: character, plot and historical detail. If you love historical fiction, treat yourself to "Coign of Vantage".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put this down 6 Feb 2011
By shay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I loved this book.... not only did I not know "who did it" until the end.... I also learned a lot. I will never visit Rome again in the same way. The research is impeccable. I loved the characters and can't wait for the next installment of this series.

Bravo !!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and Engaging 8 Jun 2012
By Anne W. - Published on Amazon.com
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A Coign of Vantage is a surprisingly good read. I am an eclectic reader of everything from classics to humorous mysteries; I take particular delight in historical mysteries. Thus, I am delighted to have discovered A Coign of Vantage and hope the author will favor us with many more works from the pen of Saturninus in the future. This book takes the reader into Hadrian's Rome and introduces us to characters with whom we can readily relate. If you like Lindsey Davis, David Wishart, Steven Saylor, Ruth Downie, or Rosemary Rowe, I highly recommend this book. Indeed, I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys either history or mystery. ..or both.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manners and Mayhem in Ancient Rome 10 Feb 2011
By Jorel5 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I totally enjoyed the ride! This took me through a story very rich in character and detail. The author easily and carefully creates each scene and whizzes you through them. All the while the narrator's voice is sophisticated and humorous. As an upper household slave, Saturninus gives both the high-born and low-lives of the piece a clear-eyed assessing of their motives and passions. He is both wry and compassionate. I have a feeling the author is teaching us a lot about the structure of Hadrian Roman society as the story moves forward. I was very entertained on three levels: character, plot and historical detail. If you love historical fiction, treat yourself to "Coign of Vantage".
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