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Jane Finnis
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19 Oct 2005 Aurelia
Roman Britain in 91 AD is a raw frontier province, part of the mighty Empire ruled by Domitian Caesar. Though it is almost fifty years since the legions invaded, many native tribes still hate their conquerors and seize any chance to harass the Roman settlers who are flocking in to colonize the new province. Tension is especially high in the north, where Aurelia Marcella, a young innkeeper from Italy, runs the Oak Tree Inn on the road to York. A string of savage murders disrupts her peaceful life, and she and her Roman friends find themselves under attack from a secret native war-band whose aim is to drive all Romans out. When a traveler, Quintus, is nearly killed close to the inn, he and Aurelia must track down the rebel warriors and identify their mysterious masked leader, the Shadow of Death. Can they find and destroy him before his campaign of terror turns into open rebellion? Praise for Get Out or Die "In Finnis's lively debut...suspenseful and at times comical...the plot is timely as conquerors seek to impose civilization on a barbarian culture that doesn't appreciate the new roads and government or the increase in commerce." -Publishers Weekly "Anyone who-like author Finnis-has ever marveled at how straight and well-built many of the Roman roads of England still are should enjoy this entertaining look back." -Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune Jane Finnis has been fascinated by the past ever since as a child she walked the straight Roman roads of East Yorkshire, where she lives now with her husband Richard. She spends much of her time researching and writing about the Roman Empire. www.janefinnis.com


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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; United States ed edition (19 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590581954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590581957
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,364,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Publishers Weekly: 'Aurelia is engaging as the resourceful narrator-turned-detective...the plot is timely as conquerors seek to impose civilization on a barbarian culture that doesn't appreciate the new roads and government or the increase in commerce.' Bloomsbury Review: 'Get Out or Die is an enjoyable, convincing, and at times gripping read, a text where the setting itself shines as its most prominent character. With such a plucky detective and an amazing location...this series may be around for a long time indeed.'

About the Author

JANE FINNIS has been fascinated by the past ever since as a child she walked the straight Roman roads of East Yorkshire. After reading history at London University, she worked for some years in London as a freelance broadcaster for BBC Radio. Now she is settled in East Yorkshire again with her husband Richard, and spends much of her time researching and writing about the Roman Empire. Get Out or Die is her debut novel. Visit her website at www.janefinnis.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The First Book in the Aurelia Marcella Mysteries 29 May 2008
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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.

The book is set in Roman Britain in 91 AD. The country of Britain has never really bowed to the yoke of Roman authority and even though it is almost 50 years since the Roman invasion, many of the tribes in the north refuse to take up the ways of their Roman masters like those in the south of the country.

Tension is high and a young innkeeper from Italy, Aurelia Marcella, who runs an inn called the Oak Tree on the road to York finds herself under attack from a native war band, whose aim in life is to get rid of all things Roman. A traveller is almost killed close to the inn and he and Aurelia try their utmost to track down the rebels and their mysterious leader.

I don't know whether it is because the book was set where I was born and still live but I enjoyed it tremendously. Having a woman as the lead character was I believe inspirational, particularly when other characters from other author's placed in similar backgrounds, i.e. Falco, Gordianus, etc. are all male and although Falco the character of Lindsey Davis has visited Britain he is usually to be found in the streets of Rome. A series of Roman mysteries set in England is I believe an exciting format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sort this out! 11 April 2014
By SLT
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I feel cheated! First published in 2003 in the USA, this book is exactly the same as 'Shadows in the Night' 1 published in 2012 in the UK. Why has this been done without some indication for the buying public in the notes? This is an excellent book, well-researched with accurate period detail, but I'm left out of pocket...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sort this out 23 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
My wife bought this on Kindle and then discovered she had already got the same book under another title. This has been highlighted by another reviewer, but that review has incorrectly been given 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Roman I would like to meet 26 July 2011
Format:Paperback
I have to admit I am not much one for Romans. I spent half my childhood holidays being dragged around Roman sites and I hope I have a proper appreciation for their building and drainage skills, not to mention their sculpture and pots. I have read Lindsey Davis with enjoyment, but for the most part my historical preference lies in the mid 18th Century and beyond. That said I am very glad to discover Jane Finnis. Her heroine, Aurelia, the innkeeper, is a woman I should like to have met. She has a family and a context and a world that the reader is brought into. I love the Yorkshire setting and the way the author weaves the familiar into a wild-west past where the Brigantes lurk in the woods waiting to take back their land from the Roman settlers. Aurelia's world is painted so vividly that you can imagine it as you walk among the trees that still stand today. I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series. I want to know more of Aurelia and her world.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Get Out or Die 25 Aug 2014
By PR
Format:Kindle Edition
Already published as "Shadows in the Night". Bought same book twice. Feel cheated. 1 star for cheek. It's a decent read but renaming it doesn't change the plot.
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