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Andrew Drummond
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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT 17/11/13: MURDER ON HADRIAN'S WALL is Relaunched; Re-proofed, Re-formatted and Re-covered. All reviews are read and taken on board.

Have you ever wanted to know the Latin word for "underwear"? Or have you ever wondered what life was like for a soldier stationed on Hadrian's Wall? Maybe you just want to read a deviously and complicated historical "whodunnit", as Centurion Versillius faces down the Cult of Mithras, his superiors, the civil administration, the townspeople and even his own men in the search for a vicious killer.

Travel back to AD 350, to find a Roman Britain which had existed for centuries, but was going through a period of dramatic change. The ties that held the empire together were fraying, as Britannia, the most northerly part of the empire, was finding out.

Not altogether the best time to have a particularly nasty murderer stalking the streets of your Romano-British town...


"5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant idea - A "Morse-like" detective who is a Roman Centurion" Best $1 I have ever spent...William E. Smith, Canada
"Great debut novel" This novel had believable characters and excellent period detail throughout. And it kept me guessing " whodunit" right up until the final chapter...Empress Caramel, UK.
"Very Good Book" I loved the historical detail and would definitely read another book by this writer...Bigdave, UK.
"Authenticity is Credibility" Vivid description, accuracy, and a strong sense of place...Stephen S, USA.
"Can't wait for more" Kept me guessing to the end, well written and the period detail was good...Angela L, UK.
"It is very clever to write a believable story set in a historical context so I enjoyed the book very much and was dying to discover the murderer." Kendall, USA.
"Excellent period detail" I did not guess "who dunnit"...I shall look out for more from this author...Sue, UK.
"An entertaining tale" ...and a good murder story. I liked it very much. Andros. UK

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 725 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Publisher: PARRIN LANE e-PRINTS LTD (5 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E251U6M
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,524 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hello and thank you to anyone who is reading this. I am proud of being a Mancunian but spent almost 30 years living in London before returning to my native city. I studied History at University College, London and then spent the next 25 years (or so) working in Finance and I.T. My day job is still in Finance, working in Trafford Park for a great company called Platinum Batteries. My other (unpaid) job is at Manchester Cathedral, where I am a qualified guide.

I have always loved History and Writing and thanks to KDP two of my novels are now published. There is one more historical murder mystery waiting to go online and several more in the pipeline. Apart from work and writing, I like Rugby Union, Architecture and Cricket. I am a lover of cats and have been "owned" by several delightful felines.

MURDER ON HADRIAN'S WALL & DEATH IN THE AGE OF GOLD now have more than 5,000 kindle downloads between them. Both books are also available in paperback from amazon.

My thanks and appreciation for your support, especially to the readers who liked my books enough to give them four or five star reviews. Should anyone wish to contact me, I can be reached at:

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading 24 Nov 2013
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I am a big fan of Historical Murder and Detective Mysteries and have read a lot of the "Falco" novels over the years so broached this new author with a bit of trepidation.

I have to say that I really liked the way this novel was written and it did keep me guessing until the end. The only criticism I would have is the slightly over done references to roman toilets and bodily functions. Admittedly they did fit into the story line, but at one point my mind wandered into thinking about how the Romans in Britain coped with constipation rather the main plot of who was carrying out the murders!!

I would still recommend reading this book but please be prepared for some pretty "base" language and storyline.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book 30 July 2013
By bigdave
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I really liked this novel. I found it witty and well put together and it kept me guessing right to the end. Like the first reviewer, I loved the historical detail and would definitely read another book by this writer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Knows his history, needs a ghost writer 14 Jan 2014
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Mr Drummond clearly knows his history, has done loads of research, come up with an OK plot and a fairly interesting main character but, sadly, he can't write for toffee. Far too much direct explanation of what some of the Roman terms mean (including from one character to another who'd clearly already know!) instead of letting it just come out through the story. Some actual malapropisms through trying to be too clever. The characterisation, which generally isn't too bad, occasionally goes very shaky just to lazily move the plot along. And, although I get why some scenes were set in the communal toilets I could have done without quite so much dwelling on the squeezing out of recalcitrant turds. I like a poo joke as much as the next person, but only if they're funny!

I'm wondering if this was self-published. It certainly didn't feel like a professional editor had been anywhere near it, but at least it only cost me 98p.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This could have been a good book 5 Jan 2014
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This seems to have been written by someone knowledgeable about the period, but dry historical facts inserted in the story slowed it up and made for a pedestrian read. Some of the facts were quite interesting and might have benefited the book by being added as footnotes which you could either read or not.

I would have also appreciated some consistency in his descriptions of characters. The legate was sometimes called the the general which to my poor brain was confusing. As was the constant referral to the soldiers as "legionnaires" this brought up images of Beau Geste in my mind, I have always thought Roman soldiers are called legionaries.

There were also far too many typos. so overall "could do better".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful 4 Jan 2014
By Graham R. Hill VINE VOICE
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I spent the first third or so of the book hoping that there was a well thought out plot hiding behind the appalling prose, clunky dialogue and pages of often inaccurate historical exposition. Having read it all I can confirm that there isn't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me 3 Feb 2014
By Polly
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Plot too simple. I found it was crudely written. No depth to the plot, will not be choosing more books by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost too descrptive ! 2 Jan 2014
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I prefer not to have quite such vivid descriptions of Lavatorium ! Otherwise the plot was believable and filled a gap
Needing relaxation.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cant wait for more 30 Aug 2013
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This kept me guessing to the end well written and the period detail was good not too over the top as some can be. Really enjoyed it and would like more by this author
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read
This is not a period that I would normally read about, but I've been expanding my horizons and decided to give this a try. I've been pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published 4 months ago by P. L. Meers
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad grammar
A reasonable story which moved along nicely. Bought for kindle and there were many mistakes of extra words in the sentences. Read more
Published 5 months ago by mystery addict
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty grim.
This story line was quite good but numerous typos and inaccuracies spoilt what should have been a reasonable read. Door mouse for dormice for goodness sake. One of too many. Read more
Published 6 months ago by aurora
1.0 out of 5 stars Passable
A Roman whodunit! The story is sluggish, sometimes laboured and not well written. At least it is not too long.
Published 6 months ago by Tony Cross
4.0 out of 5 stars a roman who dunit!
Very good book predictable, but a very good story I enjoyed it very much. The plot was good and the fast flowing no boring bits.
Published 6 months ago by malcolm
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother!
The Historical background is interesting and a little unusual in that it describes Brittania so late in the Roman occupation: the story and characters are passable . Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mary J
4.0 out of 5 stars Great historical detail.
As a lover of history, I enjoyed the historical detail and warmed to the character of Versillius, the centurion. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cherry
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder on Hadrian's wall.
The story is fast moving and explicit. The author is well versed in Roman terms and military organisation. Having been to the wall this book brings the whole area to life. Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder on Hadrian's Wall
I appreciated the amount of research that had gone into the book and but the portrayal of Roman Britain in the inhospitable northern climate could have been more detailed.
Published 8 months ago by Nancy Wilde
5.0 out of 5 stars really excellent !!
Compulsive page turning stuff. I had to stop myself turning to the end to see what happened many times. Well written. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Christopher Holmes
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