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Dark Omens (A Libertus Mystery of Roman Britain) [Hardcover]

Rosemary Rowe
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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd; First World Publication edition (29 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727882996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727882998
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.7 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 515,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brings the details of Roman Britain to life 2 Jan 2014
By Kate TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
The Emperor Commodus is dead. It takes a while for the news to reach Glevum (Roman Gloucester) but when it does, amid a hysterical swirl of rumour and whispers, the scene is set for murder. The local nobleman, Marcus, is a good friend of the new potential emperor and wishes to hasten to Rome to give him some much-needed advice to prevent the Praetorian Guard from murdering him. But before he can do that, Marcus has to solve the matter of the disappearance of businessman Genialis, a man far from genial, in order to work out what he should do with Genialis's rather appealing ward and his successful business. What that actually means is that Marcus needs his client, Longinus Flavius Libertus, to do it for him. Libertus is a mosaic `pavement-maker', a freedman and now a citizen, who has a near unfailing ability to work things out.

As the snow falls, Glevum is gripped not only by ice and food shortages but by suspicion and unease. The omens aren't looking good. Animals resist sacrifice while Libertus' neighbour Cantalarius has had a run of luck bad enough to make people cross the street to avoid him. And then remains of bodies are found outside the city, frozen and not all of them victims of the weather. It's as if the whole town needs Libertus to solve the mystery and lift the curse.

I have been reading Rosemary Rowe's novels for years. For me, the appeal is not so much the story as the lost world that Rowe evokes. I cannot think of another writer who brings the detail of Roman Britain to life in the manner that Rowe does. Longinus Flavius Libertus, our hero, was once a Celtic nobleman. He was then enslaved with his love Gwellia, from whom he was separated for twenty years. Libertus then became a freedman and finally a citizen, having found at last, and married, Gwellia.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine mess you got me into 14 Mar 2014
By JANEITE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Our hero Libertus returns for another sleuthing mission on behalf of his patron. Previous reviewers have done more than justice to the book, so I'll just add that although I had an idea who the perpetrator was, the motive wasn't obvious and I missed the clue which cracked the case. It was enjoyable walking the streets of Glevum with Libertus and soaking up the atmosphere of everyday life in Roman Britain - this is one of her strengths as a writer I think, invoking period and character. As usual I with a Libertus book, I read it in one day - unusual for me as I generally have two or three books on the go and dip in and out of them. She really does deserve to be better known.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Omens 22 Jan 2014
By Hilrost
Format:Kindle Edition
I have only recently found Rosemary Rowe`s Libertus and was immediately hooked and have read the lot. Dark Omens keeps up the pace and ingenuity of the rest of the series. Roman Britain is so well evoked I feel I have been there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 Oct 2014
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As ever a great story, well told. I always look forward to Libertyus mysteries and have never been disappointed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original continuation to the series 19 Mar 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I had been growing bored of this series - it had seemed repetitive but this entry surprised me and reminded me how great a writer Rosemary Rowe is. Recommended.
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