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The heroine is a fictional woman named Theodosia Varro, who at the opening of the novel has inherited a vast fortune, including the beautiful villa where she spent her happy childhood--only she hasn't seen the villa in years because she's been stuck in poverty in the Subura, a Roman slum, banished there by a villainous brother. She isn't sad her brother was stabbed through the heart outside a brothel, but she doesn't want to suffer the same fate, and she suspects there's more to her brother's murder than the official line that it was a robbery, especially since he wasn't robbed.
Her brother's close friend Otho warns her to beware the slaves at the villa--they are probably out to murder her. But Theodosia has had an unusual life, and she discovers her slaves are more likely to be her friends than her killers. The sons of the best Roman families want to marry her, although Otho and Vespasian's son, Titus, are her favorite suitors. She's the richest catch around even if she had a Greek mother and displays some decidedly inappropriate behavior for a patrician lady. She's lonely with only slaves for company, but taking a husband means handing over her fortune and her freedom to a man. Does she want to? Otho keeps reminding her she isn't safe without a husband to protect her. And he certainly turns out to be right.Read more ›
Theodosia Varro leaves the slums of Rome to claim the vast fortune and a fabulous villa she has inherited from her unscrupulous, villainous brother who was murdered by persons unknown. Young and unmarried, Theodosia soon finds herself the love interest of several men, all eager to get a hold of her vast inheritance. She is warned to beware of slaves, friends, and patrician nobles - all who may have had something to do with her brother's murder. And if her brother is murdered, then she may also become prey for the same reasons. Vulnerable, Theodosia must weave through a murky world filled with scrupulous and unscrupulous persons whose motives are all suspect. The novel's title stems from a beautiful set of goblets in Theodosia's villa that are embossed with a snake with ruby eyes. These goblets hold a great secret.
Rubies of the Viper is a wonderfully complex, opulent story! The plot us lush, the characters intriguing, and the mystery gripping. Get this book! Get it now! It's more than worth it.
It would be difficult to consign this book to one particular genre of reading since it blends elements of the major genres, without detriment or dilution, to form a structured synergy.
An obvious assurance with prose is evident on each page, combined with a sensitive and mature perceptivity. The plot is strong, the exposition of the events is organised and competent, optimally paced for this type of work and the work unfolds without detour.
Although fiction, an obvious dedication to historical actuality, reinforced by a bulwark of intense & competent research, adds that indefinable element of `finesse' to the work. Enthusiastically recommended.
Robert Davidson. The Tuzla Run
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice storyline and setting (Roman times)
Kept me interested, wanted to pick it up to see what happened next.
Would recommend it, but ending a bit predictable
I'd like to thank the author for transporting me to Ancient Rome and Syria for a few days. She has a gift for creating atmosphere, which, combined with her research and attention... Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2013 by Victoria Twead
In a Rome shortly set to fall under the infamous Nero's rule, Theodosia Varro has come into an fortuitous inheritance. Read morePublished on 5 Jan. 2012 by Alice Y. Yeh