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Shadows in the Night (An Aurelia Marcella Mystery 1)

Shadows in the Night (An Aurelia Marcella Mystery 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jane Finnis
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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'Highly readable and endlessly absorbing historical adventure' Kirkus.

'If the blood-drenched HBO series Rome makes you want to know what life was like in Britannia, Finnis is the writer for you' Chicago Tribune.

'Suspenseful and authentically detailed' Booklist.

'I recommend Jane Finnis's Aurelia Marcella novels ... these are enjoyable enough to overcome even the deepest-set prejudices against historical detective fiction' Observer.

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AD 91: Life is cheap, and so is death...

WELCOME TO ROMAN BRITAIN. It is almost fifty years since the legions invaded but Britannia is still a raw, frontier province. Tensions run high, especially in the north, where Aurelia Marcella, a young Roman woman fled from the ruins of Pompeii, runs the Oak Tree Inn on the road to York.

SHADOWS IN THE NIGHT. When a traveller is beaten and left for dead outside her inn, Aurelia finds herself confronted by a man known only as The Shadow of Death. The Shadow of Death leads a clandestine warband and they have but one message for Roman settlers like Aurelia: GET OUT OR DIE. Can Aurelia discover who The Shadow of Death is before his campaign of terror turns to outright rebellion?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 807 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (1 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,287 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good start 4 Dec 2012
Originally released in the USA in 2003 as "Get out or Die" "Shadows in the Night is book one in the Aurelia Marcella Mysteries

The story is told as a recounting of events / a report to the Roman Governor, which in a way gives away Aurelia survival, but lets face it, who kills the hero / heroine in book 1!

In all honesty i struggled with the style of the book to begin with, so much so that by about page 100 i nearly put it down, and then it suddenly made sense to me, the characters transformed from that 1 dimension paper thin effect that they had had to that point. Suddenly they popped off the page, and i found myself being drawn back to Roman Britain.

I had the bad guy pegged from about page 155, but every now and again the author did have me question myself, she plays the threads of the scheme out very well to keep the majority of readers guessing to the end. I'm going to be very interested to see where Jane Finnis takes Aurelia next in the second Aurelia Marcella mystery, this book was strong enough by the end to make me want to read the next but i will be looking for some growth in the characters and the dialogue which occasionally had a stilted quality.

I feel that the Machiavellian XXXX (name removed as its a spoiler) will return to bring more of his madness and mayhem to the lives of the family at Oak tree inn. This can only be a good thing, he brought a refreshing edge to the story which had the habit of getting a comfortable at times, this coupled with my biggest gripe of Aurelia's bad habit of going all alpha female again nearly destroyed the book for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A snip at 0.59p 4 April 2014
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The author sets the novel in 91 AD, almost 20 years after the first Lindsey Davis, 20 years before the first Ruth Downie and almost 100 years before the first Rosemary Rowe, my own favourite author of Roman Britain mysteries. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, the plot, characters and the detail, my only quibble being the length - it dragged a little in the middle. My only doubt was which side should I be cheering for, the Brigantes or the dastardly Romans? As someone once famously asked, "What have the Romans ever done for us?" I shall look forward to reading more of Aurelia and friends. I think it is a good idea to promote new series at a low price, especially the first in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars totally absorbing read 13 Jun 2014
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I liked the style of this book from the first page. The characters are well drawn, believable and engaging. The plot motors on at a cracking pace, with plenty of twists and turns and an unexpected ending. The milieu is clearly painstakingly researched. Very good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars what a good read. 6 Jun 2014
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A well written account of the times. Story line keeps you hooked to the end. Can't wait to read more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars review 13 Mar 2014
By J Logan
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I liked this book I hope that there will be more in the series soon. It gives insight into the lives of the romans who seetled in Britain
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good! 6 Feb 2014
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A nice, easy to read book. Very easy to get into the life of the time. Good historical remarks. Looking forward to read the rest of the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars an easy read 23 Jan 2014
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The story rolls along at good pace and I enjoyed it. It didn't leave me spellbound but I will definitely read the next book in the series
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I enjoy a good historical murder mystery and this one ticked all the boxes. Very atmospheric and I was reluctant to put it down once I started.
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