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Caroline Lawrence , Andrew Davidson
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7 Feb 2008 THE ROMAN MYSTERIES (Book 14)
Flavia and her friends are on a quest for the Emperor Titus - to steal a valuable gemstone known as 'Nero's Eye'. The Delphic Oracle prophesied that whoever owns the gem will rule Rome - so Titus is determined to claim it for himself. Their travels take them across the Roman province of Mauretania, from Sabratha (in modern Libya) to Volubilis (Morocco). As they travel on a caravan across the desert they encounter slave-traders, pantomime actors and a wild animal stampede. The detectives must consider another quest: what has happened to Uncle Gaius? Meanwhile, Flavia faces some tough decisions about her future.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Childrens; New Ed edition (7 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842556045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842556047
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Million-selling author Caroline Lawrence writes detective stories with the double aim of entertaining children and teaching them. Combining fast-moving plots with historical accuracy means her history mystery stories are beloved of children, parents and teachers.

In 2009, Caroline won the Classical Association Prize for her Roman Mysteries series, which comprises over 20 books and inspired a glossy BBC TV series.

In 2011 Caroline launched a second historical detective series, the Western Mysteries, staring P.K. Pinkerton: a 12-year-old doubly orphaned detective who has trouble "reading people". The Case of the Deadly Desperados was the Sunday New York Times Editors' Choice in February 2012.

Caroline says: "I want to know everything about the past, especially the exciting things. Also the sounds, smells, sights and tastes. I write historical novels because nobody has invented a Time Machine. And I write for kids because 11 is my inner age."

Caroline is also writing a spin-off series of Roman books for readers aged 7+, starting with
The Sewer Demon

Here are the Roman Mystery novels in series order:

The Thieves Of Ostia: The Roman Mysteries 1
The Secrets Of Vesuvius: The Roman Mysteries 2
The Pirates Of Pompeii: The Roman Mysteries 3
The Assassins Of Rome: The Roman Mysteries 4
The Dolphins Of Laurentum: The Roman Mysteries 5
The Twelve Tasks Of Flavia Gemina:The Roman Mysteries 6
The Enemies Of Jupiter: The Roman Mysteries 7
The Gladiators From Capua: The Roman Mysteries 8
The Colossus Of Rhodes: The Roman Mysteries 9
The Fugitive From Corinth: The Roman Mysteries 10
The Sirens Of Surrentum: The Roman Mysteries 11
The Charioteer Of Delphi: The Roman Mysteries 12
The Slave-Girl From Jerusalem: The Roman Mysteries 13
The Beggar Of Volubilis: The Roman Mysteries 14
The Scribes From Alexandria: The Roman Mysteries 15
The Prophet From Ephesus: The Roman Mysteries 16
The Man From Pomegranate Street: The Roman Mysteries 17

Here are the mini-mysteries:

The Legionary From Londinium And Other Mini-Mysteries
Trimalchio's Feast And Other Mini-Mysteries

Plus quiz books, omnibus editions, a travel book and a treasury:

The First Roman Mysteries Quiz Book
The Second Roman Mysteries Quiz Book
The Roman Mysteries Omnibus (Books 1-3) (B) (Feb)
The Roman Mysteries Omnibus (Books 4-6) (B)
From Ostia To Alexandria With Flavia Gemina
The Roman Mysteries Treasury


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'A great read for kids' -- DAILY EXPRESS

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Book 14 in the detectives' case file is set in Morocco - the most exotic location of all the Roman Mysteries.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Beggar of Volubilis 18 Oct 2007
Format:Hardcover
The Beggar of Volubilis is so far, the best Roman Mysteries book. All the new charachters are so exciting and enjoyable to read about. At every end of every chapter there is a very exciting cliff-hanger that leaves you wanting to read the next page even more. The book includes wonderful descriptions of the cities, the Mediterranean and the hot, dry desert, where the book is mainly set. Every page is breath-taking and leaves you guessing till the end. Overall, the Beggar of Volubilis is a very descriptive, moving and humourous book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendiferous 21 Oct 2007
Format:Hardcover
This brilliant book is the latest in the fabulous Roman Mysteries series, and I would say the most exciting yet.

In this book the four friends - Flavia , Jonathan, Nubia, and Lupus - travel to Africa and discover the country that Nubia tries to forget. On their way they meet with pantomime actors, siblings of the Emperor and many other wonderfully interesting characters.

Read The Beggar of Volubilis to find out who asks for Flavia's hand in marriage and who gets lost in a desert of mirages. Read it most of all to be swept along in an exciting adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 22 Mar 2008
By Yusra
Format:Paperback
The Beggar from Volubilis is yet another mystery thriller from Caroline Lawrence. This novel, just like the other books in this series, turned out to be amazing. The four friends, Flavia, Nubia, Lupus and Jonathan sail to the exotic land of Africa, on a search for Nero's Eye at the request of Emperor Titus. Their quest takes them from city to city, and town to town in Africa. They face pantomime dancers, slave dealers and wild animals in order to find Nero's Eye. In this book, many historical figures are introduced to the readers and we learn a lot about them. This is a great read for readers of all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and Exotic 20 Oct 2007
Format:Hardcover
Does what it says in the title. Exciting from beginning to end, matching physical tension with emotional suspense. And Exotic in its setting in the deserts and cities of North Africa in Roman times.
The four friends are yet again on a voyage of discovery to different place, as they search for a jewel Emperor Titus desperately wants.
My favourite inclusion in this Roman Mystery was the pantomime characters, giving a sense of ancient life not explored in the books before. But also the lack of communication in the empire, where some people still didn't know the last emporer had died!
All in all, this mystery, partly due to Flavia's dramatic decision at the end of the book, is one of my favourites yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Floppy!!! 15 Nov 2007
Format:Hardcover
This, it must be said, is an amazing book.

I love the way that, floppy, falls in love with a girl loads younger than himself!!!

In this 14th book, Flavia and friends travel to Africa, Nubia's home land. Well... They have the task of stealing a valuable jewel for Titus; but not everything goes to plan!!! Mean Lupus the Actor!!! The only thing that I could possible critisise, is J's part, and Flavia's father!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beggar 20 Oct 2007
Format:Hardcover
The most exotic mystery so far, living up to to every expectation and also going further. Set in North Africa, with the four children travelling with a caravan of actors. The stage is set for a great mystery every page makes you want to read more (i could n't put the book down). Will the children solve it......? Will anything happen to them...? Read it and find out.
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