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The Secrets of Vesuvius: Roman Mysteries 2 (THE ROMAN MYSTERIES) [Paperback]

Caroline Lawrence , Andrew Davidson
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"...packed with accurate detail of everyday Roman life... so well paced and involving that you don't realise just how much information you are absorbing." -- School Librarian, Summer 2002

"Lawrence weaves an engaging spell, painting first-century Italy vividly." -- The Good Book Guide

"Lawrence weaves an engaging spell, painting first-century Italy vividly."
-- Good Book Guide

'An enormous amount of information about the ancient world is conveyed under the guise of a jolly good romp.' -- The Times Educational Supplement

'Lawrence weaves an engaging spell, painting first-century Italy vividly.' -- The Good Book Guide

This series promises many delights to come. -- The Times, Nov 21, 2001

Book Description

With her new friends and fellow detectives, Flavia solves a second mystery against the background of the eruption of Vesuvius.

From the Back Cover

Mystery and adventure for four young detectives in Ancient Roman times . . .

Flavia Gemina is spending the summer with her uncle who lives near Pompeii. She and her friends, Jonathan, Nubia and Lupus, are trying to solve a fascinating riddle that may lead to treasure when Mount Vesuvius erupts!

Suddenly the four friends are in desperate danger. Will they escape with their lives?


ISBN: 978 1 84255 021 2

Cover artwork: XXX

About the Author

Caroline Lawrence is American. She lives with her husband by the river in London and is active as a speaker in schools and at book festivals. She took part in the British Museum's POMPEII LIVE event, giving talks that were streamed to schools all over the UK, and she is the winner of the 2009 CLASSICS ASSOCIATION PRIZE for 'a significant contribution to the public understanding of Classics'. In addition to the 17 novels in the ROMAN MYSTERIES sequence, Caroline Lawrence has written five spin-off titles, all of which have contributed to total UK sales in excess of 1 million copies. Her latest new series is THE P.K. PINKERTON MYSTERIES. Visit Caroline's website at and follow her on Twitter @CarolineLawrenc. Visit The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries website at, follow on Twitter @PK_Pinkerton, like on Facebook at and read the blog at

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'Jonathan, look out!' screamed Flavia Gemina.

Jonathan ben Mordecai - hip deep in the blue Tyrrhenian sea - didn't see the horrible creature rising out of the water behind him.

'Arrrgh!' The sea monster seized Jonathan round the waist.

'Aiieeee!' cried Jonathan. But his scream was cut off as he was pulled under, and salt water filled his mouth and nostrils. A moment later the surface of the water sparkled peacefully under the hot summer sun. Flavia and her slave-girl Nubia stared in horror.

Suddenly Jonathan shot up again in an explosion of spray and foam, gasping for air. He spat out a mouthful of seawater.

'Lupus, you fool, I could have drowned!'

Another figure popped up out of the water beside him, laughing hard. It was Lupus the sea monster, naked as an eel. Although Lupus was only eight years old, Flavia squealed at the sight of his nakedness and shut her eyes. She heard Lupus splash through the waves onto the beach.

When she thought it was safe to look, Flavia opened one eye.

Lupus was tying the cord belt of his tunic.

Flavia opened the other eye.

Jonathan was creeping up behind Lupus with a large scoop of wet sand in one hand. Before he could drop the sand down the back of Lupus's tunic, the younger boy spun round and tackled Jonathan. They fell onto the sand, where they rolled around like a pair of wrestlers in the palaestra.

Finally Jonathan, who was older and bigger, ended up on top. He straddled Lupus's waist and held the younger boy's wrists hard against the hot sand. Lupus struggled and strained, but although he was strong and wiry, he couldn't budge Jonathan.

'Ha!' crowed Jonathan. 'The warrior Achilles has overpowered the fierce sea monster. Beg for mercy. Go on. Say pax!' --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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