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11 The Sirens of Surrentum (The Roman Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Caroline Lawrence
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Book Description

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

It's summer in the Bay of Naples - time for fun and relaxation. Everyone is thinking about love at the beautiful Villa Limona, but danger lurks beneath the luxury. A famous murder was committed nearby, and a poisoner is at large amongst the guests. Can Flavia and her friends set a trap to catch the culprit before it's too late?

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    'a marvellous introduction to the favourite murder methods of Roman times... this book also offers an ingenious introduction to Epicureanisma and Stoicism plus reflections on what constitutes a happy marriage and the true meaning of bravery.' (Angela Kiverstein JEWISH CHRONICLE)

    'the 11th title in Caroline Lawrence's excellent series... in this one Lawrence emphasises the much narrower divide between childhood and adulthood that pertained in the Roman period and the result is something much more sophisticated that a pure adventure or mystery novel... It's good to see a series developing and growing with its readers. (Michael Thorn TES)

    'Lawrence's Roman Mysteries have humour, drama and tragedy and The Sirens of Surrentum is another emotional, action-packed tale to delight her legions of fans.' (BRIDLINGTON TODAY)

    'It is very exciting and I couldn't put it down... I can't wait for the next books.' (Flora Murray (age 9) JOURNAL OF CLASSICS TEACHING)

    Book Description

    Passions run deep beneath the tranquil surface in a summer holiday adventure in the eleventh Roman Mystery.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1149 KB
    • Print Length: 276 pages
    • Publisher: Orion Children's Books (9 Dec. 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004JHY7K4
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,734 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    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. P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified man was shortlisted for an Edgar Award in 2014. The UK title of the same book is The Case of the Good Looking Corpse. P.K.'s third mystery was The Case of the Pistol-packing Widows. The final and fourth book in the series is The Case of the Bogus Detective.

    Caroline has also written a book for Barrington Stoke, who specialise in books for dyslexic and reluctant readers. The Night Raid is a re-telling of the story of Nisus and Euryalus from Virgil's Aeneid.

    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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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars She's done it again 1 April 2006
    So you've read the rest of the books, watched as Flavia is fed to the crocodiles in the coliseum, laughed at Tigris's untimely bladder problem and cried as well loved charcters meet there end.
    But now comes the next instalment, how could it possibly live up the the action packed chase of Fugitive or the wish-ful suspense of assasins? I can't tell you how, but it manages it, and it does it brilliantly.
    All emotions are thrown in as the four friends are sent back to the fateful Villa Limona where 7 guests are residing. 3 hanndsome men, 3 beautiful women and 1 boy that we've been waiting for since "Tasks".
    Caroline Lawrence has added yet another amazng book to her cult series "Roman Mysteries" and I for one will be re-reading my set until "Charioteer" comes out in around 6 months time.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Laughter, Love, and Lessons Learned 13 May 2008
    When it comes to accurate historical detail and convincing depiction of ancient Roman society, author Caroline Lawrence knows whereof she writes. Before becoming a children's book author, Caroline Lawrence was a student of Classics at Berkeley and later at Cambridge, as well as a teacher of Latin at a small London primary school.

    I am a librarian by profession and have read all of the books in Caroline Lawrence's Roman Mysteries series. The Sirens of Surrentum is one of her best. The protagonist of the story, Flavia Gemina, is about to celebrate her 11th birthday and is just one year away from being of marriageable age (!) by ancient Roman custom. Readers around the same age as Flavia (perhaps age 10 and older being the best age level for the younger readers of this book) will laugh at the foolishness of boys, as well as learn the valuable life-lesson that one can be too young for love.

    There is delicious danger in the story, as we follow the young adventurers to the villa of a famous poisoner in their quest to solve the mystery. And, as with all of Caroline Lawrence's books, we learn a few fascinating facts of Roman history and culture along the way, such as the story related by the Roman philosopher Seneca about the German barbarian who killed himself with a sponge-stick (an object customarily employed for more mundane purposes).

    Wittily written, NEVER condescending to young readers, and an absolute delight even for adult enthusiasts of stories set in ancient Rome and its environs, The Sirens of Surrentum is a gem from start to finish!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story - More Adult Themes 15 July 2010
    Roman mysteries is a bit like the Famous Five with a Roman setting. Four children and a dog solving criminal conspiracies and unravelling some wonderful mysteries in a set of books that just keeps on going. This series deserves to be a classic, and is rich with well researched historical detail that is thoroughly educational as well as thoroughly entertaining. For this reason I would recommend the series to anyone.

    However the author has deliberately departed from any Enid Blyton model, and rather like J K Rowling, she has written her books to age with their readers (or their initial readers at least). From the start there are some gruesome storylines. Those storylines will appeal to young readers though, even if their parents shy away a little from having their 8 year old reading about Lupus having his tongue cut out!

    In this book though the story takes a leap into teen fiction. This is a story of sexual intrigue. It is carefully written, but that is the overarching theme. This being the case, younger readers will either not wholly understand it or else be turned off by it and parents will be well advised to consider carefully the books suitability.

    Those readers who grew up with Roman Mysteries and are already in their teens by the time they read this will not be troubled by the themes though, and the story is another great mystery. Personally I found the resolution a little obvious, but maybe I have just read too many mysteries! It did not matter though as I enjoyed the book thoroughly.

    I would give it five stars but I think it would be helpful if the nature of the story was flagged a little more clearly.

    I will not be encouraging my 9 year old daughter to read this book any time soon, but I will keep it around for when she is a little older.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Never underestimate a book by it's cover! 7 July 2012
    The first time I picked up this book a few weeks ago in my form room, I was thinking... "Wow this book will look exciting just like the one's before it!" When I saw it I was a tad bit disappointed, I mean it doesn't look like much, Flavia walking in the garden at Villa Limona. But then when I'd read the first few chapters, I knew I'd been wrong, I'm more interested in the romance side of these books but love a bit of mystery, this book has both, they fit perfectly well together and you get a good deal of both.
    Oh and this is the best part....
    I adore the Flavia Flaccus relationship, because in the previous books it seemed to be more Nubia and Aristo, yeah that's OK their cute together, but you know you do kinda expect what's going to happen with them. Flavia's feelings for both Felix and Flaccus are very moving, I cried several times during this book, purely because people make relationships break relationships and it's really deppressive sometimes. But I was laughing like an idiot in class when I read that the boys went on a boat to have a sneaky look at the girls!!!

    Overall even though I'm now finished, this book is the best of all best of all best there could ever be, don't underestimate Lawrence.... :)
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars ... read all the books in this series and would recommend it to anyone...
    Have read all the books in this series and would recommend it to anyone interested in the events that took place in ancient Rome
    Published 2 months ago by Janet Eveline Duncan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great read.
    Published 4 months ago by C Passaglia
    4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent read.
    Once again Caroline Lawrence has produced a great mystery.Well written and despite years of reading differing murder mysteries was unable to guess who the poisoner was. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by And Griff
    5.0 out of 5 stars I don't want to write a review
    Why can't you just rate a book you have read? Why are you forced to write a review. Just ridiculous
    Published 13 months ago by Laurel Bowden
    4.0 out of 5 stars Roman romance.....?
    This series by Caroline Lawrence is fabulously evocative of the Roman Empire in all its noise, glory, social etiquette & even seediness. Read more
    Published 14 months ago by DrEvil
    5.0 out of 5 stars a great hit
    Once again Caroline Lawrence wrote another fantastic story of Flavia and her four friends on an amazing mystery.
    All packed with romance,laughter and the unexpected culprit.
    Published 15 months ago by I. D. Steeper
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
    I loved it, however I understand why parents of younger readers are concerned with some of the language.

    A wonderful book, as always more please!
    Published 18 months ago by DC HARRISON
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery book
    It was a good book and I never guessed it was polla over all good book. I would recommend it to tweens
    Published on 24 May 2013 by Queeniez64
    4.0 out of 5 stars More YA
    The mystery is, as usually, first class, but the age bracket (9-12) is a little to young for this one, dealing as it does with a supporting character's (who had been a kind,... Read more
    Published on 17 Oct. 2011 by C. Smith
    1.0 out of 5 stars Completely unsuitable for younger readers
    My 9-year-old daughter has read and enjoyed all the other books in this series, but she mentioned that another friend warned her off this one as it was 'all about people not loving... Read more
    Published on 23 Mar. 2010 by Charlotte was both
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