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4.0 out of 5 stars Claudia does it again, 8 July 2004
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L O'connor (richmond, surrey United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Glamorous Roman widow Claudia Seferius is still struggling to run the wine business left her by her late husband. She gets what she thinks is an offer from the King of Histria to buy her wine, so she travels to his kingdom, only to discover that he has quite a different sort of contract in mind. A lot of ill luck has befallen the Histrian royal family, sudden and unexpected deaths have decimated the line. Claudia thinks she knows who is at the back of it all, but is she right? She witnesses a murder, but nobody believes her. Her would-be lover, security officer Marcus Orbillio turns up to investigate the matter of a runaway slave. Claudia gets to know Salome, a widow who runs a sort of feminist commune for battered women, and holds some rather improbably anachronistic views on women's rights.Does she have something to do with the sinister deaths among the royal family? Claudia is a delightful heroine, clever, resourceful, unscrupulous, cunning and rude. Marcus is gorgeous, handsome, charming, sexy "international moon of mystery". The story is exciting and moves along fast. I must admit though that I am beginning to get just a little tired of the way the two recurring themes of Claudia's life drag on without any developments. Will she make a go of running the wine business? And will she and Marcus ever get it together? By the end of this book, much though I enjoyed it, I did find myself wishing that SOMETHING would happen to develop one or both of these themes. I wish there'd be a breakthrough in the wine business. And I wish she and Marcus would go to bed together. In spite of these feelings of discontent, I still enjoyed the book very much.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh Claudia, When Will You Learn, 7 Feb. 2005
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J. Chippindale (England) - See all my reviews
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Claudia, the "heroine" of Marilyn Todd's novels, is a beautiful, feisty young widow and former tavern dancer of an affluent Roman wine merchant. She receives a letter of invitation and gifts from the King of Histria. She mistakenly assumes that he has contacted her because of her position as a wine merchant and would like to place an order for some expensive wines. How wrong can she be.
As she is being followed around Rome by creditors who are becoming more and more impatient with her lack of funds she sees the invitation as an opportunity to get out of Rome for a while and eagerly accepts his invitation and takes the first boat to Histria and the tangled plot of deceit, subterfuge and murder begins.
Only Claudia could become embroiled in such tumult and human destruction. The plot has a nice twist at the end but I will leave that one for the reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More please, 17 May 2015
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Always an enjoyable read .
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