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A brilliant second book to the SPQR series,
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This review is from: Spqr II: The Catiline Conspiracy (Paperback)
The second book in the SPQR series, and worthy follow-up to The King's Gambit. Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger embarks on another adventure, becoming embroiled in Catilina's conspiracy against the Republic and Cicero (a very different take to Steven Saylor's in his book Catilina's Riddle). The Greek physician Asklepoides appears again, playing a crucial role in the events. The results are gripping.
If you are an avid reader of Roman historical mysteries, then this book is a must. It contains a dry humour that is often lacking in Steven Saylor, but the historical importance of event that Linsday Davis and Marilyn Todd miss out on. Seen from the perspective of a Roman from a well-to-do family, there is the extra social interest remarked upon by Decius throughout, as well as the obvious political commentary.
The story is self-contained and set a while after the last book, so it stands on its own very well. There is no need to have read the first book before this one, although it is good to get a sense of the political chronology. All-in-all, it is very highly recommended.