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Sparkles like the glint in Cleopatra's eye.,
This review is from: Spqr IV: the Temple of the Muses (Paperback)
This is a brilliant read. I devoured this book in 2 days it is that easy to read and really grabs the attention. Not a moment is wasted in plot, episodes, action and the setting
I consider myself to be well read in the Roman Sleuths series (Falco, Gordianus et al) and I can honestly say I learned a lot about 'Eygpt at the time of Ceaser's rise.
What makes this refreshing is that the author contains all the action within Alexandria a modern 'planned' city near the Nile Delta.
Maddox Roberts has done a brilliant work and I really enjoyed exploring Alexandra through a 'Subura' saturated Roman's eyes. (Read the book you will know what I mean)
If anything Alexandra is the star of the book. A nice murder is committed, investigate and solved all within a very enjoyable romp through decadent Alexandrian Society.
I really learned a lot about the Museum. I'd no idea where the term came from and Maddox Roberts not only entertains his reader but educates all in a really enjoyable style.# Cleopatra the 7th is met aged 10 and a hint of a return meeting is oh so tantalizingly hinted. (Can't wait)
Why 5 stars? well to be honest he left me with wanting more so 4 and a half would be nearer the mark?
I enjoyed the book so much I would have gladly have enjoyed another 100 pages of exploring Alexandrian life and Society or maybe.. just maybe Maddox Roberts has left the reader with that all to rare event finishing a book with regret that a magnificent story is over rather than the relief one feels after plowing through weightier tomes??