The House of the Vestals Paperback – 14 Oct 1999
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"Engrossing ... Simmering with eroticism ... An absorbing brew of Rome's decay." -- Publishers Weekly on The Venus Throw
"How wonderful, to have a scholar write about ancient Rome; how comforting, to feel instant confidence in the historical accuracy of a novel." -- Sunday Times on A Murder on the Appian Way
"I can't say enough good things about Saylor's style, scholarship or his mastery of the period." -- The Poisoned Pen on Catilina's Riddle
"Saylor's scholarship is breathtaking and his writing enthrals." -- Ruth Rendell in The Sunday Times
Wonderfully entertaining mystery stories set in the world of the acclaimed ROMA SUB ROSA series. It is the Rome of the Late Republic, and Gordianus the Finder has a knack for finding trouble - and dead bodies. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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The book is also bringing to the reader more and more of an understanding of what life was really like in Rome during the life time of its central character, as well as introducing new and interesting characters that become his friends. If I was in any doubt as to whether I would read any more of Saylors books, then those doubts are dispelled. I have 12 of them now. I heartily propose that those of you reading this should do likewise. But, a word of caution-DO read the books in the order in sequence. Visit Saylors web site to see the right order.
The book is mainly a collection of short stories, set during the time period between the books `Roman Blood' and `Catalina's Riddle', which fill out some of the events in Gordianus's life, that the author felt needed filling in.
The stories themselves, whilst entertaining and filled with all the history that Saylor has researched and come to be praised for, are however far too predictable for my own liking. Indeed I found myself far more reading the short story to confirm who the `perpetrator' was, rather than waiting for some suspense filled ending. Maybe unlike other books in the series the author did not have enough pages to fill them out more, for the book is only about 300 pages, and the stories themselves only about 50 pages in length.
Maybe, also his other fiction has prepared me too well on Roman society and the devious lengths that the patricians will go to raising their profile within the Forum or the Political world, or for that matter just for their own greed !
Overall, a smooth, enjoyable book and one that would encourage me to further read more Saylor novels, but far too predictable. Those out there who like his style of writing will enjoy it, as will those who like to read about this period in history. 4 out of 5.
Great fun, a good read, but a bit pricey for what they are.
Gordianus the Finder, the investigator of crimes, a man whose skill and integrity have made him much sought after by some of the most important men in Rome. Men who may need a secret to be kept, men who need to know that when Gordianus is working for them he will be discreet and not susceptible to bribery.
This is a collection of nine short stories featuring Gordianus the Finder. I am not really a fan of short stories, preferring something that I can get my `teeth into.' But I did find these very entertaining and enjoyable and what they do achieve is that they help to fill in the gaps that are left by the longer novels. We learn a little more about Gordianus's slave, Bethesda, who has now become his wife and some of the many other details skimmed over in the novels. For those who love the Saylor books this is well worth reading.
If you have read some of his books, you will know of his friend Claudius, Catilina's adventure in the house of vestals, the Alexandrian mob after the killer of a cat, etc. Well, here you have the stories, some of when Gordianus was a young man.
I very much like his writing, and the mistery is always, and i do mean always, kept to the end. The reason i don't give it 5 stars, is because i cant place this book over any of his other novels. Impossible. It is after all, only of short stories, no matter how good they are.
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