The Roman Mysteries: The Man from Pomegranate Street: Book 17 Paperback – 4 Feb 2010
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This book is both educational, yet pulls no punches in describing the violent and gory times that were Ancient Rome (NEWBOOKS MAGAZINE)
The emperor is dead! But did he die of natural causes, or was it murder? The young detectives are determined to find out in the seventeenth and last of The Roman Mysteries.See all Product description
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I have not been disappointed. Though the books were published over a span of eight years whilst the story is spread over two, the characters and the themes definitely mature throughout the series, and the final book is not excluded from this. In fact, some of the darkest and cleverest scenes yet in the series definitely provide a route for anyone to be enthralled in the words on the page. I found myself finishing the book at roughly 3am last night.
Fans of the series will be desperate for various loose ends to be tied up, and they will not disappointed by the results. Imagine a situation progressing in the book - as you read, you slowly imagine three different ways it could unfold, only to see all of them have a chance to unfold and then being shocked as a fourth solution bounds onto the stage. The various twists and turns of this book keep going right up until the last page, surprising you as they happen but ultimately rolling together and making sense at the end.
If you are new to the Roman Mysteries series, I would strongly recommend you start at Book 1 (Where else?) and read onwards. Reading a random mismatch of the books in no particular order will only spoil your enjoyment of them, potentially giving away spoilers that you haven't read in previous books yet and just generally confusing you - even I found myself flicking back to a previous book to reaffirm what had happened at one point.
But the summer is approaching, so I recommend you order all 17 now and make your way through them over the coming months. The length of each book is roughly similar and easily readable (No gargantuan Harry Potter beasts here), whether you've been reading for many years, or you're just approaching the world of reading for the first time.
To be honest, I was a little afraid that because of my high and demanding expectations, I would be disappointed with the book.
I needn't have worried. Not only were my expectations met, but they were far exceeded. Whenever I thought I knew what would happen next, the author took my assumptions and turned them on their head. I felt completely absorbed in the action, as if I were solving the mystery along with Flavia. Even more astounding is the way Lawrence deftly wraps everything up in the end. She leaves the reader quite satisfied, while at the same time leaving just a few slightly loose ends. No cliché endings here! I suspect we may see some of these loose ends addressed in the Flavian Trilogy.
On top of all of this, throughout the book we are held in delightful suspense about the identity of Flavia's future husband. I really cannot recommend this book highly enough. Caroline Lawrence has outdone herself. Her books are always good, but this one in particularly goes above and beyond "good." I strongly advise you to read The Man from Pomegranate Street -- you won't regret it!
I've literally put it down about a minute and a half ago after reading it all in one go. And I defy anyone to put it down once they start reading too. An absolutly outstanding ending to an equally outstanding series.
Roman Mystery fans will not be disappointed
And if you haven't read any of them, I seriously advise you to buy them all at once and find a comfortable chair.
And after solving so many mysteries, the young detectrix comes to the conclusion that she may not be as good at this business as she had thought.
This series provides not just great adventure and some romance, but educates as well. You won't be disappointed by The Man From Pomegranate Street, and anyone who has not read the earlier Roman Mysteries has a treat in store.
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