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SPQR IV: The Temple of the Muses Audio Download – Unabridged

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After solving the mystery of the Sacrilege in Ceasar's House and with the political implications of his actions, trying to reveal the plot to subvert the senile Roman Republic by the most powerful persons of the era, Decius Caecilius Metellus junior leaves the premises of the Capital, in a "rehabilitating" embassy to the court of Rome's protegee king Ptolaemaeus of Egypt,as companion to his Senior relative Cointus Caecilius Metellus "the Cretan". A seemingly easy mission to allow him to be forgotten and safe by his dedicated and annoyed ennemies, brings the young sleuthing senator to the port of The Ptolaemean Alexandreia. The majestic description of one of the most flamboyant and grand cities of that era comes alive in front of the reader's eyes, under the quill skills and excellent historic knowledge of John Maddox Roberts. The Great Library and the Museum with the great philosophers and scientists of the era is the theatre of his first social visit, due to the interest of his betrothed Julia,niece of Ceasar, in a surprise trip to Alexandreia, and her interest of the scientific research and theory. But the young senator's fate brings him again to the entangled paths of a murderous conspiracy. Mathematician Iphicrates from Chios, one of the last pupils of Archimedes is found murdered in the Museum during a symposium. Again the natural eagerness of Metellus brings him to the dangerous tracks of the conspirators. What is the involment of 10 year old Cleopatra's older sister Verenice in it? What brings in the plot the Parthian Ambassador and an Athenean Haetera? Lots of sub plots fitting like jigsaw puzzles and the help of Julia and the Greek doctor Asclepiades mortuary skills will be enough for the Sleuthing Senator to solve the mystery of the murder and beneath it?Read more ›
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By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Aug. 2015
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.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??
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By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Aug. 2010
Format: 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??
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By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Feb. 2007
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John Maddox Roberts is the pseudonym of Mark Ramsay, author of numerous works of science fiction and fantasy, in addition to his successful historical SPQR mystery series. He lives in New Mexico with his wife.

Once again our hero, Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger is drawn into a web of deceit and intrigue, but this time outside the confines of his beloved Rome. Decius is given the chance to join a delegation that are on a diplomatic mission to Alexandria and he sees it as an ideal opportunity to escape the attention of his growing number of enemies in Rome.

Decius is just beginning to enjoy his visit to Egypt, with all of its exotic pleasures, when a suspicious death of a philosopher occurs, coinciding with the ravings of a charismatic cult leader. Intrigued by the death, Decius is given permission by the Pharaoh to investigate the crime, but what he eventually discovers shocks even Decius. Our hero has taken many women to his bed, but when the body of a famous courtesan mysteriously turns up in his bed, Decius is less than amused and finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy much more far reaching than he could ever have imagined.
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