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Stone Cold Hardcover – 1 Jan 2005

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd; First Edition edition (Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727861875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727861870
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.4 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,614,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Claudia was just ten years old when her father marched off to war and never came home. Now it's time to uncover the truth about his disappearance. The search takes her to the dense, dark forests of Gaul, where Druid Law rules and human sacrifice is still practised. And staying at the villa of the cold, egotistical Marcia, who has even commissioned a spectacular tomb to ensure her immortality, Claudia can't help noticing that several young women have disappeared from the local area. Suspicion quickly falls on a mysterious woodsman known as the Scarecrow, but she isn't convinced. Nor has it escaped her notice that each victim is unblemished and in the fullness of bloom. Just as she is herself...

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By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Oct. 2005
Format: Paperback
Claudia the beautiful widow of a deceased wine merchant has left the fleshpots of Rome on a mission to find her father who vanished without trace 15 years ago leaving a broken hearted wife and ten year old Claudia to fend for themselves. He had gone into Gaul with the Roman legions and never been heard of since.
When Claudia reaches the place of his disappearance her persistent questions about her father stir up a hornets nest of intrigue and subterfuge. It seems nobody wants to talk about what happened 15 years ago, particularly the Chief Druid of the area. However it is not long before Claudia is befriended by Marcia, who is said to be the richest woman in that area of Gaul. Marcia insists that a Roman matron of Claudia's standing cannot stay alone in an inn and takes her back to her private villa.
It is not long before Orbilio from the secret police turns up at the villa, as he never seems to be far from wherever Claudia happens to be and their love hate relationship continues to smoulder.
Orbilio is on the trail of some child abductors who are running their dirty business from the local town and he receives help from an unlikely quarter. Several young women have also gone missing from the area, are the two crimes tied together and has the man called the 'Scarecrow' who is living wild in the woods surrounding Marcia's villa anything to do with the crimes . . .
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Format: Hardcover
The latest instalment of this series is well worth reading. Claudia is a brilliant heroine with a superb stock of one-liners that just keep you laughing. Read it if you want a good. interesting, well researched read based in Roman times that isn't just chock full of dry, historic facts...
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Out of the fire, straight into the frying pan- what seems to be a way to recover from her debts and the dirty tricks of the wine makers guild winds up in a complex adventure and the need to solve a murder before another happens. A real page turner, like the rest of this series.
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Enjoyed this easy read series but Ms Todd is stretching the" nearly relationship" between Claudia & Marcus a bit. Come on lets get them together or just ditch the whole idea.
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