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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd (6 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727881639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727881632
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.5 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 601,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fans of other series set in ancient Rome by Steven Saylor, Kelli Stanley, and Lindsey Davis, among others, should add Rowe to their reading lists."Booklist on A Whispering of Spies

Fans of other series set in ancient Rome by Steven Saylor, Kelli Stanley, and Lindsey Davis, among others, should add Rowe to their reading lists. Booklist on A Whispering of Spies"

About the Author

Rosemary Rowe also writes historical romances under the pseudonym Rosemary Aitken. She lives in Gloucestershire, England.


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The review by Coatesye doubled me up laughing. However, I had looked at this book and wondered if I'd like it. The review clinched it. I received the book today and have read it at one sitting and I have to say I really enjoyed it. In fact, I've enjoyed it so much, I just ordered The Vestal Vanishes by the same author.

I suppose I should give some indication as to what the book's about. Libertus is the put-upon protege of the patrician Marcus Septimus Aurelius. Although a pavement maker, Libertus' alter ego is as an amateur sleuth living in Roman Britain. When the dismembered corpses of a security detail guarding a fabulous treasure is discovered - the horses too have been slaughtered and dismembered - someone decides to frame Libertus for the crime and Marcus Septimus Aurelius by extension.

Libertus is a first-class elderly amateur sleuth; unfortunately, he doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut and his sleuthing, inevitably, gets him even deeper into hot water. Aided by his son Junio, Brianus (slave to the owner of the treasure) and the pig farmer Biccus, Libertus weaves his way to uncovering the true perpetrator and exonerates both himself and his patron.

Put like this, it seems as absorbing as watching paint dry, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I recently bought an M.C. Scott book which I have discarded about 1/3 of the way through because I just didn't care what happened to the characters depicted and they didn't convince me that they could ever be real flesh and blood outside the pages of the book; unlike Marcus Aquila hero of the Eagle of the Ninth and his body slave Esca.
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I have bought every book title since Rosemary Rowe wrote them. I hate it when her hero gets all downtrodden and imprisoned but he always gets out and solves the crime. I want to kick him up the butt but I have to wait until he figures it out himself.
This is one of the few books I buy in hardback form cos I cant wait to see what the silly old fart is doing next.
Excellent read and money well spent.
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I'm really into these ancient whodunnits, and Ms Rowe has successfully grabbed my attention with her excellent series of detective novels set in 2nd century Roman Britain; I've bought them all, but I'm no slave to a trashy book - this instalment was just even better than the last. I can't wait for the next one.
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Just finished reading "A Whispering of Spies" and thoroughly enjoyed it. First got into the series after my mum stumbled upon "The Ghosts of Glevum" in a table top sale down in Boscastle while on holiday. She recognized Glevum as the old latin name for Gloucester where we live and bought it. We both read it and got hooked on the series ever since. Ive always been a fan of getting back to the start of a series so I sought out "The Germanicus Mosaic" which is excellent and went from there. If your into historical murder mystery fiction and an engaging storyline these are the books for you.
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Perhaps not the best novel in the series, never the less is a good read. The plot twists and turns keeping the reader interested until the end. I really like the characters - you can relate to them.
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