A Whispering of Spies (Libertus) Hardcover – 6 Mar 2012
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nicely dark and very absorbing. Enjoyed this - and didn't guess, though I thought I had!Published 3 months ago by peeny g
Another good comfortable read with our british 'roman' detective, if by default. Libertus solves another murder in his own inimatable style.Published on 18 Nov. 2013 by June
She has managed two clever things in this book, not only bringing the past vividly to life, but also giving the reader a cracking good story.Published on 31 Oct. 2013 by ian fairbrass