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on 28 April 2017
This delightful Roman murder mystery is the 7th part of the cheeky and lively "Claudia Seferius" series.
This Roman mystery is told with a lot of wit, and the storyline is very well organised and structured by the author.
Story-telling is of a very good quality and the characters involved in this tale come all wonderfully to life, especially the main characters Claudia herself and Marcus Orbilio and their enjoyable up and down love theme.
This story is set in the beginning in Rome itself but soon moves out towards the Etruscan Hills, when at the same time a week of festivals and frolics is about to kick off, when Claudia's teenage stepdaughter is kidnapped.
At the same time in Rome there's a growing popularity for an Egyptian cult with the Roman citizens, especially young girls, but after some while these same young female members are beginning to feel strange disturbances after joining this Egyptian cult in the Hills, and so they want to escape this heavenly prison before it's too late, with Flavia, Claudia's stepdaughter, among them.
With no cash, because her fellow businessmen are freezing her out of trade, and the only man who'll be able to help her, Marcus Orbilio, has problems of his own, and so she's confronted with the task of tracking down the kidnappers herself, but eventually with the help of a girl named Flea, who's somehow involved in this so-called kidnapping, while Marcus Orbilio after escaping his house-arrest, and also her slave Junius, after some disastrous circumstances is freed from jail, are also able to help Claudia.
What will follow is an exciting murder mystery in which abductions and killings are taken place within this strange Egyptian cult, and in these circumstances Claudia Seferius has to do her utmost to free her stepdaughter from death and stay alive herself as well.
Really recommended, for this book is "A Dream-Boat Murder Mystery"!
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on 17 March 2002
When her irritating stepdaughter disappears, Claudia Seferius is annoyed to say the least. With the games of Apollo beginning in two days time, Claudia can definately think of things she would rather be doing. But with a serious lack of money or help for that matter, she doesn't have much choice but to hunt the kidnapper herself. As usual, however, things don't quite go to plan...
Again, Marilyn Todd has succeeded in writing another amazing book about the intoxicating Claudia Seferius. The characters are, as ever, amazingly real and we, the readers, are shown tantalising glimpses of vulnerability in Claudia's tough personality. A fantastic book, well worth reading.
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on 2 July 2015
Great series if you like historical mysteries adventure and laughs with a dark story Claudia gets into such trouble trying to dodge her creditors and keep one step ahead of the police. She's brave, funny, dogged and vulnerable.
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on 23 August 2014
I have loved the Claudia Seferius series - until this one. It was disappointing when compared to Marilyn Todd's previous six novels.
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on 30 July 2014
Such an intriguing main character with a persistent side-kick.
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on 12 August 2015
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