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Paul Doherty really is the master storyteller. It seem to matter not to Mr. Doherty whether the background to the book is Medieval England, Ancient Egypt, or in the case the eternal city of Rome in the 4th century AD.

I don't think it could possibly be Ancient Rome without the murder and mayhem that almost always seem to accompany any book that uses the city as its background.

The children of the rich and famous are being abducted and held for ransom. At the same time veteran legionaries who have served in Britannia with Constantine, particularly along Great Wall, in the more northern reaches of the island are being brutally murdered. There bodies are mutilated, a practice that was prevalent among the Picts, the people they were fighting against, so many years ago.

The Empress employs her secret agent Claudia to try to resolve these terrible happenings. However Claudia has her own problems. Her uncles garden has recently had the body of a young girl disinterred and she has the task of trying to solve both mysteries at the same time. The young girl was a Christian and her corpse was perfectly preserved.

Claudia must claw her way through a mist of politics, religion and violence. One false move could cost her much more than her job as a spy . . .
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Paul Doherty really is the master storyteller. It seem to matter not to Mr. Doherty whether the background to the book is Medieval England, Satan in St.Mary's (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 1) Ancient Egypt, The Mask of Ra (Amerotke, Book 1), or in the case the eternal city of Rome in the 4th century AD.

I don't think it could possibly be Ancient Rome without the murder and mayhem that almost always seem to accompany any book that uses the city as its background.

The children of the rich and famous are being abducted and held for ransom. At the same time veteran legionaries who have served in Britannia with Constantine, particularly along Great Wall, in the more northern reaches of the island are being brutally murdered. There bodies are mutilated, a practice that was prevalent among the Picts, the people they were fighting against, so many years ago.

The Empress employs her secret agent Claudia to try to resolve these terrible happenings. However Claudia has her own problems. Her uncles garden has recently had the body of a young girl disinterred and she has the task of trying to solve both mysteries at the same time. The young girl was a Christian and her corpse was perfectly preserved.

Claudia must claw her way through a mist of politics, religion and violence. One false move could cost her much more than her job as a spy.

The book was as enjoyable as all the other offerings from the author. Anyone who has read other Paul Doherty books will love this one too.
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on 26 October 2016
Paul Doherty shows his love of history in everything he writes. This is no exception a good mystery set in ancient Rome as Christianity fights to take over the eternal city without getting bogged down in the detail.
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on 7 March 2014
Book three of the ancient roman mysteries. If you like accessable historical crime you will like this. The story moves along at a good pace, a bit repetative in the descriptive parts but a good easy read.
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on 2 August 2013
The story was good & the supply of the book was speedy with the condition exactly as advertised. I was able to 'make up' all the volumes in the series at a low cost with the second hand books.
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on 15 May 2016
A good example of historical fact and fiction mixed together, the past comes to life in front of your eyes
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on 14 June 2016
exceptional product. It does exactly what it says on the packaging. Would use again
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on 20 January 2015
did not quite meet stated condition in my view
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on 13 August 2014
all was good
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