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Rivals of the Republic

The body of a Vestal Virgin is found in the Tiber River, and soon after, a senator is found having bled to death in his bath. As Roman authorities turn a strangely blind eye, Hortensia, the daughter of the capital s most celebrated orator, begins investigating this trail of murders that leads straight into the dark heart of Rome. Despite her husband s and father s attempts to protect her, rebelling against the societal constraints to her sex, Hortensia plunges deeper into the corrupt underworld of the city. And only one man can save her from becoming the next victim: Lucrio, the ex-gladiator to whom she already owes her life. But Lucrio has secrets as well, and his past threatens to subsume both him and Hortensia. Rivals of the Republic is the exciting fiction debut from Roman historian and author Annelise Freisenbruch. Using her supreme knowledge of the period, Freisenbruch delivers a meticulously accurate and suspenseful mystery that will grip readers from beginning to end."
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Annelise Freisenbruch received her PhD in Classics from Cambridge University in 2004. She has worked as a freelance history researcher on a number of ancient world books and media, including Bettany Hughes'sHelen of Troy (Vintage) and BBC S Ancient Rome. Her first nonfiction book, Caesar s Wives, has been published in five different languages and has received critical acclaim. Blood in the Tiber is her first novel."


Annelise Freisenbruch's Hortensia is a delight--passionate, articulate, fallible and, better still, inspired by a real woman.--Ruth Downie, author of the bestselling Medicus series

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