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Under Vesuvius (SPQR)
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John Maddox Roberts is the author of numerous works of science fiction and fantasy in addition to his suspenseful SPQR mysteries. He and his wife live in New Mexico.

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The brisk 11th Decius Metellus Roman historical (after 2006's SPQR X: A Point of Law) finds tensions increasing between Julius Caesar and Pompey. Series hero Decius has been elected praetor peregrinus, traveling magistrate in charge of all cases involving foreigners. A relaxing stay in a southern Italian town near the legendary volcano Vesuvius is disrupted by the murder of Gorgo, the attractive young daughter of the local priest. Anger quickly grows against her forbidden lover, Gelon, a Numidian, but Decius's instincts tell him that another is responsible for the killing. The solution owes more to a chance discovery than reasoned deduction, and the political upheaval of the time is more distant background noise than an immediate concern for the characters. Though the details and overall impression of ancient Rome aren't at the high level of Steven Saylor, readers looking for a crafty and entertaining journey to the past won't be disappointed. (Dec.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Roberts's characters are entertaining, very human, and frequently both witty and surprising." --"Mystery News""Longtime fans and those interested in the Roman Republic will enjoy this crafty puzzle."--"Publishers Weekly" on "SPQR IX: The Princess and the Pirates" "Under Roberts' skilled hand and light touch, this visit to ancient Rome seems like touring a familiar neighborhood with old friends."--"Tampa Tribune" on "SPQR VIII: The River God's Vengeance"

"Roberts's characters are entertaining, very human, and frequently both witty and surprising." -"Mystery News""Longtime fans and those interested in the Roman Republic will enjoy this crafty puzzle."--"Publishers Weekly" on "SPQR IX: The Princess and the Pirates" "Under Roberts' skilled hand and light touch, this visit to ancient Rome seems like touring a familiar neighborhood with old friends."--"Tampa Tribune" on "SPQR VIII: The River God's Vengeance"


"Roberts's characters are entertaining, very human, and frequently both witty and surprising." --"Mystery News""Longtime fans and those interested in the Roman Republic will enjoy this crafty puzzle."--"Publishers Weekly" on "SPQR IX: The Princess and the Pirates" "Under Roberts' skilled hand and light touch, this visit to ancient Rome seems like touring a familiar neighborhood with old friends."--"Tampa Tribune" on "SPQR VIII: The River God's Vengeance"


Roberts's characters are entertaining, very human, and frequently both witty and surprising. "Mystery News"

Longtime fans and those interested in the Roman Republic will enjoy this crafty puzzle. "Publishers Weekly on SPQR IX: The Princess and the Pirates"

Under Roberts' skilled hand and light touch, this visit to ancient Rome seems like touring a familiar neighborhood with old friends. "Tampa Tribune on SPQR VIII: The River God's Vengeance""


Roberts's characters are entertaining, very human, and frequently both witty and surprising. Mystery News

Longtime fans and those interested in the Roman Republic will enjoy this crafty puzzle. Publishers Weekly on SPQR IX: The Princess and the Pirates

Under Roberts' skilled hand and light touch, this visit to ancient Rome seems like touring a familiar neighborhood with old friends. Tampa Tribune on SPQR VIII: The River God's Vengeance

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"Roberts's characters are entertaining, very human, and frequently both witty and surprising." --Mystery News

"Longtime fans and those interested in the Roman Republic will enjoy this crafty puzzle." --Publishers Weekly on SPQR IX: The Princess and the Pirates

"Under Roberts' skilled hand and light touch, this visit to ancient Rome seems like touring a familiar neighborhood with old friends." --Tampa Tribune on SPQR VIII: The River God's Vengeance

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