SPQR IX: The Princess and the Pirates

The SPQR Roman Mysteries (Volume 9)

John Maddox Roberts

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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His two years of aedileship over, Decius is ready for his next adventure. He would rather do anything than join the war with Caesar, so he and Hermes find themselves on a mission to rid the Mediterranean of pirates. They set off with shoddy ships and sailors to the island of Cyprus, where a young Cleopatra is staying. Between her impressive crew and the ex-pirate Ariston providing insider knowledge of that cutthroat occupation, Decius thinks he stands a good chance of bringing himself some glory.

That would be too simple though. The ruler of the island is murdered and Decius has a sacred duty to find and punish the guilty party. As he investigates world trade, the island history, and the new kind of piracy plaguing the waters, he is finding connections more menacing than he had ever imagined possible.
Roberts crafts another skillful mystery, this one fervently pulsing with the collision of Roman, Greek, and Egyptian interests.

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Praise for SPQR IX: The Princess and the Pirates

"Gripping ...longtime fans and those interested in the Roman Republic will enjoy this crafty puzzle."--Publishers Weekly

"Colorful characters led by Cleopatra and historical tidbits add entertainment."--Kirkus Reviews


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John Maddox Roberts

John Maddox Roberts is the author of numerous works of science fiction and fantasy in addition to his well-loved SPQR mysteries. He and his wife live in New Mexico.


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SPQR IX: The Princess and the Pirates
John Maddox Roberts

Trade Paperback

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
January 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312337247
ISBN10: 0312337248
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 208 pages
$16.99

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Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429908375
ISBN10: 1429908378
208 pages
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