SPQR XIII: The Year of Confusion

A Mystery

The SPQR Roman Mysteries (Volume 13)

John Maddox Roberts

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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“Readers looking for a crafty and entertaining journey to the past won’t be disappointed.”
—Publishers Weekly on SPQR XI: Under Vesuvius
 
Caius Julius Caesar, now Dictator of Rome, has decided to revise the Roman calendar, which has become out of sync with the seasons. As if this weren’t already an unpopular move, Caesar has brought in astronomers and astrologers from abroad, including Egyptians, Greeks, Indians and Persians. Decius is appointed to oversee this project, which he knows rankles the Roman public: “To be told by a pack of Chaldeans and Egyptians how to conduct their duties towards the gods was intolerable.” Not long after the new calendar project begins, two of the foreigners are murdered. Decius begins his investigations and, as the body count increases, it seems that an Indian fortuneteller popular with patrician Roman ladies is also involved.

This latest in the acclaimed series is sure to please historical mystery fans.

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THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG WITH our calendar. I didn’t think so, and the Roman people didn’t think so, but Caius Julius Caesar thought so. Besides, he was dictator and that was that. He was also Pontifex Maximus, therefore in charge of the Roman calendar, and this was one of his pet projects. When you are dictator, you can indulge your pet projects and hobbies and so forth and if anyone disputes your right to do so you can have them killed. Not that Caesar would kill people over anything so tri.ing. Quite the contrary. He pardoned persons eminently deserving of execution and might

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"That readers know Caesar's ultimate fate in no way detracts from the enjoyment of this inventive historical."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"Decius’ first-person narrative is as sharp as ever, and the customary map and generous glossary will help transport readers back to ancient Rome."
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JOHN MADDOX ROBERTS lives in Estancia, New Mexico.

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SPQR XIII: The Year of Confusion
A Mystery
John Maddox Roberts

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Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
February 2010
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ISBN: 9781429954914
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288 pages
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January 2011
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