SPQR XI: Under Vesuvius

The SPQR Roman Mysteries (Volume 11)

John Maddox Roberts

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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In SPQR XI: Under Vesuvius, things are going well for Decius Caecilius Metellus. He is Praetor Peregrinus, which means he has to judge a case or two, but those cases are outside of the City. His cases will be those dealing with foreigners, and all of Italy is his province. His first stop is Campania, “Italy’s most popular resort district.”  Decius and his wife, Julia, are happy for a change of scenery.  But the good times end when, in a town near Vesuvius, a priest’s daughter is murdered. Decius must find her killer and keep the mob off a young boy who everyone blames but he believes to be innocent. Decius may have acquired more prestige, but he’s also acquired more trouble. 

With his SPQR novels, John Maddox Roberts has written a satisfying and entertaining historical mystery series. The stakes just keep getting higher in this latest atmospheric puzzle.
 

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Chapter 1
It was a good year for me, even if it was a bad one for Rome. Caesar’s actions had everyone on edge and the City was full of talk of civil war. It was getting difficult to accomplish anything, whether in the way of business or pleasure, so nervous was everyone. Luckily for me, I didn’t have to stay there.
It was the year of my praetorship. Had I been elected praetor urbanis, I would have had to stay within the walls for the whole year, but it had been my good fortune to be elected praetor peregrinus, in charge of cases involving foreigners, and all Italy was my province.

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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 historical SPQR mystery series. He and his wife live in New Mexico.

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SPQR XI: Under Vesuvius
John Maddox Roberts

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
November 2013
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ISBN: 9781466856301
ISBN10: 1466856300
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages
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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
November 2008
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ISBN: 9780312370893
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