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The SPQR Roman Mysteries

Set in ancient Rome, John Robert Maddox’s captivating SPQR Roman Mysteries features the high-born Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger, an investigator determined to uncover the corruption running rampant in the highest levels of the Roman Republic government. Maddox has delighted historical mystery fans ever since the publication of The King’s Gambit, the first book in this Edgar Award-nominated series.

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SPQR XIII: The Year of Confusion
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SPQR XIII: The Year of Confusion

The SPQR Roman Mysteries (Volume 13)
John Maddox Roberts
St. Martin's Press

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...

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SPQR XII: Oracle of the Dead
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SPQR XII: Oracle of the Dead

The SPQR Roman Mysteries (Volume 12)
John Maddox Roberts
St. Martin's Press

Decius Caecilius Metellus, this year's magistrate for cases involving foreigners, thinks he is merely visiting one of the local attractions of southern Italy when he takes a party to visit the Oracle...

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SPQR XI: Under Vesuvius
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SPQR XI: Under Vesuvius

The SPQR Roman Mysteries (Volume 11)
John Maddox Roberts
St. Martin's Press

Things are going well for Decius Caecilius Metellus. He is praetor peregrinus, which means he has to judge a case or two outside Rome. His first stop is Campania, "Italy's most popular resort...

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SPQR X: A Point of Law
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SPQR X: A Point of Law

The SPQR Roman Mysteries (Volume 10)
John Maddox Roberts
St. Martin's Press

Decius Caecilius Metellus is moving up in the world. He's won some money and glory fighting pirates in the Mediterranean and expects a speedy election to the office of praetor.

That all changes...

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SPQR IX: The Princess and the Pirates
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SPQR IX: The Princess and the Pirates

The SPQR Roman Mysteries (Volume 9)
John Maddox Roberts
St. Martin's Press

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...

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SPQR VIII: The River God's Vengeance
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SPQR VIII: The River God's Vengeance

The SPQR Roman Mysteries (Volume 8)
John Maddox Roberts
St. Martin's Press

He would rise up as savior of the State, but Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger already has a lot on his mind. In the year of his aedileship, Decius is expected to stage elaborate and expensive...

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SPQR VII: The Tribune's Curse
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SPQR VII: The Tribune's Curse

The SPQR Roman Mysteries (Volume 7)
John Maddox Roberts
St. Martin's Press

I was happier than any mere mortal has a right to be and I should have known better. The entire body of received mythology and every last Greek tragedy ever written have made one inescapable...

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SPQR VI: Nobody Loves a Centurion
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SPQR VI: Nobody Loves a Centurion

The SPQR Roman Mysteries (Volume 6)
John Maddox Roberts
St. Martin's Press

Like so many young men in later generations, Roman playboy/detective Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger is faced with the necessity of serving in his country's armed forces. Since a dangerous...

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SPQR V: Saturnalia
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SPQR V: Saturnalia

The SPQR Roman Mysteries (Volume 5)
John Maddox Roberts
St. Martin's Press

Every culture has its wild entertainment, but the Roman Saturnalia is looked upon as the granddaddy of them all.

Roberts's vivid fictional account of the annual event takes place in first century...

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SPQR IV: The Temple of the Muses
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SPQR IV: The Temple of the Muses

The SPQR Roman Mysteries (Volume 4)
John Maddox Roberts
St. Martin's Press

When Roman junior senator Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger has a chance to join a diplomatic mission to Alexandria, he welcomes the opportunity to temporarily elude his enemies in the Eternal...

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SPQR III: The Sacrilege
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SPQR III: The Sacrilege

The SPQR Roman Mysteries (Volume 3)
John Maddox Roberts
St. Martin's Press

When a sacret woman's rite in the ancient city of Rome is infiltrated by a corrupt patrician dressed in female garb, it falls to Senator Decuis Caecilius Metellus the Younger, whose investigative...

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SPQR II: The Catiline Conspiracy
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SPQR II: The Catiline Conspiracy

The SPQR Roman Mysteries (Volume 2)
John Maddox Roberts
St. Martin's Press

It was a summer of glorious triumph for the mighty Roman Republic. Her invincible legions had brought all foreign enemies to their knees. But in Rome there was no peace. The streets were flooded...

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SPQR I: The Kings Gambit
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SPQR I: The Kings Gambit

The SPQR Roman Mysteries (Volume 1)
John Maddox Roberts
St. Martin's Press

Blackmail, corruption, treachery, murder--the glory that was Rome.

In this Edgar Award-nominated mystery, John Maddox Roberts takes readers back to a Rome filled with violence and evil....

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About the author

John Maddox Roberts

John Maddox Roberts is the author of numerous works of science fiction and fantasy in addition to his SPQR series set in ancient Rome. He and his wife live in New Mexico.

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