A Bitter Chill: An Aurelia Marcella Roman Mystery

A Bitter Chill: An Aurelia Marcella Roman Mystery

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by Jane Finnis
     
 

It’s freezing in late December, 95 A.D. Roman settlers in Britannia are preparing to celebrate Saturnalia. Innkeeper Aurelia Marcella, who runs a mansio near Eboracum (modern York) in consort with her (mostly absent) brother and her younger sister, Albia, finds her plans for a peaceful holiday shattered when her brother makes a surprise midnight appearance. His… See more details below

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It’s freezing in late December, 95 A.D. Roman settlers in Britannia are preparing to celebrate Saturnalia. Innkeeper Aurelia Marcella, who runs a mansio near Eboracum (modern York) in consort with her (mostly absent) brother and her younger sister, Albia, finds her plans for a peaceful holiday shattered when her brother makes a surprise midnight appearance. His news? An enemy in Rome is trying to destroy the family by spreading rumors they are plotting against Caesar. Lucius has, through an unwise affair, lost his job as a government investigator.
To add to Aurelia’s woes, the mansio is threatened by a sort of protection racket, and a party of rich, demanding travelers related to the provincial governor rolls up at the door. Their quarrels, verging on the murderous, and their quest for a rebellious heir, the elder son, spill over into Aurelia’s household.
And then, at the Saturnalia feast, one of the party dies and Albia becomes the chief suspect. An outraged Aurelia is forced to contend with conspirators—and threats—of all stripes in a story that moves from the quiet countryside to a busy garrison town.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune - Dick Adler
"If that gaudy, blood-drenched HBO series Rome makes you want to know what everyday life was really like for the Romans who lived in conquered lands such as Britannia, Jane Finnis is the writer for you. Her second period mystery (after the superb Get Out Or Die) again uses topnotch writing and research to get under the skin of Romans and their increasingly restive Brit charges."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781615950676
Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date:
12/06/2011
Series:
Aurelia Marcella Roman Series , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
348
Sales rank:
349,525
File size:
1 MB

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