Death at Pompeia's Wedding [NOOK Book]

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A Libertus Mystery, set in Roman Britain - Libertus is at a society wedding on behalf of his patron when the father of the bride is poisoned after testing the wedding wine. Pompeia, the bride, declares that she has caused the death, but Libertus is retained by the bridegroom to prove her innocence. His investigations uncover hidden tensions, and when another guest is discovered murdered at his home, events take a different and more sinister turn . . .
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Death at Pompeia's Wedding

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Overview

A Libertus Mystery, set in Roman Britain - Libertus is at a society wedding on behalf of his patron when the father of the bride is poisoned after testing the wedding wine. Pompeia, the bride, declares that she has caused the death, but Libertus is retained by the bridegroom to prove her innocence. His investigations uncover hidden tensions, and when another guest is discovered murdered at his home, events take a different and more sinister turn . . .
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

A setup Agatha Christie fans would appreciate forms the framework for Rowe's fine 10th mystery set in second-century Roman-occupied Britain (after 2007's A Coin for the Ferryman). Series sleuth Libertus, a mosaic maker by trade, agrees to stand in at a wedding for his patron, Marcus Septimus, who has to travel to Rome, in the town of Glevum (modern Gloucester). When someone poisons Honorius Didius Fustis, a town councilor and the bride's father, on the wedding day, theA prospective bridegroom, Gracchus, who's still eager to cash in on the dowry, hires Libertus to prove that the bride-to-be, Pompeia, isn't responsible for parricide, despite her apparent confession. With his standing with the Roman authorities uncertain, the investigator doggedly pursues suspects both inside and outside the dead man's family. Rowe does her usual excellent job of integrating the details of everyday life into the plot. (Feb.)

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Library Journal

In second-century Roman Britain, Libertus (A Roman Ransom) represents his patron at a wedding. When two people are murdered, Libertus must quickly solve a puzzle that turns out to be his most challenging case. Sure to appeal to fans of John Maddox Roberts. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ9/1/08.]


—Jo Ann Vicarel
Kirkus Reviews
Libertus proves a clumsy spy, but redeems himself when murder mars a lavish wedding. Roman Britain, 189 CE. Freeman sleuth Libertus is wary at the chummy greeting he receives from his patron Marcus Aurelius Septimus, who has abruptly summoned him. The patrician Marcus, after explaining that he's planning an imminent trip, "asks" Libertus to take his place at the wedding of Pompeia Didia, daughter of the ostentatiously wealthy town councillor Honorius. Marcus wants Libertus to keep an eye on Antoninus Seulonius, a merchant with political ambitions whom Marcus suspects of dishonesty. From his arrival at Honorius' elaborate estate, Libertus finds the atmosphere strange. The painfully plain bride looks unhappy in her gaudy gown-perhaps because Gracchus, the groom her father has chosen, is twice her age-and Libertus has a hard time gaining access, despite an expensive gift and the efforts of his silver-tongued slave Minimus. Before the ceremony can take place, Honorius is poisoned, and the family begins turning on one another. Grieving young widow Livia and Honorius' imperious mother Helena Domna duel for control of the household while Gracchus laments the potential loss of Pompeia's dowry, earmarked to pay off his massive debts. His curiosity piqued, Libertus begins asking questions and forming his own list of suspects. Given Marcus' charge, Antoninus should top the list, but his murder complicates the case. A valuable statue may be the key to solving the mystery. Libertus' tenth (A Coin for the Ferryman, 2007, etc.) is a crisp and skillfully plotted whodunit full of deft period detail.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780100234
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Series: Libertus Mystery of Roman Britain , #10
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 213
  • Sales rank: 453,230
  • File size: 337 KB

Meet the Author

Rosemary Rowe is the author of the Libertus Mystery series. She has also written more than a dozen bestselling textbooks as Rosemary Aitken.

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