The Deadliest Fever~ A Miriam bat Isaac Mystery in Ancient Alexandria

The Deadliest Fever~ A Miriam bat Isaac Mystery in Ancient Alexandria

by June Trop

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The Deadliest Fever~ A Miriam bat Isaac Mystery in Ancient Alexandria by June Trop

Miriam bat Isaac, a budding alchemist and amateur sleuth in first-century CE Alexandria, is concerned when she learns that the Torah mantle in Alexandria's Great Synagogue has been damaged. She takes the mantle to Judah, a renowned jeweler and the unrequited love of her life. He repairs the mantle but assures her that the gems are genuine. Like Miriam, he is astonished that someone would damage the mantle but leave the gems behind. But Miriam suspects that something is not right. She is even more convinced that something is amiss, a few days later, when an anonymous note arrives, warning that the security at the Synagogue needs to be increased. As she digs for answers, she learns that some of the people she trusts are not what they seem, and she may not survive long enough to uncover the truth...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159068071
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication date: 04/28/2018
Series: Miriam bat Isaac Mysteries , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 485,934
File size: 305 KB

About the Author

June Trop and her twin sister Gail wrote their first story, “The Steam Shavel [sic],” when they were six years old growing up in rural New Jersey. They sold it to their brother Everett for two cents. “I don’t remember how I spent my share,” Trop says. “You could buy a fistful of candy for a penny in those days, but ever since then, I wanted to be a writer.” As an award-winning middle school science teacher, Trop used storytelling to capture her students’ imagination and interest in scientific concepts. Years later as a professor of teacher education, she focused her research on the practical knowledge teachers construct and communicate through storytelling. Her first book, From Lesson Plans to Power Struggles (Corwin Press, 2009), is based on the stories new teachers told about their first classroom experiences. Now associate professor emerita at the State University of New York at New Paltz, she devotes her time to writing The Miriam bat Isaac Mystery Series. Her heroine is based on the personage of Maria Hebrea, the legendary founder of Western alchemy, who developed the concepts and apparatus alchemists and chemists would use for 1500 years. Trop lives with her husband Paul Zuckerman in New Paltz, where she is breathlessly recording her plucky heroine’s next life-or-death exploit.

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Anonymous 4 months ago
A charming and delicious tale, part romance and part murder mystery, all steeped in the atmospherics of historical fiction set in the ancient world. This series has an added delight—the protagonist, Miriam bat Isaac, is smart, shrewd, and independent. Because we see all the characters, high and low, through her eyes, we too feel smart, shrewd, and independent. The action is fast and varied—from vandalism in the synagogue to murder on the high seas, to tumult on the filthy and stinking byways of the city, there are no dull moments. My only quibble is that the “fever” that gives this book its title comes in only at the very end. The book includes a list of characters in case you lose track as well as a very comprehensive glossary of Roman and Hebrew terms and expressions used in the book and a bibliography that will be helpful to anyone wishing to pursue an interest in the ancient world.--Naomi Allen
Tanya Wheeler 6 months ago
This is a mystery set in ancient Alexandria. She noticed the mantel has been damaged but the gemstones were left behind. She takes it for repair but things .at not be all it seems. She finds things and people are not as she tought. Can she solve The mystery? See if she can I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
UrsulaCD 8 months ago
The Deadliest Fever by June Trop reunites us with Miriam bat Isaac, an alchemist and amateur sleuth in Alexandria in the first century CE. This time, she becomes alarmed when the mantle of the Torah in the Great Synagogue is damaged, even though the jewels are still there. Convinced they have been stolen and replaced with fakes, Miriam takes the mantle to Judah, a renowned jeweler and the man she secretly loves, who tells her that the jewels are real. He repairs the mantle, but Miriam believes the mischief isn’t over. Someone is up to no good, and she is determined to stop them. The Deadliest Fever takes us back in time to when Alexandria was in its prime, its library and Great Synagogue pristine. With her vivid descriptions, realistic and sympathetic characters, fast-paced action, and plot, it will captivate you all the way through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Deadliest Fever is the best Miriam bat Isaac mystery so far. It follows one of the three thieves who stole the treasure from the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus and escaped to Alexandria just in time to encounter Miriam in a perplexing problem, namely who is desecrating the Torah mantle in the Great Synagogue. Only when she understands the connection between the two events, can she get she solve the problem with the help of a rabid bat. You won’t put this book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading The Deadliest Fever, the fourth and most complex of the Miriam bat Isaac mysteries so far. The book is set in first-century CE Roman Alexandria, but a significant event occurs before the story begins. Three scoundrels have stolen the gems from the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus and fled to Alexandria. Miriam becomes connected to the event because shortly thereafter, the gems in the Torah mantle in the Great Synagogue are vandalized, and one of her friends happened to be aboard the ship that brought the thieves from Ephesus to Alexandria. The story is about what happens to the three thieves. The book lives up to the first three in that it creates a believable setting. You escape from your world and find yourself IN ancient Alexandria. The questions Miriam deals with are utterly puzzling. And the characters, even one of the thieves, become your friends. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FIGURE OUT THE ENDING. In fact, Miriam has only one reliable clue, and that’s from the bite of a rabid bat.