The Deadliest Hate

The Deadliest Hate

by June Trop

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Winner of Honorable Mention for fiction in the 2016 New York Book Festival.

The Roman Empire may be the least of her enemies.

A secret alchemical recipe to transmute copper into gold surfaces in first-century CE Caesarea. As soon as Miriam sets out to trace the leak, Judean terrorists target her for assassination. Eluding the assassins while protecting a secret of her own, she discovers that she, herself, is responsible for the leak. Moreover she is powerless to stop its spread throughout the Empire and beyond.

But who is really trying to kill Miriam? Is it a case of mistaken identity, or is her late-fiancé's ex-scribe, now an assistant to the Procurator of Judea, seeking to avenge an old grudge? Or is her heartthrob's half-brother, a Judean patriot who inherited his mother's mania, afraid Miriam knows too much?

And how did the recipe find its way from Alexandria to Caesarea anyway?

June Trop (Zuckerman) has had over forty years of experience as an award-winning teacher and educator. Now associate professor emerita at the State University of New York at New Paltz, she spends her time breathlessly following her intrepid protagonist, Miriam bat Isaac, who is back in the underbelly of Alexandria, once again searching for a murderer in The Deadliest Sport while worrying about her brother.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151186919
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Publication date: 10/01/2015
Series: A Miriam bat Isaac Mystery in Ancient Alexandria , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 188
Sales rank: 970,419
File size: 4 MB

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The Deadliest Hate 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
Author June Trop has found a unique setting for a murder-mystery: Ancient Caesarea. In her second book documenting the adventures of potential alchemist Miriam Bat Isaac travels from her home in Alexandria to the country made famous in the New Testament shortly after the events documented in those writings. I confess – at first, reading some of Ms. Trop's descriptions, I thought that she was simply showing off the results of her research into the millieu she set her tale. Soon, I realized that my initial impression was premature – the author was, in fact, successfully painting an image of the environs in which Miriam was wandering. Looking through this relatively short book, it was easily possible for the reader to close their eyes and picture themselves in Judea during the Roman occupation. I was not able to embrace the characters in this book as easily as in some others. It's definitely not a requirement that a reader love the characters in order to fully enjoy a book, but I certainly prefer those in which the protagonists touch a pleasant tone within me. This could be due to the fact I jumped into the second book in this series. (I had no trouble following the plot or understanding the characters; the book avoided a common fault in series). In summary – I enjoyed this book, but I did not absolutely fall in love with it. Still, I would like to read the first book in the series, and would be interested to see if my first impression wavers when future books are released. RATING: 4 stars. DISCLOSURE: I was awarded a free copy of this book in a random draw. No requirement of a review was made, let alone any conditions on the tone / content of a review, however, it was suggested that “an honest review would be appropriate” upon winning.
min-a More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading The Deadliest Hate and it was exciting and suspenseful. I think it was better than the first book The Deadliest Lie, which I also loved. This installment was more of a page turner. I was anxious to see what happened next. The writer's descriptions were so detailed that I felt the same apprehension and fright as the lead character Miriam. The story is riveting and satisfying. It's obvious a lot of research went into the book and it brings Ancient Alexandria alive. I am recommending it to a book club and cannot wait for the next one...The Deadliest Sport.
Jockabed More than 1 year ago
THE DEADLIEST HAT is at least as good as THE DEADLIEST LIE, not often the case with a sequel. Set two years later than the first book, Miriam and Phoebe voyage to Caesarea to determine the provenance of an alchemical recipe that surfaces there. Before long, she finds herself the target of Judean assassins. Judah is also in Caesarea to get acquainted with and befriend his newly found half-brother, Eran, also a jeweler but with the ear of the procurator. Even Binyamin makes a cameo appearance in the arena. So aside from making some new acquaintances, you'll reconnect with some old friends. Ms. Trop drives the plot swiftly with the same lyrical language as in her first book. I recommend THE DEADLIEST HATE to anyone looking for a breathless adventure in a two-thousand-year-old setting without having to leave home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THE DEADLIEST HATE, the second book in the Miriam bat Isaac Mystery Series, is a fast-paced historical novel set in Caesarea as the tensions build between the Jews and the Romans. You’ll meet many of the characters you encountered in THE DEADLIEST LIE including Judah, Phoebe, and Miriam’s twin brother, Binyamin, who’s become an accomplished gladiator in these two years since the end of the first book. The book stands alone, although I was glad to have had the extra insight into the characters that I got in the first book. I’ve given this book five stars because it has romance and suspense as well as a satisfying mystery. The mystery is more elaborate than in THE DEADLIEST LIE, but as with the first book, it gives the reader the opportunity to live in an authentic historical setting. Your eyes will fly over the pages as you experience the conflicts, jealousies, and grudges of the all-too-human characters.