Miriam bat Isaac, a budding alchemist in first-century CE Alexandria, welcomes her twin brother Binyamin home to fight his last gladiatorial bout in Alexandria. But when he demands his share of the family money so he can build a school for gladiators in Alexandria, Miriam explains that he forsook his share when he took the gladiatorial oath. When she refuses to loan him the money for what she feels is a shady, and dangerous, enterprise, Binyamin becomes furious. Soon after, the will of Amram, Miriam’s elderly charge, turns up missing, Amram becomes seriously ill, and the clerk of the public records house is murdered. Could Binyamin really be behind this monstrous scheme? If not he, who could be responsible? And is Miriam slated to be the next victim?
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The Deadliest Sport, the third book in the Miriam bat Isaac Mystery Series, takes place in first-century CE Alexandria, when it was part of the Roman Empire. The protagonist, Miriam, is an amateur detective and alchemist. Her trouble starts when her twin brother comes home to fight his last gladiatorial bout before retiring. Then he wants to use the family money to establish a school for gladiators. When Miriam explains that he has no family money, bad things begin happening. Her charge, her late-father’s best friend, becomes critically ill, his will disappears, and her family’s erstwhile slave is found bludgeoned to death in a sleazy waterfront inn. What’s more, no one can figure out how the culprit could have gotten in or out of the slave’s room, never mind who he was or why he killed the slave. The author creates a convincing setting, a suspenseful read, and realistic characters. Although this is the third book in the series, the story stands alone. But now I will go back and read the first two!