2 journalers for this copy...
From the Back Cover
A thrilling puzzle from the ancient world with actual historical characters, and based on a case in Cicero's Orations - Roman Blood is a perfect blend of mystery and history by a brilliant storyteller.
On an unseasonably warm spring morning in 80BC, Gordianus the Finder is summoned to the house of Cicero, a young advocate and orator preparing his first important case. His client is an Umbrian landowner, Sextus Roscius, accused of the unforgivable: the murder of his own father.
Gordianus agrees to investigate the crime - in a society rife with deceit, betrayal and conspiracy, where neither citizen nor slave can be trusted to speak the truth. But even Gordianus is not prepared for the spectacularly dangerous fireworks that attend the resolution of this ugly, delicate case...
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the book left today for Portugal.
Hope you'll like it when it arrives.
Please let me know if you would need some other book of the same writer, think I still have one ;-)
Received the book today (that wasn't fast, that was hiper fast!). I must say I only dropped yours in the mail today :-( Hope it gests there as fast as yours arrived here.
Thank you so much for all the gentle things: the BCID written with pencil and the label on the side (and what a beautiful BC label! It's already on the book, because I do want it to be a BC book) and, of course the tea bags. How did you know I love tea so much?!...
I'm sorry for not having mailed something together with the book I sent, but I got used to it because in Portugal we have very special post office fares for mailing books, but it must go without anything else, not even a bookmark, and they can check it out at the post offices.
I have two other books from this Roma sub-Rosa series but I've been advised not to read them before the others, so I'll try and trade them. Besides this first one you sent me, Roman Blood, they are: "Arms of Nemesis", "Catilina's Riddle" and "The Venus Throw".
If you do have any of them, I would be more than grateful if you would like to trade it as well. I just don't know if I have anything else that might interest you, but please go and peruse my shelf and tell me about anything that might interest you, even if from TBR or PC, ok?
This goes as a long JE... sorry about that and thanks for everything else!
Will come back after reading it, soon I dare say.
As a matter of fact, what grabbed me the most was the Roman setting and I think that the real star of this novel is Saylor's command of historical detail. The descriptions of Rome made me feel like I was walking through a city teeming with life, with all its people, sights, sounds and smells and I guess it really felt like bringing Ancient Rome to life.
Besides that, the mystery is not particularly deep or complex (and Saylor keeps telling a lot in advance with all his “if only I’d heard him…”, “if only I’d asked…”) but serves its purpose and is not too transparent.
I can’t wait to get my hands on the next books of this Roma sub Rosa series!
Thanks a lot once more, Hippolein... ;-)
One other tryout, this time to JnyBeGood. Hope you like it, Johnny!
JnyBeGood forgot his password to BC and didn't journal but said he liked it a lot and wants to read the Catilina one. I'll think about it because... well, he should be punished for forgetting his password! ;-)