The Riddle of a Murdered Slave
2020 | Historical Thriller | 368 pages – ISBN: 979-8574940273
A Detective mystery set in the 1st century ancient Rome and based on the true events. For those who love historical fictions, murder mysteries, and unexpected endings.
In 69 A.D., the Empire has had four Caesars, war ravages Judea, and famine threatens Rome, where the newly crowned Emperor Vespasian settles his power. Conspiracies and murders are a common way to settle political issues.
Gnaeus Pontus flees the legion and returns to Italy in an attempt to be forgotten, at least as long as it will take to justify his newly acquired fortune. But Rome is no place to disappear and hide, as Gnaeus’ heist in Jerusalem is discovered.
He, consequently, finds himself coerced into solving a murder that happened in the vicinity of the Emperor, revealing conspiracy and secrets that could place the Emperor’s power in jeopardy.
This is the first volume of the Lucius Apex Series, originally published in French under the title “Le complot de Marcus Antonius Primus” (2016), with the rest to be published in English throughout 2021. In this series, the author delves into the daily lives of Romans enthralled in mystery, murder and conspiracy throughout the Empire.
I liked the characters and the plot, I’m looking for more investigations of our hero. It reminded me of the adventures of Gordian by Steven Saylor.
thanks to Mr. Bontoux’s books, I have found back the taste and the desire to read, thank you for your wonderful stories. Bravo!
I recommend this book. The plot is well conducted and the story very well documented. It takes a plunge into ancient Rome.
Superb book I devoured this story that takes us to ancient Rome very well documented to recommend for Christmas to lovers of antiquity.
The story is very good but the descriptions are too long / too detailed / too scholarly between actions and discussions between the characters
I read this book by a a keen writter of Roman history, I was not disappointed. The author gives us a portrait of Rome at the time of Vespasian. The characters are credible, the plot flows without displeasure. I will read the sequel with hopes of as much pleasure.
very good novels, pleasant to read, realistic, considering the difficulties of ancient Rome, to recommend.
This novel reads very well. One feels propelled into the life of the Romans under the reign of Vespasian. The plots are well conducted, the dialogues are quite caustic and ironic. In short, a novel which offers a good entertainment and teaches us a lot of things about this time or reminds us of them if we had forgotten them a little.
Historical novel that is easy to read, lots of details but never long: the plot holds us throughout the book, the writing is fluid, pleasant and documented. A must read. Can’t wait for the next book!
No character attracted me.
The historical side is mostly summarized in the use of Latin terms that the reader won’t remember anyway.
The plot is unremarkable, there are no twists and turns, nothing to keep the reader’s attention.
I have botched the last chapters…
A very interesting book. The author knows ancient Rome well and gives an accurate and uncompromising description of it. His description is based on solid historical knowledge and the plot is of good level and plausible. The characters are credible and endearing.
For me this book is on the same level as those of Steven Saylor or Cristina Rodriguez. An additional advantage for the reader is the extremely reasonable selling price of the book.
But this is not the main argument. This book deserves to be read by amateurs of historical thrillers because it is simply a good book.
If you like History with a predilection for the Roman Empire you will not be able to ignore The Riddle of a Dead Slave, then its sequel Massilia by Thierry Bontoux.
The Author is first of all an efficient novelist with an excellent style but moreover the intrigues to which he gives life develop in a rigorously historical context of daily life.
If its Characters do not express themselves in Latin (fortunately for the reader!), they reveal us with precision the social organization, the manners, the mode of clothing, the habitat, the food often with the words of the time…
We thus feel like contemporaries of the characters.
A clear lexicon, remarkably documented is available to the reader and shows the author’s will to provide us with the essence of a bygone era….
Very interesting book especially for lovers of ancient Rome.
Very good historical thriller, very explicit about life in ancient Rome and the Roman army. To be highly recommended
I really appreciated this very well documented book on Roman life in all its aspects. The story is very well written.
I took this book as I am a lover of historical novels, especially about the Roman period. I took it on vacation not thinking I would have time in a week to read everything, wanting to do something else as well. Well, I think I read it in three days, because I “had to” do something else in those moments of interruption. I would only like one thing “a sequel” because it deserves it.
Concerning the plot I find that one feels immersed, without being drowned in details. In the past I have visited Ostia Antica, not far from Rome, and I have imagined the protagonists in those places I visited.
The plot is fascinating, with twists and surprises. If it is only a hobby for the author to write this kind of book, I wish him all the free time he can to write more.
I highly recommend it!
good Roman novel …
the author makes us benefit from his erudition, without losing the romantic dimension.
Above all, he knows how to transport us to the daily life of the time.
The trip was therefore both interesting and pleasant.
Very good historical novel well documented a sequel would be welcome to read urgently this is great
book that can be easily read with an excellent knowledge of Roman mores and the customs of ancient Rome
I loved it
This book can be read in one go. It is very well documented, the characters and their lives at that time are very well rendered.
Very well documented and well written. It is a real pleasure to read it. Sometimes the vocabulary used seems current, but it is an interpretation of the language of the time, which meant the same thing but in a way we can understand.