The Riddle of a Murdered Slave is a conspiracy thriller, focusing on the lives of ordinary people in the late 1st century Rome, capital of the world.
Synopsis of the Riddle of a Murdered Slave
The year 69 was one of the darkest in Italy. Nero died, and the Empire had four Caesars. Galba, Otto and Vitellius violently succeeded each other on the throne, until Marcus Antonius Primus finally conquered Rome. On the other side of the Mediterranean, war still ravaged Judea, threatening the Eternal City with famine as the new Emperor Vespasian took power. Meanwhile, violence, conspiracies and murders have become commonplace in the streets.
This is the time chosen by Gnaeus Pontus to flee the legion, and return to Italy hoping to be forgotten. He intends to take as long as it needs to justify his newly acquired fortune. But Rome is not a place where one can disappear and hide: especially after having cheated the Emperor.
Gnaeus is thus forced to solve the riddle of a murdered slave found in the apartments of the Emperor’s favorite, and thus finds himself caught up in the middle of conspiracies that could jeopardize Vespasian’s power.
The Riddle of a Murdered Slave (2016) is the first volume in the Lucius Apex series, whose books can be read independently. It is followed by Unforgiven in Massilia (2017), and Bad Blood Beyond the Grave (2021).
The Lucius Apex Series delves into the daily life of the Romans, to give substance to police investigations against a background of murders and conspiracies against the Emperor Vespasian.
Detail’s of the book
First Published: 28th of May, 2021
Hardcover: 314 pages
ISBN-13 : 979-8511659923
Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.01 x 22.86 cm