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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Subject: Roman Mysteries
Date Posted: 11/4/2009 3:09 PM ET
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I am a book fan of Roman Mysteries. My favorite author of Roman Mysteries is Steven Saylor. His main sleuth is Gordianos the Finder. He is one of my favorite all time characters. Historical research is excellent. Setting is about 80 BC to 40 BC. Another good Roman series is Lindsay Davis series with Didius Falco. I have read first David Wishart book Ovid, a bit more heavy handed. I have John Maddox Roberts series and have note started it yet.

What is your favorite or least favorite in this subgenre

Alice

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 6:19 PM ET
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I have not read any books that I can think of in this genre! Thanks for the recs.

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 8:55 PM ET
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You know, I have looked at the Didius Falco books over and over and something keeps holding me back.  I may have to just take the plunge

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 10:43 PM ET
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I haven't read many in this sub-genre...just not my favorite historical time period. I did try Lindsey Davis' Marcus Didius Falco series but only read one of them--just didn't capture my attention enough to carry on with it. I've read one of the Gordianus the Finder series and did like it but for whatever reason haven't gotten around to the next one yet.

One newcomer I've tried recently and quite enjoyed was Jane Finnis' series set in 91 A.D. Roman Britain featuring Aurelia Marcella, an innkeeper. The first is Get Out or Die. They look like they're rarely posted on PBS, I ended up getting it from the library and have the second one on the list there as well.

Cheryl

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 11/5/2009 8:04 AM ET
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Melanie,

If try Lindsay Davis series I recommend you read them in order. The characters and plot build over each book. The first book is Silver Pigs. Enjoy.

Alice

Date Posted: 11/11/2009 7:26 AM ET
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Ruth Downie's Medicus series is great.  It follows army medic Gaius Petrius Ruso working with the Roman army in occupied Britain.  So far there's three Medicus A Novel of the Roman Empire and Terra Incognita and  Persona Non Grata

oops, fixed!



Last Edited on: 11/11/09 10:32 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/11/2009 9:31 AM ET
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Actually Persona Non Grata is out now, Vanessa. it came out in July. I have it on my TBR, along with the first two--which I really HAVE been meaning to get to soon....you know how it is, so many books, so little time!

Cheryl

Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 11/11/2009 10:33 PM ET
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I just started Roman Blood by Steven Saylor. It is really good so far.