Catilina's Riddle (Gordianus the Finder, Bk 3)
Catilina's Riddle - Gordianus the Finder, Bk 3 Author:Steven Saylor When Gordianus the Finder deserts the fierce intrigues of Rome for domesticity on an Etruscan farm, his brilliant patron, the orator Cicero, draws him back with a curious proposal: keep Catilina, Cicero's radical rival, under a watchful eye. — Reluctantly, Gordianus complies -- and soon, despite himself, becomes intrigued by the notorious pop... more »ulist politician. Could Catilina really be conspiring against the Republic? Or are Cicero's accusation no more than vicious lies? Questioning his loyalty to his own patron, Gordianus comes to question even more when he discovers a headless corpse in his stables and is suddenly swept into a mystery more dangerous than any he has ever known.
Another mystery of ancient Rome by the author of Arms of Nemesis.« less
This is another very good story in the series. I am often amazed at how I start a book in this series, and initially find it not as interesting as I hoped, but then something happens and I find myself turning the pages.
There are essentially two separate plots in the book. And both leave you wondering if Gordianus will suffer a deep personal tragedy.
Still, in regard to this particular book, I think it could easily have been 100-150 pages shorter and still be a fine tale.
A mystery of ancient Rome. Gordianus, the finder moves to an Etruscan farm. He is asked by Cicero to watch his political rival and provide him with housing should he ask. When Godianus finds a headless corpse in his stables, he is swept into a dangerous mystery.