A Mist of Prophecies (Roma Sub Rosa, BK 9)
A Mist of Prophecies - Roma Sub Rosa, BK 9 Author:Steven Saylor During the Roman Civil War, as the forces of Pompey and Julius Caesar fight a series of battles in the provinces over control of the Republic, Rome itself is a hotbed of intrigue as those left behind wait for word. — In this tentative and treacherous environment, a beautiful young seeress is murdered in the marketplace. Possibly mad and claiming ... more »no memory of her own past, Cassandra --- like her namesake --- is reputed to have had the true gift of prophecy and, as a result, she became a confidante of the rich and powerful. Gordianus the Finder, who had become obsessed with the woman and her mystery, starts to investigate her murder.
As the political situation in Rome veers toward chaos, and the citizens of Rome nervously await word of ther war's outcome, Gordianus begins to peel away the veils of secrecy that surround Cassandra's life and death. What lies underneath involves one, possibly many, of the most powerful women in Rome and the truth could not only put Gordianus's life in danger but affect the very future of Rome itself.« less
Gordianus thought he was retired. but he gets involved in detective work again when a seeress dies in his arms in public. We wonder why until we are given some really important reasons later in the book. I won't spoil it for you here.
As you might effect, the death of the seeress has some rather important connections to the current upheaval in Rome and its empire.
I was also shocked at Gordianus' behavior later in the book---actually a behavior which occurred before the book began--- which explained why he became involved in the investigation to begin with. However, his behavior and his solution to the crime helped settle two significant problems in the book, one of which had been troubling him continuously and another which may help his wife. I don't want to say more.