A Mist of Prophecies (Roma Sub Rosa, Bk 9)
A Mist of Prophecies - Roma Sub Rosa, Bk 9 Author:Steven Saylor In the year 48 B.C., Rome is in the midst of Civil War. As Pompey and Julius Caesar fight for control of the Republic, Rome itself becomes a hotbed of intrigue, riven by espionage, greedy profiteering, and bitter betrayals ... — A MIST OF PROPHECIES — A beautiful young seeress staggers across the Roman marketplace and dies in the arms of Gordianus... more » the Finder. Possibly mad and claiming no memory of her past, Cassandra -- like her Trojan namesake -- was reputed to possess the gift of prophecy. For such a gift there are many in Rome who would pay handsomely ... or resort to murder.
Obsessed with Cassandra and her mystery, Gordianus begins to investigate her murder. As he gradually peels away the veils of secrecy that surround Cassandra's life and death, he discovers a web of conspiracy linking many of the city's most ruthless and powerful women. Now Gordianus's pursuit of the truth not only endangers his own life, but could change the future of Rome itself ...« less
I am listing all the books in Steven Saylor's Rosa sub Roma series except the last one, which is on my wish list! This was a very enjoyable series...well written, educational (at least for me who previously had no interest in ancient Rome) and fun to see the progression of Gordianus the Finder's life.
You may want to order all of them because they're a fast read and, to me anyway, very addictive.
This is a first-person narrative of Gordianus the Finder (ancient Rome's answer to Kojak) and his attempts to solve the murder of Cassandra, a looney tunes prophetess and his erstwhile lover. Saylor is not lacking in scholarship as the story is sprinkled and seasoned with tasty tidbits of Roman history.
Of particular interest in this story is the inclusion and central role of many of the power players among the women of Rome, including the wife of Julius Caesar, Marc Anthony's wife, Marc Anthony's mistress, etc. reconstructed through what little documentation has survived the years and augmented by Saylor's vivid imagination.
There's never a dull moment in the life of entry-of-C.E. Roman private investigators.