The Venus Throw - Roma Sub Rosa, Bk 4 Author:Steven Saylor On a chill January evening in 56 B.C. , two strange visitors to Rome -- an Egyptian ambassador and a eunuch priest—seek out Gordianus the Finder whose specialty is solving murders. But the ambassador, a philosopher named Dio, has come to ask for something Gordianus cannot give -- help in staying alive. Before the night is out, he will be m... more »urdered.
Now Gordianus begins his most dangerous case. Hired to investigate Dio's death by a beautiful woman with a scandalous reputation, he will follow a trail of political intrigue into the highest circles of power and the city's most hidden arenas of debauchery. There Gordianus will learn nothing is as it seems -- not the damning evidence he uncovers, not the suspect he sends to trial, not even the real truth behind Dio's death which lies in secrets -- not of state, but of the heart.« 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 book had very little to do with Venus and much more to do with the politics and intrigue of the Roman time. Good family information and interesting characters are developed with a strong "who done it" thread that kept you guessing.
A cozy mystery that takes a bit longer to read then most.