It is the morning after the nocturnal rite of the good Goddess, an all-female ceremony strictly out of bounds to the male of the species, and the body of a young woman has been found, her throat cut. Suicide or murder? Hoping to avoid scandal, Senator Lucius Arruntius calls in Marcus Corvinus to do some discreet sleuthing.
Marcus is helped in his investigations by a feisty flutegirl and by his clever, loyal wife Perilla (even though her attention is somewhat distracted by the acquisition of a revolutionary new clock).
But - inevitably - to solve the mystery, Marcus must look beyond the obvious and first untangle a complex web of treachery and deceit.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages, 1 map
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 21/02/2002
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780340768860
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Review by annbury
Corvinus is called in to solve a crime and prevent a scandal, when a young woman is found dead the morning after the sacred rite ot the Bona Dea -- a ladies' only ceremony, attended by most of the female part of Rome's upper crust, including the Vestal Virgins. Our hero is in fine fettle, wise cracking his way through an extremely awkward investigation, and the atmosphere of First Century Rome is as ever stunningly recreated. Lacks some of the excitement of the first books in the series, but an enjoyable book.