Requiem for a Slave: A Libertus Mystery of Roman Britain

Rosemary Rowe, Author
Rosemary Rowe, Author . Severn $28.95 (230p) ISBN 978-0-7278-6877-0
Reviewed on: 04/05/2010
Release date: 05/01/2010

Steven Saylor fans eager for his next Gordianus novel will find themselves satisfied in the interim with the 11th in Rowe's above average historical series set in second-century Britain (after 2009's Death at Pompeia's Wedding ). Longinus Flavius Libertus, a pavement maker with a gift for solving mysteries, returns one day from an errand to his mosaic workshop in Glevum (modern-day Gloucester) to find Lucius, a poor pie seller, lying face down on a heap of tiles, strangled to death. The absence of the dead man's purse suggests that bandits may have murdered the pie seller, who was dressed in a new tunic that could have conveyed a misleading idea of prosperity. An elderly slave, Glypto, overhears a conversation at about the fatal hour between two people, one of whom Glypto can only describe as a “green man,” giving Libertus another avenue to pursue. The detailed picture of life in Glevum, rather than the puzzle, is the book's major attraction. (June)

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