The Ides of June A compelling new mystery for Libertus set against the backdrop of the Roman Empire in turmoil An astonishing new order has usurped power in Rome and the reverberations are reaching even to Glevum wh

  • Title: The Ides of June
  • Author: Rosemary Rowe
  • ISBN: 9780727885913
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A compelling new mystery for Libertus, set against the backdrop of the Roman Empire in turmoil An astonishing new order has usurped power in Rome and the reverberations are reaching even to Glevum, where the legion is preparing to depart Libertus s wealthy patron, until recently one of the most influential men in the Empire, finds himself not only deprived of the pA compelling new mystery for Libertus, set against the backdrop of the Roman Empire in turmoil An astonishing new order has usurped power in Rome and the reverberations are reaching even to Glevum, where the legion is preparing to depart Libertus s wealthy patron, until recently one of the most influential men in the Empire, finds himself not only deprived of the privilege and protection he had previously enjoyed, but under actual threat both from the political establishment in Rome and from an anonymous and vindictive enemy much closer to home The murder of another councillor, similarly placed, makes the matter urgent Libertus, whose humbler status affords obscurity, is charged with spiriting Marcus s young family away to a place of safety But his task will bring problems of its own, as Libertus uncovers a grisly secret and an ancient crime with ramifications stretching to the present day.

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    1. Libertus the mosaic pavement maker is living quietly with his family in Roman Britain but his life is overtaken by politics. There is an early explanation by the author of the turmoil that hit the Roman empire after the emperor's death with rich men vying for the throne or else being set upon and arrested, fined or otherwise dissuaded from gaining power. Libertus has a wealthy patron, Marcus, who asks his friend to look after his wife and children if anything should happen to him. Libertus has t [...]

    2. I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley and Severn House Publishing.Only one month has passed since Marcus Septimus Aurelius returned from his almost disasterous trip to Rome. The government is still in turmoil there because of all the factions planning and plotting in the political arena to see who can bluff or fight their way to being the next Emperor. Libertus does not expect to hear from his patron today because it is the ides of June and everyone is staying home to avoid any pos [...]

    3. It is full of great background of Roman life among the lower classes. However, the author's pace is rather slow and languid. I enjoy a Roman based story, but I may not read any other books in the series.

    4. This is the latest book in the long-running Libertus Mystery Series set in ancient Roman Britain (the year 193), featuring freedman mosaicist Libertus, who solves mysteries for his patron Marcus. The book is rich with Celtic and Roman customs and facts about the times, which makes the story slow-moving but perfect for readers who love to learn along with their reading.Libertus is called upon to help keep his patron's family safe while on the road, so we get a first-hand, close-up look at what it [...]

    5. Rosemary Rowe’s Libertus novels are firmly and convincingly sited in time and place: the Roman Empire on the cusp of decline (during the reign of Commodus and after), Roman Britain in the environs of Glevum (Gloucester). The focus is always on the lives of the ordinary people of the empire, slaves and freedmen, Celtic Britons and Romanised Britons, and upon their relationships with their superiors, as Libertus with his patron Marcus. Then too, there are the ever present dangers of everyday lif [...]

    6. In Glevum (modern Gloucester, England) on the 13th of June in 193 AD, a messenger arrives at the roundhouse of Libertus, a pavement builder. He delivers a strange request from Libertus’ patron, the magistrate Marcus, to come to his villa immediately. Libertus suspects the summons has to do with the recent murder of Emperor Pertinax and rise of Julianus, who seized the throne by bribing the Praetorian Guard. Provincial armies throughout the Roman Empire are in revolt. It being an Ides day, most [...]

    7. 4.5 Stars. A great new one by Rosemary Rowe who is a master of tales of Roman Britain and the creator of Libertus.I really like it and it is my favorite so far of the Libertus books. Why? I so appreciate books about Roman Britian and I learned a great deal reading this about Celtic roundhouses, language customs and everyday life at that time. The different populations that were coexisting at this time period in Rome makes it a compelling read for me. The very favorite part for me was the journey [...]

    8. I hope Rosemary Rowe continues writing this terrific series. The research that the author has done has made it possible to travel back in time to Roman Britain. It is so interesting to travel across the countryside with Liberty's and his family. The danger, and the mystery draws the reader into an adventure that make it hard to stop reading.

    9. Very enjoyable romp in the Libertus series. A well-paced plot with credible characters (such as the patrician lady suddenly given a glimpse of grinding poverty) and the odd twist or two along the way. I enjoy the way Rowe brings ancient Britain to life, though some of the historical details are a little bit fuzzy.

    10. Disappointing. The story involves a murder mystery, Roman civil war, and deadly political squabbles. Through all of this most of the story revolves around Libertus in the wilds protecting his patron's family. The usual detail and interpersonal interaction, but a tad dull, I found myself flipping pages. I would have preferred a different story.

    11. Another good one in the series. This time it is more Libertus' patrons who is a main character rather than her husband. I don't want to reveal spoilers, but the book has a lot of tension in it, a well-imagined background of Briton vs. Roman, privileged person vs. poor.

    12. One of the best.With this book I have read all the series back to back. This was one of the best in my opinion, every character seemed to be active and even Julia was shown in a different light. I hope there are more books to come.

    13. Excellent meticulously-researched mystery set in Roman Gloucester and Bath. I've been reading Rosemary Rowe's novels for many years and they never disappoint.

    14. 3.5. Easy and fun to read, but the plot wasn't particularly great and Libertus didn't even play a huge role in solving the mystery.

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