A Coin for the Ferryman (Libertus Mystery Series)

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In Roman Britain, AD 189, every slave knows his lot in life depends solely upon the morals—or lack thereof—of his master. Fortunately for one young Glevum slave, Junio, his owner believes heartily in rewarding years of loyalty and service. Libertus, a former slave turned pavement-maker, is to grant Junio his freedom in an elaborate ceremony at the Basilica Law Court. And what better moment than the manumission to announce the boy's engagement to be married? But the young couple's happiness is threatened by a terrible omen: the gruesome discovery of a corpse, hastily concealed in a shallow grave. Who is it? And, more importantly, who would go to any lengths to cover up their heinous crime? Determined to solve the mystery before the impending nuptials, Junio joins his mentor Libertus in trying to piece together an elaborate mosaic of murder.

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Rosemary Rowe is the pseudonym of an author who has successfully published novels in another genre. Born in Cornwall, she lived for twenty years in New Zealand. A highly qualified academic, she has written more than a dozen bestselling text-books as Rosemary Aitken.

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Starred Review. Rowe's engaging ninth Roman Britain whodunit finds mosaic-maker and occasional detective Longinius Flavius Libertus in the midst of turbulent times. Libertus seizes an opportunity to free his slaves Junio and Cilla and adopt Junio as his son and heir. Meanwhile, his patron and protector, Marcus Septimus, plans a journey to the court of the increasingly insane Emperor Commodus, who has just renamed the ancient city of Rome after himself. The discovery of a hideously beaten corpse whose features have been rendered unrecognizable forces Libertus back into the role of sleuth, as Marcus's travels, an approaching holiday and Junio and Cilla's upcoming wedding impose a difficult deadline. While the villain's identity is fairly obvious to the reader (though convincingly hidden from Libertus), Rowe's skillful recreation of the places, customs and laws of second-century Britain as well as eloquent descriptions of her hero and his compatriots place this among the best in the series. (Sept.)
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