The Thieves of Ostia: The Roman Mysteries #1

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The place is Ostia, the port of Rome. Flavia Gemina, a Roman sea captain's daughter, is about to embark on a thrilling adventure. Set in a graveyard, marketplace, and courtyards of a Roman city, this fast-paced mystery paints a vivid picture of the life in ancient times.

When the dogs on Flavia's street start dying, she is determined to find out who is killing them--and why. Her investigation leads her to three extraordinary people: Jonathan, her new neighbor; Nubia, an African slave girl; and Lupus, a mute beggar boy. They become firm friends as they search for the killer, narrowly escape being kidnapped by a slave dealer, and uncover a series of burglaries.

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About the Author:

CAROLINE LAWRENCE grew up in California. She moved to England when she won a scholarship to Cambridge University to study Classical Archaeology, which she followed with a degree in Hebrew and Jewish studies at the University of London. She lives by the Thames river in London with her husband, a graphic designer. THE THIEVES OF OSTIA is her first book.

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When Flavia Gemina notices most of the dogs in her neighborhood turning up dead, she's determined to discover why. Her search into the mystery begins a thrilling journey around the colorful Roman port of Ostia at the time of the Emperor Vespasian. Though some of Lawrence's dialogue and emotions are a little too current, her people and places have the feel of an authentic world. Even Kim Hicks's British accent, while it isn't Roman in any way, reinforces the narrative, lending it a classical formality. Her character renderings utilize a wide range of voices, from the very erudite Captain Geminus to the unctuous slave merchant. This book is calculated to make any first-year course in Latin come alive. P.E.F. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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