The Blood of Caesar: A Second Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger

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Named a best mystery of 2008 by Library Journal! Assigned by Emperor Domitian to search for blood heirs to the Emperor Augustus, Pliny and Tacitus seek solutions to layers of mysteries. Why is a humble workman’s death important to the ruler of Rome, and what connects him to Pliny’s household? How do Domitian’s suspicions relate to Pliny’s old friend and mentor? Is Tacitus’ father-in-law Agricola a villain, victim or savior? Like a sinister red line slashed through a carefully prepared manuscript, the legacy of Augustus marks the connections. Will the answers save the peace of Rome, or mark its doom? Praise for the series: Outstandingly researched and laden with suspense, this journey into ancient Rome by history professor Bell could be one of the masterpieces of the historical mystery genre. Lindsey Davis and Steven Saylor will hold readers over until the third casebook of Pliny the Younger publishes. Highly recommended for all collections. —Jo Ann Vicarel, Library Journal, Starred Review Wonderful historical mystery set in the Roman Empire ... Historical figures come alive in [Bell’s] expert hands. —Bob Spear, Heartland Reviews: Five Hearts Colorful characters, both fictional and historical, ... reveal the sordid web of money, greed and ruthlessness hidden behind the facade of civilization.—Suzanne Crane, The Historical Novels Review Superlative job of leading the reader into his Roman world, ... A winner all around! —Margaret F. Baker, Past Tense, the publication of the Historical Mystery Appreciation Society Masterful blend of history and mystery. ... wonderful book. with splendid characters, vivid history and a fair and puzzling mystery. I heartily recommend it.—Barbara D’Amato, award-winning author of three mystery series, Past President of Mystery Writers Internationals and Sisters in Crime International Bell promises us a series, and this reviewer for one looks eagerly forward to the next installment! —Irene Hahn, Romahost, About.com

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Pliny the Younger and Tacitus have another mystery to solve - actually layers of mysteries. During dinner at the emperor Domitian's palace, a workman is discovered dead in the archives. Why is this humble man's death important to the ruler of Rome? Domitian assigns Pliny to uncover references to an unknown heir of Augustus Caesar in a memoir of Nero's mother. Why does Domitian suspect his own copy of the memoir is incomplete? And how does his suspicion relate to the niece of Pliny's old friend and mentor? Is Tacitus' father-in-law Agricola a villain or a potential victim? Like a sinister red line slashed through a carefully prepared manuscript, the legacy of the great Augustus marks the connections to slaves of Pliny's own household. Pliny and Tacitus must descend to the Stygian underworld of Nero's buried "golden house" to find answers. Will the answers save the peace of Rome, or mark its doom?

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Albert Bell is a literary renaissance man. His published books include nonfiction, historical fiction, and mysteries. Bell discovered his love for writing in high school with his first publication in 1972. His articles and stories have appeared in publications from Jack and Jill and True Experience to the Detroit Free Press and Christian Century. Dr. Bell has taught at Hope College in Holland, Michigan since 1978 and has served as chair of the History Department since 1994. He has a Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill, an M.A. from Duke and an M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married for over 40 years to Bettye Jo Barnes Bell, a psychologist; they have four children and a grandchild.

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