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Dark omens, by Rosemary Rowe

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Dark omens
Title
Dark omens
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by Rosemary Rowe
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eng
Summary
Libertus accepts a contract to install a pavement for Genialis, a self-important citizen from a nearby town, in the house of the customer's intended but unwilling and young bride, Silvia. However, the winter is exceptionally severe, and although the mosaic is laid in time to earn the promised bonus, Genialis goes missing in the snow before payment can be made. Meanwhile, at an important feast, the sacrifice is spoiled as an aged priest lets go of the sacrificial ram - and when news arrives that the Emperor is dead, it seems that these dark omens are being realised. The subsequent discovery of not one, but two mutilated corpses only adds to this. Who holds the answer to the mysteries? Everyone had motive; Libertus attempts to solve the mystery against a backdrop of superstitious fear of auguries, and public riots following the confirmation of the Emperor's death
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  • Rowe’s 14th whodunit set in second-century Britain (after 2012’s A Whispering of Spies) offers a surprisingly undramatic story line, given the events roiling the Roman Empire at the time. News of the death of the capricious and tyrannical emperor Commodus alarms the citizens of Glevum (the modern-day Gloucester). Given the inconsistencies in reports of the cause of death, some fear that the emperor has spread the rumor of his death as a ruse to identify those opposed to his regime who might now express their political views. Against this backdrop, magistrate Gaius Mommius Genialis, who’s about to marry a widow whose first husband perished at sea, hires pavement maker Longinus Flavius Libertus to replace a mosaic in the widow’s home that the artisan once made depicting a boat. Genialis promises Libertus a large bonus if he completes the work quickly. When Genialis vanishes, ascertaining his fate becomes the book’s main puzzle. Rowe has done a better job in previous entries of mixing mystery with history. (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed October 14, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 41, p)
  • News of the emperor's death complicates Libertus's ongoing investigations in Roman Britain. But his 14th outing (after A Whispering of Spies ) finds him solving problems wisely. --Teresa L. Jacobsen (Reviewed December 1, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 22, p75)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10223192
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1942-
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Rowe, Rosemary
Index
no index present
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fiction
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True
Series statement
A Libertus mystery of Roman Britain
Series volume
14
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  • Romans
  • Slaves
  • Libertus (Fictitious character : Rowe)
  • Great Britain
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adult
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Dark omens, by Rosemary Rowe
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volume
Content category
text
Control code
000052049728
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First world edition.
Extent
232 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780727882998
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Label
Dark omens, by Rosemary Rowe
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000052049728
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First world edition.
Extent
232 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780727882998
Isbn Type
(hardback)

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