These books are such fun This is like a bad grilled cheese sandwich Roman Junior Senator Decius Caecilius Metellus The Younger Has A Chance To Join A Diplomatic Mission To Alexandria, He Welcomes The Opportunity To Temporarily Elude His Enemies In The Eternal City Even Though It Means Leaving His Beloved Rome Decius Is Just Beginning To Enjoy The Outpost S Many Exotic Pleasures When The Suspicious Death Of An Irascible Philosopher Occurs, Coinciding With The Puzzling And Apocalyptic Ravings Of A Charismatic Cult Leader Intrigued, Decius Requests é The Temple of the Muses (SPQR, #4) ó Download by Æ John Maddox Roberts And Is Given Permission By The Egyptian Pharaoh To Investigate The Heinous Crime What He Discovers Is Beyond Shocking And When The Corpse Of A Famous Courtesan Mysteriously Turns Up In His Bed, Decius Suddenly Finds Himself Entangled In A Web Of Conspiracy Far Widespread And Dangerous Than He Ever Imagined One That Threatens To Bring About The Downfall Of The Entire Empire Quite a good little story There were lots of running through streets, fights and general disobedience I suppose they are things that makes thing interesting, but not very roman except may be the fighting The encounter Decius had with the young Cleopatra was quite interesting, and seems to have stood out to me As well as the visit to the Daphne, with a Greek prostitute, for the obvious reasons Looking forward to reading in the series.
Ã The Temple of the Muses (SPQR, #4) â maybe as a detective story it was good despite some very stupid moments, but I can t but notice that the main character gets worse with every book i liked him so much in the first one and now he s turned into a Rome is the mightiest, selfish and slaves should know their place kind of guy, just like Scarrow s Macro and Cato humour begins to resemble Falco but is too modern like many ideas pity, I really liked the first part.
I really enjoyed this one, because unlike the previous 3 books, the murder mystery didn t resolve around a well documented event in Roman history, making the mystery of a mystery Taking the setting out of Rome also helped With 3 books under his belt, JMR s Decius is fully formed now, and I rather like his musings and take on the ancient world I think this is the book where JMR really hits his stride with the SPQR series, and a lot of that was helped by crafting a story without the crutch of a key historical event in Ancient Roman history.
Here Decius gets involved in some political intrigue in the city of Alexandria as part of the official Roman envoys, staying the Roman Embassy in the Egyptian Palace co Waking up at 3am and being unable to get back to sleep def means I get through books quicker than normal Trip to Alexandria with some interesting details about the city 1st book set there I ve read that hasn t had Caesar and Cleopatra as the main focus which made for a good change.
Another excellent Decius Metellus mystery This time the novelty is to shift the setting from Rome to Alexandria as Decius is sent there to assist a relative in the Roman diplomatic mission there not to mention to steer clear of his enemies in Rome and theoretically to stay out of trouble Of course, Decius can do no such thing and soon enough a Greek philosopher turns up dead in the titular temple and Decius prevails upon the Pharaoh to investigate As with previous novels, the simple murder is anything but, and Decius calls upon the talents of Hermes, Asklepiodes, and his newly betrothed Julia Minor , who is along for the ride We re here for only one novel though an as yet unwritten return is tantalizingly alluded to , but Alexandria in all it s lost splendor is nicely recreated and populated by the usual lively, humorous, amorous, and devious characters as we v Decius Caecilius Metellus has gone to Alexandria as part of a diplomatic mission with his relative Quintus Caecilius Metellus Creticus a real historical person While he s there, one of the scholars at the Museum is murdered, and Decius can t resist getting involved We and he meet several historical personages, including Cleopatra age 10 and the Egyptian general Achillas Decius impertinent slave Hermes is along with him, as is his friend and doctor Asklepiodes, who gets Decius out from under a murder accusation The SPQR series was my introduction to Roman mysteries, and I learned a lot from the short but thorough glossary at the end A very enjoyable entry in a great mystery series.