Under Vesuvius

Under Vesuvius[PDF / Epub] ✪ Under Vesuvius ☆ John Maddox Roberts – Heartforum.co.uk Things are going well for Decius Caecilius Metellus He is Praetor Peregrinus His cases will be those dealing with foreigners, and all of Italy is his province His first stop is Campania, Italy s most Things are going well for Decius Caecilius Metellus He is Praetor Peregrinus His cases will be those dealing with foreigners, and all of Italy is his province His first stop is Campania, Italy s most popular resort district Decius and his wife, Julia, are happy for a change of scenery But the good times end when, in a town near Vesuvius, a priest s daughter is murdered Decius must find her killer and keep the mob off a young boy who everyone blames, but who he believes to be innocent Decius may have acquired prestige, but he s also acquired trouble.

aka Mark RamsayJohn Maddox Roberts is the author of numerous works of science fiction and fantasy, in addition to his successful historical SPQR mystery series The first two books in the series have recently been re released in trade paperback He lives in New Mexico with his wife.

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  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • Under Vesuvius
  • John Maddox Roberts
  • English
  • 22 February 2019
  • 0312370881

10 thoughts on “Under Vesuvius

  1. Georgina Ortiz says:

    I was supposed to read this book two months ago, but a very disappointing discovery with theKindle version prevented me from doing so So I had to order the actual physical book fromand wait for, argh, months.As soon as I started reading the first few pages, I realized one thing and one thing only Under Vesuvius was worth the wait Period Decius yes the protagonist is now praetor peregrinus in this book, a position with real power meaning he now has imperium, or the po I was supposed to read this book two months ago, but a very disappointing discovery with theKindle version prevented me from doing so So I had to order the actual physical book fromand wait for, argh, months.As soon as I started reading the first few pages, I realized one thing and one thing only Under Vesuvius was worth the wait Period Decius yes the protagonist is now praetor peregrinus in this book, a position with real power meaning he now has imperium, or the power to summon and lead armies at will One of the many things I like about the SPQR series is how the reader learns about the Ancient Roman public career i.e the cursus honorum or the path of honor through the main character Decius, who belongs to one of Ancient Rome s greatest and most powerful families, started as a very low ranking official in the series first book Decius commanded the night watchmen in the squalid Subura district, looking out for fires and such , then became quaestor The Catiline Conspiracy, , senator The Sacrilege, , diplomat The Temple of the Muses , Caesar s secretary Nobody Loves a Centurion , aedile The River God s Vengeance , then at last, praetor I feel as if I am one of Decius clients, monitoring and looking after his career, wishing always the best for this very delightful character.I won t discuss the merits of Under Vesuvius any, because fans of Decius will know what I m going to write about But let me just say that I feel very sad, because the next book I m going to read will be the second to the last in the existing series Hurry up hurry up with SPQR XIV, Mr Roberts Please After all, XIII is a very unlucky number, innit

  2. Lance McMurchy says:

    For me this is the best book in the series that I have read so far The book has hummer, twists and intrigue And, for a small book of just under 200 pages, it packs a punch As well as quality of the mystery itself, the book does well in comparing the life in Rome with that of rich Bay of Naples When I had finished the book, it left me chucking with a smirk on my face This is a great read, and not just for those who like Roman based literature.

  3. Travis says:

    In this tale in the SPQR series, Decius is Praetor Peregrinus, which means he ll oversee judicial matters involving resident foreigners through the Italian pennisula In this particular book, Decius is in the Bay of Naples, along with his loyal freedman Hermes, and family relatives Marcus, in his praetorian retinue Also accompanying him is his wife, Julia Minor, and two of her friends, Circe another Julia in the Julii clan and Antonia, sister of Marcus Antonius known to modern audiences as M In this tale in the SPQR series, Decius is Praetor Peregrinus, which means he ll oversee judicial matters involving resident foreigners through the Italian pennisula In this particular book, Decius is in the Bay of Naples, along with his loyal freedman Hermes, and family relatives Marcus, in his praetorian retinue Also accompanying him is his wife, Julia Minor, and two of her friends, Circe another Julia in the Julii clan and Antonia, sister of Marcus Antonius known to modern audiences as Mark Antony.Most of the story takes place in Baiae, a coastal town that is opulent and luxurious Decius is expecting a relaxing year in office, as it sof a vacation with duty hours Soon enough, Decius gets himself involved in murder investigation, that soon gets out of hand, with multiple murders all linked Cicero makes a cameo, and his freedman Tiro gets to stand as lawyer in a court presided by Decius.I don t really want to think about how there are only 2books in the series after this one JMR s Decius Caecilius Metellus has become a favorite character, and I m going miss him when I finish the series This story was fun, with Decius constantly comparing Rome with thelaidback coastal Bay of Naples, and how even though they are Roman citizens, he still views them as being foreigners, since most of them areGreek than Roman He s also happy to be out of Rome, so he doesn t have to listen to people constantly talk about Pompey and Caesar the civil war is fast approaching He s blissfully happy, until well over halfway through the book they are finally mentioned.There s a good mystery in this one I didn t start to figure out whodunit until Decius himself started to suspect There is even some action sequences been bandits set upon Decius as he and some of his men are riding into town Overall, a fun, enjoying story in the SPQR series

  4. Maj says:

    Well, this one was fun It kept me guessing and it dangled Cicero in front of my eyes if not fully utilising him a few times And my dear Tiro Cameos, but they counted.Decius, as a man of power, gravitas and pietas is maturing nicely, and working much better than I would have anticipated, based on his early wild Roman days.This is a 5 5 in the context of the series, definitely among the best Obviously, it s hardly a literary masterpiece, but it breaths life into my favourite period of Ancien Well, this one was fun It kept me guessing and it dangled Cicero in front of my eyes if not fully utilising him a few times And my dear Tiro Cameos, but they counted.Decius, as a man of power, gravitas and pietas is maturing nicely, and working much better than I would have anticipated, based on his early wild Roman days.This is a 5 5 in the context of the series, definitely among the best Obviously, it s hardly a literary masterpiece, but it breaths life into my favourite period of Ancient Rome and it does it brilliantly

  5. Linda Humberstone says:

    John Maddox Roberts books are always entertaining and interesting and this one is no exception This is another enjoyable story featuring the Roman detective Decius Metellus who has climbed the cursus honorum to become a judge and is thoroughly enjoying the perks but still cannot resist investigating crimes himself.

  6. Lily says:

    I am so sad this series is ending in only twobooks The characters are old friends If you like the Marcus Didius Falco books, give this series a try It s not as overtly funny as Lindsay Davis books, but really well done.

  7. Jacqueline Patterson says:

    Definitely an improvement on the last book in the series A colorful cast of characters and a plot that kept me guessing I especially enjoyed the step outside Rome although I love Rome into Baiae and the surrounding areas.A great summer read.

  8. paolo says:

    Is a pleasure read Maddox Well written nice plot.

  9. Sophie says:

    A look at a wave of murders outside Rome, in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius.Odd hearing the characters being complacent about the volcano when you know what is coming for them in coming years.

  10. Marty_Pájaro_Cantando says:

    3 1 2 stars What this book may be lack in the way of stellar writing is made up for in it s storyline An engaging plot with intriguing characters, I was enthralled and entertained through to its final page I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction especially if they find Roman life and culture interesting within the context of a devious, suspenseful, mystery.

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