The Vestal Vanishes (Libertus Mystery of Roman Britain #12)
A Libertus Mystery of Roman Britain - The marriage of a former vestal virgin is always an important event, so the anticipated arrival of such a bride in Glevum is the excuse for an even more lavish banquet than usual on the Emperor’s birthday feast. However, when Audelia’s covered carriage finally arrives, the lady in question is nowhere to be found. Libertus investigates...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Severn House Publishers
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This is another good one in Rosemary Rowe's Libertus series, about a former Celt who has has become a Roman citizen (albeit a lowly one) and who gets drawn into various mysteries by his wealthy, high status patron. The mystery is well done, the characters are very interesting, but what I like most is learning about how life was back then, particularly for slaves, former slaves, and women. This story is about a woman who had spent her life as a Vestal Virgin and was slated to retire and marry her...more
Jan 29, 2013 Tchipakkan rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone who likes mysteries or historical fiction about Rome
As usual Rowe manages to create a convoluted mystery dropping clues that I catch and some that I don't. I love thinking "Ah, that's going to be important later!", but also love realizing that she did put in important clues that I missed. She doesn't hide the clues, and if one is careful, the reader can solve the case as quickly as Libertas does. Also, she doesn't have him be the only smart person in the book. I quite liked Pricilla and wouldn't mind seeing that character again.
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An interesting foray into Romano-Britain society. Rowe frequently bases her novels on some aspect of Roman/celtic life and beliefs. In this Libertus novel a vestal virgin has completed her thirty years service and is free to marry, an event of considerable importance. But when her Litter arrives at the gates of Glevum, the lady has disappeared.
Aug 14, 2012 Mary rated it 3 of 5 stars
Complicated plot. At one point I seriously considered drawing a map with colored pencils just to figure out who was on what road going what direction when. Most of the regulars from the Libertus series are missing from this entry, so it probably works well as a standalone read.