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The Corpus Conundrum: A Third Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger: A Novel (Pliny the Younger #3)
While out hunting at his estate in Laurentum, Pliny finds a man's body. The man appears lifeless, but Pliny cannot find a cause of death. He locks the body in a stable, but in the morning the body is gone. He summons friend Tacitus to help discover how and why and who. Strangers appear at Pliny's door, claiming to be the man's children. One sings siren songs and claims his ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published July 18th 2011 by Ingalls Publishing Group
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The third in the delightful, highly recommended "Notebooks of Pliny the Younger" mystery series. In this one, the author stirred up a tasty stew involving an apparent murder [after which the man's body disappears the next morning from Pliny's stables: how?]; a really brutal murder; arson; and an unsolved murder from fifteen years previously about which the villagers of Laurentum are closemouthed and secretive. The village lies near Pliny's country villa, 17 miles from Rome, where he and his moth ...more
Jan 01, 2015 Argum rated it 4 of 5 stars
The third book in Pliny the Younger series, explores Ancient Roman superstitions as they intersect with several dead bodies that crop up at Pliny's country place. I find it interesting to see the Christian foreshadowing Prof Bell tucks in here and there - here it is blood making you live forever most prominently. I do hope that there is more catch up with the next books - what happened to Naomi's son in this one, what happened to the untrustworthy slave Regulus wanted killed last time? I enjoy t ...more
This was a really interesting mystery, with possible occult explanations. Pliny doesn't believe in the occult - a 400 year old man who can die and come back to life, a woman who's also a bat. He demands a reasonable explanation and with Tacitus' help, he finds it. The two town whores are great characters, and Pliny's mother sticks in her oar, as usual.
Albert Bell's Pliny mysteries are just some of the best Roman-era historical fiction around -- just as reviewers for Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Historical Novel Review. It's more than great history, the suspense, humor and great characters truly lead you into the Roman world.
Dr. Alfred A. Bell has taught at Hope College in Holland, Michigan since 1978, and, from 1994 through 2004, served as chair of the History Department. He holds a PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as an MA from Duke and an MDiv from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His published works include the contemporary mysteries Death Goes Dutch and Kill Her Again, nonfiction works Exploring the Ne ...moreMore about Albert A. Bell Jr....
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