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Vestal Vanishes (Libertus Mystery of Roman Britain #12)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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
ebook, 240 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Severn House Digital (first published July 1st 2011)
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Madhulika Liddle
Jul 04, 2014 Madhulika Liddle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Late August, 191 AD: the birthday of the Roman Emperor Commodus. The day is celebrated—in keeping with Commodus’s very inflated ego—with much pomp and show all across the Roman Empire. Even in its most far-flung and northern colonies. In Roman Britain, in the colonia of Glevum (modern day Gloucester), for instance, are organized ritual ceremonies, gladiatorial contests, games and feasts. It is at one of these that the detective of Rosemary Rowe’s The Vestal Vanishes first appears: the no-longer- ...more
Jan 29, 2013 Tchipakkan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Another of the inestimable 'pavement maker'. This time a Vestal who vanishes, or does she? The mystery seemed more complex and better resolved, the story a tad more complex? Enjoyable.
Audelia, an ex- vestal virgin, having served her thirty years in the temple is on her way to Glevum (Gloucester) to marry her rich bridegroom. When her carriage arrives at the city gates it is found to be empty and there is no sign of Audelia, likewise her young relative, a girl of 6 years of age and destined to become a vestal virgin, also goes missing. The family and the bridegroom are distraught and Libertus, is asked to carry out investigations into what can only be assumed to be the abducti ...more
Mar 01, 2014 Bryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A murder mystery that's not really murder mystery. I think I'm becoming too familiar with her books. Had the ending figured out about half way through the book.
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.
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.
Apr 02, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the more intelligent Historical Mysteries. This is a real mystery, not a thriller. I'd recommend it for people who like an intricate mystery plot, with a full explanation at the end.
Mary Alice
May 29, 2012 Mary Alice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Not the greatest mystery. I guessed the of it less than midway through the book. Mildly interesting reading about vestal virgins and Romans and slaves in Britain.
Feb 10, 2012 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rosemary Rowe delivers another Ancient Mystery. Very readable, full of the sights and sounds of Ancient Rome. No new ground broken, but fun.
Mar 18, 2012 Mom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a sweet book i wasnt in the mood right now for it but will save for later
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