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Murder's Immortal Mask (Ancient Rome #5)

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September 314 AD and once more death strikes the sprawling streets of Imperial Rome in Paul Doherty's new Claudia novel.

When two prostitutes are found murdered - their bodies ripped open and their right eyes gouged out - it's feared a notorious killer, the Nefandus, has returned. Rumoured to be an imperial officer, he once waged bloody murder amongst Rome's prostitutes but
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 2008 by Headline (first published 2008)
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Levent Mollamustafaoglu
3rd book in a series of crime novels taking place in 3rd Century Rome, in the reign of Emperor Constantine and his mother Helena. The book's protagonist is once again Claudia, Helena's spy and proto-detective.

The plot again involves early Christians and the power games they are involved with in a Rome governed by the first Emperor sympathetic to (at least not antagonistic to) their faith. Unfortunately Paul Doherty has not been able to come up with an exciting plot and the book reads like the ea
c2008. Following through his myriad of offerings. The plots all seem vaguely familiar with a seemingly impossible murder - in this case - a murder in a room that was locked and no other entrance. However, despite this - I still did not guess the real villian. Nice easy reading. "It was bat-wing time, between light and dark, the strange hour when the day's work was done but that of the night had yet to begin."
Just a book. An easy to read, easy to digest bit of a mystery. Wouldn't exactly make me race out and buy another of Paul Doherty's books (this was my first), but because it was so simple and harmless, if I saw one by him on a special in a bookstore, I'd likely buy it. For it's appeal as a quick read. A perfect option on those days when I didn't feel like putting too much brain power into reading.
Tom O'Connor
Just a straight forward mystery (although it was pretty obvious who the killer was). I like his books because I like the historical settings and the brief historical setting explanations at the back. Entertaining, but not a must read, by any means. Plus that puts me back onto the "a book a day" pace for the 100.
Interesting. It was like Jack the Ripper in Ancient Rome. That was one part of it. The other part was searching for the tomb of Saint Peter at the Vatican with murder involved. There there was all the politicking of the capital of the Empire being moved to Byzantium. Very interesting.
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information.

He has been published under several pseudonyms: P.C. Doherty, C.L. Grace, Paul Harding, Ann Dukthas, Vanessa Alexander, Michael Clynes and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name.

Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough (North-Eastern England) in 1946. He had the
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