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Murder in the Forum (Libertus Mystery of Roman Britain #3)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  177 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A mystery of Roman Britain, featuring the on-going sleuth, pavement-maker and freedman Libertus, who is resident in Glevum (Roman Gloucester), a city of rich Roman aristocrats, well-armed Roman soldiers and native and foreign freedmen and slaves. Once again Libertus is enmeshed in the murky politicking and scheming of wealthy Romans and the impact of their presence on the ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Headline (first published 2001)
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A interesting little romp, I'd not read any of these before although I enjoy the Falco books by Lindsay Davis. Slightly more gritty and set in a less cosy setting than Falco, they feel subtly more grounded in reality in terms of characters and attitudes than those and less domestic. Set in Britain in the 2nd century CE tits here is the slightly travel worn Libertus a former captured Celt sold into slavery and now eking out a living as a craftsman who also solves problems for his Patron. A worthw ...more
Eustacia Tan
Sep 15, 2014 Eustacia Tan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This may be the third book in the series, but it was the fourth (or was it fifth?) book that I read. So really, order isn't that big a deal, unless you're deeply, deeply interested in the relationships.

By that I mean Libertus and his long lost wife, Marcus and his new wife (this was started in the previous book, A Pattern of Blood (link to review) ) and Junio and an unnamed slave girl (also started in the previous book). Personally, I don't think it's that important, since apart from Libertus, a
Murder in the Forum isn't great, nor is it terrible. Since it's the third book of a series, I might've been more interested if I'd read the other books, since I'd have known the characters and cared about them a bit more -- and I might've missed some subtleties of character-relationship. I don't think so, though. It was quite easy to get into without feeling that I was missing something, and it had a horrible tendency to overlabour a point -- like, "look! look at me! I'm a clever detective novel ...more
Kalendra Dee
As a freedman and pavement maker, Libertus enjoys the patronage of one of the most powerful men in Roman Britain, Marcus Septimus Aurelius, the regional governor’s personal representative. Often asked to investigate various crimes for Marcus, Libertus is again thrust into the center of intrigue when a powerful, yet unpopular, Roman official apparently chokes on a nut at a banquet given in his honor. Convinced that Felix was poisoned, Libertus must find the killer before Rome hears of it. As Feli ...more
Oct 11, 2014 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#3 in the Libertus pavement maker Roman Britain mystery series. Libertus is a freed Celtic slave whose patron is the Roman head of the settlement of Glevum (Gloucester) in 187 AD Roman Britain. A particularly unpleasant Roman citizen, favorite of the Roman emperor, visiting Britain stops in Glevum where he causes a lot of disruption and dies his first night there. Libertus is asked to investigate and discovers that whatever happened is more complicated than originally thought.

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I would personally prefer Roman mysteries set in Rome itself instead of Britain, but Rowe manages to make the story interesting by telling it from the perspective of a Celtic freedman. An enjoyable novel for a bit of light reading in your spare time.
Steve Caudle
Dec 31, 2013 Steve Caudle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
See my review of "The Germanicus Mosaic" by the same author.
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