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I, Claudia: A Mystery, 13 B.C. (Claudia Seferius #1)

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How far would you go to protect your secret? Would you lie? Would you steal? Would you kill..?

Having connived her way into marriage with a wealthy wine merchant, Claudia quickly grows bored, so when her secret gambling debts spiral, she hits on a resourceful way to pay off the moneylenders. Offering "personal services" to high-ranking Romans. That is, until her clients sta
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 8th 1996 by Pan Books (first published 1995)
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I love a good mystery, and I love a good historical novel but I love it even more when the two come together which is why I was so excited to have the opportunity to read and review I, Claudia by Marilyn Todd. Reading books set in the ancient world is one of my favourite things to do especially when they're both witty and require a bit of brain power to read.

I, Claudia is the first novel in Marilyn Todd's Claudia Seferius series of historical mysteries, and am I ever glad I got the chance to rea
At various points reading this I found myself wondering why I was struggling on...but I did want to give it a fair chance and wanted to find out who the killer was. Sadly, my tenacity did NOT pay off. I am not one of those people that needs books full of lovely and likable people, but it's hard to keep reading a book where I actively despise nearly everyone. I hated the main character, Claudia, and was just over it as she lied, connived, endangered others, and generally slithered her way from on ...more
Vicki Cline
Dec 29, 2016 Vicki Cline rated it really liked it
Shelves: roman-mysteries
Claudia is married to a rich wine maker and her life is very good, except for her gambling problem, which she finances by working as a dominatrix. When some of her clients turn up dead, she's worried she'll be outed. To make matters worse, the man investigating the murders, Marcus Cornelius Orbilio, is very attracted to her, and vice versa. This is the first in an interesting series - it's unusual to have a female protagonist in a Roman mystery.
Oct 23, 2013 Clare rated it it was amazing
I first read this series when I was about 14, and totally fell in love - I have re-read it so many times since then. I'm a big fan of all things Ancient Rome, and while I think that helps - as it makes details throughout the story more interesting, it's certainly not a requirement for enjoying this book; Claudia is enough!

Claudia is a sassy, fierce and seductive young woman who has picked herself up from her rough roots to marry a rich older wine merchant - and though she's landed on her feet, s
Jan 06, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
I really liked this book; our hero, the Claudia of the title, was a really great character, and very, very human. I loved the relationship with her husband, and I thought the author managed to get across a lot of the Roman sensibility of the time in a way that didn't stand out as strange or weird, but none the less read very true to me. (I've had *a lot* of background in Roman history, including a lot of Latin translation, and this can and has been a thing to throw me out of historical novels be ...more
Joanne Fish
Apr 11, 2015 Joanne Fish rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't Finish It

I've read many Roman novels and can forgive some use of modern slang terms but this book was riddled with them. The author, being English, used her vernacular as in calling someone a punter, or using the phrase "leave off" which made it all the more disconcerting for me. This was done multiple times in each chapter. I just couldn't finish the book. I did like the character of Claudia. She was the ancient Scarlett O'Hara and probably would have enjoyed more of her adventures. I
Jan 14, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
I love this series. I suspect (somewhat shamefacedly) that Claudia and I would get along rather well!

She is definitely more ruthless than I am, but I have to admire her dedication to a plan.

Anybody who enjoys books with a strong central female character will enjoy this series. Unless you are easily offended :)

Not yet read the entire series (still looking for a few of the books), but I have enjoyed each one that I have found so far.
Apr 26, 2015 Ribblefizz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent protagonist

Fresh voice, marvelous blend of modern and ancient. Plot was a little bit frayed towards the end, and there were several punctuation issues, but the characters and the mysteries were strong enough to override my (usually strenuous) complaints. Enthusiastically recommended, would recommend the author have one last edit done, though.
Odd mix of god research and jarring modern terminology. I really wanted to like it because hey, female character struggling against one of the ultimate patriarchies... Ancient Rome isn't known for sympathetic personalities, but it's hard to care overmuch about a series of murders when all the characters are so disagreeable.
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MARILYN TODD lives with her husband on a French hilltop, surrounded by vineyards, châteaux and vines. As well as sixteen critically acclaimed historical thrillers, she's a prolific writer of short stories, most of which are crime, but range from commercial women's fiction to comic fantasy and all points in between. When she isn't killing people, Marilyn enjoys cooking. Which is pretty much the sam ...more
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