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Catilina's Riddle by Steven Saylor
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Apr 28, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, historical-fiction, nookbook-read
Read from April 23 to 28, 2012

Another solid read in the Roma Sub Rosa series by Steven Saylor. This book tells the story of the rebellion of Catilina during the age of Cicero. Like the first two books in the series, this one involved Gordianus the Finder and a mystery involving dead people. The difference from previous books is that the mystery is sort of the story created to tell the real story of Catilina's rebellion. Must of the middle part of the book is speeches given by Cicero and by Catilina, and Saylor explains in his note at the end that he took the speeches from history.

In terms of the plot and the story, it did seem to slow down at times because of the long texts of the speeches. As a history person, I enjoyed them immensely. However, it a person is coming to this as more of a fan of literature and mystery novels, I imagine they would not enjoy the story as much as the first two in the series.

I will be reading the rest of this series over time. Great stuff!

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