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The Cybelene Conspiracy

(Getorius and Arcadia Mystery #2)

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  103 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A eunuch archpriest and an unscrupulous senator smuggle products from China to Italy that will change the course of western history. Surgeon Getorius Asterius, his wife Arcadia, the eunuch archpriest of a pagan fertility cult, the female head of a heretical Arian church, and an ambitious senator in league with a Chinese merchant: these are the prime movers in this mystery ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published May 15th 2005 by Toby Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Lance McMurchy
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This series of books is a breath of fresh air. While the story its self is nothing amazing, the author's ability to bring the reader in the world of the Western Roman empire in the 5th century AD, is just sensational. The characters are great too; there is the evil senator, the good doctor, strange cults and renegade gladiators. its all there!

Looking forward to the next book.
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it
If I had it to do over, I would have started with the first book in this series (this is the second). This text referred back often enough to what happened in the first book that I basically know that entire story now—kind of like when a poorly made movie trailer reveals so much of the plot that all the suspense is deflated, and the joy of later discovery for yourself is lost. This is a historical murder mystery series, the detectives a husband (Getorius) and wife (Arcadia) medical team caring f ...more
Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Nothing outstanding, but a delightful, pleasant mystery of a crime-solving couple, Surgeon Getorius and his wife Arcadia, medica-in-training, in 440s Ravenna. I read this novel in a matter of hours. I did learn somewhat of that period of history, the waning days of the Western Roman Empire. The mystery involved a senator, shipowner/merchant, his daughter, an Arian Christian church, and the religious cult of Cybele. How were all of these involved in counterfeiting money and in smuggling of items ...more
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Set in 5th century Ravenna, this mystery novel is made dense and detailed by Noyer's vibrant descriptions of social life, customs, and culture. Surgeon Getorius Asterius and his wife, medica Arcadia, become embroiled in a strange mystery when they find a dead eunuch in an Arian church and a pregnant woman who claims to be a Vestal Virgin. The plot grows more elaborate when it is discovered that a local Senator might be involved with smuggling and counterfeiting and the Arian presbytera is myster ...more
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Cybelene Conspiracy is a novel set in the later days of the Roman Empire, after it had split into two parts. The setting has a bit of local color as a murder is discovered and a nefarious plot revealed.
Cybele was an ancient fertility goddess led by enuch priests. The conspiracy involves the usual corrupt officials seeking riches. Quite a few characters to keep the pot stirred up, but it never quite boils.
I thought it was an ok book, not very exciting , nothing that would keep you reading pas
Julian King
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Come, come! Some of the other review(er)s are too harsh!

This is not fine writing, and the research is not worn lightly; in fact, yes, there's much to mock - but it's an interesting and neglected period, and the author does his best to animate it in a way that might have been better done by others, but hasn't been.

A gauntlet, then: do it better, and I for one will read your version.
Feb 26, 2012 rated it liked it
What sets this apart is the authors detailed knowledge of the declining Western Roman world in the 440s AD. You get a real sense of the massive cultural changes taking place at the time (shortly before the death of Attila the Hun). The plot and characterisation are at best average and some of the conversations come across as stilted but even so I am enjoying it.
May 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Interesting, well-plotted historical mystery set in a time period that I didn't know much about. There are lots of historical details, but this aspect didn't seem overdone.
May 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Not the world's greatest detective, but a very interesting evocation of the late roman empire in the west.
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With degrees in art, art education and humanities Albert Noyer's career includes working in commercial and fine art, teaching vocational art in the Detroit Public Schools and art history at a private college. He lives in New Mexico.

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