When a sacret woman's rite in the ancient city of Rome is infiltrated by a corrupt patrician dressed in female garb, it falls to Senator Decuis Caecilius Metellus the Younger, whose investigative skills have proven indispensable in the past, to unmask the perpetrators. When four brutal slayings follow, Decius enlists the help a notorious and dangerous criminal. Together, they establish a connection between the sacrilege and the murders, and track the offenders from the lowest dregs of society to the prominent elite of the upper class, finding corruption and violence where Decius least expects it.
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Caesar's wife must be above suspicion
Third in the series, new story and, for the audio, new and even better narrator in John Lee.The recently created senator, Decuis Caecilius Metellus the Younger, is "at the centre of the world again," - Rome. And this time he and most of his fellow senators are both outraged and amused by the invasion of an exclusive female religious rite invaded by a man dressed as a woman.Our intrepid hero soon finds himself caught up in a murder mystery which seems to be directly related to this sacrilege and his own life is also under serious threat. I loved the ensuing street fights, and attempts by Lucius to ensure .that this will not be his last days in his beloved city.
I love the humour of this whole series and in this one it excels. The stories are based around known happenings of the time but sometimes with a different twist - like Julius Caesar declaiming that he will divorce his wife as she must always be "above suspicion", but the outcome is not the one about which we have read in the histories.
A wonderful, informative but light-hearted read made a joy to hear by the narrator. Fighting, fun, mystery and great characters - what could be better?
- Norma Miles
The narrator is great, but needs to learn how to pronounce Latin names