(From the publisher):
It is October, 406 C.E., on the windswept Rhine, near the Roman city of Mogontium (fictionalized Mainz). The eastern shore is dotted with the glowing campfires of barbarian tribes, one of them Vandals. Though they have remained quiet for months, gathering strength, the unseasonal cold hints at a time soon when the mighty river will freeze over and become a footpath for invasion. Inside Mogontium, disaster strikes when a worker setting a Christian cross on a former temple to Jupiter is felled by lightning.
Superstitious onlookers are terrified at the god's revenge. In the days to come, Treverius and his wife Blandina, with Presbyter Modestus, struggle to discover why the subsequent murders of citizens named after martyred saints are occurring, who will be next, and how to protect potential victims who fear their lives will end in similar martyrdom.
(from the publisher)
Original title: The Saint's Day Deaths
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ Medieval
Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Historical