(From the publisher):
When Perennis Felix, favourite of the Roman Emperor and would-be enemy of all, heralds his arrival in Glevum (modern Gloucester) with the arbitrary execution of a slave, there are few who dare question his actions. Indeed, a feast in the Roman’s honour is universally approved in the cause of self-preservation. Libertus, freedman and pavement-maker, and his patron, Marcus Septimus, are among the reluctant citizens at the evening celebration. It is one occasion on which Libertus is thankful for his lowly status—sequestered to the back of the room, he revels in his anonymity while more esteemed guests, his patron among them, are subjected to the trials of Felix’s misplaced humour. But the festivities come to a sudden and disturbing end when the Roman appears to choke on a nut and dies in front of a stunned gathering. And it is not long before the ever-vigilant Libertus notices the mysterious disappearance of at least two guests—one of whom he has very good reason to suspect is not all he seems to be. Is it possible that behind Felix’s apparently accidental death lies a much more sinister explanation?
Original title: Murder in the Forum
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Historical
Fiction→ Historical→ Ancient World (Greece, Rome, etc)→ Rome