The Secret of Vesuvius

The Secret of Vesuvius

The Roman Mysteries, Book II

By Caroline Lawrence

Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9780761315834, 192pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2002

"Kirkus" called T"he Thieves of Ostia" "a fast-paced, crackling good mystery." In this second book in "The Roman Mysteries" series, Flavia and her friends depart Ostia for a summer in Pompeii and are quickly caught up in a mysterious riddle and a hunt for great treasure--while above the town, Mount Vesuvius rumbles, ready to erupt.

About the Author

A classical historian and archaeologist, Caroline Lawrence lives in London, England.

Praise For The Secret of Vesuvius

Publishers Weekly Young detective Flavia Gemina and her sidekicks Jonathan, Nubia and Lupus return in The Secrets of Vesuvius, the second in The Roman Mysteries series after The Thieves of Ostia. Here the quartet travels across the Bay of Naples to spend time with Flavia's uncle near Pompeii. They investigate a potentially treasure-yielding riddle, but when Vesuvius erupts, the friends run for their lives.   Kirkus Reviews Four young friends in ancient Rome, 79 C.E., and environs attempt to solve a riddle at a time of great historic importance in this absorbing sequel to The Thieves of Ostia. . . . The riddle the children try to solve is also real, and no one, even today, knows what it means.”—  Booklist In this peril-wrapped sequel to Thieves of Ostia, a trip to her uncle's farm near Mount Vesuvius provides more opportunities for teenage sleuth Flavia Gemina, along with her multitalented sidekicks, to solve mysteries against a superbly detailed first-century B.C.E. backdrop. . . . The author conveys the flavor of the times, but modern kids will have no trouble identifying with the young characters, thanks largely to some timeless bathroom humor and horseplay; mystery fans will have the chance to watch this Roman Nancy Drew in action while witnessing one of the world's worst natural disasters through her eyes.  School Library Journal The mystery element is somewhat confusing and hard to follow.  However, the many interesting details about Roman life incorporated into the story provide insight into the period.  Readers who are interested in the time as well as fans of the first book in the series, The Thieves of Ostia, may be willing to stick with it until the end.