SPQR XIII (Hardcover)

The Year of Confusion: A Mystery

By John Maddox Roberts

Minotaur Books, 9780312595074, 288pp.

Publication Date: February 16, 2010

List Price: 24.99*
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“Readers looking for a crafty and entertaining journey to the past won’t be disappointed.” —Publishers Weekly on SPQR XI: Under Vesuvius Caius Julius Caesar, now Dictator of Rome, has decided to revise the Roman calendar, which has become out of sync with the seasons. As if this weren’t already an unpopular move, Caesar has brought in astronomers and astrologers from abroad, including Egyptians, Greeks, Indians and Persians. Decius is appointed to oversee this project, which he knows rankles the Roman public: “To be told by a pack of Chaldeans and Egyptians how to conduct their duties towards the gods was intolerable.” Not long after the new calendar project begins, two of the foreigners are murdered. Decius begins his investigations and, as the body count increases, it seems that an Indian fortuneteller popular with patrician Roman ladies is also involved.

This latest in the acclaimed series is sure to please historical mystery fans.

About the Author

JOHN MADDOX ROBERTS lives in Estancia, New Mexico.

Praise For SPQR XIII: The Year of Confusion: A Mystery

"That readers know Caesar's ultimate fate in no way detracts from the enjoyment of this inventive historical." --Publishers Weekly  "Decius’ first-person narrative is as sharp as ever, and the customary map and generous glossary will help transport readers back to ancient Rome."--Kirkus Reviews